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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
20 disposals, 11 marks.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) June 9, 2019
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
— North Melbourne VFL (@NorthVFL) June 9, 2019
- 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.
- 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)