See some of the best stats from Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Round 9, including how North Melbourne inflicted Richmond’s first defeat of the season and big-name St Kilda, Carlton and Essendon AFL-listers scorching the stats sheets.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- So how did 14th-placed North Melbourne inflict ladder-leader Richmond’s first defeat of the season? With intensity and efficiency. The Kangaroos ranked 12th in the VFL for average contested possessions going into Round 9 but won that category 141-128 against the second-ranked Tigers – with ruck Tom Campbell winning a game-high 16 contested possessions among his 21 disposals. North Melbourne translated those contest wins onto the scoreboard too, booting six more goals from 11 fewer inside-50s to roll to a 29-point win.
— North Melbourne VFL (@NorthVFL) June 1, 2019
- Port Melbourne’s phenomenal eight-goal-unanswered fourth quarter more than doubled its score to the last change and saw the Borough come from 12 points down to defeat Collingwood by 42 points. Against the team ranked first in the VFL for disposals per game heading into Round 9, Port Melbourne won 84 disposals to the Magpies’ 43 and took 15 marks to four in the final term, with Shannen Lange (eight disposals for the quarter), Jarryd Blair (seven) and Tom O’Sullivan (seven) among the Borough’s most prolific when it mattered.
- Luke Smith’s behind scored with 30 minutes on the clock in the last quarter put Geelong in front of Footscray for the first time since the opening term and secured the Cats a narrow triumph. They’d lost the contested-possession count to the Bulldogs 126-149 and uncontested possessions 151-173 as well as conceding 39 inside-50s to 34, but efficiency in front of goal was a key factor – as it always seems to be at a wild VU Whitten Oval. Geelong ultimately kicked 5.5 compared to Footscray’s 4.10, with Wylie Buzza the game’s only multiple goalkicker.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- In addition to North Melbourne beating Richmond in contested possessions, three other teams ranked lower than their Round 9 opponent in that category thrived in the tough conditions to win the contested-possession count and, ultimately, the match: The Box Hill Hawks (against Williamstown), Werribee (against the Casey Demons) and Port Melbourne (against Collingwood).
- Adam Swierzbiolek isn’t a name we’ve seen at the top of hitout tables before, but the Coburg ruck took advantage of Sandringham being without Billy Longer to record a round-high 52 hitouts in his team’s 10-point loss to the Zebras. The 200cm 24-year-old is enjoying a breakout season, averaging 11 disposals and 23 hitouts per game across all eight matches.
- Meanwhile at Piranha Park, many eyes were on St Kilda’s marquee recruit for 2019, Daniel Hannebery, in Sandringham’s victory – and the former Sydney star gave them plenty to see. In his first outing for the year following a series of soft-tissue injuries, Hannebery recorded a team-high 27 disposals (including a round-high 22 handballs) and five clearances.
- Another big AFL name playing in the VFL enjoyed a day out for the Northern Blues in their 41-point loss to Essendon. Dale Thomas responded to a club-imposed suspension by running himself ragged at Windy Hill, generating seven rebound-50s and six inside-50s – when combined, the most of any player in Round 9 – among his game-high 32 disposals.
- On the other side of the field, Essendon’s David Myers continued an amazing recent run of form with 31 disposals, 11 clearances, eight inside-50s and two goals against the Blues. In the last three weeks since dropping back to the VFL, the AFL-lister is averaging more disposals (30), contested possessions (16), clearances (nine) and inside-50s (seven) than any VFL Bomber this season.
— 7VFL (@7VFL) June 2, 2019
ROUND 9 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (36): Brayden Sier (Collingwood)
KICKS (22): Dale Thomas (Northern Blues)
HANDBALLS (22): Josh Clayton (Werribee) and Daniel Hannebery (Sandringham)
MARKS (10): Tyson Lever (Coburg) and Ben Reid (Geelong)
TACKLES (16): James Munro (Casey Demons)
CLEARANCES (11): David Myers (Essendon)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (20): Jarryd Blair (Port Melbourne)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (22): Michael Barlow (Werribee)
INSIDE-50s (9): Shannen Lange (Port Melbourne)
REBOUND-50s (10): Steven May (Casey Demons) and Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood)
HITOUTS (52): Adam Swierzbiolek (Coburg)
GOALS (4): Jordan Lisle (Port Melbourne)