Published on August 1, 2017 11:39 am

Williamstown’s Nick Meese holds the new record for most hitouts in a VFL match

STATS CENTRAL: Meese monsters it

Hitouts don’t mean much as a statistical indicator of success unless they work to your team’s advantage, but when a ruckman has 94 in a game it’s probably worth taking notice.

Nick Meese did just that in Williamstown’s stoppage-filled 79-point victory over Footscray at an extremely windy Burbank Oval in Round 15, setting a new VFL record for hitouts won in a match.

While the Seagulls ‘only’ won the clearance battle by 11, their 197cm behemoth topped the previous VFL record of 82 hitouts won by Jake Spencer for the Casey Demons in Round 10 last year. He dominated the stoppages opposed mostly to first-gamer Nick De Steiger (29 hitouts) after Bulldogs teammate Tim English left the game injured in the first half.

De Steiger is far from the only opponent Meese has bodied out of contests with his 105kg frame though. The three-time VFL Team of the Year ruckman (2014-16) has won 804 total hitouts in 2017 – 377 more than the next-highest tally, that of Box Hill’s Marc Pittonet. In 14 matches, that’s an average of 57 hitouts per game – nine more on average than the next best ruckman to have made at least three appearances this year, Werribee’s Braydon Preuss.

Meese is the only ruckman to appear more than once in the list of top-10 hitout-winners for a single VFL game (see below) and he appears eight times in the top 20.

 

# Round Year Player Hitouts
1 15 2017 Nick Meese (Williamstown) 94
2 10 2016 Jake Spencer (Casey Demons) 82
3 14 2014 Max Gawn (Casey Demons) 80
4 13 2015 Eric Wallace (Werribee) 78
5 6 2014 Cameron Wood (Northern Blues) 77
6 9 2017 Nick Meese (Williamstown) 74
7 2 2015 Shaun Hampson (Richmond) 73
8 14 2014 Nick Meese (Williamstown) 72
9 4 2017 Braydon Preuss (Werribee) 71
10 4 2016 Nick Meese (Williamstown) 71

 

But hitting the ball down the throats of star Williamstown midfielders such as Ben Jolley, Adam Marcon, Michael Gibbons and Willie Wheeler isn’t all Meese does: He’s also the fourth-ranked player in the competition for total tackles (104 at an average of seven per game).

Despite their own high standing in the VFL, Jolley and co. are likely thankful they play with and not against the big man.

 

Round 15 keys to victory:

3: Northern snapped a six-game losing run by matching Geelong in the contests to record a five-point victory. The Cats enjoyed 63 more uncontested possessions than the Blues but the victors won three more contested possessions, with Nick Graham (17 contested possessions) and captain Tom Wilson (16) providing the most steel.

14: Essendon was another team to lose the disposal count (by 52) to a high-possessing Collingwood in 2017, but the Bombers defeated the Magpies by 15 points with the help of some dominant clearance work. They won the clearance count by 14, with Craig Bird and emerging VFL-lister Nick Hind (seven clearances each) leading the way.

17: Werribee’s accuracy in front of goal was crucial in its four-point triumph over Port Melbourne, the Tigers slotting 17.3 (105) from 44 inside-50s to the Borough’s 15.11 (101) from 57 entries. Lindsay Thomas, Cameron Zurhaar and Jed Anderson all kicked majors, but shame on them for also registering their team’s only behinds.

 

Round 15 stats leaders:

KICKS    
Nick Graham Northern Blues 25
Josh Smith Collingwood 23
Sam McLachlan Geelong 23
Andrew Moore Box Hill Hawks 22
Tom Wilson Northern Blues 22
Jayden Short Richmond 22
James Aish Collingwood 20
Anthony Brolic Box Hill Hawks 19
Marty Hore Collingwood 19
Jackson Ramsay Collingwood 18
Brent Stanton Essendon 18
Sam Dwyer Port Melbourne 18
Damian Mascitti Port Melbourne 18
Tim Broomhead Collingwood 17
Billy Gowers Footscray 17
HANDBALLS    
Liam Hunt Coburg 23
Craig Bird Essendon 21
Tim Broomhead Collingwood 20
Nick O’Kearney Sandringham 20
Brayden Kilpatrick Box Hill Hawks 20
Ben Moloney Geelong 20
James Tsitas Geelong 19
Thomas Gribble Werribee 16
Toby Pinwill Port Melbourne 16
Lachlan Tardrew Collingwood 16
Max Hayes Sandringham 15
Coby Perry North Ballarat 15
Luke Russell Northern Blues 14
Daniel Capiron Geelong 14
Ben Howlett Essendon 14
MARKS    
Anthony Brolic Box Hill Hawks 12
Shaun Lyle North Ballarat 12
Josh Smith Collingwood 11
Chris Jones Box Hill Hawks 11
Max Warren Box Hill Hawks 10
Ash Close Collingwood 10
Jayden Short Richmond 10
Luke Tynan Port Melbourne 9
Andrew Moore Box Hill Hawks 9
Jackson Ramsay Collingwood 9
Aaron Heppell Essendon 9
Lachlan Hansen Werribee 9
Tim Broomhead Collingwood 8
Sam Weideman Casey Demons 8
Marty Hore Collingwood 8
HITOUTS    
Nick Meese Williamstown 94
Todd Goldstein Werribee 58
Jake Spencer Casey Demons 43
Matthew Leuenberger Essendon 37
Matt Korcheck Northern Blues 36
Tom Goodwin Coburg 34
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 33
Rhys Stanley Geelong 33
Ryan Abbott Geelong 31
Mason Cox Collingwood 30
Nicholas De Steiger Footscray 29
Tom Hickey Sandringham 28
Lachlan Waddell Port Melbourne 23
Daniel Gorringe Northern Blues 21
Ivan Maric Richmond 20
TACKLES    
Mitchell O’Donnell Box Hill Hawks 16
Matt Hanson Werribee 16
Adam Marcon Williamstown 16
Liam Nash Footscray 13
Ryan Exon Coburg 13
Ben Moloney Geelong 13
Will Hayes Footscray 13
Billy Stretch Casey Demons 13
Jason Pongracic Williamstown 13
Jacob Townsend Richmond 11
Nick Jamieson Footscray 11
Luke Bunker Coburg 11
Ben Jolley Williamstown 11
Nick Meese Williamstown 10
Kade Answerth Sandringham 10
2017 LEADING GOALKICKERS
VFL   Last Rnd Total
Kayle Kirby Collingwood 3 33
Ben Lennon Richmond 3 31
Jordan Lisle Port Melbourne 5 31
Dylan Conway Port Melbourne _ 29
Ty Vickery Box Hill Hawks 3 26
Alex Boyse Essendon 4 26
Tyson Stengle Richmond 3 25
Bayley Fritsch Casey Demons 1 25
Andrew Hooper North Ballarat 3 23
Arryn Siposs Williamstown 3 22
Development League   Last Rnd Total
Dale Hehir Box Hill Hawks 5 27
Nathan Gardiner Casey Demons 2 24
Corey Rich Sandringham ** 22
Samuel De Soysa Port Melbourne 4 22
Nathan Smith Sandringham INJ 19
Will Murphy Box Hill Hawks ** 18
Tristan Davies Williamstown ** 16
Billy Hogan Port Melbourne 4 15
James Svarc Coburg ** 15
Jeremy Gleeson Port Melbourne 2 15

 

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