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.
25: Tom 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:
|Damian Mascitti||Port Melbourne||27|
|Thomas Wilson||Northern Blues||24|
|Blaine Boekhorst||Northern Blues||22|
|Nick Rippon||North Ballarat||20|
|Matthew Dick||Northern Blues||20|
|Alex Neal-Bullen||Casey Scorpions||19|
|Oliver Tate||North Ballarat||19|
|Will Langford||Box Hill Hawks||18|
|David Mirra||Box Hill Hawks||18|
|Thomas O'Sullivan||Port Melbourne||25|
|Matthew Arnot||Port Melbourne||24|
|Mark Whiley||Northern Blues||23|
|Toby Pinwill||Port Melbourne||23|
|Alex Neal-Bullen||Casey Scorpions||18|
|Daniel Toman||Port Melbourne||16|
|Nick Rippon||North Ballarat||10|
|Blaine Boekhorst||Northern Blues||10|
|Toby Pinwill||Port Melbourne||9|
|Damian Mascitti||Port Melbourne||9|
|Tony Lockyer||North Ballarat||9|
|Oliver Tate||North Ballarat||9|
|Tim O'Brien||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|David Mirra||Box Hill Hawks||9|
|Jake Spencer||Casey Scorpions||44|
|Marc Pittonet||Box Hill Hawks||29|
|Matt Korcheck||Northern Blues||26|
|Orren Stephenson||North Ballarat||23|
|Cameron Wood||Northern Blues||22|
|Cameron Pedersen||Casey Scorpions||17|
|Tomas Bugg||Casey Scorpions||11|
|VFL LEADING GOALKICKERS|
|Timothy Smith||Casey Scorpions||3||21|
|Billy Hogan||Port Melbourne||_||21|
|Thomas Baker||Casey Scorpions||2||16|
|Lachlan Langford||Box Hill Hawks||_||13|
|Luke Hannon||Casey Scorpions||2||13|
* Photo: Arj Giese