It’s early days but AFL games are on the way to becoming longer in 2019, with the average length of games after three rounds at their highest level since 2011.
The average length of the 27 games played so far this season has stretched out to 123 minutes 12 seconds a game with three of the nine games played in round three lasting longer than 130 minutes.
The average length of games over the 207 matches played in 2018 was 121.36 minutes with the average length of a game in 2011 being 124.01 minutes.
The final quarter of the exciting Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide game played last Saturday night lasted an extraordinary 37.22 minutes as nine goals were kicked and the Lions’ Zak Butters went off under the blood rule and Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray hurt his shoulder.
Having stretched out to 134.43 minutes, the Lions v Port Adelaide match was the longest game so far this season with Friday night’s Melbourne v Essendon (131.49) and Saturday’s GWS v Richmond (130.52) matches also stretching out past 130 minutes.