Stats Central Rd 9: Knights charge forward

A week after having their run-and-gun game style shut down in a loss to the Gippsland Power, the Northern Knights re-discovered their attacking mojo against the Western Jets in Round 9.

Against the Power, the Knights dominated the disposal count by moving the ball forward quickly by hand, recording more handballs than kicks and very high handball-receive numbers. However, their inability to convert on the scoreboard once inside 50 hurt them in the 28-point loss.

Things clicked in their 33-point win against the Jets at Burbank Oval though, despite Melbourne’s wet weather potentially standing in the way of effective quick ball movement.

Western seemed to relish the conditions in the contests, winning 17 more contested possessions and 12 more clearances. But Northern took over outside congestion, recording 53 more uncontested possessions and 26 more handball-receives.

The Knights stayed true to their style, backing themselves to first win the ball back from the Jets and then fire it forward at speed, with Bobby Lamanna (11 handball receives) and Patrick Lipinski (10) the chief runners.


In other key stats from Round 9:

37: 169cm Will Stephenson had a monster game in Gippsland Power’s 37-point loss to the North Ballarat Rebels, recording 37 disposals – eight more than any other player on the ground. The 17-year-old also had clear game-highs in kicks (31), contested possessions (20) and tackles (17), as well as an equal-game-high nine inside-50s.


Round 9 stats leaders:

Player name Team Total  
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 31  
Jamieson Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 26  
James Gow North Ballarat Rebels 25  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 25  
Jack Exell Bendigo Pioneers 24  
Connor Griffiths Western Jets 24  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 21  
Thomas North Eastern Ranges 19  
Jake McCormack Eastern Ranges 18  
James Cousins Murray Bushrangers 18  
Patrick Lipinski Northern Knights 18  
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges 17  
Kade Renooy Gippsland Power 17  
Goy Lok Sandringham Dragons 17  
Benjamin Caluzzi Calder Cannons 16  
Doulton Langlands Murray Bushrangers 18  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 16  
Cooper Jones Bendigo Pioneers 15  
Bobby Lamanna Northern Knights 15  
Zach Guthrie Calder Cannons 14  
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 14  
Willem Drew North Ballarat Rebels 14  
Tom Hogan Dandenong Stingrays 14  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 13  
Laine Fitzgerald Bendigo Pioneers 13  
Xavier Jordan Oakleigh Chargers 13  
Patrick Lipinski Northern Knights 12  
Luke Hitch Western Jets 12  
Ryan Baker Calder Cannons 12  
Perry Lewis-Smith Sandringham Dragons 11  
Jack Exell Bendigo Pioneers 9  
Laine Fitzgerald Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 7  
Corey McKay Northern Knights 7  
Thomas North Eastern Ranges 7  
Oliver Stapleton Northern Knights 7  
Jamieson Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 7  
Kade Renooy Gippsland Power 7  
Cooper Jones Bendigo Pioneers 6  
Tate Marsh Gippsland Power 6  
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 6  
Riley Saunders Bendigo Pioneers 6  
James Cousins Murray Bushrangers 6  
Zach Guthrie Calder Cannons 5  
Perry Lewis-Smith Sandringham Dragons 5  
Sean Darcy Geelong Falcons 40  
Joshua Boehm Oakleigh Chargers 30  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 27  
Ovie Magbegor Calder Cannons 27  
Tom Hogan Dandenong Stingrays 25  
Ryan Hearn Gippsland Power 23  
Todd Lawrence North Ballarat Rebels 19  
Lachlan Filipovic Sandringham Dragons 16  
Josh Hannon Eastern Ranges 14  
Kieran Jones Gippsland Power 14  
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 13  
Esava Ratugolea Murray Bushrangers 13  
Tristan Xerri Western Jets 13  
Tom Roberts Dandenong Stingrays 12  
Jacob McNicol Calder Cannons 12  
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 17  
Thomas North Eastern Ranges 14  
Goy Lok Sandringham Dragons 13  
Jamaine Jones North Ballarat Rebels 13  
Charlie Martello Dandenong Stingrays 11  
Josh Trew Sandringham Dragons 11  
Austin Hodge Gippsland Power 10  
Tom McRostie Calder Cannons 10  
Ben Ronke Calder Cannons 9  
Jordan Haynes Eastern Ranges 9  
Nathan Scagliarini Dandenong Stingrays 9  
Luke Hitch Western Jets 9  
Aaron Darling Dandenong Stingrays 9  
Lucas Barrett Sandringham Dragons 9  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 8  
    Goals Total
Karl Brown Calder Cannons 1 27
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons VIC 27
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays VIC 26
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers VIC 18
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges 1 17
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays 2 16
Jackson McLachlan Geelong Falcons 1 16
Muhammad Saad Calder Cannons 7 16
Tom De Koning Dandenong Stingrays INJ 16
Pat Dowling Geelong Falcons DNP 15


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