See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 10, including how the Northern Knights inflicted a first defeat on the Dandenong Stingrays and the Western Jets big man posting big numbers both at stoppages and around the ground.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Northern Knights ambushed the previously-unbeaten Dandenong Stingrays at contests during their 67-point triumph, displaying intensity whether hunting the ball or the opposition. The Knights won 20 more contested possessions than Dandenong and dominated the clearance count 49-26 – with Adam Carafa’s 10 clearances leading all players on the ground – but also laid 83 tackles to 70 to cap a comprehensive all-round performance.
- Like Northern, the intensity of the Murray Bushrangers saw them raid the Apple Isle and return with a 38-point victory over the Tasmania Devils under their belt. Playing the perfect game style for difficult conditions in Launceston, the Bushrangers also won each of the counts for contested possessions (by 24), clearances (12) and tackles (eight). Murray co-captain Cameron Wilson topped the latter two categories for his team with six clearances and 12 tackles.
- The rapid ball movement of the Oakleigh Chargers proved almost unstoppable for the Calder Cannons as they fell to a 69-point defeat. Oakleigh’s use of handballs to create space for teammates stood out, recording a massive 86 more handball-receives and 110 more uncontested possessions than the Cannons. Will Phillips easily led the competition for handballs (30 – and only three kicks), handball-receives (22) and uncontested possessions (24) in Round 10.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- While the Sandringham Dragons lead the competition for total points scored, they could have avoided a couple of recent scares if they’d kicked more accurately. Sandringham has posted a combined 17 goals and 36 behinds across the weekend’s two-point win against the Geelong Falcons (7.18) and a four-point triumph over the Bendigo Pioneers in Round 8 (10.18).
- Conceding inside-50s isn’t desirable, but the Tasmania Devils boast several defenders capable of rebounding the ball out of their back line. After the loss to the Murray Bushrangers, the Devils have four players in the competition’s top 10 for total rebound-50s: Patrick Walker (ranked first), Matt McGuinness (equal-fourth), Sam Collins (equal-fourth) and Liam Viney (10th).
- Eastern Ranges ball-winner Mitch Mellis recorded round-high numbers in disposals, contested possessions and clearances two weeks ago before earning a call-up to Vic Metro’s team on Saturday. Well, Zakery Pretty stepped right into Mellis’ boots in Eastern’s 111-point defeat of the GWV Rebels, leading the competition for Round 10 with 35 disposals, 16 contested possessions and 11 clearances.
- Highly-rated Vic Metro squad member Emerson Jeka made an impactful return for the Western Jets in their 18-point victory over the Gippsland Power following a number of weeks out with a knee complaint. The 197cm top-ager only had eight disposals against the Power but took seven marks (including a round-high five contested) and was Western’s only multiple goalkicker with two majors.
- Another Western Jets player put up some impressive numbers in Round 10, with 198cm over-ager William Kennedy recording 50 hitouts against Gippsland – a huge number in an under-18 contest. Kennedy has now recorded 106 more total hitouts than any other player from a permanent NAB League Boys club in 2019, and also ranks in the top five players at the Jets for total disposals, marks and tackles.
ROUND 10 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (35): Zakery Pretty (Eastern Ranges)
KICKS (21): Leo Connolly (Gippsland Power) and Lucas Rocci (Western Jets)
HANDBALLS (30): Will Phillips (Oakleigh Chargers)
MARKS (12): Jack Tillig (GWV Rebels)
TACKLES (13): Oliver Burrows-Cheng (Tasmania Devils) and Reece Orchard (Dandenong Stingrays)
CLEARANCES (11): Zakery Pretty (Eastern Ranges)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (16): Jonah Horo (Western Jets) and Zakery Pretty (Eastern Ranges)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (24): Will Phillips (Oakleigh Chargers)
INSIDE-50s (7): Connor Downie (Eastern Ranges) and Ned Gentile (Calder Cannons)
REBOUND-50s (10): Ben Overman (Calder Cannons)
HITOUTS (50): William Kennedy (Western Jets)
GOALS (7): Jordan Jaworski (Eastern Ranges)