Published on June 11, 2019 3:37 pm

Marcus Lentini found plenty of the ball for Coburg in VFL Round 10 (Photo by Coburg FC)

VFL STATS CENTRAL: Round 10

See some of the best stats from Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Round 10, with the Casey Demons continuing Collingwood’s scoring woes and green shoots continuing to emerge at developing clubs Frankston and Coburg.

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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY

  1. The Casey Demons further frustrated Collingwood’s ability to generate scores from a decent amount of possession during a comprehensive 63-point win. The Magpies went into this clash ranked second in the competition for average disposals but only second-last for goals per game and again found it difficult to hit the scoreboard. Collingwood had 328 disposals – right on the VFL average – but managed to kick just 6.3 (39) for the match, while the Demons booted nine more majors from 393 touches.

 

  1. Ladder-leader Richmond is ranked second in the VFL for contested possessions per game but excelled outside the contests in a 23-point victory over Geelong. The Cats won the contested-possession count by four but recorded 27 fewer uncontested possessions than the Tigers, who more than doubled Geelong’s tally for uncontested marks (76-37). Seven Richmond players had 10 or more uncontested possessions – led by Fraser Turner with 14 among his 26 disposals – compared to just two Cats.

 

  1. The aerial ability of the Northern Blues stood out in their 17-point defeat of Coburg, taking 17 contested marks to two. The Lions are ranked a clear last in the VFL for contested marks per game and that cost them against the likes of Northern big men Andrew Phillips (game-high three contested marks), Hugh Goddard (two – see tweet below) and Jesse Palmer (two). Former Sydney AFL player Alex Johnson was another to pluck a contested mark for the Blues in his return following a sixth knee reconstruction.

 

TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK

  1. Frankston may have lost to Port Melbourne by 73 points but was competitive in many statistical areas, particularly in clearances (winning 40-30). The bottom-placed Dolphins can focus on stoppages as a positive in their 2019 campaign, with Aloysio Ferreira in the VFL’s top 15 players for total clearances (averaging five per game).

 

  1. Away from the contests, Port Melbourne runner Eli Templeton continues to find himself in acres of space. The ex-St Kilda rookie racked up a clear team-high 22 uncontested possessions – and a team-low one contested possession – in the Borough’s defeat of Frankston and now leads the VFL for total uncontested possessions by 25.

 

  1. North Melbourne fans would have seen a couple of bright spots in the team’s 53-point loss to Williamstown, with 2018 father-son selections Joel Crocker and Bailey Scott prominent. Crocker (son of Darren) recorded team-highs of 23 disposals and six rebound-50s, while 2019 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Scott (son of Robert) picked up 18 touches and kicked a goal.

 

  1. Those same Kangaroos fans may also have been dismayed by the performance of former AFL-lister Mitch Hibberd, who has transitioned from rebounding defender to tough midfielder at Williamstown this season. Hibberd posted team-highs of 29 disposals, 16 contested possessions and eight inside-50s in the Seagulls’ victory as well as kicking two goals and laying a round-high 12 tackles.

 

  1. Coburg is only just above Frankston on the ladder but, like the Dolphins (see above), can also point to stoppage work as a big strength. Young hard-nuts Marcus Lentini and Luke Bunker each won a round-high 12 clearances in the Lions’ loss to the Northern Blues, with Lentini also recording round-highs in disposals (43), handballs (27) and contested possessions (23).

 

ROUND 10 STATS LEADERS

DISPOSALS (43): Marcus Lentini (Coburg)

KICKS (23): Eli Templeton (Port Melbourne)

HANDBALLS (27): Marcus Lentini (Coburg)

MARKS (12): Hugh Goddard (Northern Blues)

TACKLES (12): Mitch Hibberd (Williamstown)

CLEARANCES (12): Luke Bunker (Coburg) and Marcus Lentini (Coburg)

CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (23): Marcus Lentini (Coburg)

UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (24): Kade Kolodjashnij (Casey Demons)

INSIDE-50s (9): Lochlan Dickson (Coburg)

REBOUND-50s (11): Jake Greiser (Williamstown)

HITOUTS (41): Braydon Preuss (Casey Demons)

GOALS (5): Hedley Smith (Coburg)

 

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