Wynstan Stats Central Rd 15: Cats clean things up

Geelong seems to be performing like a different team since a disappointing loss to Collingwood in Round 6, but the stats might suggest otherwise, as Wynstan Stats Central examines.

The Cats sunk to a record of 2-3 after scoring just 6.8 (44) against the Magpies, but have since won five of seven games, losing only to top-eight rivals Sandringham by two points and Footscray by seven.

The interesting thing about Geelong’s strong form is that not much has changed all season in many statistical areas – in fact, the Cats have recently regressed in several categories. Compared to post-Round 6, they currently average fewer disposals, uncontested possessions, clearances and tackles per game, while also averaging the same number of contested possessions and inside-50s per game.

Geelong does, however, average 11 more marks per game than after Round 6 – an increased level of ball control that has helped it average almost two goals more per game.

The Cats are now the VFL’s top-ranked team for goals per inside-50 and scoring accuracy (almost five per cent higher than the next best team). These rankings have improved out of sight since post-Round 6 when they ranked eighth in both measures.

It seems only a forward-line tidy-up was required at the Cattery after those early troubles.

 

Other key stats from Round 14:

7: The Box Hill Hawks may have kicked away their season in a heart-breaking loss to Essendon in Round 15. Bomber Jason Ashby’s last-minute goal put the Hawks two wins outside the top eight, but Box Hill had seven more scoring shots than their opponents. They say bad kicking is bad football, and the Hawks scored a goal from only 21 per cent of forward-50 entries while Essendon went at 28 per cent.

25Tom O’Sullivan just keeps burrowing in for Port Melbourne. The VFL’s top-ranked player for total handballs had a round-high 25 of them amongst 37 disposals in the Borough’s Round 15 victory over Sandringham. Port preferred to keep the ball on the ground in windy conditions at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, recording 22 more handballs than kicks (while the Zebras recorded 44 more kicks than handballs).

 

Round 14 stats leaders:

KICKS      
Damian Mascitti Port Melbourne 27  
Sam Menegola Geelong 26  
Thomas Wilson Northern Blues 24  
Eli Templeton Sandringham 23  
Darcy Lang Geelong 22  
Blaine Boekhorst Northern Blues 22  
Adam Oxley Collingwood 21  
Mitch Honeychurch Footscray 20  
Nick Rippon North Ballarat 20  
Matthew Dick Northern Blues 20  
Alex Neal-Bullen Casey Scorpions 19  
Oliver Tate North Ballarat 19  
Michael Gibbons Williamstown 19  
Will Langford Box Hill Hawks 18  
David Mirra Box Hill Hawks 18  
       
HANDBALLS      
Thomas O'Sullivan Port Melbourne 25  
Matthew Arnot Port Melbourne 24  
Mark Whiley Northern Blues 23  
Toby Pinwill Port Melbourne 23  
Sam Menegola Geelong 20  
Brandon Wood Frankston 19  
Alex Neal-Bullen Casey Scorpions 18  
Ben Jolley Williamstown 18  
James Parsons Geelong 18  
Scott Selwood Geelong 17  
Brett Bewley Williamstown 16  
Daniel Toman Port Melbourne 16  
Matthew Goodyear Collingwood 16  
Jack Sketcher Frankston 15  
James Tsitas Geelong 15  
       
MARKS      
Adam Oxley Collingwood 16  
Nick Rippon North Ballarat 10  
Blaine Boekhorst Northern Blues 10  
Jackson Merrett Essendon 10  
Ben Dobson Essendon 10  
Ayce Cordy Williamstown 10  
Toby Pinwill Port Melbourne 9  
Eli Templeton Sandringham 9  
James Polkinghorne Essendon 9  
Damian Mascitti Port Melbourne 9  
Lachlan Howe Collingwood 9  
Tony Lockyer North Ballarat 9  
Oliver Tate North Ballarat 9  
Tim O'Brien Box Hill Hawks 9  
David Mirra Box Hill Hawks 9  
       
HITOUTS      
Billy Longer Sandringham 60  
Michael Sikora Frankston 46  
Jake Spencer Casey Scorpions 44  
Will Minson Footscray 43  
Nick Meese Williamstown 30  
Marc Pittonet Box Hill Hawks 29  
Matt Korcheck Northern Blues 26  
Padraig Lucey Geelong 25  
Majak Daw Werribee 24  
Orren Stephenson North Ballarat 23  
Kalem Post Frankston 23  
Cameron Wood Northern Blues 22  
Lachlan Howe Collingwood 17  
Cameron Pedersen Casey Scorpions 17  
Braydon Preuss Werribee 17  
       
TACKLES      
Jed Adcock Footscray 20  
Isaac Conway Werribee 12  
Ben Jolley Williamstown 11  
Mitch Honeychurch Footscray 11  
James Hayes Footscray 11  
Tomas Bugg Casey Scorpions 11  
Nikolas Papadopoulos Frankston 10  
Jack Hellier Collingwood 10  
Ben Allan Coburg 10  
Will Minson Footscray 9  
Tom Simpkin Sandringham 9  
Darcy Lang Geelong 9  
Myke Cook Sandringham 9  
Jordan Russell Footscray 9  
Majak Daw Werribee 8  
       
VFL LEADING GOALKICKERS    
Seniors   Goals Total
Ahmed Saad Coburg 3 38
Dylan Conway Williamstown 3 26
Ayce Cordy Williamstown 3 25
Sam Dunell Williamstown _ 24
Daniel Younan Coburg _ 21
Timothy Smith Casey Scorpions 3 21
Trent Dennis-Lane Sandringham DNP 21
Aaron Black Werribee INJ 21
Lech Featherstone Coburg _ 20
Nathan Gardiner Frankston 4 19
       
Development League      
Billy Hogan Port Melbourne _ 21
Hudson Thomas Frankston _ 20
Jake Kalanj Coburg 1 18
Thomas Baker Casey Scorpions 2 16
Mitchell Vandenberg Werribee _ 15
Julian Dobosz Sandringham 2 13
Lachlan Langford Box Hill Hawks _ 13
Bradley Xavier Werribee DNP 13
Tyler Curtis Williamstown _ 13
Luke Hannon Casey Scorpions 2 13

 

* Photo: Arj Giese

 

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Stats Central Rd 14: Gulls causing grief

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Stats Central Rd 12: The kicking Roosters

Stats Central Rd 11: Dogs bite Dols late

Stats Central Rd 10: Box Hill's Blues




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VFL 2017 Ladder

Peter Jackson VFL 2017
POS TEAM PTS
1 Williamstown 56
2 Box Hill Hawks 54
3 Port Melbourne 50
4 Casey Demons 48
5 Richmond 44
6 Essendon 40
7 Footscray 40
8 Collingwood 32
9 Northern Blues 32
10 Geelong 32
11 Sandringham 32
12 Werribee 32
13 Coburg 8
14 North Ballarat 4