Published on July 4, 2017 5:00 pm

Marty Hore has been one of Collingwood's leading disposal-getters in 2017

STATS CENTRAL: High-possession Pies

Collingwood may be in 12th position on the Peter Jackson VFL ladder with only four wins, but the Magpies have claimed the scalps of two top-eight teams in the last two weeks.

Remarkably, new senior coach Jared Rivers’ group has been the top-ranked team for disposals per game for most of the 2017 season; his charges just haven’t been able to convert that dominance into scoreboard results.

In previous losses, they ran the Northern Blues to 13 points, Werribee to 11 points, the Box Hill Hawks to 26 points and the Casey Demons to 19 points, but victories over Port Melbourne by 37 points in Round 10 and Footscray by five points in Round 11 last week indicate they’re not a spent force in the finals race yet.

In addition to its disposal numbers, Collingwood is the VFL’s no.1 team for overall disposal efficiency, as well as handballs and uncontested possessions per game. Its defenders love sharing the ball around in space while looking for the right option moving forward.

AFL-listed backmen Jackson Ramsay, Matt Scharenberg, Tom Langdon, Adam Oxley and Lynden Dunn as well as VFL-listers Marty Hore and Jordan Kelly all average over 20 disposals per game in state-league appearances this year. But despite all this time in possession, the Magpies rank just 11th for inside-50s and ninth for goals scored per game.

Inefficiency of ball movement means opposition teams have generally had the time to get back and crowd the area around Collingwood’s forward targets to deny them easy opportunities to score.

However, the Magpies have turned this around somewhat against good opposition recently, kicking their highest score of the year – 19.10 (124) – against the Borough and defeating the Bulldogs with just 45 inside-50s – five fewer than the competition average.

Mason Cox (six goals) and Chris Mayne (five) proved too much for the likes of Port Melbourne defenders Lucas Cook and Brody Mihocek, while Lachlan Keeffe and Ben Crocker (both two goals) helped down Footscray.

Add in leading goalkicker Kayle Kirby (23 majors in nine games) and Collingwood certainly isn’t short of dangerous forwards – their teammates just need to deliver the ball to them on time.

 

Round 11 keys to victory:

3: Accuracy in front of goal was a key factor in the Box Hill Hawks’ 22-point win against the Northern Blues, the Hawks booting 11.11 (77) while the Blues could only manage 6.19 (55). While Northern’s Rhys Palmer and Harry McKay both kicked 1.3, Vincent Adduci bagged three straight goals from just six disposals for the victors.

30: Chris Carey enjoyed a memorable senior VFL debut in Port Melbourne’s 65-point victory over the Casey Demons. The 22-year-old ruckman competed against Jake Spencer, Mitch King and Sam Weideman to record 13 disposals, 30 hitouts and five tackles and claim the Borough’s Frank Johnson Tribute Medal as best-on-ground.

55: Sandringham weathered a monster 70 inside-50s from opponent Werribee to pip the Tigers by six points, conceding 14.18 (102) while scoring 17 goals from 55 of its own entries. Zebras defenders recorded 55 rebound-50s, led by Nick O’Kearney and Rowan Marshall with five rebound-50s each.

 

Round 11 stats leaders:

KICKS    
Shane Savage Sandringham 26
David Myers Essendon 22
Damian Mascitti Port Melbourne 21
Anthony Miles Richmond 20
Sam Wright Werribee 20
Eli Templeton Port Melbourne 19
Taylor Hunt Richmond 19
Dean Kent Casey Demons 18
Joshua Iacobaccio Coburg 18
Cam O’Shea Northern Blues 18
Daniel McKenzie Sandringham 18
Glenn Strachan Northern Blues 17
Brent Stanton Essendon 16
Sam Dobson Geelong 16
Rhys Palmer Northern Blues 16
HANDBALLS    
Liam Hunt Coburg 35
Nathan Freeman Sandringham 26
Blaine Boekhorst Northern Blues 22
James El-Moussalli Coburg 21
Toby Pinwill Port Melbourne 21
Corey Maynard Casey Demons 20
Ben Kennedy Casey Demons 19
Thomas Gribble Werribee 19
Joe Maishman Werribee 17
Luke Bunker Coburg 17
Luke Russell Northern Blues 17
Anthony Miles Richmond 16
James Cousins Box Hill Hawks 15
Sam McLachlan Geelong 15
Brendan Whitecross Box Hill Hawks 15
MARKS    
James Tsitas Geelong 12
Sam Dobson Geelong 11
Cam O’Shea Northern Blues 10
Marcus Stavrou Northern Blues 10
Jordan Ridley Essendon 9
Ben Reid Collingwood 9
Ben Reid Geelong 9
Joel Smith Casey Demons 8
Chris Mayne Collingwood 8
Sean Gregory Coburg 8
Lucas Cook Port Melbourne 8
Ryley Barrack Werribee 8
Jack Henry Geelong 8
Daniel Nielson Werribee 8
Sam Wright Werribee 7
HITOUTS    
Tom Hickey Sandringham 52
Jack Berry Geelong 46
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 41
Matt Korcheck Northern Blues 38
Lachlan Howe Collingwood 37
Jake Spencer Casey Demons 37
Chris Carey Port Melbourne 30
Tim English Footscray 24
Matthew Leuenberger Essendon 23
Lewis Pierce Sandringham 22
Ryan Abbott Geelong 21
Ivan Soldo Richmond 21
Lewis Young Footscray 20
Jesse White Collingwood 17
Mitch King Casey Demons 16
TACKLES    
Dominic Brew Werribee 17
Clay Smith Footscray 16
Corey Maynard Casey Demons 16
Matt Hanson Werribee 15
Luke Bunker Coburg 14
Ben Kennedy Casey Demons 12
Kade Answerth Sandringham 12
Toby Pinwill Port Melbourne 11
Edward Morris Casey Demons 11
Brandan Parfitt Geelong 10
Liam Nash Footscray 10
Tom O’Sullivan Port Melbourne 10
Jacob Townsend Richmond 10
Ben Moloney Geelong 9
Nathan Freeman Sandringham 9
2017 LEADING GOALKICKERS
VFL   Last Rnd Total
Dylan Conway Port Melbourne 4 26
Jordan Lisle Port Melbourne 1 23
Kayle Kirby Collingwood 2 23
Ben Lennon Richmond INJ 23
Alex Boyse Essendon 3 21
Nick Larkey Werribee 4 21
Ty Vickery Box Hill Hawks 3 19
Bayley Fritsch Casey Demons 1 19
Andrew Hooper North Ballarat BYE 18
Paddy McCartin Sandringham INJ 18
Development League   Last Rnd Total
Nathan Gardiner Casey Demons 5 19
Tristan Davies Williamstown BYE 16
Nathan Smith Sandringham 4 16
Corey Rich Sandringham 3 16
Will Murphy Box Hill Hawks 1 14
Thomas Wilkinson Williamstown BYE 13
Samuel De Soysa Port Melbourne 1 13
Dale Hehir Box Hill Hawks _ 12
Josh Corbett Werribee ** 12
Cory Machaya Casey Demons _ 12

 

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