Stats Central Rd 12: Sandy seizes chances

There haven’t been many chances to talk about how a team defeated the Geelong Falcons in 2016, but post-Round 12 is one of those occasions.

The Sandringham Dragons snapped ladder-leading Geelong’s nine-match winning streak by six points at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday, inflicting just its second loss for the season.

Both teams were missing key players due to the NAB AFL U18 Championships finishing the previous Wednesday – and particularly Sandringham, which may go some way to explaining why the second-placed Dragons didn’t have much on their side statistically against the Falcons.

However, they’ll be encouraged to have still finished on top where it counts – the scoreboard. Sandringham may have lost the counts for disposals, marks, contested possessions, clearances, inside-50s and scoring shots, but can thank some special work at both ends for the triumph.

While Geelong was relatively wasteful in front of goal with 9.12, 196cm 17-year-old Hayden McLean was representative of a Dragons team that took its chances when they arose, booting three goals in the crucial third quarter and four for the match.

And if the Falcons didn’t find a target in attack, Sandringham was highly effective at rebounding the ball from its defensive 50. Reuben Hayward (four rebound-50s) and Max Williams (three) were named among Sandringham’s best, and along with Liam Murphy (six rebound-50s), regularly thwarted opposition attacking chains when they earned those precious chances.


In other key stats from Round 12:

28Jamieson Sheahan wasn’t afraid to use his feet in the Bendigo Pioneers’ loss to the Calder Cannons, recording 28 kicks – six more than any other TAC Cup player in Round 12. The over-ager is the fourth-ranked player in the competition for total kicks in 2016 and his teammates certainly like the ball in his hands, with Sheahan accepting a clear game-high 12 handball-receives last week.



Round 12 stats leaders:

Jamieson Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 28  
James Gow North Ballarat Rebels 22  
Callum Porter Gippsland Power 20  
Daniel Foley Western Jets 20  
Ben Ronke Calder Cannons 19  
Fletcher Carroll Murray Bushrangers 17  
Kane Farrell Bendigo Pioneers 16  
Benjamin Caluzzi Calder Cannons 16  
Zach Guthrie Calder Cannons 16  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 16  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 16  
Paddy Dow Bendigo Pioneers 15  
Thomas Glen Dandenong Stingrays 15  
Harry Morrison Murray Bushrangers 15  
Kyle O'Conner North Ballarat Rebels 15  
Xavier Jordan Oakleigh Chargers 26  
Matthew Signorello Northern Knights 24  
Charlie Thompson Oakleigh Chargers 21  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 20  
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 19  
Paddy Dow Bendigo Pioneers 18  
Ari Sakeson Sandringham Dragons 15  
Ryan Carter Western Jets 15  
Thomas Glen Dandenong Stingrays 14  
Jono Aujard Oakleigh Chargers 14  
Cassidy Parish Geelong Falcons 14  
Doulton Langlands Murray Bushrangers 14  
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 14  
Lachlan Murphy Northern Knights 13  
Matthew La Fontaine Dandenong Stingrays 13  
Zach Guthrie Calder Cannons 12  
Jake Page Murray Bushrangers 10  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 9  
James Gow North Ballarat Rebels 9  
Ben Ronke Calder Cannons 9  
Karl Brown Calder Cannons 9  
Toby Wooller Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Brad Bernacki Calder Cannons 8  
Kyle O'Conner North Ballarat Rebels 8  
Benjamin McNamara Geelong Falcons 8  
Ben Barton Calder Cannons 8  
Kane Farrell Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Harry Morrison Murray Bushrangers 8  
Jarrod Brander Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Jake Bradley Northern Knights 7  
Ethan Casey Sandringham Dragons 43  
Ned Reeves Oakleigh Chargers 28  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 18  
Brock McGregor Western Jets 18  
Dylan Atkins Dandenong Stingrays 18  
Nathan Mullenger-McHugh Eastern Ranges 17  
Floyd Bollinghaus Murray Bushrangers 15  
Shannon Beks North Ballarat Rebels 14  
Kieran Jones Gippsland Power 14  
Hayden Elliot Geelong Falcons 13  
Todd Lawrence North Ballarat Rebels 13  
Jacob McNicol Calder Cannons 12  
Riley Ham Western Jets 12  
Ryan Kilpatrick Murray Bushrangers 12  
Tristan Xerri Western Jets 11  
Haydn Stanley Eastern Ranges 13  
Connor Griffiths Western Jets 12  
Callan McKeon Gippsland Power 11  
Lachlan Huppatz North Ballarat Rebels 10  
Ben Paton Murray Bushrangers 10  
Harrison Bult Western Jets 9  
Kye Beveridge Sandringham Dragons 9  
Lachlan Young Dandenong Stingrays 8  
Oscar Junker Western Jets 8  
Lockey McCartney Geelong Falcons 8  
Naish McRoberts North Ballarat Rebels 7  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 7  
Will Leslie Gippsland Power 7  
Goy Lok Sandringham Dragons 7  
James Cousins Murray Bushrangers 7  
    Goals Total
Karl Brown Calder Cannons 3 41
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons 1 31
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays VIC 26
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers 2 23
Lachlan Tiziani Murray Bushrangers 6 23
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays 2 22
Jordan Johnston North Ballarat Rebels 2 22
Muhammad Saad Calder Cannons INJ 20
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges _ 19
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 4 19


* Photo: Sandringham's Max Williams gathers the ball in defence against Geelong


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