See some of the best stats from NAB League Boys Round 7, including big collective numbers from the Eastern Ranges’ triumph over the Sandringham Dragons and a former Australian basketballer getting very familiar with the oval ball at the GWV Rebels.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Murray Bushrangers successfully restricted the Geelong Falcons from possessing enough of the ball in a 21-point win, holding the Falcons to just 238 disposals – a round-low total and 90 fewer than Murray. Their top disposal-winner had just 21 touches and only 12 Geelong players recorded 10 or more disposals, while the Bushrangers boasted 18 players in double-digit figures. Cameron Wild (27 disposals) and Jye Chalcraft (26) led the way for the victors in this regard.
- Speaking of restricting the opposition, the Northern Knights held the GWV Rebels to a round-low 46 uncontested marks in their 32-point victory. The Rebels were simply unable to find enough space to easily hold onto possession, with only 13 GWV players able to take more than one mark. The Knights, meanwhile, had 20 players in that category – led by Ryan Gardner with eight – and ultimately took 52 more uncontested marks than their opponents.
- The Eastern Ranges’ nine-point triumph over the Sandringham Dragons was an intense contest that featured plenty of quick ball movement up and down the ground. Both sides were continually looking to release teammates with handballs, resulting in huge numbers of handball-receives for a NAB League Boys match – victorious Eastern shading Sandringham with 136 to 121. Connor Downie (Ranges) and Ryan Byrnes (Dragons) each had a game-high 14 handball-receives.
MATCH REPORT | a thrilling nine-point loss to the Eastern Ranges at RSEA Park, Moorabbin has us sitting fourth on the #NABLeagueBoys ladder at 4-2 🐉
— Sandringham Dragons (@Sandy_Dragons) May 13, 2019
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- Among the top five NAB League Boys players for total inside-50s this season is one who has been spending time as a ruck. Bendigo Pioneers bottom-ager Joshua Treacy ranks equal-second with 28 inside-50s – at an average of 4.7 per game – and generated a match-high six entries in Bendigo’s two-point loss to the Tasmania Devils in Round 7.
- Eastern Ranges top-ager Jonte Duffy stands only 166cm tall – two centimetres shorter than the AFL’s shortest player, Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs) – but he can still make his presence felt. Despite recording only six disposals, Duffy laid a game-high 10 tackles in Eastern’s pressure-packed victory over the Sandringham Dragons.
- The ladder-leading Dandenong Stingrays are showing they don’t need an abundance of prolific ball-winners to be successful. The Stingrays have posted three wins in excess of 10 goals over the last three weeks – most recently against the Western Jets by 63 points – and only had nine players record more than 20 disposals across those games.
- Hudson Kaak has made an immediate impact inside 50 since coming into the Murray Bushrangers’ line-up in Round 5. Having played only one match in his bottom-age year of 2018 due to injury, Kaak has booted nine goals in Murray’s last three games – including a round-high five majors in the weekend’s win against the Geelong Falcons.
- Jay Rantall is setting himself up to be the latest football success story to come from a basketball background. The GWV Rebels top-ager represented Australia in basketball last year but is currently the third-ranked player in the competition for total disposals after racking up a round-high 36 touches in his team’s loss to the Northern Knights.
ROUND 7 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (36): Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
KICKS (22): Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers)
HANDBALLS (23): Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
MARKS (10): Eddie Ford (Western Jets), Cody Hirst (Eastern Ranges) and Kyle Yorke (Sandringham Dragons)
TACKLES (13): Oliver Davis (Tasmania Devils)
CLEARANCES (10): Jacob Martin (Calder Cannons)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (17): Jacob Martin (Calder Cannons)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (23): Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
INSIDE-50s (7): Connor Downie (Eastern Ranges) and Kyle Yorke (Sandringham Dragons)
REBOUND-50s (9): James Ross (Eastern Ranges)
HITOUTS (34): Bailey Schmidt (Dandenong Stingrays)
GOALS (5): Hudson Kaak (Murray Bushrangers)