In our weekly column, Statistically Speaking, we scoured the Champion Data stats to review Round 19 by the numbers.
Sydney University midfielder Jake Bartholomaeus continued his outstanding season on Saturday night when he led his side to victory over NT Thunder. The 21-year-old collected 31 disposals at 84% efficiency, plus six marks, five clearances, six inside 50s and two goals as the Students ran away with an impressive 88-point victory.
Sydney ruckman Michael Knoll produced arguably his best performance in the red-and-white on Saturday since being picked up in the AFL Mid-Season Draft. Knoll led the Champion Data ranking points this week with 150 after a match which included 25 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 28 hit-outs, six clearances and seven tackles in the Swans’ 26-point win over Aspley.
Students livewire Harry Morrison was at his best on Saturday night with the Rising Star nominee proving dangerous inside 50. Morrison finished with a game-high five goals and 17 disposals, which included 10 contested possessions, three inside 50s, three score assists and an equal round-high 11 score involvements.
Sydney midfielder Sam Wicks added another 12 tackles to his name on Saturday in another strong performance in the midfield, which also included 31 disposals (18 contested), 11 clearances and six inside 50s. Wicks is ranked No.1 in the NEAFL for tackles with an impressive average of 7.5 per game.
STILL GOT IT
Aspley defender Gavin Grose was at his best in defence this week yet again, leading the round for spoils with 13 against Sydney. Grose was the Hornets’ best performer where the veteran also had 18 disposals, seven marks and nine rebound 50s. Grose is ranked second in the NEAFL for total spoils (101) and first for total positives (which includes tackles, blocks, smothers, and spoils) with 150.
MARTIN SHINES FOR SUNS
Gold Coast was gallant in defeat against ladder leaders Brisbane at the Gabba, which fielded 22 AFL listed players. Jack Martin proved tough to contain, with the star midfielder collecting 32 disposals (17 contested), four clearances, two goals and 12 tackles in the SUNS’ 25-point loss.
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