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Stat Leaders: 2021 VFL – Round 3

THE 2021 Victorian Football League (VFL) season rolled on into its third round over the weekend, with 1 fixtures spread from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. There were a number of outstanding individual performances among the Round 3 action, as AFL-listed talent and state league guns alike topped a range of key categories. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders, as well as the season tallies to this point.

>> RESULTS: State League wrap

Usual forward Jake Riccardi swung into defence for GWS on Sunday and had a blinder, seeing him top the league for kicks and marks in Round 3. The 21-year-old racked up 40 disposals, with 31 of them delivered by foot and 19 earned via marks. His dynamic performance helped the Giants to a 30-point win over Southport, their first for the season.

It was no surprise to see Coburg ball magnet Marcus Lentini again tick over the 40-disposal mark, this time managing 42 against Brisbane in what was a battle of the Lions. The mid-season draft hopeful was just pipped atop the handball charts on the weekend by Gold Coast’s Will Brodie, who dished out 22 in the Suns’ narrow loss to Collingwood. In the same game, first year Magpie Reef McInnes got his hands dirty with a round-high 11 tackles.

Elsewhere, competition leading goalkicker Matt Hammelmann upped his season average (5.3) with a bag of six majors as Aspley went down to Frankston. The effort accounted for over half of the Hornets’ score, brining Hammelmann’s season tally to 16 after three games. Western Bulldogs ruck Jordon Sweet also excelled in his field, feasting to win 38 hitouts against inexperienced Northern Bullants’ talls.

Looking at the season leaders, Frankston jet Nathan Freeman has served a reminder of his class in 2021 with a clean run, topping the league for disposals and kicks. Jacob Dawson is another former AFL player finding plenty of ball, distributing more than any other player thus far by hand. Hammelmann and Casey’s James Munro are the other state leaguers topping charts, while AFL-listed bigmen Connor Ballenden and Ned Reeves have the most marks and hitouts respectively.

Find the full list of Round 3, and 2021 season stat leaders below.

ROUND 3 STAT LEADERS:

Disposals:
Marcus Lentini (Coburg) – 42

Kicks:
Jake Riccardi* (GWS) – 31

Handballs:
Will Brodie* (Gold Coast) – 22

Goals:
Matt Hammelmann** (Aspley) – 6

Marks:
Jake Riccardi* (GWS) – 19

Tackles:
Reef McInnes* (Collingwood) – 11

Hitouts:
Jordon Sweet* (Footscray) – 38

2021 SEASON STAT LEADERS:

Disposals:
Nathan Freeman (Frankston) – 117 total / 39.0 average

Kicks:
Nathan Freeman (Frankston) – 78 / 26.0

Handballs:
Jacob Dawson (Southport) – 56 / 18.7

Goals:
Matt Hammelmann (Aspley) – 16 / 5.3

Marks:
Connor Ballenden* (Brisbane) – 34 / 11.3

Tackles:
James Munro (Casey) – 28 / 9.3

Hitouts:
Ned Reeves* (Box Hill) – 118 / 39.3

* – denotes AFL-listed.
** – denotes season leader.

Image Credit: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos

Stat Leaders: 2021 NAB League Girls – Round 9

THE 2021 NAB League Girls season rolled on into its final home-and-away round over the weekend, with six of the seven fixtures played on Saturday. There were a number of outstanding individual performances among the Round 9 action, as competition resumed on the eve of finals. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders, as well as the season tallies to this point.

>> RESULTS: NAB League Round 9 wrap

After thumping the Bendigo Pioneers by 46 points on Saturday afternoon, the Western Jets had representation atop four key statistical areas. Charlotte Baskaran, who leads the competition for disposals overall, notched 31 this time around in another stellar performance. Fellow bottom-ager Montana Ham showed her aerial ability with a round-high seven marks, as ruck Krystal Russell also dominated the airways with 30 hitouts. Up forward, Caitlin Sargent booted four goals – including three in a commanding first half.

In the same game, Bendigo’s Drew Ryan was kept busy down back and it showed as she ticked up to seven rebound 50s. Northern’s Tannah Hurst matched that effort in the Knights’ win over Dandenong, as Murray bottom-ager Keeley Skepper proved productive further afield with a whopping 13 inside 50s on that trusty left foot.

Having cut her teeth at VFLW level with the Western Bulldogs, Lilli Condon returned for GWV and racked up 27 kicks in her side’s loss to Tasmania. On the Devils’ side, midfield jet Perri King showed her two-way work rate to lay 13 tackles as the Tasmanians locked up top spot in the country pool.

Elsewhere, Bridget Deed accumulated a competition-best handball tally this week with 14, while Eliza James (Oakleigh, pictured) and Annie Lee (Geelong) both matched Ham’s effort of seven marks.

Find the full list of Round 9, and 2021 season stat leaders below.

ROUND 9 STAT LEADERS:

Disposals:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets) – 31

Kicks:
Lilli Condon (GWV Rebels) – 27

Handballs:
Bridget Deed (Eastern Ranges) – 14

Marks:
Montana Ham (Western Jets) – 7
Eliza James (Oakleigh Chargers) – 7
Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons) – 7

Tackles:
Perri King (Tasmania Devils) – 13

Inside 50s:
Keeley Skepper (Murray Bushrangers) – 13

Rebound 50s:
Tannah Hurst (Northern Knights) – 7
Drew Ryan (Bendigo Pioneers) – 7

Hitouts:
Krystal Russell (Western Jets) – 30

Goals:
Caitlin Sargent (Western Jets) – 4


2021 SEASON STAT LEADERS:

Disposals:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets) – 187 total / 23.4 average

Kicks:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets) – 144 / 18.0

Handballs:
Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons) – 91 / 11.4

Marks:
Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons) – 40 / 6.7

Tackles:
Perri King (Tasmania Devils) – 77 / 9.6

Inside 50s:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets) – 46 / 5.8

Rebound 50s:
Molly Walton (GWV Rebels) – 38 / 4.8

Hitouts:
Krystal Russell (Western Jets) – 190 / 23.8

Goals:
Alyssia Pisano (Eastern Ranges) – 16 / 2.0

Stat Leaders: 2021 VFL Women’s – Round 8

THE 2021 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season rolled on into its eighth round over the weekend, with six fixtures spread from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. There were a number of outstanding individual performances among the Round 8 action, as AFLW-listed talent and state league guns alike topped a range of key categories. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders, as well as the season tallies to this point.

>> RESULTS: VFLW Round 8 wrap

North Melbourne’s thumping 41-point win over Carlton saw a bunch of ‘Roos hop to the top of the charts across multiple categories. Heading the disposals and kicks for Round 8 was Sarah Skinner, who delivered 20 of her 32 total touches by foot. First year AFLW Kangaroo Isabella Eddey also got in on the act, flicking a round-high 15 handballs, while developing tall Brooke Brown clunked a competition-best, nine marks.

Skinner was matched by 2020 St Kilda draftee Alice Burke on 20 kicks, with the father-daughter coup producing some terrific form in the VFLW of late. She was one of the Saints’ better players as they went down to Western Bulldogs on Friday night. While Burke and Skinner returned dominant performances, so did Marla Neal of Collingwood. She was just shy of a couple more round-highs, but did top the tackle charts with 14 alongside Port Melbourne’s Courteney Bromage.

A quartet of goalkickers bagged trios of goals with three of them being AFLW-listed players. Young key forwards Alyssa Bannan and Olivia Barber got on the board in Casey and Geelong’s respective wins, as Sabrina Frederick snared three of the Borough’s four majors as they went down to Bannan’s Demons. Elsewhere, Carlton’s Jorja Borg shot to the top of the season hitouts tally with 34 this week, though her side could not take toll in a heavy loss to North.

Find the full list of Round 8, and 2021 season stat leaders below.

ROUND 8 STAT LEADERS:

Disposals:
Sarah Skinner (North Melbourne) – 32

Kicks:
Sarah Skinner (North Melbourne) – 20
Alice Burke* (Southern) – 20

Handballs:
Isabella Eddey* (North Melbourne) – 15

Goals:
Alyssa Bannan* (Casey) – 3
Olivia Barber* (Geelong) – 3
Mia-Rae Clifford (Essendon) – 3
Sabrina Frederick* (Port) – 3

Marks:
Brooke Brown* (North Melbourne) – 9

Tackles:
Courtney Bromage (Port) – 14
Marla Neal (Collingwood) – 14

Hitouts:
Jorja Borg (Carlton) – 34

2021 SEASON STAT LEADERS:

Disposals:
Eliza West (Casey) – 177 total (22.1 per game)

Kicks:
Meagan Kiely (North Melbourne) – 130 (16.3)

Handballs:
Eliza West (Casey) – 82 (10.3)

Goals:
Imogen Milford (Casey) – 13

Marks:
Meagan Kiely (North Melbourne) – 35 (4.4)
Samara David (Darebin) – 35 (4.4)
Tara Bohanna (Southern) – 35 (4.4)

Tackles:
Tamara Smith (Geelong) – 90 (11.3)

Hitouts:
Jorja Borg (Carlton) – 161 (23.0)

Note: Stats not provided for Hawthorn-Williamstown fixture.

* – denotes AFLW-listed.

Image Credit: Kelly Defina/AFL Photos

Stat Leaders: 2021 NAB League – Round 3

THE 2021 NAB League season rolled on into its third round over the weekend, with six fixtures split evenly across Saturday and Sunday. There were a number of outstanding individual performances among the Round 3 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.

It was no surprise to see Oakleigh Chargers standout Nick Daicos enjoy another blinder, but the Collingwood father-son talent keeps on reaching new heights. Daicos racked up a season-high 40 disposals as his side thumped the Western Jets by 46 points on Sunday, with his 27 kicks and 11 inside 50s also registering as highs for the round. It is becoming increasingly difficult to deny him of number one status in the draft pool, with South Australian Jason Horne his lone genuine competitor at this early stage.

In the same game, a bunch of Jets were kept busy by the Chargers’ dominance. Top-age talent Cody Raak continued his brilliant early-season form with 10 rebound 50s, which should see him earn a VFL berth in short time. Co-captains Billy Cootee (11 marks) and Nash Reynolds (10 tackles) led from the front in Western’s loss, staking their own claims as players to watch going forward.

Northern skipper Joel Trudgeon was one of the many Knights to have a day out against Gippsland, with his efforts seeing him top the handball and goal charts. He shared both those honours with teammates, as Josh Ward also racked up 19 handballs and Ned Long was the other Knight to kick three majors, along with Greater Western Victoria’s Ben Kellett.

Elsewhere, another 19th-year prospect in Will Bravo laid 10 tackles to be level with Western’s Reynolds in that category, while Eastern Ranges tall Jack Diedrich was dominant in the hitout department with 32 against Tasmania, putting him ahead of a very strong list of rucks this week.

Find the full list of Round 3’s stat leaders below.


ROUND 3 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 40

Kicks:
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 27

Handballs:
Josh Ward (Northern Knights) – 19
Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) – 19

Marks:
Billy Cootee (Western Jets) – 11

Tackles:
Will Bravo (Dandenong Stingrays) – 10
Nash Reynolds (Western Jets) – 10

Inside 50s:
Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) – 11

Rebound 50s:
Cody Raak (Western Jets) – 10

Hitouts:
Jack Diedrich (Eastern Ranges) – 32

Goals:
Ben Kellett (GWV Rebels) – 3
Ned Long (Northern Knights) – 3
Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) – 3

Stat Leaders: 2021 NAB League – Round 2

THE 2021 NAB League season rolled on into its second full round over the weekend, with six fixtures split evenly across Saturday and Sunday. There were a number of outstanding individual performances among the Round 2 action, as serious draft contenders and even more fresh faces topped a range of key categories. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders.

Standout Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Connor Macdonald achieved what would effectively be considered Australian football’s version of a quadruple-double; accumulating 33 disposals, 10 marks, 12 tackles, and 10 inside 50s. His efforts were not quite enough to drag the ‘Rays home to four points, but Macdonald earned the Round 2 Draft Central Player of the Week nod and topped all four aforementioned stat charts. His draft stocks are rising.

Joining Macdonald on a round-high 10 inside 50s was Tasmania’s Oliver Sanders, who led all comers as the Devils went down to Calder in their maiden 2021 outing. His teammate, Sam Banks started the season well with a high of 23 kicks and 10 rebound 50s, both of which were matched by Eastern Ranges rebounder Mitchell Sruk. Murray’s Paddy Parnell also ticked into double digits for rebounds.

A couple of top-agers who were unlucky to be overlooked last year also found themselves among the most prolific ball winners. A third Tasmanian, Oliver Davis racked up 16 handballs alongside tough Northern Knights midfielder Ewan Macpherson. In the same game as Davis, fast-developing Calder ruck Liam Podhajski won a monster 40 hitouts, with his form likely to see him tried in the VFL this year.

Rounding out this week’s stat leaders were the goalkickers. Leading Murray talent Josh Rachele took full toll as he spent most of his outing up forward, booting four majors and showing plenty of forward 50 smarts in his side’s win over Geelong. His efforts were matched by promising Oakleigh forward Dylan Thomas, whose crafty left foot did plenty of damage as the Chargers trumped Eastern on Saturday.

Find the full list of Round 2’s stat leaders below.

ROUND 2 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays) – 33

Kicks:
Sam Banks (Tasmania Devils) – 23
Mitchell Sruk (Eastern Ranges) – 23

Handballs:
Ewan Macpherson (Northern Knights) – 16
Oliver Davis (Tasmania Devils) – 16

Marks:
Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays) – 10

Tackles:
Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays) – 12

Inside 50s:
Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays) – 10
Oliver Sanders (Tasmania Devils) – 10

Rebound 50s:
Sam Banks (Tasmania Devils) – 10
Paddy Parnell (Murray Bushrangers) – 10
Mitchell Sruk (Eastern Ranges) – 10

Hitouts:
Liam Podhajski (Calder Cannons) – 40

Goals:
Josh Rachele (Murray Bushrangers) – 4
Dylan Thomas (Oakleigh Chargers) – 4

Stat Leaders: NAB League Girls Round 4 – Lee, Slender rack up the stats

ROUND 4 of the 2021 NAB League Girls season again saw six high quality games completed, with top performers from five of the fixtures and six different teams leading the stat charts this weekend. With fixture shuffling and plenty of football to be played in the coming fortnight, some players lifting their level at a great time.

Two players topped multiple categories over the weekend, with Geelong Falcons defender Annie Lee putting in a Draft Central Player of the Week performance, and Bendigo Pioneers’ Tara Slender returning with a bang after she missed a week due to the new concussion protocols.

Lee led the competition for kicks (19) and rebound 50s (10) in a dominant display from defence, while Slender mixed her time between multiple roles to accumulate round highs in disposals (27) and marks (10). Lee was not far behind Slender with 22 touches and eight marks, as Slender fell just short of Lee’s kick record with 18.

Both players had teammates also feature on the stat leaders list, with Ash Van Loon (Geelong) and Jemma Finning (Bendigo) working hard during their respective outings. Van Loon laid a monstrous 15 tackles to bring her season average close to 10, while Finning finished level with Tasmania’s Ella Maurer on a round-high 12 handballs.

Elsewhere, Northern Knights forward Megan Girolami dominated inside 50 against Gippsland with six goals, but saw the Power’s Grace Matser achieve a top hitout count of 23 in the same game. Dynamic Dandenong prospect Emily Shepherd ranked highest for inside 50s (nine), rounding out the Round 4 stat leaders.

ROUND 4 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Tara Slender (Bendigo Pioneers) – 27

Kicks:
Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons) – 19

Handballs:
Jemma Finning (Bendigo Pioneers) – 12
Ella Maurer (Tasmania Devils) – 12

Marks:
Tara Slender (Bendigo Pioneers) – 10

Tackles:
Ash Van Loon (Geelong Falcons) – 15

Inside 50s:
Emily Shepherd (Dandenong Stingrays) – 9

Rebound 50s:
Annie Lee (Geelong Falcons) – 10

Hitouts:
Grace Matser (Gippsland Power) – 23

Goals:
Megan Girolami (Northern Knights) – 6

Stat Leaders: NAB League Girls Round 3 – Condon, Reid kick it up a gear

ROUND 3 of the 2021 NAB League Girls season saw the cream rise to the top once again as six high-level games were completed. An unexpected week of and resultant fixture shuffle did little to stop players from hitting the ground running, as many top-end talents picked up right from where they left off.

Industrious Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels small, Lilli Condon was joined by Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Stella Reid and Gippsland Power defender Matilda Van Berkel as players who topped two different statistical areas on the weekend, presenting a mixed bag of standout performers.

Condon and Reid were tied with tough Northern Knights midfielder, Maeve Chaplin on a competition-high 24 disposals in their most recent outings, as a raft of ball winners ticked over 20 touches. Condon also notched the most kicks (20) of anyone in Round 3, while Reid took the equal-most marks (six) alongside Van Berkel and two others. Van Berkel was also tied for the most rebound 50s (seven) after standing up in an under-siege Gippsland defence.

Hard-working Oakleigh midfielder, Amanda Ling was productive at ground level and at the coalface with 17 handballs, while Calder standout Georgie Prespakis again showcased her two-way impact with 18 tackles. Prespakis’ latest defensive efforts from the engine room brings her tackle average for the year to 14.5 – over three more per game than the next best player.

In an attacking sense, Draft Central Player of the Week Emily Shepherd topped the inside 50s count this time around with eight, coming from an impressive 23 disposals and three marks to go with six tackles and two goals. Fellow Round 3 Player of the Week nominee, Alyssia Pisano booted the most majors alongside Geelong’s Renee Tierney, though the latter’s feat does not show on the stat sheet.

Data from the Geelong-Bendigo clash was only taken up to three quarter time, which hampered the numbers of a few other gun players. Defender Annie Lee could well have stood alone atop the list of markers, while skipper Poppy Schaap was on track to lead the same category as well as the inside 50s after being credited with six in each.

16-year-old Western Jets tall Krystal Russell again impressed in the ruck, backing up a promising debut performance with 28 hitouts – accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the total hitouts registered as Western fell to Dandenong. See below for the full list of stat leaders from Round 3.


ROUND 3 STAT LEADERS

Kicks:
Lilli Condon – 20

Handballs:
Amanda Ling – 17

Disposals:
Stella Reid – 24
Lilli Condon – 24
Meave Chaplin – 24

Marks:
Stella Reid – 6
Poppy Schaap – 6
Annie Lee – 6
Matilda Van Berkel – 6

Tackles:
Georgie Prespakis – 18

Inside 50s:
Emily Shepherd – 8

Rebound 50s:
Matilda Van Berkel – 7
Mindy Quade – 7

Hitouts:
Krystal Russell – 28

Goals:
Renee Tierney – 4
Alyssia Pisano – 4

Sturgess hitting the mark with top efficiency

NORTHERN Knights’ Ryan Sturgess is hitting the mark as a bottom-ager in the TAC Cup competition. The 187cm young defender is the most efficient kick from all players with 50 or more kicks thus far this season. Sturgess has played the six games, averaging 19.3 disposals and four rebounds. Of his 70 kicks, 57 were deemed as effective, with just six ineffective and seven clangers.

Following Sturgess is Western Jets’ defender and AFL Academy member Buku Khamis, who has had 57 kicks with a kicking efficiency of 80.7 per cent. Oakleigh Chargers’ midfielder Lachlan Bugeja only just reached the 50-kick minimum with his fifth game on the weekend, and is the only other player to reach the mark and hit four of his five targets by foot.

It is no surprise to see defenders dominate the list, with many clubs putting their better kickers behind the ball to rebound out of the back half. Overagers Matthew McGannon and Laitham Vandermeer feature on the list, as does bottom-ager Ryan Sparkes. Calder Cannons’ defender Lucas Cavallaro is also on the list and at 74.3 per cent kicking efficiency, has the highest efficiency of any player with at least 40 per cent contested possession rate.

Gippsland Power’s Boadie Motton is the next highest, with 68.4 per cent of his kicks hitting the target, while winning 41.5 per cent of his possessions at the coal face. Vic Country representative Jake Frawley has won an impressive 49.1 per cent of his possessions in a contest, yet maintains a 67.7 per cent kicking efficiency. The list also features key forward and leading goal kicker Hudson Garoni, over-ager Cannons co-captain Mitch Podhajski, AFL Academy defender Isaac Quaynor, and GWV Rebels’ pair Matt Schnerring and Jed Hill. It is also worth noting that Sandringham Dragons’ Liam Stocker – 10th for kicking efficiency with 63.2 per cent – has the highest contested possession rate on the list with 53.4 per cent of his possessions won in a contest.

Cavallaro and Vandermeer also lead all-comers when it comes to having at least 20 effective long kicks this season. They are ahead of Dandenong midfielder Jamie Plumridge, talented Oakleigh Chargers bottom-ager Dylan Williams, and Frawley. Others who made that particular list are Geelong Falcons Sam Torpy and Charlie Harris, Dandenong’s Lachlan McDonnell and Northern’s Ryan Gardner – who leads the league with the most long kicks, 37 in total.

Top 10 highest kicking efficiencies: (Minimum 50 kicks)

1 | Ryan Sturgess (NK) 81.4%
2 | Buku Khamis (WJ) 80.7%
3 | Lachlan Bugeja (OC) 80.0%
4 | Matthew McGannon (GP) 75%
4 | Ryan Sparkes (GP) 75%
6 | Lucas Cavallaro (CC) 74.3%
7 | Laitham Vandermeer (MB) 73.5%
8 | Joel Randall (NK) 72.5%
9 | Jamie Plumridge (DS) 72.2%
10 | Ismail Moussa (CC) 72.1%

Top 10 highest kicking efficiencies: (Contested possession 40% minimum)

1 | Lucas Cavallaro (CC) 74.3%
2 | Boadie Motton (GP) 68.4%
3 | Jake Frawley (DS) 67.7%
4 | Lachlan McDonnell (DS) 65.9%
5 | Hudson Garoni (MB) 65.6%
6 | Mitch Podhajski (CC) 65%
7 | Isaac Quaynor (OC) 64.2%
8 | Matt Schnerring (GWV) 63.4%
9 | Jed Hill (GWV) 63.3%
10 | Liam Stocker (SD) 63.2%

Top 10 Kicking Efficiencies: (Minimum 20 effective long kicks)

1 | Lucas Cavallaro (CC) 74.3%
2 | Laitham Vandermeer (MB) 73.5%
3 | Jamie Plumridge (DS) 72.2%
4 | Dylan Williams (OC) 71%
5 | Jake Frawley (DS) 67.7%
6 | Sam Torpy (GF) 66.7%
7 | Lachlan McDonnell (DS) 65.9%
8 | Charlie Harris (GF) 65.5%
9 | Ryan Gardner (NK) 65.3%
10 | Isaac Quaynor (OC) 64.2%