FOOTBALL is a numbers game and by that measure Learmonth and Beaufort can lay claim to being the big improvers from the opening five rounds of the season.
And the Central Highlands Football League’s mirrored draw from last year means we can get a true reflection of how teams are faring in comparison with the previous 12 months.
Learmonth is the big surprise packet, with its unbeaten start to the campaign seeing it claim two more wins than this time in 2013. The Lakies are second on the ladder, seven places higher than they were after round five last year.
Beaufort hasn’t had an explosive start to the season, but a winless beginning last year makes the victories over Dunnstown and Newlyn all the more impressive under new coach Dale Power.
Bungaree and Gordon are the other teams that have improved their win-loss ratio this year.
The Demons are top of the table after five-straight triumphs, while the Eagles are in a better position despite being still outside the top eight. Both clubs have managed one more win this year.
Eight teams have produced the same win-loss record, while the remaining six have slipped on what they did to the same stage in 2013.
Of those is Buninyong, which was undefeated throughout the entire home and away rounds last year, but dropped a game to Springbank a few weeks back.
Percentage is also a good measure and eight sides have improved on that aspect of their game from 12 months ago.