By JESS WEBSTER
In our weekly column, Statistically Speaking, NEAFL reporter Jess Webster has scoured the Champion Data stats to review Round 10 by the numbers.
You couldn’t go past GIANTS midfielder Adam Kennedy’s inspiring performance in his comeback game from a knee reconstruction as one of the best so far this season. Kennedy collected 35 disposals, 10 marks, eight rebound 50s and booted two goals to be a clear best-on-ground as the GIANTS beat the SUNS by 52 points at Spotless Stadium.
James Rose had a day out against Redland at Coorparoo when he racked up the disposals aswell as hit the scoreboard. The Swans forward collected 38 disposals, 10 marks, six clearances, eight inside 50s and booted 2.3, amassing 154 fantasy points in their 22-point victory.
Will Gowers continues to find the footy for Aspley this season. The former Sydney Swans Academy member was again among the Hornets best in their 37-point victory against NT Thunder. He collected the second-highest number of disposals on the ground behind Matt Payne with 29, plus five marks and three rebound 50s.
GIANTS midfielder Nick Shipley was tackle-happy against Gold Coast on Saturday, laying an astonishing 22 tackles to go with his 24 disposals. It’s a huge number, but he is just shy of the all-time record. Former Sydney Hills Eagles midfielder Tim Garlick registered 23 tackles against Sydney University way back in 2013.
GOALKICKING RACE HEATS UP
Southport’s Mitch Johnson returned to the park from a two-match suspension at the weekend and again found himself with a bag of goals to put the pressure on the competition’s leading goalkicker, Matt Hammelmann. Johnson booted five goals to close the gap to just five majors, where he is averaging a neat four goals a game. The best part? The two spearheads will battle it out this weekend when Redland hosts Southport at Scottsdale Park.
A DARK DAY FOR STUDENTS
Southport’s astonishing 110-point victory brought up an ugly milestone for Sydney University on Saturday when it took until the 20-minute mark of the final quarter for them to score a goal. Their 1.7 (13) scoreline was the club’s worst in the NEAFL, eclipsing 1.9 (15) against NT Thunder in Round 13, 2014.
THUNDER ON A ROLL… OF A DIFFERENT KIND
Speaking of NT Thunder, they are officially in a form slump after another loss on Saturday sent them plummeting to ninth on the ladder. If they can’t get back on the winners list against Canberra on Saturday night, it will be the club’s worst losing streak in history since they dropped the last three matches of 2013 – the only season where they haven’t made finals.
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