VAFA Twitter Ladder 2014

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Who is top of the pops when it comes to Twitter followers in the VAFA? It’s the third annual VAFA Twitter ladder.
We started this in 2012 as an interest point to see where clubs were at with their use of social media and in particular Twitter. With the top four unchanged in the first two editions, we finally have a change to our podium places

Fitzroy again finish 2014 on top of the VAFA Twitter ladder with 1813* followers of their @Fitzroy_FC account. Old Xaverians have closed the gap slightly to the Roys and have also become the second VAFA club to pass the 1000 follower mark, they are again second with 1044 following @OldXavsFC.

The big movers of 2014 were no doubt the two premiers of Premier and Premier B. Taking third spot was University Blacks (@UniBlacksFC) with 661 who edged out University Blues (@UniBluesFC) on 617.
The surprise drop away from the top three is Hampton Rovers, but they do round out the top five. The Rovers do lead everyone above them for the number of tweets and the content they produce. Nevertheless Rovers will need to add to their 613 followers of @HRAFC if they are to make their way back to the top three next year.

Overall the number of followers of VAFA clubs climbed by 34% from 15,300 to 23,220, with almost 80% these followers unique.

The VAFA’s Twitter handle of @VAFA_HQ also grew by 27% which was not as fast as the average growth our clubs, but still saw the VAFA with over 4000 followers.
Fitzroy despite being at the top had one of the slowest growth rates of 19%, whilst their top five rivals all had stronger showings, led by Uni Blues (72% growth), Blacks (63%), Xaverians (58%) and Rovers (25%).
The biggest two climbers of the overall ladder were PEGS, up 11 spots from 39th to 28th spot and St Bernard’s who climbed 10 spots from 23rd to 13th. The VAFAUA also managed to climb 10 spots (from 32nd to 22nd).

Melbourne High School Old Boys form on the Twitter ladder mirrored their form on the field as the Unicorns fell nine spots to 30th.
Only six VAFA clubs do not have a Twitter account, Old Brighton, Oakleigh, Whitefriars, St Francis Xavier Manningham Cobras do not have accounts whilst South Mornington’s account has been deactivated.
Of the new additions to the list, Collegians made the biggest splash, but the Lions are still the poorest performed Premier club when it comes to Twitter followers. Their @collegianslions handle has picked up just the 96 followers to date.

New VAFA Club Parkside have 125 followers, however they had their account longer than just the past year.
The top 10 has six clubs from Premier, three from Premier B and one from Premier C.
The top 20 has nine of the clubs from Premier, but interestingly only an additional one form Premier B and two from Premier C. The highest ranked Division club is Hawthorn who will play in Division 3 next year. The Hawks are equal 15th with their @HawthornAFC handle attracting 438 followers.

St Mary’s Salesian (Division 1) 17th, Richmond Central (Division 2) 18th and Old Geelong (Division 1) 20th are the other three clubs from Divisions to make the top 20.
The club with the biggest growth from last year is Division 4 club Box Hill North, the Demons grew by 406% from their total in 2013.
Check the full VAFA Twitter ladder below and see where your clubs is.

 

2014 Rank Followers Name Twitter Handle 2013 Rank Change
1 1813 Fitzroy @Fitzroy_FC 1
2 1044 Old Xaverians @OldXavsFC 2
3 661 Uni Blacks @UniBlacksFC 5 Up 2
4 617 University Blues @UniBluesFC 8 Up 4
5 613 Hampton Rovers @HRAFC 3 Down 2
6 577 Marcellin OC @MarcellinOCFC 4 Down 2
7 535 Old Scotch @OSFC 10 Up 3
8 521 St Kevin’s Old Boys @SKOBFC 6 Down 2
9 506 De La Salle @DLSOCAFC 14 Up 5
10 495 Beaumaris @BeaumarisFC 9 Down 1
11 495 Therry Penola @TherryPenola 12 Up 1
12 483 Old Trinity @oldtrinityfc 7 Down 5
13 456 St Bernards OC @stbernardsfc 23 Up 10
14 441 Caulfield Grammarians @cgfcfooty 11 Down 3
15 438 Old Carey @OldCareyFC 18 Up 3
15 438 Hawthorn @HawthornAFC 17 Up 2
17 437 St Mary’s Salesian @smsafc 15 Down 2
18 436 Richmond Central @RichmondCentral 16 Down 2
19 429 Old Ivanhoe Gr @OIGFC 13 Down 6
20 413 Old Geelong @OldGeelong 20
21 408 AJAX @AjaxAFC_VAFA 24 Up 3
22 387 VAFAUA @vafaua 32 Up 10
23 385 South Melbourne Districts @SouthMelbDFC 22 Down 1
24 384 La Trobe Uni @LaTrobeUniFC 19 Down 5
25 376 Chadstone @ChadstoneFC 26 Up 1
26 356 Point Cook @PointCookFC 31 Up 5
27 348 Masala @MasalaFC 30 Up 3
28 341 PEGS @PEGS_FC 39 Up 11
29 340 Old Haileyburians @OHAFC_2014 37 Up 8
30 339 MHSOB @MHSOBFC 21 Down 9
31 338 Prahran Assumption @PAFC2Blues 28 Down 3
32 330 Ivanhoe @Ivanhoeafc 25 Down 7
33 328 Kew @KewFC 34 Up 1
34 324 Aquinas OC @aquinasfc 27 Down 7
35 316 North Old Boys/St Pat’s @NOBSPCBrunswick New*
36 314 Williamstown CYMS @TheCYsTweet 36 Up 1
37 311 West Brunswick @WestBrunswickFC 35 Down 1
38 305 Eley Park @eleyparkfc 29 Down 8
39 305 Monash Gryphons @MonashGryphons 38
40 291 UHS-VU @UHSVU 42 Up 3
41 285 Glen Eira Saints @GESaints 45 Up 5
42 284 Peninsula OB @PiratesFooty 33 Down 8
43 273 Old Paradians @oldparadiansafc 47 Up 5
44 258 Westbourne Grammarians @WestbourneGFC 48 Up 5
45 254 Elsternwick @wickersFC 43 Down 1
46 244 St Bedes Mentone Tigers @sbmt_tigers 51 Up 6
47 243 Mazenod OC @MazenodOCFC 49 Up 3
48 237 Northern Blues @NBFCamateurs 54 Up 7
49 233 Ormond @Ormond_AFC 53 Up 5
50 216 St Johns OC @StJohnsOCFC 41 Down 8
51 212 Old Melburnians @OldMelbFC 46 Down 4
52 198 Old Camberwell @oldcamberwell 50 Down 1
53 167 Box Hill North @BHNFC 61 Up 8
54 163 North Brunswick @NorthBrunnyFC 52 Down 1
55 139 Yarra Valley @YVOBFC 56 Up 2
56 135 Parkdale Vultures @ParkyVultures 55
57 130 Swinburne University @Swinburne_FC 62 Up 6
58 126 Bulleen Templestowe @thebullants 59 Up 2
59 125 Parkside FC @Parkside_FC New*
60 112 Old Mentonians @OldMentoniansFC 58 Down 1
61 96 Collegians @collegianslions New*
62 93 Albert Park @albertparkfc 71 New*
63 82 Emmaus St Leos OC @emmausstleos 60 Down 2
64 82 Monash Blues @MonashBlues New*
65 78 Power House @PowerhouseAFC 63 Down 1
66 39 Canterbury @CFC_Cobras New*
67 20 Mt Lilydale OC @MtLilydale New*
68 16 Old Eltham Collegians @elthamTurtle New*
69 Old Brighton
70 Oakleigh
71 Whitefriars
72 St Francis Xavier
73 Manningham Cobras
74 South Mornington

*All totals mentioned were correct as at Monday 8th December 2014.