By JUSTIN LILLECRAPP
In our weekly column, Statistically Speaking, NEAFL reporter Justin Lillecrapp has scoured the Champion Data stats to review Round 18 by the numbers.
Sydney ruckman Darcy Cameron has continued his stellar NEAFL season with yet another outstanding performance. Cameron had 28 disposals, a season-high 13 marks, 48 hit-outs, three tackles and two goals on his way to 190 fantasy points. Cameron’s numbers in his last five games are simply outstanding for a ruckman. Since Round 11, Cameron is averaging 25 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 40 hit-outs, seven clearances, 4.6 inside 50 entries and 1.8 goals per game.
Redland’s Jackson Paine was simply outstanding against Sydney University collecting a career-high 38 disposals. Paine also had a career-best 22 contested possessions as he continued his new found high-disposal game style, following a 30-disposal effort against Aspley in Round 16. Paine took eight marks, had seven clearances and five inside 50 entries in an all-round display.
Sydney Uni young gun Jake Bartholomaeus had a monster performance against Redland. Bartholomaeus had 31 disposals at 80 per cent efficiency, a round-high 15 marks and kicked his second goal of the season. Bartholomaeus’ output has increased in the last six weeks after a solid opening half of the season, debuting for the Students in Round 2. Bartholomaeus has accumulated 20+ disposals in four games this season, all of which have come since Round 12.
SYDNEY RECORD SEASON LOW DISPOSAL COUNT
Sydney recorded just 231 disposals in their 61-point loss to Brisbane. This is the lowest disposal count of any team in 2018, the previous lowest was the GIANTS’ 257 disposals – also against Brisbane in Round 4. Sydney only had nine players who had 10 or more disposals in an uncharacteristic performance, albeit the side was hit hard with injuries.
Southport’s contested ball-winning ability around the ground has proven its strength numerous times this season, and the Sharks flexed their muscles once again in a huge win over Canberra. The Sharks won the contested possessions 169-128, and had five players – Seb Tape (13), Dylan Fyfe (13), Andrew Boston (12), Lee Dale (11), and Josh Clayton (10) – who had 10 or more contested possessions. Canberra’s best were 19-year-old defenders Alex Paech and Angus Baker with 11 each. This season, Southport leads the competition in contested possessions yet have only one player – Boston (ranked sixth) – in the top 20 highest individual contested possession winners – highlighting the even spread amongst the team.
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