One of the interesting comments that comes up again and again on the forums is something like 'But remember how good that player was at the beginning of season?' or, but while he may have had 5 starts, he has only played for a total of an hour or, the ratings given by that journalist are so clearly biased etc.
As a result, the munster fans squad has taken the time over the summer to develop a Munsterfans player tracker which will track all players in the squad over the course of the season, counting up points scored, minutes played and subjective ratings of their performance over the course of the season. Each member of Munsterfans will be able to rate a player's performance from 1 to 10, with each result having a specific meaning. We'll borrow the Green and Gold Rugby (http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/wal...layer-ratings/) rating descriptions for now until we develop our own, more colloquial version:
10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books
9 – Outstanding performance: Man of the match shoo-in
8 – Excellent all-round game
7 – Good game with a few sparkles
6 – Solid performance
5 – Average – ho hum
4 – Below par
3 – Had a bad game
2 – Tell your story walking pal
1 – A complete joke
After each game, you can give each player a rating, and these ratings will all be averaged together to create an aggregate munster-fans community rating for each player. In addition to these, we have a panel of 'experts' who will also rate players, and their ratings will be tracked separately.
The rating system is now ready for beta testing and feedback at this URL:
That link will bring you to 4 tabs:
1) Top rated players: The aim of this tab is to show a list of the currently top rated players from 1 to 15. To have their rating count towards this tab, they need to have started the match in that position. It aims to show the players with the highest average rating over the course of the season.
2) Matches: This is a list of fixtures up to christmas, and is where you will go to enter your rating for players in a specific fixture.
3) Positions: This provides a graphical view of how all player ratings in a specific position have fluctuated over the course of a season. Currently there isn't enough data available to have meaningful information here, so it currently generates random graph data. Once we are three matches into the season, this will switch to 'live' data.
4) Players: This is a list of all players who have played any minutes for Munster this season, how many minutes played, points scored etc. Each column is 'sortable' by clicking on the column header, so you can sort by minutes played or whatever.
I hope that this will prove to be interesting and useful over the course of this season and future seasons, please bear in mind that it is in beta so there are likely to be teething problems and bugs discovered as we start using it. Please post bug reports, comments and suggestions in the forums, and I'll work my way through them when I get a chance (this won't be for a couple of weeks due to heading off on holiday!).
The data that we collect with this will be used to drive additional widgets in the future such as 'Players to watch' (ratings have increased week on week for a period of time) etc.