THE 2021 NAB League season returned for its fourth round over the weekend, with the inclusion of Northern Academies seeing nine fixtures split across Saturday and Sunday. There were a number of outstanding individual performances among the Round 4 action, as serious draft contenders and prospects on the rise topped a range of key categories. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders.
Oakleigh Chargers captain Nick Daicos continues to put up ridiculous numbers in the Under 19s competition, racking up another 44 disposals as his side went down to Murray on Saturday. The Collingwood father-son prospect leads the league in that department, as well as in kicks and goals. He was beaten out for total kicks in Round 4 though, with Geelong Falcons wingman Noah Gribble notching 25, while Carlton father-son hopeful Charlie McKay dished out a round-high 22 handballs having been afforded more midfield minutes.
Another club skipper, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) key forward Josh Rentsch topped the charts for goals (five) and marks (nine) this past weekend, sharing both honours with other players. Northern Knights debutant Anthony Caminiti also snared a handful of majors, while Eastern small Jake Arundell and GIANTS Academy member Matthew Hamblin matched the Rebels bigman for marks.
Northern had strong representation on the stats sheet after its big win over the Brisbane Lions Academy, with leader Joel Trudgeon laying a league-best 14 tackles. He is also the overall leader in that department, as well as in handballs. Angus Seivers was the other Knight to feature atop the charts in Round 4, winning 25 hitouts with more permanent duties in the ruck.
Elsewhere, a pair of academy members were able to penetrate the arcs at either end of the ground more than anyone else. Swans Academy product Felix Rogers was productive with 10 inside 50s, while GIANTS Academy defender Sam Frost ticked up to 12 rebound 50s from the other end of the ground.
Find the full list of Round 4, and overall season stat leaders below.
ROUND 4 STAT LEADERS
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 44
Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons) – 25
Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons) – 22
Jake Arudnell (Eastern Ranges) – 9
Matthew Hamblin (GIANTS Academy) – 9
Josh Rentsch (GWV Rebels) – 9
Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) – 14
Felix Rogers (Swans Academy) – 10
Sam Frost (GIANTS Academy) – 12
Angus Seivers (Northern Knights) – 25
Anthony Caminiti (Northern Knights) – 5
Josh Rentsch (GWV Rebels) – 5
2021 NAB LEAGUE OVERALL STAT LEADERS
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 142 total / 35.5 average
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 89 / 22.3
Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) – 57 / 14.3
Daniel Turner (Murray Bushrangers) – 32 / 8.0
Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) – 39 / 9.8
James Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays) – 25 / 6.3
Cody Raak (Western Jets) – 34 / 8.5
Ned Moyle (Oakleigh Chargers) – 106 / 26.5
Paul Curtis (Western Jets) – 9 / 2.3
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 9 / 2.3
Eren Soylemez (Sandringham Dragons) – 9 / 2.3