The tackling pressure of the Casey Demons helped inflict the Box Hill Hawks’ first defeat of the season, as Stats Central looks at the key stats and players that influenced the results of games in Peter Jackson VFL Round 6.
WILLIAMSTOWN 12.6 (78) d NORTHERN BLUES 5.5 (35)
The Seagulls took advantage of Northern being the VFL’s bottom-ranked team for average contested possessions, winning that count 167-135 in their victory. Ben Jolley (37 disposals, 19 contested possessions and 13 clearances) and Michael Gibbons (34, 13 and 10) set the tone in Williamstown’s engine room.
PORT MELBOURNE 15.12 (102) d FOOTSCRAY 10.9 (69)
In addition to having 86 more disposals than Footscray, the Borough were also strong defensively in laying 92 tackles to 67. Eli Templeton topped this category for Port Melbourne with 10 tackles, ahead of Guy Dickson with nine and Isaac Conway – the VFL’s second-ranked player for total tackles – with eight.
RICHMOND 21.13 (139) d NORTH MELBOURNE 7.9 (51)
Richmond’s pressure stifled North Melbourne’s ball movement and kept the ball locked in its forward half, the Tigers generating 62 inside-50s to 38 and 18 more scoring shots as a result. Brandon Wood was their standout in this area, with game-highs of seven inside-50s and four goals from his 24 disposals.
COLLINGWOOD 13.13 (91) d GEELONG 13.9 (87)
Not surprisingly, most statistical indicators were close in this match, but the Magpies did show greater willingness to move the ball by hand than Geelong. Collingwood recorded 34 more handballs and 21 more handball-receives, with Rupert Wills (21 handballs and 16 handball-receives) topping both categories for the victors.
CASEY DEMONS 16.15 (111) d BOX HILL HAWKS 11.6 (72)
Casey’s pressure prevented the Hawks from moving the ball forward as precisely as they normally like, laying 101 tackles to 70. Former Melbourne-lister Mitch White recorded more tackles than his 12 disposals with a round-high 13, while Tom Bugg was next best for the Demons with 10 tackles.
FRANKSTON 16.13 (109) d COBURG 8.12 (60)
The difference in the style of ball movement by both teams was stark in this match, with the Dolphins recording 82 more kicks than handballs and Coburg four more handballs than kicks. Corey Rich was the beneficiary in Frankston’s forward line, booting a round-high six goals from his 17 disposals and seven marks.
ESSENDON 10.14 (74) d SANDRINGHAM 7.11 (53)
The Bombers may have lost the stoppage battle to Sandringham but controlled the ball once they got it back, winning the counts for uncontested possessions by 73 and marks by 70. Essendon’s Jackson Merrett found plenty of the ball in space, recording a game-high 23 uncontested possessions and round-high 12 marks.
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Round 6 stats leaders:
|Billy Stretch||Casey Demons||20|
|David Mirra||Box Hill Hawks||19|
|Robin Nahas||Port Melbourne||19|
|Dallas Willsmore||Box Hill Hawks||18|
|Jacob Weitering||Northern Blues||17|
|Matthew Kennedy||Northern Blues||15|
|Harvey Hooper||Port Melbourne||10|
|Timothy Smith||Casey Demons||10|
|Harley Balic||Casey Demons||10|
|Cameron Pedersen||Casey Demons||9|
|Joel Smith||Casey Demons||9|
|Mitch White||Casey Demons||13|
|Andrew Moore||Box Hill Hawks||10|
|Jonathan O’Rourke||Box Hill Hawks||10|
|Tomas Bugg||Casey Demons||10|
|Eli Templeton||Port Melbourne||10|
|Guy Dickson||Port Melbourne||9|
|Cameron Pedersen||Casey Demons||8|
|Marc Pittonet||Box Hill Hawks||40|
|Jonathon Ceglar||Box Hill Hawks||33|
|Braydon Preuss||North Melbourne||29|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Jordan Lisle||Port Melbourne||3||15|
|Mitch Lewis||Box Hill Hawks||4||14|
|Nick Larkey||North Melbourne||1||11|
|Cameron Pedersen||Casey Demons||1||10|