Published on September 12, 2018 12:07 pm

Kaiden Brand (top) spoils a contest in defence for the Box Hill Hawks against Geelong


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.

* Watch a replay of Richmond vs Essendon.


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).

* Watch a replay of Geelong vs Box Hill Hawks.


* Read recaps of the VFL Semi Finals on Saturday and Sunday.

Watch highlights from the VFL Semi Finals.

See full results, goalkickers and best players from the VFL Semi Finals.


Semi Finals stats leaders:

James Cousins Box Hill Hawks 20
Teia Miles Box Hill Hawks 19
Jordan Ridley Essendon 17
Andrew Moore Box Hill Hawks 16
Jackson Thurlow Geelong 16
Corey Ellis Richmond 16
Connor Menadue Richmond 16
Kaiden Brand Box Hill Hawks 15
Nick Hind Essendon 14
Ben McNiece Essendon 14
Jordan Keras Geelong  15
Brandon Ellis Richmond 14
Quinton Narkle Geelong 14
Mitchell O’Donnell Box Hill Hawks 13
Kobe Mutch Essendon 12
Tom Atkins Geelong 12
Andrew Moore Box Hill Hawks 11
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 11
Connor Menadue Richmond 10
George Horlin-Smith Geelong 10
James Stewart Essendon  10
Kaiden Brand Box Hill Hawks 9
Chris Jones Box Hill Hawks 9
Connor Menadue Richmond 8
Samuel Dobson Geelong 8
Nino Lazzaro Essendon 8
Jackson Thurlow Geelong 8
Mitch Lewis Box Hill Hawks 8
Teia Miles Box Hill Hawks 8
Jordan Ridley Essendon 7
Sam Lloyd Richmond  9
Aaron Heppell Essendon 8
Kobe Mutch Essendon 8
Joe Harrison Essendon 8
Mitchell O’Donnell Box Hill Hawks 7
Anthony Miles Richmond 7
Lachie Fogarty Geelong 7
Shaun Mannagh Richmond 7
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 6
Dylan Moore Box Hill Hawks 6
Zac Smith Geelong  41
Sam Draper Essendon 36
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 31
Ivan Soldo Richmond 28
Mitch Lewis Box Hill Hawks 13
Nick Larkey North Melbourne  DNP 41
Jordan Lisle Port Melbourne DNP 38
Mitch Lewis Box Hill Hawks _ 37
Daniel Younan Essendon 2 34
Corey Rich Frankston DNP 34

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