Over the course of the season we’ll keep tabs on the yellow and red card situation for both Brisbane and the rest of the league. It all adds up to the ‘Fair play Award’ on the A-League’s annual awards night, an award which was won last season by Wellington Phoenix.
Brisbane have had a strong record in the discipline stakes over the years, with the Roar winning the award 5 of the 10 years, including all three of their championship seasons.
For those unaware, the award is decided on a points system, with points accrued for Yellow Cards, Second Yellow Cards and Straight Red Cards.
Here’s a breakdown on how the points system works:
1 Point- Yellow Card
2 Points- Second Yellow Card
3 Points- Red Card
All data in this series is collated from the official match reports posted on the A-League website.
Over the season we’ll bring monthly updates on the progress of the standings, both from a league wide table standpoint and a look at the Brisbane Roar card tally and who may be close to a ban.
Starting with the league wide focus, here’s where the table stands after the completion of the October fixtures.
On the back of a strong start to the season on the park, Brisbane Roar currently sit top of the discipline table with just five cautions in the opening month of the campaign, with Adelaide sitting in second four points behind.
On the back of picking up a massive six yellow cards in their last start win over Melbourne City, the Jets find themselves on the bottom of the table, with Central Coast one point better off on 13.
Over the opening month of the season, the league is averaging 26 cautions a week, which equates to over five per game, while four players have been sent off so far this season for an average of one per round.
Moving on to the Brisbane specific section of this recap, just the five players so far have picked up a caution, with none picking up more than the one. Here is the Brisbane card count from the opening month of the season.
Theo received his for time wasting in the opening round of the season, as did Jade North who was booked for an intentional hand ball against the Wanderers. Jerome Polenz found his way into the referee’s notebook in the round 3 loss to Wellington Phoenix while Hingert and Maclaren were booked in the weekends win over Adelaide.
With players having to pick up four cautions before they get a mandatory one week suspension, currently there are no Brisbane players in danger of suffering that fate, but it will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
The next update will be at the conclusion of the November fixtures, which is slated to occur following the completion of round 8.