By JUSTIN LILLECRAPP
In our weekly column, Statistically Speaking, NEAFL reporter Justin Lillecrapp has scoured the Champion Data stats to review Round 14 by the numbers.
Canberra Demons Isaac Taylor was outstanding in the side’s historic first win against Sydney Uni to extend their winning streak to six on the trot. Taylor had 33 disposals – 22 of which were contested, 13 clearances and eight inside 50s. Taylor had 173 Champion Data ranking points, the most in Round 14. Taylor ranks sixth in the competition for clearances and first at Canberra.
Sydney defender Colin O’Riordan had a day out against AFL rivals the GIANTS. O’Riordan had 30 kicks, nine handballs, 12 marks, three tackles and two goals on his way to 169 fantasy points. It continues a consistent season for O’Riordan having accumulated 21 or more disposals in all 11 matches he has played. O’Riordan has taken 10 or more marks on six occasions and averages five rebound 50s per game, as the Irishman continues to push for an AFL debut.
Sydney Uni youngster Jake Bartholomaeus has been building nicely in his first full season of NEAFL football. Bartholomaeus has come to life in his last two games registering 26 and 27 disposals against Gold Coast and Canberra respectively. Bartholomaues had four marks, three tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s to go with his 27 disposals in the Students close loss to Canberra. In his last three games, Bartholomaues has recorded 12 inside 50s compared to 11 in his first eight games of the season, showcasing his continued improvement.
SWANS BOMB IT LONG
Sydney recorded a mammoth 70 inside 50s against the GIANTS on Saturday. Harry Marsh led the way with 12 inside 50s – just two shy of the all-time NEAFL record. However, it wasn’t even the most the Swans have recorded this year. They had 72 against Southport in Round 7 at the SCG.
DARREN ‘BOOF’ EWING KICKS 600th GOAL…..
NT Thunder legend Darren Ewing kicked his 600th goal in the NEAFL against Redland in the Thunder’s 12-point victory at Scottsdale Park. The 31-year-old is having his least productive season in NEAFL history, yet still ranks third in the competition for goals in 2018. Remarkably, Ewing has kicked 63 or more goals in every one of his seven completed seasons in the NEAFL to date.
…. BUT HAMMELMAN EXTENDS GOALKICKING LEAD
Matt Hammelman loves a goal against NT Thunder. In their two clashes this season, Hammelmann has kicked a remarkable 15.0. His latest six-goal haul on Saturday takes his season tally to 47. Hammelman now holds an 11-goal lead over his nearest rival, Southport’s Mitch Johnso, and has kicked five or more goals on six occasions this season from his 12 matches.
SYDNEY QUARTET DOMINATING
Player ranking points are a useful indication of a player’s impact on a game of football. Champion Data statistics show the top four players for average player rankings points (minimum six games) are all from Sydney. Daniel Robinson ranks first (158 average) followed closely by team mates Harry Marsh (143), Nic Newman (142) and Darcy Cameron (141). Irishman Colin O’Riordan ranks sixth (126) and it comes as no surprise the player who splits the Sydney quintet. Current NEAFL MVP leader – Aspley superstar Matthew Payne – averages 133 points.
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