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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: 2021 NAB League – Round 1

THE 2021 NAB League season commenced across a five-day stretch from Thursday to Monday, with players blowing out the cobwebs and getting stuck back into competitive action. There were a number of outstanding individual performances across the six fixtures, with top five draft candidates and some fresh faces topping a range of categories. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders.

It was no surprise to see Eastern Ranges jet Tyler Sonsie soar straight to the top of the disposal charts, racking up a round-high 34 touches in his side’s win over the Calder Cannons. A classy midfielder who can roll forward, Sonsie also notched up six inside 50s and booted two goals in his best afield display. The 18-year-old’s performance only solidified his standing as a top five draft candidate this year.

Gippsland prospect Max Walton was not far behind his metro counterpart in the Power’s loss to Dandenong, kept busy in the back half with 32 disposals. A remarkable 30 of them were kicks, making him a clear leader in that category as well as in the rebound 50s count (10).

Both players had teammates feature elsewhere, with Gippsland skipper Luis D’Angelo notching a high of 15 handballs to be equal with Geelong top-ager Archie Hildebrandt, and Thomas Crole booting four goals for Gippy as Corey Preston managed the same feat for Eastern. Preston’s teammate Jake Arundell also recorded the most inside 50s (eight) alongside Calder’s Harrison Andronaco and Dandenong’s James Cahill.

Flying Calder wingman Flynn Gentile has found plenty of the ball in his two games thus far, and that was no different on Friday as he worked hard for 15 marks. Speaking of, Oakleigh’s Julian Gangi got his hands dirty with nine tackles in one of the most high-quality games of Under 19s football ever, against Sandringham. Geelong tall Toby Conway was the round’s other chart-topper, winning a monster 33 hitouts on Thursday evening.

It is worth noting, a trio of Western Jets talents also achieved would-be highs in their standalone season opener against Calder. The players in question were Liam Conway (eight inside 50s), Cody Raak (11 rebound 50s), and Adam Azzopardi (nine tackles).

Find the full list of Round 1’s stat leaders below.

ROUND 1 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Tyler Sonsie (Eastern Ranges) – 34

Kicks:
Max Walton (Gippsland Power) – 30

Handballs:
Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power) – 15
Archie Hildebrandt (Geelong Falcons) – 15

Marks:
Flynn Gentile (Calder Cannons) – 15

Tackles:
Julian Gangi (Oakleigh Chargers) – 9

Inside 50s:
Harrison Andronaco (Calder Cannons) – 8
Jake Arundell (Eastern Ranges) – 8
James Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays) – 8

Rebound 50s:
Max Walton (Gippsland Power) – 10

Hitouts:
Toby Conway (Geelong Falcons) – 33

Goals:
Thomas Crole (Gippsland Power) – 4
Corey Preston (Eastern Ranges) – 4

Stat Leaders: NAB League Girls Round 2a & 5 – Ham, Reid make their mark

THE LAST five days have seen as many NAB League Girls games played out over said time, completing Round 5 and making up for some lost Round 2 fixtures. A number of top performers stood out across the extended run of matches, translating to some formidable numbers on the stat sheet. We take a look at this week’s stat leaders.

Two players topped multiple categories during the five-day stretch, with Oakleigh’s Stella Reid and Western’s Montana Ham racking up huge numbers in impactful performances. Reid notched a season-high 29 disposals as her Chargers scraped home by a point over Dandenong, while Ham laid 11 tackles in the Jets’ loss to Tasmania. Both players also achieved round-high inside 50 counts of seven, as Paige Ryan pumped forward 13 rebounds.

Tasmania played twice within three days and picked up consecutive wins to boot, making their Victorian travels all the more fruitful. Speaking of, Perri King racked up a competition-high 20 kicks not once, but twice as her Devils won out over Bendigo and Western. Fellow Tasmanians Claire Ransom and Madison Brazendale featured atop the handball and inside 50 charts respectively.

In front of goal, Charli Murphy stood head and shoulders above the rest with a haul of five-straight majors as Sandringham thumped Gippsland on Sunday. In the same game, Power ruck Grace Matser had the week’s most hitouts for the second time running with 23, while Matilda Van Berkel‘s six marks put her level with a trio of Bendigo Pioneers in that stat. Those three players were Tara Slender, Emma Gilligan, and Octavia Di Donato.

Find the full list of Round 2 and 5’s stat leaders below.

ROUND 2a/5 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Stella Reid (Oakleigh Chargers) – 29

Kicks:
Perri King (Tasmania Devils) – 20

Handballs:
Claire Ransom (Tasmania Devils) – 15

Marks:
Tara Slender (Bendigo Pioneers) – 6
Emma Gilligan (Bendigo Pioneers) – 6
Octavia Di Donato (Bendigo Pioneers) – 6
Matilda Van Berkel (Gippsland Power) – 6

Tackles:
Montana Ham (Western Jets) – 11

Inside 50s:
Stella Reid (Oakleigh Chargers) – 7
Montana Ham (Western Jets) – 7
Madison Brazendale (Tasmania Devils) – 7

Rebound 50s:
Paige Ryan (Western Jets) – 13

Hitouts:
Grace Matser (Gippsland Power) – 23

Goals:
Charli Murphy (Sandringham Dragons) – 5

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

Stat Leaders: NAB League Girls Round 1 – Rowbottom, Baskaran dominate opening weekend

THE OPENING round of NAB League Girls action for 2021 saw the cream rise to the top after 11 months away from competitive football, with a couple of metro gems dominating the stats sheet. Draft Central Player of the Week nominees Charlotte Baskaran (winner) and Charlie Rowbottom topped the charts in multiple areas and both achieved round-high disposal hauls of 28 as clear top performers for their respective teams.

Western’s Baskaran also laid 11 tackles and earned the most Draft Central fantasy points (113) to put her head and shoulders above the rest in a well-rounded display. Even more remarkable, her feats came in a 21-point loss at the hands of Eastern. Rowbottom was just as damaging with a competition-high eight inside 50s, showcasing her potential to impact going forward. Add two goals to the mix, and it was a complete performance from the 18-year-old Oakleigh jet.

Elsewhere, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) tall Ella Friend put her best traits on display with a remarkable display of aerial contested work. The 2021 AFL Women’s Academy member led all comers with six marks as she dominated the airways against Geelong. Speaking of, promising Northern ruck and former basketballer, Georgia Kitchell led the league for hitouts, winning 24 in a competitive duel against Oakleigh’s Ruby Vanden Boom (18 hitouts).

A five-way tie in the tackling department highlights just how competitive Round 1 was, with Baskaran leading a star-studded pack on 11. Highly-touted Calder talent Georgie Prespakis was involved in every contest and got her hands dirty, joined by top Gippsland midfielder Grace McRae, impactful Tasmanian prospect Perri King, and promising Eastern performer Bridget Deed. Deed’s Ranges teammate Mia Busch was also tied for the most rebound 50s (eight) with GWV’s Chloe Leonard.

While the players above could not be separated, there was one forward head and shoulders above the rest in front of goal this week. Tasmania’s Amy Prokopiec adapted beautifully to her fresh forward role with four majors, helping the Devils trump Gippsland in emphatic fashion. She finished one goal ahead of opportunistic Oakleigh forward Ameille Smith, who snared three on debut.

ROUND 1 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western) – 28
Charlie Rowbottom (Oakleigh) – 28

Marks:
Ella Friend (GWV) – 6

Tackles:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western) – 11
Grace McRae (Gippsland) – 11
Bridget Deed (Eastern) – 11
Perri King (Tasmania) – 11
Georgie Prespakis (Calder) – 11

Hitouts:
Georgia Kitchell (Northern) – 24

Inside 50s:
Charlie Rowbottom (Oakleigh) – 9

Rebound 50s:
Chloe Leonard (GWV) – 8
Mia Busch (Eastern) – 8

Goals:
Amy Prokopiec (Tasmania) – 4

DC Fantasy Points:
Charlotte Baskaran (Western) – 113

2021 AFLW Stat Leaders: Round 1 – Houghton, Parker dominate the stats sheet

THE AFL Women’s season bounced down on Thursday night and produced plenty of eye-catching moments across its opening round, no less on the stats sheet. We take a look at some of the interesting statistical quirks and broken records to come out of the weekend’s action, while also giving a nod to the individual stat leaders across each category.

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Outstanding individual performances from Fremantle’s Gemma Houghton and GWS’ Alyce Parker put them atop multiple categories this week, with both arguably their respective teams’ best player at Fremantle Oval on Sunday. Houghton became the first woman to achieve a game of over 20 disposals, 10 running bounces, and three goals – a feat the likes of Dale Thomas, Brent Harvey, and David King all managed in the men’s league. She topped four key stat lines, while Parker lead in three areas as two clear player of the week candidates.

Parker and GWS teammate, Rebecca Beeson may have led all comers in Round 1 with 28 disposals apiece, but Melbourne midfielder Karen Paxman was on track to easily trump those numbers at half time of her outing against Gold Coast. The 32-year-old amassed 13 disposals in the second term to take her first half tally to 19, putting her well on track to beat Anne Hatchard‘s AFLW record of 34. She finished with 25, but the damage was done as Melbourne ran out 21-point victors.

North Melbourne nearly toppled multiple other records in its 62-point destruction of Geelong at Kardinia Park on Sunday. The Roos’ romp made for the third-highest winning margin in AFLW history, and was their second-highest total across three seasons in the competition. One thing the Kangaroos did achieve was the highest-ever opening round percentage (788.9) in AFL/AFLW history, which inevitably aided the competition as a whole in managing the highest-scoring AFLW opening round.

ROUND 1 STAT LEADERS

Disposals:
Alyce Parker (GWS) – 28
Rebecca Beeson (GWS) – 28

Marks:
Gemma Houghton (FRE) – 9

Contested Marks:
Isabel Huntington (WB) – 5

Inside 50s:
Kirsty Lamb (WB) – 6

Rebound 50s:
Kiara Bowers (FRE) – 6

Disposal Efficiency (10+ disposals):
Ellie McKenzie (RIC) – 100%

Contested Possessions:
Alyce Parker (GWS) – 18

Intercept Possessions:
Janelle Cuthbertson – 17

Goals:
Gemma Houghton (FRE) – 3
Sabreena Duffy (FRE) – 3
Emma King (NM) – 3
Ellie Gavalas (NM) – 3

Clearances:
Jasmine Garner (NM) – 7
Isabel Dawes (BRI) – 7
Jaimee Lambert (COL) – 7
Alyce Parker (GWS) – 7

Tackles:
Hannah Button (ADE) – 13

Metres Gained:
Gemma Houghton (FRE) – 484.3

Hitouts:
Emma King (NM) – 30

Score Involvements:
Gemma Houghton (FRE) – 10

Featured Image: Docker Gemma Houghton was the dominant stat leader in Round 1 | Credit: Will Russell/AFL Photos

Silvagni leads the way in score involvements

WITH all the tactics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in today’s football, the golden principle to winning is the same as it was when the game was founded – score more than your opposition. So as the TAC Cup had a bye over the weekend, it was an opportune time – ahead of the multiple schools competitions starting – to look at which players led the way in score involvements in the opening three rounds. Score involvements of course include goals, behinds and score assists, with a number of midfielders setting up teammates down the field, which is still important in kicking a winning score.

Oakleigh Chargers and possible Carlton father-son Ben Silvagni leads the way with a total of 15 score involvements in season 2018. The mobile forward has booted four goals, six behinds and had five score assists to cover each key category. Just behind him is Sandringham Dragons’ key forward Max King, who has had 14 score involvements – eight goals, five behinds and a score assist – in just one game.

A host of country players follow next on 13 score involvements thus far this season, with Gippsland Power’s Josh Smith (six goals, two behinds, five score assists), Geelong Falcons’ Charlie Sprague (four goals, five behinds, four score assists) and Murray Bushrangers’ Bailey Frauenfelder (five goals, six behinds, two score assists) all coming next on the list.

Looking to the top three from each team, Oakleigh Chargers has the most potent top-end attack, with their top three players – Silvagni, Daniel Scala and Noah Anderson – combining for a total of 37 score assists. Next on the list is Gippsland Power with Smith, Sam Flanders and a tie for third with Austin Hodge and Fraser Phillips, totalling up to 36. Sandringham Dragons are next with Will Kennedy (11) and Jack Mahony (10) following on from King to make a total of 35 so far from the top three. Murray Bushrangers and Western Jets round out the top five with 32 score assists a piece. The Bushrangers have Frauenfelder, Patrick Warner (12), and Riley Bice and Finbar O’Dwyer (seven each); while Western has Aaron Clarke (12), Steven Kyriazis (11) and Zac Butters (nine) sharing the load.

A special mention should go to Sandringham Dragons’ midfielder Alastair Richards, who has had an impressive eight score assists – leading the competition – two ahead of Hodge and Butters. Dandenong’s Bailey Schmidt, Oakleigh’s Zac Hart and Murray’s Dylan Clarke are others who have had five score assists but did not quite make it into their club’s top three for score involvements.

Top 15:

Ben Silvagni (Oakleigh) 15
Max King (Sandringham) 14
Josh Smith (Gippsland) 13
Charlie Sprague (Geelong) 13
Bailey Frauenfelder (Murray) 13
Patrick Warner (Murray) 12
Mitch Podhajski (Calder) 12
Sam Flanders (Gippsland) 12
Daniel Scala (Oakleigh) 12
Aaron Clarke (Western) 12
Austin Hodge (Gippsland) 11
Fraser Phillips (Gippsland) 11
Josh D’Intinosante (Northern) 11
Will Kennedy (Sandringham) 11
Steven Kyriazis (Western) 11

Club by Club: Top 3

Bendigo: Will Holt (10) | Noah Wheeler (8) | Liam Marciano (6)
Calder: Mitch Podhajski (12) | Rhylee West/Jack O’Sullivan/Curtis Taylor (7)
Dandenong: Bailey Schmidt/Jai Nanscawen (10) | Campbell Hustwaite (8)
Eastern: Jonte Duffy (6) | Mihaele Zalac (5) | Joel Burleigh/Adrian Kalcovski/Mitch Mellis/Jordan Jaworski (3)
Geelong: Charlie Sprague (13) | Blake Schlensog (9) | Oscar Brownless/Bailey Scott/Brayden Ham (6)
Gippsland: Josh Smith (13) | Sam Flanders (12) | Austin Hodge/Fraser Phillips (11)
GWV: Mitch Martin (10) | Izaac Grant (9) | Jed Hill (8)
Murray: Bailey Frauenfelder (13) | Patrick Warner (12) | Riley Bice/Finbar O’Dwyer (7)
Northern: Josh D’Intinosante (11) | Patrik Della Roca (9) | Harrison Grace (7)
Oakleigh: Ben Silvagni (15) | Daniel Scala (12) | Noah Anderson (10)
Sandringham: Max King (14) | Will Kennedy (11) | Jack Mahony (10)
Western: Aaron Clarke (12) | Steven Kyriazis (11) | Zak Butters (9)

 

Stats Central – Dandenong sting opponents in first round

gf18STATISTICS can often be said to “lie” or not reveal the true reflection of a match. In Round 1 of the TAC Cup, this can certainly be the case of the Oakleigh Chargers vs Western Jets.

In that clash, the Jets came from behind to overrun the Chargers and totally dominate the last quarter, spurring themselves on to a solid 26-point victory. However when looking deeper into statistics, it has shown that the Chargers dominated most of the statistical categories both offensively and defensively, but for one reason or another, could not get the job done.

The last quarter stand saw the Jets overtake the Chargers in terms of disposals, but only by 11. They also had one more hitout and of course, two more goals. But that’s where the favourable statistics stop. The Chargers had a massive 27 more marks and 10 more tackles, showing that they had enough of the ball and were able to hit-up targets, but perhaps were stymied around the ground, forced to go for safer options such as side passes or shorter kicks.

On the otherhand, the Jets had much faster and more damaging ball movement, which required less possession and clinical hit-ups, but instead, resulted in taking home the four points. The other matches were more easy to comprehend from the statistics.

Eastern Ranges had a comfortable victory over the Calder Cannons, with more disposals and hitouts, less marks but getting home comfortably in the end. The Dragons surprisingly had less marks than the Knights in their 90-point victory. However, the Dragons dominated the hitouts 53-17, while also applying seven more tackles. It was remarkable considering they dominated the play, with 15 more goals.

Speaking of dominating, Murray Bushrangers smashed Bendigo Pioneers on and off the scoreboard. They had a whopping 77 more disposals, and the highest for the round with 361, while also having 17 more marks, 35 more hitouts and breaking even in the tackle count – a spectacular effort considering they had so much more of the ball.

Despite a relatively close contest for three quarters, Geelong easily dominated possession against the Rebels, winning 50 more disposals, along with five more hitouts and had 12 more tackles. The Rebels managed more marks, but ultimately could not get the job done.

Meanwhile in Morwell, Dandenong Stingrays might have got over the line in a thriller against Gippsland Power, but they dominated disposal on the day, with 53 more, as well as 18 more marks and more hitouts and tackles, a complete performance.

Statistical Ladder:

1 Dandenong Stingrays: 325 disposals (+53), 76 marks (+18), 39 hitouts (+8), 57 tackles (+3), 13 goals (+3)

2 Murray Bushrangers: 361 disposals (+77), 78 marks (+17), 45 hitouts (+35), 43 tackles (+0), 19 goals (+9)

3 Sandringham Dragons: 312 disposals (+5), 91 marks (-13), 53 hitouts (+36), 50 tackles (+7), 22 goals (+15)

4 Geelong Falcons: 294 disposals (+50), 61 marks (-5), 43 hitouts (+5), 65 tackles (+12), 16 goals (+2)

5 Eastern Ranges: 283 disposals (+21), 61 marks (-5), 56 hitouts (+22), 53 tackles (-5), 18 goals (+7)

6 Western Jets: 286 disposals (+11), 67 marks (-27), 30 hitouts (+1), 52 tackles (-10), 13 goals (+2)

7 Oakleigh Chargers: 275 disposals (-11), 94 marks (+27), 29 hitouts (-1), 62 tackles (+10), 11 goals (-2)

8 Calder Cannons: 262 disposals (-21), 66 marks (+5), 34 hitouts (-22), 58 tackles (+5), 11 goals (-7)

9 North Ballarat Rebels: 244 disposals (-50), 66 marks (+5), 38 hitouts (-5), 53 tackles (-12), 14 goals (-2)

10 Northern Knights: 307 disposals (-5), 104 marks (+13), 17 hitouts (-36), 43 tackles (-7), seven goals (-15)

11 Bendigo Pioneers: 284 disposals (-77), 61 marks (-17), 10 hitouts (-35), 43 tackles (+0), 10 goals (-9)

12 Gippsland Power: 272 disposals (-53), 58 marks (-18), 31 hitouts (-8), 54 tackles (-3), 10 goals (-3)

This ladder of statistical dominance shows why statistics should not be the only measure of a match. Gippsland Power put up the biggest fight of all teams, yet lost all statistical categories. So does that mean that the Stingrays did not capitalise on the scoreboard? Or were the Power ultra efficient with the little disposals they did have? Obviously more statistical data is required to paint a bigger picture, considering some of the teams that smashed others did not win every statistic.

Now to finish with the top disposal winners and leading goal kickers after one round:

Ball magnets:

Daniel Foley (Western Jets) 29 disposals, eight marks, one tackle

Kobe Mutch (Bendigo Pioneers) 29 disposals, three marks, one hitout, five tackles

Myles Poholke (Dandenong Stingrays) 28 disposals, four marks, one hitout, one tackle, one goal

Dylan Clarke (Eastern Ranges) 27 disposals, six marks, five tackles

Max Augerinos (Geelong Falcons) 27 disposals, four marks, three tackles, one goal

Will Brodie (Murray Bushrangers) 27 disposals, four marks, three tackles

Lochie O’Brien (Bendigo Pioneers) 26 disposals, 13 marks, four tackles, one goal

Lachlan Murphy (Northern Knights) 26 disposals, two marks

Luke Bunker (Northern Knights) 25 disposals, 12 marks, five tackles

William Donaghey (Murray Bushrangers) 25 disposals, five marks, one goal


Leading goal kickers:

Tristan Tweedie (Eastern Ranges) six goals

Hayden McLean (Sandringham Dragons) five goals

Jack Henry (Geelong Falcons) five goals

Brett Blair (Geelong Falcons) four goals

Jye Simpkin (Murray Bushrangers) four goals

Josh Battle (Dandenong Stingrays) four goals

Mickey Nicholls (Western Jets) four goals

Patrick Kerr (Oakleigh Chargers) four goals

Sam Fowler (Dandenong Stingrays) four goals