The Drill

The Drill

Australia

The Herald Sun and Champion Data’s new footy podcast will take fans into the minds of an AFL coach. Offering never-before-seen statistics, our gurus will explain to listeners exactly what their team needs to do to win every week. Tailored for hardcore footy fans, it will use statistics to drill deeper into a range of footy issues just like the ardent boffins at every club. Hosted by Sam Landsberger and Daniel Hoyne, the snappy show will be to the point and promises to educate passionate fans about how the game is played.

Episodes

The one stat that's killing the Cats  

Geelong's Achilles heel is Sydney's strength. Uh oh. Sam Landsberger and Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne drill into the semi-finals, reveal why West Coast can win, the silver lining of the Essendon drugs saga and why Ken Hinkley is pulling his hair out. You know the drill!

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Finals Week 1 special: The most important stats to your team  

Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger and Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne drill into all four finals games and probe the stats that matter most in each.  You know the drill!

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Rising Star extra  

Should a Magpie be in discussions for the Rising Star Award? Sam Landsberger and Daniel Hoyne drill into the stats of this year's best new faces and predict the winner.

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What went wrong for your team this year  

The Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger and Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne drill into all 10 teams that missed the finals to reveal the key stats that tell their story of 2017 plus why North Melbourne needs Dustin Martin, why Carlton should let Bryce Gibbs go and the stat where Fremantle ranks 171 per cent worse than any other team. You know the drill!

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How the Dees have traded into September  

Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne joins the Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger to drill into Melbourne's marvellous trading  efforts that have them primed for a September run, the many elements that make up a contested possession, how the Lions are on the rise, the key to the Tigers success and the defensive dynamic that has re-invented Geelong's season. You know The Drill!

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When is a tackle not a tackle?  

Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne joins the Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger to drill into when a tackles actually counts on the stats sheet, which teams stick their tackles (and which teams don't) and the player on world record tackling pace. Also this week, a close look at St Kilda's list, which sides move the ball the best and the worst defensive effort ever recorded. You know The Drill!

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What is Steven Motlop worth at the trade table?  

Steven Motlop and Jake Lever are out of contract and recruiters should listen to these eye-opening stats. The Herald Sun's Jon Ralph and Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne drill into those two players, whether the Dogs are really back, the bizarre Max Gawn effect at Melbourne and Hoyney names the most over-rated statistic in football.

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Who needs key forwards?  

Richmond's lack of tall targets is supposed to be the its Achilles heel, but a close look at the pressure created by small forwards reveals the Tigers have found a new way of scoring. The Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger and Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne also drill into how much Collingwood needs Daniel Wells, why Carlton's game plan has fallen apart and the huge tests for Geelong, St Kilda and Port Adelaide this weekend.

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Recruit of the year  

The crazy numbers that justify Adelaide's decision to recruit Hugh Greenwood as a Category B rookie, plus Sam Landsberger and Champion Data's Daniel Hoyne drill down into where the Dogs v Bombers mini-final will be won, more evidence of Al Clarkson's genius and a jaw-dropping Brisbane Lions stat. You know #TheDrill!

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Is Danger or Dusty leading the Brownlow?  

Champion Data's advanced Brownlow predicts the top vote-getter at every team. Sam Landsberger and data analyst Daniel Hoyne also drill into how the Bombers have changed the way they play, why Demon fans should still believe, the best and worst field kicks in the comp and just how far did Jayden Hunt's torpedo goal fly?

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One trade the Pies got right  

Collingwood's trades have come under fire but one stat shows Lynden Dunn has been one of the recruits of the year. Sam Landsberger and Champion Data AFL analyst Daniel Hoyne drill into the AFL's best one-on-one players, how Clarko has reinvented the Hawks (again), why we should take St Kilda seriously and give some overdue love to Dayne Zorko.

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Who is the AFL's turnover king?  

Which player has turned the ball over the most this season? Find out the surprise answer plus Sam Landsberger and Champion Data's Daniel Hoyne examine what's wrong with the Bulldogs, why the Essendon midfield needs to step up and how the AFL stats gurus define pressure.

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Welcome to The Drill: Sorry Bucks, stats do matter  

Join the Herald Sun's Sam Landsberger and Champion Data expert Daniel Hoyne to drill into the numbers that reveal what's really happening at your club. In episode one: How the Cats have changed the way they play, why Richmond is a serious top-four chance and the bad news for Nathan Buckley. Get The Drill every Wednesday!

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