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Comparing Gaelic Football to the Determinants of Winning Performance in Australian Rules Football at Unit-Level

  1. Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue, Cardiff CF5 2YB, UK
Version 1 : Received: 10 August 2016 / Approved: 11 August 2016 / Online: 11 August 2016 (10:32:35 CEST)

How to cite: Brown, G. Comparing Gaelic Football to the Determinants of Winning Performance in Australian Rules Football at Unit-Level. Preprints 2016, 2016080116 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201608.0116.v1). Brown, G. Comparing Gaelic Football to the Determinants of Winning Performance in Australian Rules Football at Unit-Level. Preprints 2016, 2016080116 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201608.0116.v1).

Abstract

It has often been said that Gaelic football (GF) and Australian Rules Football (ARF) are similar sports, and amateur Gaelic footballers have been recruited to play in the professional Australian Football League. Using Wilcoxons’s test, the significant (p < 0.05) factors differentiating winning and losing performance in ARF were indirectly compared to the differentiating factors between winning and losing in GF. Of the 15 key performance indicators (KPIs) that were seen to be significant between ARF teams, six (40 %) were also seen to be significant in discriminating between winning and losing GF teams. A Mann-Whitney U test was then completed to directly compare ARF and GF, twenty-six of the 30 KPIs were seen to be significantly different to each other (p < 0.05). The findings suggest that recruiting a Gaelic footballer based on the belief that their Gaelic background will aid their transition to ARF is not an appropriate decision. Instead, staying with more traditional methods of talent identification – for example anthropometric measurements – is advocated until further research is undertaken in this area.

Subject Areas

gaelic football; Australian rules football; performance analysis; player recruitment

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