See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 16, including how the Eastern Ranges, GWV Rebels and Geelong Falcons all emerged victorious from thrillers and the two defensive generals moving on-ball with great effect.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- Winning key contests ensured the Eastern Ranges generated enough scoring chances to defeat the Dandenong Stingrays by five points despite some wastefulness inside 50 (kicking 5.16 to 6.5). Eastern enjoyed better opportunities in front of goal based on winning contested possessions by 18 and clearances by seven, with Mitch Mellis (13 contested possessions and six clearances) leading the Ranges in both categories ahead of the MVP of the recent NAB AFL Under-16 Championships Tyler Sonsie (10 and five respectively).
- Like Eastern, the GWV Rebels came from behind to prevail in Round 16, sneaking home by four points over the Bendigo Pioneers thanks in large part to fierce tackling pressure. The Rebels edged Bendigo by 13 in the disposal count but also proved strong without the ball in laying 78 tackles to 61. The defensive efforts of GWV hard-nuts like Jay Rantall (round-high 12 tackles) and Cooper Craig-Peters (11) meant the Pioneers were unable to gain full reward for generating four more inside-50s across the match.
- The Tasmania Devils were another team unable to capitalise on opportunities up forward, falling to the Geelong Falcons by seven points despite recording 31 more disposals, six more clearances, nine more inside-50s and three more scoring shots. However, Geelong did manage to restrict the Devils to just 25 uncontested marks – 23 fewer than the Falcons from only one fewer kick. This limited Tasmania’s control of the ball, with Geelong bottom-ager Oliver Henry (round-high 11 marks, including four contested) showing his opponents how it’s done.
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- A pair of bottom-agers are emerging as the Bendigo Pioneers’ biggest offensive weapons in 2019. 180cm Jack Ginnivan’s four goals from 19 disposals in Bendigo’s loss to the GWV Rebels put him three majors clear on top of the club’s goalkicking table (with 14 from 10 games) ahead of 192cm Josh Treacy, who booted two from 18 touches against the Rebels.
- A couple of other under-16 players added to the exploits of Tyler Sonsie (see above) with key performances in Round 16. Forward/ruck Joshua Rentsch recorded 13 disposals, six marks (three contested), seven hitouts and two goals in the GWV Rebels’ victory over the Bendigo Pioneers, while Oakleigh Chargers tall Alex Lukic booted two majors in his team’s 22-point defeat of the Western Jets.
- The Oakleigh Chargers went handball happy in that win, recording 44 more than the Jets and being the only team in Round 16 to have more handballs than kicks. Bottom-ager Lochlan Jenkins continued a strong run of form in Oakleigh’s midfield with a round-high 22 handballs and also posted round-highs in disposals (35), contested possessions (21) and inside-50s (10).
- One of the NAB League’s most prolific rebounders from defence turned into a midfield machine in the Geelong Falcons’ triumph over the Tasmania Devils. In a show of his versatility, Geelong co-captain Jesse Clark won a round-high 14 clearances – 41 per cent of his team’s total of 34 – to go with 21 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight tackles, six inside-50s and one goal.
- Meanwhile, Dandenong Stingrays skipper Hayden Young is showing the type of versatility that has him in line to be a high pick at the 2019 NAB AFL Draft. Known mostly as a skilful rebounding defender, Young has returned from Vic Country duties to average 25 disposals, 10 contested possessions, five clearances and five inside-50s in Dandenong’s engine room across the last three games – despite all ending in losses.
ROUND 16 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (35): Lochlan Jenkins (Oakleigh Chargers)
KICKS (22): Jack Toner (Dandenong Stingrays)
HANDBALLS (22): Lochlan Jenkins (Oakleigh Chargers)
MARKS (11): Oliver Henry (Geelong Falcons) and Jai Nanscawen (Dandenong Stingrays)
TACKLES (12): Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
CLEARANCES (14): Jesse Clark (Geelong Falcons)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (21): Lochlan Jenkins (Oakleigh Chargers)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (18): Jeromy Lucas (Oakleigh Chargers) and Zakery Pretty (Eastern Ranges)
INSIDE-50s (10): Lochlan Jenkins (Oakleigh Chargers)
REBOUND-50s (10): Cameron Fleeton (Geelong Falcons)
HITOUTS (53): Patrick Glanford (GWV Rebels)
GOALS (5): Archi Manton (Western Jets)