See some of the best stats from NAB League Girls Round 5, including how the Western Jets scored their first win of the season and a five-goal haul that proved golden for the Bendigo Pioneers.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The Western Jets broke their duck for 2019 thanks to excellent ball control in a 22-point triumph over the GWV Rebels. Western generated 26 inside-50s while restricting the Rebels to just 16, with prolific Jets Isabella Grant (game-high 25 disposals), Elisabeth Georgostathis (21) and Isabelle Pritchard (19) combining to keep the ball out of GWV hands.
- The Sandringham Dragons also posted a maiden win for 2019 in Round 5, but without the same statistical superiority as Western. The Dragons lost the counts for disposals and inside-50s to the Oakleigh Chargers but out-tackled their opponents 66 to 36 to set up a six-point victory. Alice Burke (game-high nine tackles), Bryanna Arnold (eight) and Chloe Saultry (eight) were Sandringham’s chief pressure players.
- From 22 points behind – and scoreless – early in the second quarter, the Geelong Falcons reeled off seven goals to one to overrun the Dandenong Stingrays by 16 points. In a devastating second half, the reigning premiers generated 18 of their 27 inside-50s for the match and booted five majors – including two from three-goal hero Poppy Schaap.
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TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- Northern Knights captain Gabrielle Newton has been a regular inclusion in this countdown in 2019, but it’s hard to ignore a player topping both the disposal count and hitout tally in any given match. The versatile 175cm top-ager produced game-highs of 23 disposals and 13 hitouts in Northern’s 24-point triumph over the Eastern Ranges.
- The Calder Cannons received contributions in the middle and up forward from some of their most important players in a 27-point defeat of the Murray Bushrangers. Stellar all-round performances from the likes of top-age duo Georgia Patrikios (game-high 24 disposals and one goal) and Alana Barba (21 and two) helped see Calder home.
- Oakleigh Chargers skipper Mimi Hill is still only 16 years old, but she’s enjoying a prolific season in her team’s midfield. Hill averages 18 disposals per game in 2019 and racked up a round-high 26 in defeat to the Sandringham Dragons – eight more than any other player on the ground – as well as game-highs of five inside-50s and five tackles.
- Paige Sheppard is the competition’s top-ranked player for total inside-50s and the Geelong Falcons playmaker was at it again in her team’s win against the Dandenong Stingrays. The damaging top-ager generated a game-high seven inside-50s from her 22 disposals and now averages six inside-50s per match across the season.
- The Gippsland Power just couldn’t stop Bendigo Pioneers 17-year-old Elizabeth Snell inside 50 in Round 5. From 14 disposals, Snell scored five of Bendigo’s eight goals in a 62-point victory – two weeks after also demonstrating her ball-winning ability with a team-high 23 disposals against the Geelong Falcons.
ROUND 5 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (26): Mimi Hill (Oakleigh Chargers) and Annabel Strahan (Bendigo Pioneers)
KICKS (16): Annabel Strahan (Bendigo Pioneers) and Renee Tierney (Geelong Falcons)
HANDBALLS (15): Maeve Tupper (Bendigo Pioneers)
MARKS (7): Renee Tierney (Geelong Falcons)
TACKLES (10): Luka Lesosky-Hay (Geelong Falcons)
INSIDE-50s (8): Britney Gutknecht (Northern Knights)
REBOUND-50s (8): Mietta Kendall (Eastern Ranges)
HITOUTS (17): Taylah Kolevski (Western Jets)
GOALS (5): Elizabeth Snell (Bendigo Pioneers)