had this on my mind for a while. would be interesting to test the following two hypothesis:
1) the team with the higher average age of their players has an edge in a 7-7 or 8-8 game, i.e. they win more often than the younger oppononents on big pitch games
2) the team with the players that have a higher average number of games played in giffa have an edge
any strong views on this?
I suspect you are right on both counts as the key is probably Experience.
Having said that, I am not really good at telling people's ages so I don't have a personal view about our games except that everyone seems faster than me - and on that basis, they must all be younger
In relation to the second point, I have noticed that and I think that comes from knowing each other's games after a while. Hence, you adjust accordingly whether you are playing with or against someone whose game you know whereas the "newbies" are a bit less clued in as to what abilities are present or absent.
Rainer, one way to canvass views is with a poll, so I've added one for you here, and moved your post, and Desmond's response, here.
I think, injuries excepted, those who play regularly in our games reach their peak between their mid-30s and mid-40s. After a while, the additional experience doesn't add much more to their game, while once you pass your mid-40s, the body starts to decline.
Desmond, you can get players ages from their profiles. I believe the year of birth is always visible.
My thinking was mostly along the lines that i am biased to say that the younger and the less experienced players tend to keep the ball longer, are more often upfront regardless of their position, and are often technically more versatile. as we have identiefied passing/positioning/possession as the ingredients of success i would think that these characteristics of the younger players tend to work against them when it comes to the 3 P's.
i was hoping the statistically versatile Rajiv would do a hypothesis test based on a sample of say 20 games to 'proof' me right/wrong
if we get enough votes in the poll i am gonna volunteer to run the test.
I don't have any immediately relevant statistics Rainer, although the following are available:
* No. of games played per quarter since 2009 (from the currrent balances spreadsheet). * No. of games played in the current month, and each of the preceding 6 to 8 months (from the current balances spreadsheet). * Ages of registered players (from their profiles on the message board).