See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 6, with the Oakleigh Chargers going handball-happy against the Tasmania Devils and some big individual performances within the northern-state teams in their last games for 2019.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Oakleigh Chargers went handball-happy in a one-point triumph over the Tasmania Devils, recording 156 kicks and 171 handballs (the Devils had 178 and 98 respectively). Slick hands in tight saw the Chargers rack up 155 contested possessions to 126, as co-captain Trent Bianco stepped up to fill the shoes of absent midfielders Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson with game-highs of 42 disposals (19 handballs), 19 contested possessions, nine tackles, seven clearances and eight inside-50s.
- There was only 10 points between the victorious Gippsland Power and defeated Eastern Ranges on the scoreboard, but there was a gulf between the teams in relation to the aerial battle. The Power took a clear round-high 22 contested marks to Eastern’s six, with 12 Gippsland players plucking at least one contested grab – led by skipper and 188cm defensive general Brock Smith with four and 199cm ruck/forward Charlie Comben with three.
- The Geelong Falcons inflicted the first and only defeat of the Sydney Swans Academy’s NAB League Boys campaign on the back of controlling the contests at ground level. Sydney hadn’t lost the contested-possession count in its four previous games, but the Falcons won that category 149-130 and clearances 45-35 to set up a 31-point victory. Charlie Harris was Geelong’s leading player in both categories with 12 contested possessions and six clearances among his 21 disposals.
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TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- The Northern Territory may have bowed out of the competition without a win following a 38-point loss to the Northern Knights, but Ben Jungfer’s work in tight has provided a highlight. The top-ager has recorded round-highs in contested possessions over the last two weeks and topped NT in that category in four of its five games.
- Sydney Swans Academy bottom-ager Braeden Campbell gave future draft watchers plenty to like in his team’s loss to the Geelong Falcons. The 179cm prospect played with a toughness beyond his age, recording 22 disposals, 15 contested possessions and round-highs of 12 tackles and 10 clearances in Sydney’s defeat.
- Efficiency of ball movement is crucial in the modern game and the Dandenong Stingrays were devastating in that regard during a 71-point defeat of the Brisbane Lions Academy. With only eight more disposals than the Lions, dangerous Dandenong piled on 14 goals to three (and generated 30 scoring shots to 14).
- Thomas Green has been consistently prolific across the GWS Giants Academy’s time in the NAB League Boys, but the 2019 NAB AFL Draft prospect added another string to his bow in an 11-point victory over the Murray Bushrangers: 190cm Green even managed to record five hitouts to go with his game-high 37 disposals and 11 clearances.
- The names Mott and Martin sound like they belong together in a high-powered combination and the Calder Cannons certainly found out what Daniel Mott and Jacob Martin are capable of when they teamed up in Round 6. The top-age midfield duo each had 36 disposals in Calder’s 16-point win against the Bendigo Pioneers – 15 more touches than any other player on the ground.
ROUND 6 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (42): Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)
KICKS (23): Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)
HANDBALLS (24): Jacob Martin (Calder Cannons)
MARKS (12): Brodie Newman (Calder Cannons)
TACKLES (12): Braeden Campbell (Sydney Swans Academy)
CLEARANCES (11): Thomas Green (GWS Giants Academy)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (19): Thomas Green (GWS Giants Academy) and Ben Jungfer (Northern Territory)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (23): Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers) and Will Martyn (Brisbane Lions Academy)
INSIDE-50s (10): Braeden Campbell (Sydney Swans Academy)
REBOUND-50s (9): Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers), Sam Collins (Tasmania Devils), Max Geddes (Sydney Swans Academy) and Brock Smith (Gippsland Power)
HITOUTS (38): Stephen Cumming (Northern Territory)
GOALS (4): Nick Caris (GWV Rebels), Oliver Henry (Geelong Falcons) and Thomas Lovell (Oakleigh Chargers)