See some of the best stats from NAB League Girls Round 8, including how the GWV Rebels knocked off the higher-ranked Oakleigh Chargers and a newcomer to football scorching the stats sheet at the Eastern Ranges.
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THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
- The GWV Rebels snatched a one-point triumph over the Oakleigh Chargers – despite conceding four more scoring shots – thanks to their forward-line efficiency. The Rebels kicked three goals from just 17 inside-50s (and 27 fewer disposals) while Oakleigh managed only two majors from 25 entries, with Chloe Leonard, Lauren Sykes and Brook Thompson all recording a game-high three rebound-50s in a stout GWV back line.
- The Northern Knights played exciting, intense football to knock off undefeated reigning premiers the Geelong Falcons by 36 points. The Knights backed themselves to move the ball quickly by hand, recording 112 kicks and 92 handballs compared to Geelong’s 120 and 46 respectively. However, Northern still managed to take 30 marks and restrict the Falcons to 23 in a demonstration of balancing the attacking and defensive sides of the game.
- A couple of Dandenong Stingrays playmakers showed the Murray Bushrangers how to do more with fewer possessions in a 13-point victory. Murray recorded 226 disposals to 174 but the Stingrays made their touches count, generating the same number of inside-50s (30). Isabella Shannon (game-high five inside-50s from 14 disposals) and Molly McDonald (five from 13 touches) were Dandenong’s most dangerous players going forward.
TOP FIVE STATS OF THE WEEK
- The Sandringham Dragons lost to the Western Jets by 12 points despite generating six more inside-50s. The Dragons only managed to kick one goal from 28 forward-line entries in what has started to become an unfortunate theme for last year’s third-placegetters: They’ve now dropped three games when winning the inside-50 count.
- The Geelong Falcons boast five of the top 20 NAB League Girls players for total disposals in 2019, but none of them outshone Northern Knights captain Gabrielle Newton in Round 8. The highly-rated top-ager racked up 23 disposals in her team’s victory over the Falcons – seven more than any other player on the ground.
- The Calder Cannons already have draft watchers looking to the future with exciting bottom-ager Georgie Prespakis in their ranks – now they appear to have unearthed another young prospect. 16-year-old Laura Cocomello enjoyed a break-out game in Calder’s 21-point win against the Bendigo Pioneers, named her team’s best player for 17 disposals, a game-high six inside-50s and five tackles.
- In the same match, it was generally Brooke Hards chasing around those Cannons playmakers for the Bendigo Pioneers. The tough 16-year-old laid a massive 16 tackles on Calder opponents, taking her season tally to 76 – which is 26 more than the next highest total – at an average of 9.5 per game. Hards has now laid double-digit tackles in four of her eight outings in 2019.
- Eastern Ranges ruck/forward Serena Gibbs hadn’t played a game of competitive football before this year due to pursuing a netball career, but the 176cm over-ager has quickly picked up the caper. Gibbs produced an all-round performance in Eastern’s 51-point defeat of the Gippsland Power, recording 18 disposals, six marks, six inside-50s, five hitouts and three goals.
FT | Fantastic win for the girls, scoring heavily and defending well. Percentage vital at this stage of the season!
ER – 9.10.64
GP – 2.1.13#NABLeagueGirls
— Eastern Ranges (@Eastern_Ranges) May 5, 2019
ROUND 8 STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (30): Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
KICKS (23): Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons)
HANDBALLS (22): Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
MARKS (7): Tess Flintoff (Eastern Ranges)
TACKLES (16): Brooke Hards (Bendigo Pioneers)
INSIDE-50s (7): Tarni Brown (Eastern Ranges)
REBOUND-50s (12): Brooke Vernon (Dandenong Stingrays)
HITOUTS (25): Kalarni Kearns (Oakleigh Chargers)
GOALS (3): Serena Gibbs (Eastern Ranges)