I calculated the relative strengths of the sections from the International Challenge games, and determined the relative strengths of the individual players. I used zero as the standard, so the lowest player was rated a zero, and all the other players were rated in comparison to the zero player(s). Across all the games of the tournament, using zero as the standard, the sections performed as if the players were rated:
There were 31 players that participated in the International Challenge that was held in the UK during the same time as the World Cup. The teams in the International Challenge were Europe, France, Germany, and Holland. I took stats off the videos, and the top 10% in my favorite 4 categories were:
Highest personal possession percentage:
57% – Barbara Beaufils FR
53% – Alexandra Deurinck FR
50 % – Leonie Rathmann GE, Maarten Luitse HO, and Nathalie Garben HO
I calculate relative strength of sections at all tournaments where I get results, and I can determine the relative strength to which the section performed, compared to all other sections in the division. At the World Cup, since the players on the sections changed so much I could calculate the relative strength of the section when that particular individual was playing.
For each combination of players on a section, I calculated how much that section scored compared to all the sections they played against. Then I calculated what each player’s performance number should be to make it as close to the way they performed as possible. I used ’0′ as the standard, so the player(s) who had the lowest performance numbers were considered 0, then all other players were rated in comparison to them. Since the men only played the men and the women only played the women, I calculated them separately. The men’s numbers have no relation to the women’s numbers and vice-versa.
I know we were all wondering….
Manure : In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
There were a total of 37 swings at racquets. 8 of those swings (22%) got the ball out of the ball carrier’s racquet.
The team that was carrying the ball came back up with the ball 5 of those 8 times, so the ball only changed possession 8% of the time.
In 5 of the 37 swings, a penalty was called against the swinger, 14% of the time.