In our weekly column, Statistically Speaking, we scoured the Champion Data stats to review Round 20 by the numbers.
Lewis Stevenson wound back the clock for Sydney University in a starring performance against Redland. The 30-year-old former West Coast and Port Adelaide midfielder tore the Bombers apart on Saturday with 38 disposals, four clearances, 11 inside 50s, six rebound 50s and three goals to steer the Students to a 19-point victory and seal their place in the finals.
Southport defender Ryan Davis was everywhere in Darwin on Saturday night when he dominated against NT Thunder in the Sharks’ 64-point win. Playing through the midfield, Davis amassed 41 disposals, 11 marks, eight clearances, 10 inside 50s, had a round-high 18 score involvements and hit the scoreboard with 3.4. His performance yielded 189 Champion Data ranking points.
Joel Jeffrey has a world of potential and he certainly showed it on the weekend with four goals against Southport at TIO Stadium. The 17-year-old, who is eligible for the AFL Draft next season, has been on the radar of AFL recruiters for a few years and had another solid outing with 13 disposals (six contested), four marks and three tackles on Saturday.
Gold Coast pit a dent in Sydney’s top four aspirations with a 35-point win on Saturday and it was thanks largely to Aaron Young, who is siting on 99 AFL games. The midfielder did his chances of a recall to the top level for an impending milestone match no harm with 32 disposals, six clearances, three inside 50s, four rebound 50s and a goal as the SUNS triumphed at Tramway Oval.
CANBERRA STANDS TALL
The Demons aren’t known for being a side who dominates in the air, but that’s exactly what they did against the Hornets in a big upset an UNSW Canberra Oval. Canberra doubled Aspley in contested marks, winning that stat 14-7. Emerging forward Riley Corbett, who booted five goals, reeled in match-high four contested marks.
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