See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 15, with the Bendigo Pioneers’ quick hands carving up the Northern Knights and a host of Murray Bushrangers ball-winners enjoying a party inside 50 against the Western Jets.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Bendigo Pioneers weren’t afraid to use quick hands to get on top at stoppages during a 37-point victory over the higher-placed Northern Knights. The Pioneers recorded 153 kicks and 151 handballs compared to Northern’s 160 kicks and 111 handballs, helping them win 21 more contested possessions and five more clearances than the Knights. Jeremy Rodi was influential for Bendigo with a game-high 13 handballs and a team-high seven clearances, while Riley Wilson assisted with nine and four respectively.
- The Calder Cannons managed to prevail over the GWV Rebels by four points despite conceding 70 more disposals to the Rebels, who had five players record over 21 touches compared to Calder’s one. Sam Ramsay was that player for the Cannons, racking up 33 disposals and crucially also laying a round-high 12 tackles. Calder’s work without the ball (70 tackles to 65) prevented GWV ball-winners like Jay Rantall (round-high 35 disposals) from having enough impact to get their team over the line.
- The Gippsland Power won by 34 points against the Dandenong Stingrays, but the margin between the teams in the counts for disposals, contested and uncontested possessions, marks and tackles was five or less. Gippsland did gain an advantage in one key statistical area though, winning 38 clearances to 30 and subsequently generating 49 inside-50s to 38. Seven Power players won three or more clearances – led by Sam Flanders and Sam Berry with five each – compared to just three at Dandenong.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- The willingness of the Sandringham Dragons to tackle despite recording 109 more disposals and 52 more marks than the Tasmania Devils might have pleased head coach Josh Bourke the most following his team’s 65-point win. The Dragons laid 86 tackles to 60, led by Jeremy Goddard with nine and Darcy Chirgwin, George Grey and Tyson Murray with eight each.
- Leo Connolly has a remarkable ability to find himself in space on the field for the Gippsland Power. The 180cm top-ager provided a nice complement to Gippsland’s fleet of tough on-ballers (see above) in a win against the Dandenong Stingrays by being the only player on the ground not to record a contested possession and instead having a game-high 17 uncontested possessions.
- It’s the time of the season when eyes start turning to the bottom-agers who will take centre stage the following year, and Cody Raak has announced himself as one to watch with an impressive month at the Western Jets. The Jets lost by 72 points to the Murray Bushrangers on Saturday, but 190cm Raak proved a constant thorn in Murray’s side with a round-high 11 rebound-50s from 24 disposals.
- Speaking of talented bottom-agers, Nikolas Cox was also a shining light in a loss on the weekend, booting a round-high four goals (from 12 disposals and six marks) among the Northern Knights’ total of seven majors against the Bendigo Pioneers. Standing 197cm and with strong running ability, the 2019 Vic Metro representative will certainly be another to watch in 2020.
- The Murray Bushrangers booted 18 goals in their big defeat of the Western Jets and a host of key playmakers got involved on the scoreboard. Seven of Murray’s top eight ball-winners also scored majors: Cameron Wild (one goal), James Boyer (three), Lachlan Ash (one), Jye Chalcraft (one), Charlie Byrne (one), Joshua Rachele (three) and Thomas Panuccio (two).
ROUND 15 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (35): Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
KICKS (23): Angus Hanrahan (Sandringham Dragons)
HANDBALLS (21): Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
MARKS (10): Jackson Davies (Northern Knights)
TACKLES (12): Sam Ramsay (Calder Cannons)
CLEARANCES (10): Jye Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (17): Cooper Craig-Peters (GWV Rebels)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (25): Angus Hanrahan (Sandringham Dragons)
INSIDE-50s (10): Ryan Sparkes (Gippsland Power)
REBOUND-50s (11): Cody Raak (Western Jets)
HITOUTS (52): William Kennedy (Western Jets)
GOALS (4): Nikolas Cox (Northern Knights)