Published on July 9, 2019 3:58 pm

Heath Hocking (L) and Danny Younan (R) are among Essendon's biggest attacking threats in 2019


See some of the best stats from Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Round 14, including Footscray’s domination of former ladder-leader Richmond in contests and a perhaps surprising name helping to lead Essendon’s top-ranked attack.

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  1. Footscray ranked 13th in the VFL for clearances per game and averaged four fewer contested possessions than Richmond heading into their Round 14 encounter, but the Bulldogs dominated those two areas during a 58-point victory. Footscray won the contested-possession count by 24 and clearances by 14, with Mitch Wallis – in his first match since an injury suffered in AFL Round 10 – posting game-highs of 15 contested possessions and eight clearances. His brother Josh Wallis wasn’t far behind, recording 12 and seven in those categories respectively.


  1. Collingwood’s handball-happy style of ball movement proved too slick for Werribee to handle in a three-point loss on Saturday. The Magpies are easily the competition’s top team for handballs per game and they recorded 56 more than the Tigers while taking 26 fewer kicks. With Rupert Wills (game-high 22 handballs) and Alex Woodward (15) feeding the ball out of contests by hand, dangerous Collingwood runners like Matthew Smith (game-high six inside-50s) were able to help their team generate a winning score from 11 fewer inside-50s than Werribee.


  1. North Melbourne’s third win of the season – a 57-point triumph over Sandringham – was founded on making the most of the spaces of Arden Street Oval. The Kangaroos recorded a massive 70 more uncontested possessions than the Zebras, as the likes of Daniel Robinson (round-high 22 uncontested possessions), Nick Rippon (21) and Taylor Garner (17) worked harder than their opponents to regularly find the ball in the open. This ease of ball movement ultimately saw North Melbourne kick nine more goals than Sandringham from eight fewer inside-50s.



  1. Josh Deluca has made an instant impact in the Northern Blues’ engine room since being selected by Carlton with the first pick in the recent AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft. The former Fremantle-listed midfielder won game-highs of 17 contested possessions and 10 clearances in Northern’s 13-point loss to the Casey Demons, a week after recording nine clearances among 22 disposals in his first VFL outing.


  1. Williamstown has given Frankston a valuable lesson in how to convert in front of goal during its two victories over the Dolphins in 2019. Across a 72-point win in Round 2 and Saturday’s 62-point success, the Seagulls have kicked 36 goals to Frankston’s 14 from just four more inside-50s in total. Nick Rodda has booted seven majors in those games and Sam Dunell and Joel Ottavi six each.


  1. Essendon’s top-ranked attack for total points scored is built on an interesting group of goalkickers, with mobile options Jordan Houlahan (16 goals), Danny Younan (15) and Heath Hocking (15) leading the Bombers’ count. One-time hard-nut midfielder Hocking – who booted three majors in Sunday’s 39-point win against Coburg – has reinvented himself as an offensive threat and currently tops the VFL for total goal assists.


  1. No one can say Dom Brew doesn’t put his body on the line for Werribee. The 22-year-old laid a round-high 16 tackles in the Tigers’ loss to Collingwood and now leads the VFL for total tackles by that amount, averaging 9.4 per game. This comes after Brew finished second on that table in 2018, when he averaged more tackles (10.6) than top-ranked Tom Atkins of Geelong (9.6).


  1. With only 10 points separating the victorious Box Hill Hawks and vanquished opponent Geelong on the scoreboard, a performance like Jon Ceglar’s could well have proven the difference. Opposed to Cats duo Zac Smith and Ryan Abbott in the ruck, the Hawthorn-listed big man produced a stat line of 24 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 10 marks and 48 hitouts (all game-highs) as well as six clearances and one goal.



DISPOSALS (36): Mitch Hibberd (Williamstown)

KICKS (23): Angus Schumacher (Northern Blues)

HANDBALLS (24): Mitch Hibberd (Williamstown)

MARKS (14): Ben McKay (North Melbourne)

TACKLES (16): Dominic Brew (Werribee)

CLEARANCES (12): Tom Gribble (Werribee)

CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (19): Tom Gribble (Werribee)

UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (22): Lochlan Dickson (Coburg) and Daniel Robinson (North Melbourne)

INSIDE-50s (8): Mitch Hibberd (Williamstown) and Josh Wagner (Casey Demons)

REBOUND-50s (13): Angus Schumacher (Northern Blues)

HITOUTS (52): Nick Meese (Williamstown)

GOALS (4): Anthony Scott (Footscray) and Curtis Taylor (North Melbourne)

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