The statistical performance of Collingwood’s Alex Woodward in his second game back from a fourth knee reconstruction was a highlight from the weekend, as Stats Central looks at the key stats and players that influenced the results of games in Peter Jackson VFL Round 14.
PORT MELBOURNE 13.12 (90) d WILLIAMSTOWN 8.9 (57)
Port Melbourne is the VFL’s third-ranked team for uncontested possessions per game while Williamstown is ranked 13th and that difference was reflected in the Borough winning this count 218-148 on Saturday. Mitch Wooffindin (game-high 23 uncontested possessions) and Mack Rivett (17) were the key players in space for the victors.
COBURG 12.7 (79) drew with SANDRINGHAM 11.13 (79)
Coburg’s defence held up remarkably well to restrict the Zebras to just 11 goals from 62 inside-50s while the Lions booted 12 majors of their own from 42 forward-line entries. Lochlan Dickson recorded a round-high nine rebound-50s for Coburg, with teammate Jesse Corigliano – the VFL leader for total rebound-50s – contributing eight.
CASEY DEMONS 5.14 (44) d NORTH MELBOURNE 0.7 (7)
Casey’s ability to restrict North Melbourne’s time and space – even given tough conditions at Casey Fields – was remarkable, with the Kangaroos managing only 73 uncontested possessions for the match (the Demons had 209). That figure is 123 fewer than the VFL average of 196 per game and 80 fewer than the bottom-ranked team’s average of 153.
* Watch a replay of Casey Demons vs North Melbourne.
BOX HILL HAWKS 13.18 (96) d FOOTSCRAY 8.5 (53)
Box Hill’s trademark ball control has been disrupted in recent weeks but the Hawks regained their mojo in space and also dominated in close against the Bulldogs. The victors won the uncontested-possession count 254-207 – led by Anthony Brolic with 17 – and contested possessions 138-113 – topped by skipper Andrew Moore’s 16.
COLLINGWOOD 15.14 (104) d WERRIBEE 6.10 (46)
The Magpies comfortably beat Werribee in most key statistical categories and were brilliantly served in many of them by Alex Woodward in just his second match back after recovering from a fourth knee reconstruction. Woodward recorded game-highs of 28 disposals and 19 contested possessions as well as six clearances and four inside-50s.
GEELONG 14.15 (99) d FRANKSTON 4.5 (29)
Geelong’s tally of 454 disposals against the Dolphins was 110 more than the VFL average of 344 per game, with midfield pairing Jordan Keras (41 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 12 clearances, 12 inside-50s, 12 tackles and a goal) and George Horlin-Smith (41, nine clearances and two goals) torching Frankston around the ball.
* Watch a replay of Frankston vs Geelong.
RICHMOND 13.11 (89) d ESSENDON 7.15 (57)
The ladder-leading Tigers are the lowest-ranked team in the top eight for average disposals but haven’t needed much of the ball to generate 1.5 goals per game more than any other side. Against Essendon, they scored a major for every 25 disposals recorded, while the Bombers were only allowed to do so every 54 touches.
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* See full results, goalkickers and best players from VFL Round 14.
Round 14 stats leaders:
|Eli Templeton||Port Melbourne||22|
|Mitch Wooffindin||Port Melbourne||21|
|Mack Rivett||Port Melbourne||20|
|Anthony Brolic||Box Hill Hawks||18|
|Cory Stockdale||Casey Demons||18|
|Oskar Baker||Casey Demons||17|
|Luke Tynan||Port Melbourne||17|
|Dom Tyson||Casey Demons||24|
|Tomas Bugg||Casey Demons||18|
|Mitch Hannan||Casey Demons||17|
|Ryan Schoenmakers||Box Hill Hawks||10|
|Brendan Whitecross||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|Dallas Willsmore||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|Mitch Lewis||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|Mitch Wooffindin||Port Melbourne||8|
|Lucas Cook||Port Melbourne||8|
|Nash Holmes||North Melbourne||20|
|Aaron vandenBerg||Casey Demons||16|
|Dom Tyson||Casey Demons||15|
|Corey Wagner||Casey Demons||15|
|Christopher Jansen||North Melbourne||15|
|Mitch Hannan||Casey Demons||12|
|Tomas Bugg||Casey Demons||11|
|Braydon Preuss||North Melbourne||72|
|Marc Pittonet||Box Hill Hawks||24|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Jordan Lisle||Port Melbourne||2||30|
|Nick Larkey||North Melbourne||_||29|
|Mitch Lewis||Box Hill Hawks||3||25|
|Cameron Pedersen||Casey Demons||_||20|
|THIS WEEK’S SEASON TOP 10|
|Eli Templeton||Port Melbourne||65||12|
|Tom Wilson||Northern Blues||54||11|
|Jay Kennedy-Harris||Casey Demons||51||12|