See some of the best stats from Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Round 9, including how the Geelong Cats improved on their last outing against Hawthorn in the 2018 Grand Final and a Melbourne Uni star topping stats categories left, right and centre.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- In last year’s grand final, Hawthorn conceded a small advantage to the Geelong Cats in contested possessions, but the Hawks’ ability to blunt Geelong attacks and find space on the rebound won them the flag. However, in Round 9, the Cats’ superiority in the contest proved too much for Hawthorn to handle. Led by hard-nut Richelle Cranston (game-highs of 28 disposals, 19 contested possessions, nine clearances and two goals), Geelong won the contested-possession count by 23 – also topping uncontested possessions by 10, for good measure.
- Competitiveness in contests was also crucial for the Western Bulldogs, who inflicted Richmond’s first loss of the season by six points. The Tigers had their chances in front of goal (kicking 2.10 to 4.4) but the Bulldogs’ wins in contested possessions (103-96) and clearances (28-20) – despite previously averaging less than Richmond in each category – helped set up enough good scoring opportunities. Tayla Dinuccio (team-high nine contested possessions and four clearances) and Hannah Scott (nine and three) were important in close for the victors.
- Collingwood’s class both inside and outside the contest shone through during a 20-point win against Essendon. While the plucky Bombers topped the contested-possession count 102-87 (and also won clearances 34-27), the Magpies achieved a better balance with ball in hand, winning 76 uncontested possessions to Essendon’s 43. Irrepressible Collingwood on-baller Jaimee Lambert led all players in both categories (14 contested and 10 uncontested possessions) and also recorded seven clearances, four inside-50s and three goals.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- Anne Hatchard had a big impact for the NT Thunder on a very close contest with Carlton in Round 9. The 21-year-old dual Adelaide AFLW premiership player dominated with game-highs of 21 contested possessions (also a round-high), 16 uncontested possessions and six clearances to prove a difference-maker in NT’s two-point triumph.
- Simone Nalder has rucked one-out for Essendon for almost the entire season so far and is starting to produce some big numbers at stoppages. The 29-year-old had a round-high 40 hitouts in the Bombers’ loss to Collingwood and now ranks equal-first in the VFLW for total hitouts-to-advantage alongside the Western Bulldogs’ Nicole McMahon.
- Williamstown was comfortably beaten by 52 points at the hands of the Southern Saints, but the Seagulls will take solace in their efforts at stoppages. Facing a Saints midfield containing the likes of Rhiannon Watt (game-high eight clearances) and Alison Drennan (three), Williamstown managed to win the clearance count 33-27 – led by emerging 19-year-old Jasmine Kawa (five clearances).
- After playing nine games in Hawthorn’s 2018 premiership campaign, Rosie Dillon has emerged as one of the VFLW’s toughest young midfielders this season. The 23-year-old recorded 24 disposals and equal-game-highs of 19 contested possessions, nine clearances and eight tackles in her team’s loss to the Geelong Cats and now tops the Hawks in all four of those categories in 2019.
- Kate Gillespie-Jones produced a remarkable combination of stats in Melbourne Uni’s five-point victory over the Casey Demons. The 28-year-old North Melbourne AFLW-lister recorded four round-high numbers – 25 kicks, 22 uncontested possessions, 12 marks and 15 tackles – as well as five clearances, one goal and 33 disposals – which still wasn’t enough to top teammate Jess Duffin’s 39 touches.
ROUND 9 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (39): Jess Duffin (Melbourne Uni)
KICKS (25): Jess Duffin (Melbourne Uni) and Kate Gillespie-Jones (Melbourne Uni)
HANDBALLS (17): Alison Drennan (Southern Saints) and Anne Hatchard (NT Thunder)
MARKS (12): Kate Gillespie-Jones (Melbourne Uni)
TACKLES (15): Kate Gillespie-Jones (Melbourne Uni)
CLEARANCES (9): Richelle Cranston (Geelong Cats) and Rosie Dillon (Hawthorn)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (21): Anne Hatchard (NT Thunder)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (22): Kate Gillespie-Jones (Melbourne Uni)
INSIDE-50s (7): Hannah Scott (Western Bulldogs)
REBOUND-50s (10): Kate Dempsey (Richmond)
HITOUTS (40): Simone Nalder (Essendon)
GOALS (3): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood) and Danielle Ponter (NT Thunder)