See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 13, including one Tasmania Devils player taking it up to an army of Bendigo Pioneers ball-winners and a return to goalkicking form for a highly-rated Oakleigh Chargers NAB AFL Draft prospect.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Calder Cannons are one of competition’s taller teams in general and had 12 players standing 189cm or above in their team that defeated the Dandenong Stingrays by 68 points. This proved a clear advantage in the air, with the Cannons taking a round-high 17 contested marks compared Dandenong’s four. Tall timber Campbell Edwardes (195cm), Mason Fletcher (200cm), Jeremy O’Sullivan (193cm) and Sam Paea (193cm) were among six Calder players to take multiple contested marks.
- Contested marking was also a key difference between the Western Jets and Sandringham Dragons in Western’s nine-point victory. While Sandringham came out on top in the ground battle – winning the counts for contested and uncontested possessions, tackles, clearances and inside-50s – the Jets took 10 more marks, including nine more contested grabs. Multiple goalkickers Aaron Clarke (three) and Archi Manton (two) both took multiple contested marks in crucial situations for Western.
- The Eastern Ranges’ thrilling four-point triumph over the Murray Bushrangers was decided on contest wins at important moments. Eastern ultimately won nine more contested possessions than the Bushrangers, and despite the efforts of Jye Chalcraft (round-high 17 contested possessions) and Will Christie (13) at stoppages for Murray, the Ranges had four more players (eight in total) record seven or more contested possessions – led by Zakery Pretty (12) and Mihaele Zalac (11).
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- A weight of ball-winners helped the Bendigo Pioneers post a round-high 354 disposals in their 29-point victory over the Tasmania Devils, with 12 players winning 17 or more disposals and seven recording 20 or more – led by captain James Schischka and bottom-ager Sam Conforti (24 each). In comparison, only one Devils player won more than 19 touches.
- The single Tasmania player to record more than 19 disposals (see above) went well past that figure though, with Matt McGuinness racking up a round-high 34 touches running from defence. The 194cm over-ager also posted round-highs of 29 kicks and 11 rebound-50s, as well as team-highs of 18 contested possessions and eight marks.
- Sam Ramsay has returned from the Calder Cannons’ Round 11 bye in top form, posting game-highs in disposals across the last two weeks. After racking up 31 touches in Calder’s defeat of the Western Jets in Round 12, the 180cm top-ager recorded 32 disposals and nine clearances in Saturday’s win against the Dandenong Stingrays.
- Ryan Sturgess impressed playing mostly as a defender in Vic Metro’s recent NAB AFL Under-18 Championships campaign but returned to the Northern Knights on Saturday in a different role. Stationed inside 50, the 189cm top-ager had the most combined scoreboard impact of any player in Northern’s 43-point win against the Gippsland Power, kicking 3.2 and giving off three score assists.
- It was the performance NAB League watchers had been waiting all season to see – Dylan Williams’ round-high five goals in the Oakleigh Chargers’ 87-point defeat of the Geelong Falcons. Having booted 25 majors in his last nine games for Oakleigh in 2018, the highly-rated 2019 NAB AFL Draft prospect had managed only nine in five matches this year before the weekend’s big outing.
ROUND 13 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (34): Matt McGuinness (Tasmania Devils)
KICKS (29): Matt McGuinness (Tasmania Devils)
HANDBALLS (25): Kaden Schreiber (Oakleigh Chargers)
MARKS (9): Zane Barzen (Murray Bushrangers), Tye Hourigan (Gippsland Power), Riley Ironside (Bendigo Pioneers) and Jake Sutton (Calder Cannons)
TACKLES (13): Reece Orchard (Dandenong Stingrays)
CLEARANCES (12): Jye Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (17): Jye Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (21): Reef McInnes (Oakleigh Chargers)
INSIDE-50s (7): Sam Berry (Gippsland Power), Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers) and Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges)
REBOUND-50s (11): Matt McGuinness (Tasmania Devils)
HITOUTS (38): Nathan Howard (Northern Knights)
GOALS (5): Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers)