Ratings update #1: Improved home games

Recently, I did something very silly and updated my rating system in the middle of the first round. Whoops. Oh well, at least my rating system is more accurate now.

My rating/prediction system for home games has now been improved. Teams that play at that venue for four home games this season now have that recognised as a home venue for them. If the team is the only team that play at that ground, then they only need to play three home games for it to count. Here are the home venues for each team.

Team Home venue(s)
Adelaide Adelaide Oval
Brisbane Gabba
Carlton Etihad Stadium, MCG
Collingwood MCG
Essendon Etihad Stadium, MCG
Fremantle Domain Stadium
Geelong Simonds Stadium
Gold Coast Metricon Stadium
GWS Giants Manuka Oval, Spotless Stadium
Hawthorn Aurora Stadium, MCG
Melbourne MCG
N Melbourne Blundstone Arena, Etihad Stadium
Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval
Richmond MCG
St Kilda Etihad Stadium
Sydney SCG
West Coast Domain Stadium
W Bulldogs Etihad Stadium

For now until next season starts, only games played at these ground by these teams will be home games. For example, that does mean that N Melbourne vs. W Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium will be judged as a home game for both teams, and Geelong’s home games in Melbourne will be judged as away games for them. This also means that Adelaide and Port Adelaide’s home games at Football Park (formerly known as AAMI Stadium), which they have played at in the past 50 games, are now technically away games.

I thought this was a decision worth making before the round finished, because Geelong playing a home game against Hawthorn at the MCG is ridiculous, and it certainly shouldn’t be predicted as that. In reality, it’s Geelong playing an away game at Hawthorn’s home ground.


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