See the key stats that helped determine results in the first week of the NAB League Boys finals, with some of the competition’s top contest players shining both in victory and defeat.
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1st Qualifying Final
EASTERN RANGES 7.10 (52) d SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 5.8 (38)
KEY TO VICTORY: With both teams recording the same numbers of disposals, the nature of those touches would help determine the victor here, and Eastern’s superiority in the contest won out. The Ranges topped Sandringham in contested possessions 126-118 on Saturday – a very similar statistical situation to their 18-point defeat of the Dragons in Round 11 – with Zakery Pretty again leading Eastern in this category (game-high 14 contested possessions) as he did when these teams last met.
BEST STAT: Jamieson Rossiter was a match-winner for the Ranges, booting four goals from just 10 disposals. The 190cm top-ager has a habit of impacting the scoreboard from limited chances too, this season booting three majors from 13 touches in Round 10 and three from 12 in Round 5 – while he also announced himself with six goals from 14 disposals in Round 7 last year.
2nd Qualifying Final
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 12.11 (83) d GIPPSLAND POWER 12.3 (75)
KEY TO VICTORY: Oakleigh’s desire to clear congestion via handballs provided a contrast to the Power, who recorded 59 fewer handballs but only two fewer clearances. Chargers stoppage stars Matthew Rowell (team-high seven clearances), Will Phillips (five) and Noah Anderson (four) all had more handballs than kicks in their tallies of 29 disposals, ultimately creating greater scoreboard impact than Gippsland pair Sam Flanders and Caleb Serong (nine clearances each), who much preferred to kick the ball forward.
BEST STAT: Rowell, Anderson, Flanders and Serong are all tipped to be high 2019 NAB AFL Draft picks, so let’s compare their statistical impact in this match. Oakleigh’s duo combined for 58 disposals, 29 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 12 tackles, while the Power pair produced 56, 32, 18 and 12 respectively – with Flanders also kicking four goals.
Sam Flanders put in an outstanding U18 finals game yesterday. 4 goals, 27 disposals (16 contested) and a huge impact. Right in the top-10 players and rising. Has Christian Petracca qualities. https://t.co/rHSdcTZKC7
— Callum Twomey (@CalTwomey) September 2, 2019
1st Elimination Final
CALDER CANNONS 11.9 (75) d DANDENONG STINGRAYS 5.9 (39)
KEY TO VICTORY: The Cannons enjoyed a clear advantage over Dandenong when the ball was up for grabs in this contest, winning the offence-related counts for contested possessions 148-129 and clearances 35-30 as well as out-tackling the Stingrays 73-45 when they didn’t have the ball. Sam Ramsay led Calder with game-highs of 17 contested possessions and seven clearances ahead of Ned Gentile (12 and six respectively), while key forward Harrison Jones was the team’s top tackler with eight.
BEST STAT: In a frustrating outing inside 50, 200cm Cannons 19-year-old Mason Fletcher kicked five behinds from his 10 disposals. The son of champion ex-Essendon defender Dustin Fletcher had scored 14 goals and seven behinds in his last six games but – perhaps knowing this wasn’t quite his day – also gave off two score assists against Dandenong.
2nd Elimination Final
WESTERN JETS 12.5 (77) d NORTHERN KNIGHTS 11.3 (69)
KEY TO VICTORY: This was a highly contested battle, with both teams recording the lowest totals for disposals and marks across the weekend. Western’s tallies of 224 disposals and 18 marks were lower even than those of the Knights (34 and 13 fewer respectively), illustrating the Jets’ ability to move the ball forward quickly and directly. The work of Lucas Failli moving forward (game-high six inside-50s from 14 disposals) and Archi Manton inside 50 (four goals from nine) typified Western’s efficiency of play.
BEST STAT: Each team’s rucks proved to be assets at ground level in this stoppage-filled contest. 198cm Jets ruck William Kennedy stood out as an extra midfielder with six clearances to go with 21 hitouts, while Northern duo Jack Boyd (14 hitouts and a game-high nine clearances at 196cm) and Nathan Howard (26 and five at 199cm) were equally damaging.
FINALS WEEK 1 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (35): Sam Ramsay (Calder Cannons)
KICKS (22): Louis Butler (Sandringham Dragons)
HANDBALLS (22): Matthew Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
MARKS (9): Jack Toner (Dandenong Stingrays)
TACKLES (10): Finn Maginness (Sandringham Dragons) and Lachlan Stapleton (Eastern Ranges)
CLEARANCES (9): Jack Boyd (Northern Knights), Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power), Zakery Pretty (Eastern Ranges) and Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (19): Matthew Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (22): Daniel Mott (Calder Cannons)
INSIDE-50s (11): Ryan Byrnes (Sandringham Dragons)
REBOUND-50s (11): Leo Connolly (Gippsland Power) and Tye Hourigan (Gippsland Power)
HITOUTS (30): Nick Bryan (Oakleigh Chargers)
GOALS (5): Joshua D’Intinosante (Northern Knights)
Saturday September 7 @ Ikon Park
Semi Final 1: Sandringham Dragons vs Calder Cannons from 11am
Semi Final 2: Gippsland Power vs Western Jets from 1.30pm