See some of the best stats from Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Round 12, with the Box Hill Hawks and Essendon controlling play just how they like it and a showdown at the top of several stats tallies between a Collingwood co-captain and Coburg young gun.
* Download the VFL app to see full match stats for each game.
* CLICK HERE to watch match highlights from VFL Round 12.
* CLICK HERE for the review of VFL Round 12.
THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Box Hill Hawks and Sandringham each ranked in the VFL’s top four teams for average kicks and marks before their Round 12 clash, but Box Hill was clearly the better side at establishing that brand of precise ball movement in a 37-point victory. The Hawks recorded 42 more kicks and 13 more marks than the Zebras but perhaps surprisingly also won 41 more contested possessions to round out a complete performance. James Cousins was important for Box Hill both inside and outside the contest, with 32 disposals (22 kicks), 20 contested possessions and seven clearances.
- Essendon is another team that excels at keeping hold of possession and Port Melbourne was unable to shut the Bombers down in a 69-point loss. Ranked in the competition’s top two for kicks, marks and uncontested possessions alongside the Hawks, Essendon recorded differentials of +57, +47 and +75 against the Borough in those three categories respectively. Brayden Ham (26 disposals, 21 uncontested possessions and five marks) and Danny Younan (25, 16 and six) were among the Bombers crucial to this game plan, with both players also booting multiple goals.
- Collingwood’s struggles to generate goals arguably didn’t stop in its 23-point defeat of Footscray – scoring 12 majors from a strong total of 54 inside-50s – but the Magpies will be happy if they continue controlling the ball as they did on Sunday. With both teams strong in the contest, Collingwood asserted authority on the match in space, racking up 94 more uncontested possessions and 50 more uncontested marks than the Bulldogs. Matthew Scharenberg (21 uncontested possessions and 14 uncontested marks) and Adam Oxley (20 and 14) were allowed plenty of easy ball by Footscray.
— Collingwood FC VFL (@CollingwoodVFL) June 23, 2019
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- Geelong big man Ryan Abbott topped the stats sheet in more categories than you might normally expect a ruck to in the Cats’ 89-point defeat of Frankston. The 200cm AFL-lister recorded game-highs of 27 hitouts, eight clearances and nine inside-50s, also winning 25 disposals – more than every Dolphins player bar one (Nathan Freeman with 36 touches).
- Another ruck making an impact is Essendon’s 23rd player of recent weeks, Riley Bowman. With Shaun McKernan and Zac Clarke often appearing at AFL level and Sam Draper injured, the 198cm Sandringham Dragons 19-year-old has appeared in the Bombers’ last four games and led their ruck division with 17 disposals, five marks and 36 hitouts against Port Melbourne in Round 12.
- Werribee recorded 30 more contested possessions, nine more clearances and 18 more inside-50s than Williamstown but still lost by eight points due to the Seagulls’ remarkable potency in front of goal. In fact, Williamstown boasted 13 individual goalkickers contributing to the team’s 16 majors, with Mitch Hibberd also providing a team-high four score assists.
Sammy Dunell brings up his 200th #VFL goal with a neat kick from the pocket. 👏🏻👏🏻
Seagulls 10.6 (66)
Werribee 5.4 (34) pic.twitter.com/16fhODWmVp
— Williamstown FC (@WilliamstownFC) June 23, 2019
- The VFL welcomed two four-time AFL premiership players onto its fields in Round 12, with Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall picking up 10 touches in limited game time for the Box Hill Hawks upon his return from a series of injuries over recent seasons and ex-Hawks teammate Jordan Lewis starring for the Casey Demons in their 15-point win against Coburg. It’s fair to say Lewis had the better statistical outing with 40 disposals, 10 clearances and eight inside-50s.
- Collingwood’s Alex Woodward and Coburg’s Marcus Lentini are waging a heated battle at the top of VFL stats tallies in 2019. After Woodward recorded 39 disposals, 23 contested possessions and 15 clearances against Footscray and Lentini had 40, 19 and eight respectively against the Casey Demons, both players are ranked first and second in the competition in each of those categories. Lentini leads in total disposals but Woodward has the edge in clearances and contested possessions – from one fewer game.
ROUND 12 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (40): Marcus Lentini (Coburg) and Jordan Lewis (Casey Demons)
KICKS (24): Matthew Scharenberg (Collingwood)
HANDBALLS (26): Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
MARKS (16): Charlie Constable (Geelong) and Matthew Scharenberg (Collingwood)
TACKLES (12): Corey Wagner (Casey Demons)
CLEARANCES (15): Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (23): Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (25): Scott Selwood (Geelong)
INSIDE-50s (9): Ryan Abbott (Geelong) and Harrison Jones (Box Hill Hawks)
REBOUND-50s (12): Dylan Gordon (Frankston)
HITOUTS (64): Nick Meese (Williamstown)
GOALS (5): Matthew Munro (Werribee)