WHEN it comes to Australian Rules, if kicks are the bread, then surely handballs are the butter. In keeping with last weeks’ theme, we are continuing with taking a deeper look into disposal stats in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. This time we specifically are looking at most handballs in round ten and all throughout the season. Round ten saw a outstanding effort from all teams, proving that despite the season drawing to a close, no team has the dream of finals out of its sight.
Alison Drennan of the Southern Saints topped with 69 per cent handball efficiency as well as having the most handballs in the league with 115 in eight games. Bulldog’s Naomi Ferres and Sarah Jolly both made the top 10 with their win over Essendon (35-2), with 80 per cent and 83 per cent efficiency respectfully. Geelong also saw three of its team making the list. Midfielder Richelle Cranston showed a dominant performance against the Saints with 79 per cent efficiency and topping disposals for that game. Following Cranston was Madaleine McMahon with 62 per cent and Kate Darby 80 per cent efficiency.
In the season so far, Drennan once again has shown clear command as far as individual handballs go. Drennan has three separate positions in the top 10, taking out both the first, second and seventh spots. Other honourable mentions include Renee Garing who feature three times on the list too, as well as keen utility player Kate Gillespie-Jones with two spots also. There is a clear distribution among the list where players of teams that are high and low on the ladder are presented, which really shows how spectacular the talent in the VFL Women’s really is.
Most Handballs: Round Ten
|Player||Team||Handballs in Round 10|
|Alison Drennan||Southern Saints||16|
|Naomi Ferres||Western Bulldogs||15|
|Sarah Jolly||Western Bulldogs||12|
|Clara Fitzpatrick||Melbourne Uni||11|
Most Individual Handballs: Season so Far
|Player||Team||Number of Handballs||Round|
|Alison Drennan||Southern Saints||22||4|
|Alison Drennan||Southern Saints||20||2|
|Kate Gillespie-Jones||Melbourne Uni||16||5|
|Alison Drennan||Southern Saints||16||10|
|Kate Gillespie-Jones||Melbourne Uni||15||4|
|Bianca Jakobsson||Casey Demons||15||9|
|Naomi Ferres||Western Bulldogs||15||10|