Published on June 18, 2019 11:47 am

Footscray easily outpointed the Northern Blues in contested marking situations in VFL Round 11


See some of the best stats from Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Round 11, including Footscray’s control of the air against the Northern Blues and the key numbers behind Frankston snapping a 20-match losing streak.

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  1. Last week’s Stats Central pointed out the Northern Blues’ dominance in contested-marking situations against Coburg, but this week the Blues were on the receiving end in that category during a 54-point loss to Footscray. The Bulldogs controlled the air in their defensive 50 thanks to the likes of Lewis Young (round-high four contested marks), allowing them to counter Northern’s 46-32 advantage in clearances and ultimately generate 28 more inside-50s than the Blues.


  1. Frankston’s emphatic ending of a 20-match losing streak – a 50-point triumph over North Melbourne – was also founded on ball control. The Dolphins conceded advantages in contested possessions (by nine) and clearances (six), but they won the ball back through pressure (68 tackles to 48) and then recorded 54 more uncontested possessions than the Kangaroos. Ex-AFL players Nathan Freeman (round-highs of 37 disposals and 29 uncontested possessions) and Will Fordham (32 and 21) were dominant in space for Frankston.


  1. Essendon and the Box Hill Hawks are the VFL’s top two teams for kicks and marks per game, and the Bombers’ 10-point defeat of Box Hill unsurprisingly saw the teams controlling possession whenever possible. In the end, the victors had 16 more kicks and 11 more marks than the Hawks, which translated into nine more inside-50s. The boots of David Myers and Michael Hartley (game-high 20 kicks each) were integral to Essendon’s game plan, as were the hands of Hartley (round-high 12 marks) and Matt Dea (11).



  1. Individual contributions to the scoreboard differed greatly between the teams in Footscray’s defeat of the Northern Blues. While the Blues had two players (Matt Owies and Jack Silvagni) kick eight of their 10 goals, the Bulldogs had 10 individual goalkickers and nine other players record at least one behind or one score assist in a score of 17.19.


  1. The memorable draw between Port Melbourne and Williamstown was the eighth time the teams have tied in their 255-match history, with their evenness across the ground seeing nothing separate them in the inside-50 count on Sunday either. For the record, the Borough still leads the win-loss tally 136-111 against the Seagulls.


  1. Shai Bolton has been in and out of Richmond’s AFL line-up twice this season but hasn’t missed out on sending a message to selectors in his four VFL games. The 20-year-old recorded game-highs of 36 disposals, nine clearances and 12 inside-50s in the Tigers’ 84-point win against Coburg and now averages team-highs of 27 disposals, eight tackles, eight clearances and nine inside-50s at VFL level in 2019.


  1. In a Werribee midfield containing Michael Barlow, Matt Hanson and Josh Clayton, Tom Gribble can tend to fly under the radar. However, after racking up game-highs of 35 disposals, 16 contested possessions and eight inside-50s in the Tigers’ 24-point victory over Sandringham, the 24-year-old ranks in the VFL’s top five players (on total numbers) in all three of those categories.


  1. As mentioned above, Frankston’s triumph over North Melbourne broke a 20-match losing streak stretching back to Round 6 of the 2018 season when the Dolphins defeated Coburg. In the time since, Frankston’s average losing margin was 66 points and the club lost 14 games by more than 50 points – its winning margin against the Kangaroos. This performance was certainly one that defied the trend.



DISPOSALS (37): Nathan Freeman (Frankston)

KICKS (23): Shai Bolton (Richmond)

HANDBALLS (23): Will Fordham (Frankston) and Nathan Freeman (Frankston)

MARKS (12): Michael Hartley (Essendon) and Ryan Hebron (Werribee)

TACKLES (14): Dominic Brew (Werribee)

CLEARANCES (15): Matthew Kennedy (Northern Blues)

CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (19): Matthew Kennedy (Northern Blues)

UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (29): Nathan Freeman (Frankston)

INSIDE-50s (12): Shai Bolton (Richmond)

REBOUND-50s (10): Michael Hartley (Essendon)

HITOUTS (53): Nick Meese (Williamstown)

GOALS (5): Matt Owies (Northern Blues) and Jacob Townsend (Richmond)


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