Stats Central Rd 16: How did Dandy do it?

The Dandenong Stingrays defied the stats to assure themselves a top-two finish with a thrilling one-point triumph over the Murray Bushrangers in Round 16.

The Stingrays have relied on their heart in big moments before in 2016 – think of the Round 13 win from 40 points down at three-quarter time against Oakleigh – and Saturday’s encounter was another example of why they’re in a position to win the minor premiership this week.

Dandenong lost every major statistical category recorded by Champion Data to the Bushrangers – except one. The winners lagged Murray in kicks, handballs, disposals, marks (contested and uncontested), contested and uncontested possessions, hitouts, clearances, tackles and free kicks won. However, the Stingrays still generated eight more inside-50s than their opponents.

The last of those entries resulted in a goal from bottom-age hero Hunter Clark to snatch victory with just seconds left. So much for the stats, hey?


Other key stats from Round 16:

13: The Geelong Falcons are the TAC Cup’s highest-scoring team and their potency was on show again in a big Round 16 win against the Calder Cannons. They had 13 individual goalkickers contribute to their 23 majors, including seven multiple goalkickers. Seven Falcons – Brett Blair, Jackson McLachlan, Pat Dowling, Jack Henry, Zach Zdybel, Liam McCarthy and James Worpel – have all booted more than 10 goals this year.

7Cameron Rayner presents as an exciting prospect for the Western Jets in his top-age year in 2017. The 16-year-old was a match-winner in their Round 16 win against the Bendigo Pioneers, booting 7.2 from 18 disposals and eight marks. Rayner has now booted 12 majors and been named in Western’s best players five times in his six TAC Cup games this season.


Round 16 stats leaders:

James Worpel Geelong Falcons 21  
Ben Ainsworth Gippsland Power 20  
Kade Renooy Gippsland Power 18  
Callum Searle Oakleigh Chargers 18  
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 17  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 17  
Matt Perry Northern Knights 17  
Isaac Miller Bendigo Pioneers 16  
Caleb Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 16  
Callum Brown Eastern Ranges 16  
Dylan Clarke Eastern Ranges 16  
Fletcher Carroll Murray Bushrangers 16  
Jono Aujard Oakleigh Chargers 16  
Harrison Burt Sandringham Dragons 16  
Jordan Gallucci Eastern Ranges 15  
Matthew Signorello Northern Knights 22  
Max Augerinos Geelong Falcons 21  
Wilson Berry Western Jets 18  
Andrew McGrath Sandringham Dragons 17  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 17  
Lachlan Murphy Northern Knights 17  
Callum Brown Eastern Ranges 16  
Lachlan Fogarty Western Jets 16  
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays 16  
Cassidy Parish Geelong Falcons 16  
Ben Ainsworth Gippsland Power 14  
Dylan Clarke Eastern Ranges 14  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 14  
William Brodie Murray Bushrangers 14  
Ashley Krakauer Sandringham Dragons 14  
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 12  
Jono Aujard Oakleigh Chargers 11  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 10  
Isaac Miller Bendigo Pioneers 9  
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Lachie Wallace Bendigo Pioneers 9  
Dylan Clarke Eastern Ranges 8  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 8  
Kade Renooy Gippsland Power 8  
Cedric Cox North Ballarat Rebels 8  
Jordyn Cotter Western Jets 8  
Caleb Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Cameron Rayner Western Jets 8  
Brock McGregor Western Jets 8  
Ashley Krakauer Sandringham Dragons 7  
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 30  
Ovie Magbegor Calder Cannons 26  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 23  
Dylan Atkins Dandenong Stingrays 23  
Lachlan Filipovic Sandringham Dragons 21  
Esava Ratugolea Murray Bushrangers 21  
Lloyd Meek North Ballarat Rebels 20  
Trent McMullan Murray Bushrangers 20  
Brock McGregor Western Jets 19  
Harry Boyd Murray Bushrangers 19  
Nick Larkey Oakleigh Chargers 18  
Braidon Blake Bendigo Pioneers 18  
Zachary Zdybel Geelong Falcons 17  
Jesse Smith Sandringham Dragons 17  
Josh Patullo Gippsland Power 16  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 10  
Dylan Clarke Eastern Ranges 9  
Lachlan Murphy Northern Knights 9  
Adam Tomaro Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Braidon Blake Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Hugh McCluggage North Ballarat Rebels 8  
Zach Guthrie Calder Cannons 8  
William Brodie Murray Bushrangers 8  
Jack Blood Geelong Falcons 8  
Jordan Gallucci Eastern Ranges 7  
Campbell Lane Oakleigh Chargers 7  
Wade Donnan Bendigo Pioneers 7  
Lachlan Fogarty Western Jets 7  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 7  
Joseph Atley Bendigo Pioneers 7  
    Goals Total
Karl Brown Calder Cannons 1 46
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons 1 35
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays _ 33
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers 4 32
Lachlan Tiziani Murray Bushrangers INJ 29
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays 2 26
Jordan Johnston North Ballarat Rebels _ 24
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 1 24
Shannon Beks North Ballarat Rebels 1 23
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges _ 23


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