Stats Central Rd 13: Pios bring heat on cold day

The Bendigo Pioneers and Geelong Falcons did battle on a bitterly cold day at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday, but the Pioneers certainly didn’t freeze in the face of their opponents.

Bendigo brought the heat to the ladder-leading Falcons, recording an incredible 162 tackles in a 12-point loss in difficult conditions. So fierce was the home team’s pressure, the Pioneers had nine of the top 13 tacklers in the TAC Cup for Round 13.

19-year-old Isaac Miller led the way with 18 tackles alongside Josh Formosa, the two falling one tackle short of the current AFL record held by Jude Bolton, Jack Ziebell and Tom Liberatore.

Making up the competition’s top five tacklers for the round were bottom-age Pioneers trio Wade Donnan (17), Darby Henderson (15) and Tom Campbell (14).

Let’s not gloss over Geelong’s also-impressive total of 92 tackles – led by captain Jack Blood with 13 – but clearly Bendigo coach Brett Henderson had his 10th-placed team primed to show what it’s made of against one of the best outfits in the TAC Cup.


In other key stats from Round 13:

36Brodie Romensky has played some quality football for the Western Jets this year as a defender, but the 189cm 18-year-old returned to the TAC Cup after representing Vic Metro and starred as an on-baller in Western’s big loss to the Eastern Ranges in Round 13. He had game-highs in disposals (36), handballs (24), contested possessions (24), clearances (12) and tackles (seven), and also booted a goal.


Round 13 stats leaders:

Hugh McCluggage North Ballarat Rebels 23  
Mitch Diamond Geelong Falcons 22  
James Gow North Ballarat Rebels 20  
Jack Exell Bendigo Pioneers 18  
Jake Bradley Northern Knights 18  
Jamieson Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 17  
Jackson McLachlan Geelong Falcons 17  
Jordan Gallucci Eastern Ranges 16  
Willem Drew North Ballarat Rebels 16  
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 16  
Cameron Rayner Western Jets 16  
Benjamin Caluzzi Calder Cannons 15  
Taylin Duman Eastern Ranges 15  
Ben Ainsworth Gippsland Power 15  
James Harrison Gippsland Power 15  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 24  
Matthew Signorello Northern Knights 23  
Dylan Clarke Eastern Ranges 22  
Marcus Lentini Northern Knights 16  
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 16  
Lachlan Wilson Northern Knights 15  
Thomas Glen Dandenong Stingrays 14  
James Cousins Murray Bushrangers 14  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 14  
Hugh McCluggage North Ballarat Rebels 13  
Lachlan Murphy Northern Knights 13  
Corey Lyons Sandringham Dragons 13  
Pat Dowling Geelong Falcons 13  
Cameron Rayner Western Jets 12  
Jack Scrimshaw Sandringham Dragons 12  
Oliver Florent Sandringham Dragons 12  
Dylan Atkins Dandenong Stingrays 10  
Jack Scrimshaw Sandringham Dragons 9  
Kye Beveridge Sandringham Dragons 9  
Jaidyn Owen Calder Cannons 9  
Hugh McCluggage North Ballarat Rebels 8  
James Gow North Ballarat Rebels 8  
Aiden Domic North Ballarat Rebels 8  
Liam Murphy Sandringham Dragons 8  
Lachlan Wilson Northern Knights 7  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 7  
Corey Lyons Sandringham Dragons 7  
Jono Aujard Oakleigh Chargers 7  
Jacob Wheelahan North Ballarat Rebels 7  
Lachlan Huppatz North Ballarat Rebels 7  
Hayden Elliot Geelong Falcons 33  
Ned Reeves Oakleigh Chargers 26  
Todd Lawrence North Ballarat Rebels 25  
Brock McGregor Western Jets 24  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 22  
Ovie Magbegor Calder Cannons 21  
Max Lynch Murray Bushrangers 19  
Nathan Mullenger-McHugh Eastern Ranges 19  
Dylan Atkins Dandenong Stingrays 17  
Nathan Twigg Bendigo Pioneers 17  
Lachlan Filipovic Sandringham Dragons 16  
Jesse Smith Sandringham Dragons 16  
Zachary Zdybel Geelong Falcons 14  
Tristan Xerri Western Jets 14  
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 12  
Isaac Miller Bendigo Pioneers 18  
Josh Formosa Bendigo Pioneers 18  
Wade Donnan Bendigo Pioneers 17  
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 15  
Tom Campbell Bendigo Pioneers 14  
Jack Blood Geelong Falcons 13  
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers 10  
Ben Ronke Calder Cannons 10  
Coby McCarthy Bendigo Pioneers 10  
Nathan Twigg Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Lachlan Murphy Northern Knights 8  
Laine Fitzgerald Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Daniel Sharrock Murray Bushrangers 8  
Trent McMullan Murray Bushrangers 7  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 7  
    Goals Total
Karl Brown Calder Cannons VFL 41
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons VFL 31
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays 4 30
Lachlan Tiziani Murray Bushrangers 3 26
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers _ 23
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges 4 23
Muhammad Saad Calder Cannons 2 22
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays _ 22
Jordan Johnston North Ballarat Rebels _ 22
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 1 20


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