ARE THE goalposts thicker in Queensland?
Of course not, but if you thought you noticed more shots for goal cannoning off the post in the neutral venue games at the Gabba and Metricon Stadium last weekend, you were right.
Champion Data notes that round six's action featured 28 shots that hit the post.
Sounds high, right? Well, in fact, it's the highest in a single weekend since 2016.
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What makes it more remarkable is the fact that it came in reduced game time. If you normalise the numbers (multiplying the figures by 1.25 to ensure the shorter games match previous seasons), then it's actually a record-breaking weekend for shots that hit the post.
The adjusted number of 35 would have broken the longstanding Champion Data record of 34 posters in a single weekend – recorded in both round six, 2007, and round six, 2014.
The spooky stats don't end there, though.
Six of the nine games played across last weekend took place in Queensland, with four played at Metricon Stadium and a further two held at the Gabba.
Go back to when Champion Data first started recording shots that hit the post in 2002, and no state has recorded more than … you guessed it, Queensland.
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The 2.52 posters per match recorded in Queensland is just ahead of the 2.35 per match recorded in New South Wales – where the remaining three matches in round six were held.
Victoria (2.31), South Australia (2.26) and Western Australia (2.25) are next in the queue.
Maybe it's just a coincidence. Maybe it's the extra humidity in the warm Queensland air.