See some of the best stats from Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Round 6, with the Casey Demons making the most of limited possession against Essendon and a Sandringham ruck proving dominant – or was he?
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Casey Demons were taking on a team that averaged 40 more disposals per game in Round 6 but still found a way to kick seven more goals than Essendon in a 41-point win. Casey indeed lost the disposal count by 18, but a clear preference to put ball to boot (26 more kicks than the Bombers) led to the Demons generating 44 inside-50s to 38. The slower-tempo play of the likes of Tom Freeman (game-highs of 16 kicks and 12 marks), James Jordon (15 kicks) and Tom Sparrow (14) helped keep a range of prolific Bombers quieter than usual.
- North Melbourne posted its first victory of 2019 – by 20 points over Geelong – thanks to controlling the space outside of contests. The Kangaroos ranked last in the VFL for contested possessions per game during their winless start to the season but seventh in uncontested possessions, and a +64 advantage in the latter category against the Cats reinforced that it’s their strength. Daniel Robinson (game-high 19 uncontested possessions), Joel Crocker (18) and Aaron Hall (17) carved Geelong up in the spaces of Avalon Airport Oval.
The boys secured their first win of the season yesterday, and a memorable one for all involved.
Catch-up on all the action from our 20-point win over Geelong. #BeAShinboner
— North Melbourne VFL (@NorthVFL) May 12, 2019
- Port Melbourne’s scintillating six-goal-unanswered first quarter set up its 16-point defeat of Werribee, with the Borough’s ball control in that term proving the difference. The victors recorded 27 more kicks and 17 more marks than the Tigers prior to quarter time, before losing the counts for disposals and marks across the rest of the match. Harvey Hooper was central to Port Melbourne’s early dominance with 10 kicks in the opening stanza alone – later finishing with a round-high 23 among his 25 disposals.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- 20-year-old AFL-listed tall Tristan Xerri imposed himself on the contest in North Melbourne’s defeat of Geelong, taking seven contested marks among his game-high total of nine grabs and recording 20 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 13 hitouts and three goals to go along with those numbers.
- A couple key stats categories wouldn’t indicate that the Box Hill Hawks and Footscray played out a draw on the weekend. The Hawks won 29 more contested possessions and 17 more clearances than the Bulldogs but weren’t able to fully take advantage of this clear dominance in the clinches where it matters on the scoreboard.
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- However, Footscray was boosted by the inclusion of Gippsland Power ball-winner Kyle Dunkley as a 23rd player. A week after starring in the first match of AFL Victoria’s Young Guns Series, the brother of Western Bulldogs’ Josh Dunkley booted three goals from 13 disposals to further press his claims for selection in the upcoming AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.
- AFL-listed youngster Patrick Naish is blossoming in his second season at Richmond, clearly leading the Tigers’ VFL group for total disposals, uncontested possessions and inside-50s in 2019. The 20-year-old produced an almost ideal outside midfielder’s game in a 74-point win against Frankston in Round 6, recording 29 disposals, a round-high 22 uncontested possessions and four goals.
- The debate about whether hitouts truly mean much anymore will continue following Sandringham’s one-point triumph over Collingwood. Zebras ruck Billy Longer recorded a massive 72 hitouts compared with the Magpies’ team total of 12, but his on-ball teammates still lost the clearance count by three as Collingwood co-captain Alex Woodward (round-high 10 clearances) proved a constant thorn in their side.
ROUND 6 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (39): Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
KICKS (23): Harvey Hooper (Port Melbourne)
HANDBALLS (22): Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
MARKS (13): Jonathon Marsh (Sandringham)
TACKLES (11): Stephen Tahana (Sandringham) and Corey Wagner (Casey Demons)
CLEARANCES (10): Lachie Fogarty (Geelong) and Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (21): Alex Woodward (Collingwood)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (22): Patrick Naish (Richmond)
INSIDE-50s (7): Jamaine Jones (Geelong) and Brayden Sier (Collingwood)
REBOUND-50s (10): Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (Richmond)
HITOUTS (72): Billy Longer (Sandringham)
GOALS (6): Nathan Hrovat (North Melbourne)