See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 11, including the small differences that decided the top-of-the-table Eastern Ranges vs Sandringham Dragons clash and the brother of a no.1 NAB AFL Draft pick following in his sibling’s stat-topping footsteps.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The top-of-the-table clash between the Eastern Ranges and Sandringham Dragons was determined by small statistical degrees. The teams were separated on the stats sheet by only one disposal, four marks and one inside-50, while tackles were even on 96 apiece. Eastern did just enough in close to triumph by 18 points though, beating the Dragons by 12 in both contested possessions and clearances, with Zakery Pretty (16 contested possessions) and Salele Feagaimalii (eight clearances) leading the way.
- The Bendigo Pioneers had to rely on efficiency in front of goal in order to post a 29-point victory over a Geelong Falcons outfit that dominated the contests. The Falcons recorded 126 contested possessions to Bendigo’s 101 and won 46 clearances to 23, but they could only manage seven goals from 44 inside-50s (16 per cent efficiency) while the Pioneers booted 13 majors from 33 entries (40 per cent). Josh Treacy led the way for Bendigo on the scoreboard with four straight goals.
- Unlike Geelong, the Murray Bushrangers reaped the rewards of their contest dominance in a 34-point win against the Dandenong Stingrays. The Bushrangers easily topped the counts for contested possessions (134-88) and clearances (38-19) and could have enjoyed a greater winning margin if not for inaccuracy (kicking 13.20). However, the weight of scoring chances provided by the likes of Jye Chalcraft (game-highs of 20 contested possessions and nine clearances) meant Murray didn’t have to worry.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- The Gippsland Power had five top-end players return to their line-up from Vic Country duties for a 46-point win against the Oakleigh Chargers, but some of the team’s lesser lights led the way on the stats sheet. Leo Connolly recorded 32 disposals, Jake Van Der Pligt laid 10 tackles and Tom Fitzpatrick generated five inside-50s – all team-highs.
- The Western Jets haven’t conceded more than 51 points in their last four games and a lot of that has to do with the quality of their rebounding defenders. Fresh off seven, 12 and then eight rebound-50s across Rounds 8-10, Western skipper Lucas Rocci had another nine in a seven-point victory over the GWV Rebels – and was joined on that number by Josh Kellett.
- Lovers of a big mark would have relished the Northern Knights’ nine-point triumph over the Tasmania Devils, when a round-high 28 total contested marks were taken. While the hands of Knights duo Zane Costello (four contested marks) and Ayce Taylor (three) were strong, none were stronger than Tasmania’s Jackson Callow who plucked a massive seven contested grabs.
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- Having missed all of the NAB League Boys season so far due to a broken leg and then school-football commitments, Darcy Chirgwin enjoyed a prolific 2019 debut in the Sandringham Dragons’ loss to the Eastern Ranges. The Vic Country squad member (he’s a Geelong local) posted round-highs of 32 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 16 tackles and 11 clearances in a powerful midfield performance.
- Bottom-age Geelong Falcons ruck Henry Walsh is taking after his famous brother’s stat-topping ways. Carlton’s first-year AFL sensation Sam Walsh was one of this competition’s most prolific midfielders last year, but Henry already stands 17cm taller than his sibing at 201cm and recorded a round-high 43 hitouts in Geelong’s loss to the Bendigo Pioneers.
ROUND 11 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (32): Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons) and Leo Connolly (Gippsland Power)
KICKS (24): Lucas Rocci (Western Jets)
HANDBALLS (20): Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons) and Daly Andrews (Western Jets)
MARKS (10): Jackson Callow (Tasmania Devils), Jackson Davies (Northern Knights) and Brock Smith (Gippsland Power)
TACKLES (16): Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons)
CLEARANCES (11): Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (20): Jye Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers) and Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (23): Leo Connolly (Gippsland Power)
INSIDE-50s (10): Harry Stubbings (Geelong Falcons)
REBOUND-50s (11): Jackson Davies (Northern Knights)
HITOUTS (43): Henry Walsh (Geelong Falcons)
GOALS (5): Fraser Phillips (Gippsland Power)