See some of the best stats from Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Round 7, including one big difference in a very close contest between the Southern Saints and Hawthorn as well as an Australian field hockey player standing out for Essendon.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Southern Saints and Hawthorn slogged it out in a potential finals preview that was close to even in almost every statistical category – including Southern’s three-point winning margin. However, one glaring difference was in the inside-50 count, which the Saints won 45-15. Their direct method of ball movement as well as their defensive set-up to prevent the Hawks transitioning out of the back line was a key factor in creating enough opportunities to scrape home on the scoreboard.
- Darwin’s warmer climes can give the NT Thunder a distinct home-ground advantage, allowing them to run harder for longer than their opponents and play fast footy that utilises the spaces of TIO Stadium. This style was on show in their 64-point defeat of Essendon, the Thunder booting 12 goals to one from just eight more disposals and six more inside-50s. It also helps when they boast two of the country’s most dangerous smaller forwards in Danielle Ponter and Stevie-Lee Thompson (three majors each).
- The magnitude of Collingwood’s 74-point victory over the Western Bulldogs was reflective of the Magpies’ ability to deny their opponents the ball. Collingwood recorded 97 more disposals and 75 more uncontested possessions than the Bulldogs, who were the VFLW’s third-ranked team in both categories prior to Round 7. Jaimee Lambert was up to her usual tricks for the Magpies with game-highs of 26 disposals and 18 uncontested possessions – as well as four goals.
Sharni Layton was a standout in Saturday's 74-point victory over the Western Bulldogs in Morwell.
Hear from the ruck as she reflects on the Magpies' outstanding performance 🙌 pic.twitter.com/HOoHO1dY1c
— Collingwood Women's (@CollingwoodFCW) June 24, 2019
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- Melbourne Uni’s VFLW-listers received some valuable experience playing against a GWS Giants outfit containing the likes of Alicia Eva, Jess Dal Pos and Alyce Parker in an invitational match on Sunday. The Mugars lost in many statistical categories and also lost the game by 98 points but did break even in tackles – led by Kira Price and Holly Whitford with 10 each.
- Tilly Lucas-Rodd looks like she’ll provide value to St Kilda’s incoming AFLW team after being signed as a delisted free agent from Carlton this year. Following a game-high 25 disposals in the Southern Saints’ triumph over Hawthorn, the prolific 23-year-old ranks ninth in the VFLW for total disposals despite missing a match in Round 1.
- The Darebin Falcons’ maiden win for 2019 – by 20 points against Williamstown – featured slogging conditions tailor-made for the hardened AFLW experience of Lauren Pearce. Darebin’s Melbourne-listed ruck was nine centimetres taller than any Seagulls player and duly recorded a round-high 44 hitouts, as well as team-highs of 15 disposals, 11 contested possessions and six clearances.
- Amy McDonald is emerging rapidly as one of the competition’s premier midfielders in 2019 after 17 games in her debut VFLW season for the Geelong Cats last year. The 21-year-old now ranks in the top 10 of all players for total contested possessions and clearances following game-highs of 25 disposals, 18 contested possessions and eight clearances (also a round-high) in Geelong’s 29-point defeat of the Casey Demons.
- Georgia Nanscawen provided one of few statistical highlights for Essendon in its big loss to the NT Thunder, the Australian field hockey player and former North Melbourne AFLW-lister recording a clear game-high of 22 disposals (six more than any other player) and round-highs of 20 contested possessions (11 more than any other player in the match) and eight clearances.
ROUND 7 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (27): Moana Hope (Williamstown)
KICKS (22): Moana Hope (Williamstown)
HANDBALLS (15): Jasmine Ferguson (Collingwood)
MARKS (8): Jessica Sibley (Hawthorn)
TACKLES (13): Tayla Dinuccio (Western Bulldogs)
CLEARANCES (8): Amy McDonald (Geelong Cats) and Georgia Nanscawen (Essendon)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (20): Georgia Nanscawen (Essendon)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (18): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
INSIDE-50s (6): Tilly Lucas-Rodd (Southern Saints)
REBOUND-50s (8): Talia Radan (Hawthorn)
HITOUTS (44): Lauren Pearce (Darebin Falcons)
GOALS (4): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)