Australasia’s Best Sporting Team 2019 : Melbourne Storm

Platinum Asset Management and GAIN LINE Analytics
27 Nov 2019

Platinum Asset Management (Platinum), together with GAIN LINE Analytics (GAIN LINE), are pleased to present their analysis on Australasia’s (Australia and New Zealand) Best Sporting Team (ABST) 2019.

This is the first annual award following on from 2018 when GAIN LINE conducted a huge statistical analysis of 14 leagues over 25 years to come to determine that rugby union’s Crusaders from Christchurch, NZ were the strongest team over the 1994-2018 period.

Every game in every sport in Australasia that conducts an ongoing home/away or equivalent competition that included Australian and New Zealand teams has been analysed subject to the competition criteria. The annual analysis, based on rolling five year outcomes (2015-2019), is now extended to 16 competitions, including six women’s competitions.  8,210 individual matches were included in the dataset analysed.

ABST brings an analytical approach to how relationships within teams (‘cohesion’) are important drivers of success or failure; this is often overlooked in most conventional analysis which tends to study talent and leadership. In doing this analysis, we aim to start a new conversation about greatness, reward success, and unearth some hidden gems.

We are very pleased to announce the winning team in 2019 is Melbourne Storm (rugby league).  The runners up are the 1994-2018 winners, the Crusaders (rugby union), and third are NSW Breakers (women’s cricket).

Platinum has worked with GAIN LINE previously with regard to what makes a team successful and this has led to a focus on team ’cohesion’ as a key driver of success. In recognition of their success the Melbourne Storm were today presented with the opportunity to make a donation to a charitable cause.

The club has elected to pass the donation to the Leukaemia Foundation via head coach Craig Bellamy and winger Sandor Earl’s participation in the World's Greatest Shave to fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life.
Douglas Isles, investment specialist from Platinum commented “I was introduced to Ben Darwin and GAIN LINE’s theories on cohesion and teamwork around the 2015 Rugby World Cup. It resonated with work we had been doing around how best to present the strength and longevity of Platinum’s investment team. We became GAIN LINE’s first corporate client when they analysed Platinum as if we were a sporting team. Ben used group exercises to demonstrate cohesion in action to our staff, before we showcased his work to our clients; the feedback was outstanding”.

ABST is Platinum’s next iteration in working with GAIN LINE Analytics, to measure and recognise success, but also to emphasise to our clients and beyond, that the way a team is built is essential in determining its long-term success. To deliver outstanding outcomes, this is something we strongly believe in both as investors in companies and in managing our own investment team.

For the criteria and results of the top 25 overall, top 3 by sport and top 3 by state/country, please go to the following link:


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