Published on May 16, 2018 12:39 pm

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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.



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.

Watch a replay of Sandringham vs Essendon.


* Read recaps of Round 6 VFL games from Saturday and Sunday. / Watch highlights from all Round 6 matches.

See full results, goalkickers and best players from VFL Round 6.


Round 6 stats leaders:

Jackson Merrett Essendon  24  
Brett Bewley Williamstown 24  
Michael Gibbons Williamstown 24  
Billy Stretch Casey Demons 20
Anthony Miles Richmond 20
David Mirra Box Hill Hawks 19
Robin Nahas Port Melbourne 19
Dallas Willsmore Box Hill Hawks 18
Nathan Scagliarini Frankston 18
James Tsitas Geelong 18
Brandon Wood Richmond 18
Marty Hore Collingwood 17
Will Hayes Footscray 17
Jacob Weitering Northern Blues 17
Bailey Rice Sandringham 17
Dylan Clarke Essendon  25  
Ben Jolley Williamstown 21
Rupert Wills Collingwood 21
Ben Allan Coburg 21
Brede Seccull Sandringham 20
Marcus Lentini Coburg 19
Jordan Keras Geelong 19
Nathan Freeman Sandringham 17
Tom Atkins Geelong 17
Anthony Miles Richmond 16
Jarryd Blair Collingwood 16
Brayden Sier Collingwood 16
Brett Bewley Williamstown 15
Matthew Kennedy Northern Blues 15
Liam Baker Richmond 15
Jackson Merrett Essendon  12  
Matt Dea Essendon 11
Blake Mullane Frankston 10
Harvey Hooper Port Melbourne 10
Timothy Smith Casey Demons 10
Harley Balic Casey Demons 10
Cameron Pedersen Casey Demons 9
Alex Fasolo Collingwood 9
Joel Smith Casey Demons 9
Brandon Zerk-Thatcher Essendon 9
Brody Mihocek Collingwood 9
Mark O’Connor Geelong 9
Jordan Ridley Essendon 9
Aaron Francis Essendon 9
Kyle Gray Frankston 9
Mitch White Casey Demons 13  
Callan Wellings Collingwood 11
Jordan Keras Geelong 11
Andrew Moore Box Hill Hawks 10
Jonathan O’Rourke Box Hill Hawks 10
Adam Marcon Williamstown 10
Alex Harnett Frankston 10
Lin Jong Footscray 10
Tomas Bugg Casey Demons 10
Eli Templeton Port Melbourne 10
Tom Atkins Geelong 10
Guy Dickson Port Melbourne 9
Kade Answerth Sandringham 9
Brede Seccull Sandringham 9
Cameron Pedersen Casey Demons 8
Nick Meese Williamstown 52  
Billy Longer Sandringham 40
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 40
Ryan Abbott Geelong 37
Lewis Pierce Frankston 34
Jonathon Ceglar Box Hill Hawks 33
Tim English Footscray 30
Ivan Soldo Richmond 30
Braydon Preuss North Melbourne 29
Tom Goodwin Coburg 25
Corey Rich Frankston  6 17
Jordan Lisle Port Melbourne 3 15
Mitch Lewis Box Hill Hawks 4 14
Ben Cavarra Williamstown 2 13
Daniel Younan Essendon 2 13
Joshua Corbett Werribee BYE 13
Tyson Stengle Richmond 3 11
Alex Fasolo Collingwood 2 11
Nick Larkey North Melbourne 1 11
Cameron Pedersen Casey Demons 1 10

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