The defence of the Box Hill Hawks reigned supreme and Essendon’s stoppage crew enjoyed a day out in the Peter Jackson VFL ‘Love the Game’ Semi Finals, as Stats Central looks at the key stats and players that influenced the results of the weekend’s games.
ESSENDON 10.9 (69) d RICHMOND 9.10 (64)
Fans will likely remember this game’s defining moment as Bombers playmaker Nick Hind’s late dash through the middle of the ground and delivery to James Stewart, who kicked the winning goal. Essendon’s work at stoppages shouldn’t be dismissed as a key factor in the result though, with Kobe Mutch (game-high 12 clearances) and Aaron Heppell (11) leading the Bombers – the VFL’s second-ranked team for clearances per game – to a 45-29 win in that category. The Tigers may have won more disposals (293-279) and generated more inside-50s (48-44), but Essendon’s regular contest wins on the back of Sam Draper’s ruckwork (game-high 36 hitouts) helped it kick a winning score.
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BOX HILL HAWKS 13.12 (90) d GEELONG 8.13 (61)
Box Hill can thank its defence in large part for this victory. While Andrew Moore (game-high 27 disposals, 20 contested possessions, seven clearances and two goals) and James Cousins (game-high 13 first-term disposals) helped the Hawks to a 23-point lead at quarter-time, their back-line teammates kept Geelong at bay when it gained control of general play through the game’s middle period. The Cats ended up generating more clearances (48-34) and inside-50s (61-52) – and also out-tackled Box Hill 68-55 – but could only manage eight goals due to a combination of inaccuracy and the intercept-marking of the likes of Kaiden Brand (game-high nine marks) and Teia Miles (eight).
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Semi Finals stats leaders:
|James Cousins||Box Hill Hawks||20|
|Teia Miles||Box Hill Hawks||19|
|Andrew Moore||Box Hill Hawks||16|
|Kaiden Brand||Box Hill Hawks||15|
|Mitchell O’Donnell||Box Hill Hawks||13|
|Andrew Moore||Box Hill Hawks||11|
|Marc Pittonet||Box Hill Hawks||11|
|Kaiden Brand||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|Chris Jones||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|Mitch Lewis||Box Hill Hawks||8|
|Teia Miles||Box Hill Hawks||8|
|Mitchell O’Donnell||Box Hill Hawks||7|
|Marc Pittonet||Box Hill Hawks||6|
|Dylan Moore||Box Hill Hawks||6|
|Marc Pittonet||Box Hill Hawks||31|
|Mitch Lewis||Box Hill Hawks||13|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Nick Larkey||North Melbourne||DNP||41|
|Jordan Lisle||Port Melbourne||DNP||38|
|Mitch Lewis||Box Hill Hawks||_||37|