The randomness of footy set to be decisive in nailbiting race to the finish

Scott Pendlebury smiles as Magpies players get around him to celebrate

In a season proving to be the closest in recent memory, the margin for error has never been slimmer — and a series of thrillers look set to shape the ladder.

Welcome to the AFL Round-Up, where we digest the week that was.

A flip of the coin

We, as human beings, don’t handle uncertainty and randomness very well. Most of us prefer to see the world through an ordered and logical lens, so the thought that chance and luck have as much to do with our fate as design and intention is an unsettling one.

Never does that tend to become more clear than when games of football get close.

Author: Ivan Robinson