See some of the best stats from Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Round 6, with the Southern Saints showing their love for the contest against Melbourne Uni and a couple of Collingwood AFLW guns contributing to the VFLW Magpies’ remarkable potency inside 50.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Southern Saints are clearly the VFLW’s top team in contests after handing Melbourne Uni a lesson in the clinches during their 28-point triumph. The Saints average 13 more contested possessions and over one contested mark per game more than any other team, winning those respective counts 130-111 and 21-5 against the Mugars. Alison Brown led Southern with 10 contested possessions, while Tara Bohanna (round-high four contested marks) and Kate Shierlaw (three) controlled the aerial battles.
- Hawthorn’s 2018 premiership was built on a strong defence and deliberate ball movement from the back half, but the Hawks are no slouches at stoppages either. They ranked second in the VFLW for clearances per game last year and rank first on that measure in 2019, having won the clearance count 40-21 in a 36-point defeat of Essendon. The Bombers couldn’t match the work of Hawthorn hard-nuts Rosie Dillon (game-high seven clearances), Rebecca Beeson (six) and Pip Peschke (five) in close.
- The clash between Richmond and the NT Thunder was won and lost inside the teams’ attacking arcs, with the Tigers proving much more efficient inside 50 than NT during their 21-point win. The victors scored seven goals from 27 forward-line entries (26 per cent efficiency), while their defence helped restrict the Thunder to three majors – and 10 behinds – from 37 inside-50s (eight per cent). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Katie Brennan was Richmond’s most impactful player on the scoreboard with 2.1 and one score assist.
— Tommy Hunter (@tommyh45) June 16, 2019
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- Hawthorn boasts a wealth of height on its 2019 list, with 13 players standing over 172cm tall in the team that accounted for Essendon (the Bombers had only four). Many of these big Hawks made an impact on the stats sheet too, with Lou Wotton recording a game-high 26 hitouts and Tamara Luke, Phoebe McWilliams and Sarah Perkins all taking two contested marks.
- The absence of Alice Edmonds – the VFLW’s leading ruck for total hitouts and hitouts to advantage (prior to Round 6) – could have created a weakness for Richmond against Melbourne Uni. However, first-gamer Gabrielle Seymour stepped up to help the Tigers prevail with a round-high 33 hitouts, while all of pinch-hitting ruck Jenna Colwell’s 16 possessions were won in contests.
- The daughter of Carlton great Andrew McKay would be endearing herself to the club’s AFLW fans with her toughness this VFLW season. Abbie McKay recorded game-highs of 13 contested possessions and six clearances in the Blues’ 16-point victory over the Western Bulldogs and now ranks in the top three at Carlton for average contested possessions, clearances and tackles.
- Ellie Gavalas has made a big impact in her first season at the Western Bulldogs out of Marcellin Old Collegians. Just five games into her VFLW career, the 23-year-old leads the club for total clearances and inside-50s and ranks second for disposals and contested possessions, having recorded team-highs of 10 contested possessions and six clearances in the loss to Carlton.
- Collingwood’s potency inside 50 was at a remarkable level in the Magpies’ 78-point defeat of the Darebin Falcons, posting a score from 75 per cent of forward-line entries (11.13 from 32 inside-50s). Not only were Chloe Molloy (25 disposals) and Jaimee Lambert (21) the leading ball-winners on the ground, they also booted 5.2 and 4.2 respectively.
— Collingwood Women's (@CollingwoodFCW) June 15, 2019
ROUND 6 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (30): Jenna Bruton (Melbourne Uni)
KICKS (23): Kirsty Lamb (Western Bulldogs) and Madison Prespakis (Carlton)
HANDBALLS (15): Brianna Davey (Collingwood)
MARKS (10): Kirsty Lamb (Western Bulldogs)
TACKLES (13): Shae Audley (Essendon) and Hannah Martin (NT Thunder)
CLEARANCES (9): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (17): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (22): Jessica Trend (Melbourne Uni)
INSIDE-50s (8): Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
REBOUND-50s (8): Jessica Hosking (Carlton)
HITOUTS (33): Gabrielle Seymour (Richmond)
GOALS (5): Chloe Molloy (Collingwood)