Stats Central Rd 14: Long-Range kicking

The Eastern Ranges have steadied their season in the last two weeks with no-nonsense, direct ball movement.

Last year’s grand finallists held a record of 4-3 before dropping their next five games to be in danger of missing a place in September. But victories over the Western Jets in Round 13 and Northern Knights in Round 14 has seventh-placed Eastern primed to secure a finals spot.

In their 18-point triumph over the Knights, the Ranges had much less of the ball but moved it directly and with purpose. Northern had 99 more disposals – including seven players with 20 or more disposals compared to Eastern’s one – but the Ranges recorded a kick-to-handball ratio of 1.91-to-1 compared with Northern’s 0.95-to-1.

During the crucial final quarter when Eastern rallied from six points down to overrun the Knights, the Ranges had 42 kicks and 17 handballs while Northern had 31 and 38 respectively. In a 90-point win against the Jets the previous week, their ratio was 1.47-to-1 compared to Western’s 0.99-to-1.

Boasting a dangerous forward line consisting of tall goalkickers Sam Hayes and Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, and mid-sizers such as Jaidyn Stephenson and Josh Begley, clearly Eastern wants to get the ball inside 50 as fast as possible to let them do what they do best.

 

Other key stats from Round 14:

9: For a 198cm ruckman, Josh Patullo gave the Gippsland Power a surprising amount of drive in their victory over the Geelong Falcons. The over-ager had a clear game-high nine inside-50s to go along with 19 disposals, five marks and 27 hitouts. Patullo was also able to demonstrate his mobility in two games for the VFL’s Casey Scorpions in June.

 

Round 14 stats leaders:

KICKS      
Harrison Burt Sandringham Dragons 23  
Matt Perry Northern Knights 22  
Kobe Mutch Bendigo Pioneers 21  
Zach Guthrie Calder Cannons 21  
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 20  
Mitchell Andrews Northern Knights 20  
Reuben Hayward Sandringham Dragons 20  
Kane Keppel Eastern Ranges 20  
Taylin Duman Eastern Ranges 19  
William Donaghey Murray Bushrangers 18  
Corey Lyons Sandringham Dragons 18  
Hugh McCluggage North Ballarat Rebels 17  
Zachary Zdybel Geelong Falcons 17  
Marcus Lentini Northern Knights 17  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 17  
       
HANDBALLS      
Kye Beveridge Sandringham Dragons 18  
Mason Blakey Northern Knights 18  
Ethan Penrith Northern Knights 17  
Marcus Lentini Northern Knights 16  
Taylin Duman Eastern Ranges 15  
Oliver Stapleton Northern Knights 14  
Xavier Jordan Oakleigh Chargers 14  
Thomas Glen Dandenong Stingrays 14  
William Donaghey Murray Bushrangers 13  
Jake Page Murray Bushrangers 13  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 13  
Bobby Lamanna Northern Knights 13  
Nicholas Stuhldreier Western Jets 13  
Paddy Dow Bendigo Pioneers 13  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 13  
       
MARKS      
Harrison Burt Sandringham Dragons 9  
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 9  
Tom Williamson North Ballarat Rebels 9  
Kane Keppel Eastern Ranges 9  
Nathan Mullenger-McHugh Eastern Ranges 9  
Laine Fitzgerald Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Jaidyn Stephenson Eastern Ranges 8  
Jarrod Brander Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Kye Beveridge Sandringham Dragons 7  
Taylin Duman Eastern Ranges 7  
Reuben Hayward Sandringham Dragons 7  
Riley Taylor North Ballarat Rebels 7  
Jamison Shea Northern Knights 7  
Marcus Lentini Northern Knights 6  
James Gow North Ballarat Rebels 6  
       
HITOUTS      
Lachlan Filipovic Sandringham Dragons 40  
Josh Patullo Gippsland Power 27  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 25  
Joshua Boehm Oakleigh Chargers 25  
Lloyd Meek North Ballarat Rebels 24  
Zachary Zdybel Geelong Falcons 19  
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 19  
Noah Balta Calder Cannons 16  
Trent McMullan Murray Bushrangers 15  
Dylan Atkins Dandenong Stingrays 15  
Nathan Twigg Bendigo Pioneers 14  
Darren Walters Western Jets 14  
Nathan Mullenger-McHugh Eastern Ranges 13  
Joel Grace Northern Knights 13  
Nick Larkey Oakleigh Chargers 12  
       
TACKLES      
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 13  
Josh Formosa Bendigo Pioneers 11  
Jordan Haynes Eastern Ranges 11  
James Worpel Geelong Falcons 11  
Oliver Stapleton Northern Knights 10  
Gryan Miers Geelong Falcons 10  
Nathan Twigg Bendigo Pioneers 9  
Brad Bernacki Calder Cannons 9  
Austin Hodge Gippsland Power 9  
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 9  
Jordan Gallucci Eastern Ranges 9  
Jack Heathcote Geelong Falcons 9  
Xavier Jordan Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Daniel Sharrock Murray Bushrangers 9  
Callum Porter Gippsland Power 9  
       
2016 LEADING GOALKICKERS    
    Goals Total
Karl Brown Calder Cannons 2 43
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays 1 31
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons VFL 31
Lachlan Tiziani Murray Bushrangers 3 29
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers 4 27
Jordan Johnston North Ballarat Rebels 2 24
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays 2 24
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges _ 23
Corey McKay Northern Knights 3 22
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 2 22

 

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