Stats Central: Stats that mattered in the Prelims

Stats Central examines which stats influenced the results of last week’s TAC Cup Preliminary Finals.


The Bushrangers again demonstrated how good they are in the contests – both on the ground and in the air – during their 44-point victory. Murray recorded 30 more contested possessions than the Dandenong Stingrays in their Qualifying Final and then 43 more than the Chargers, when Fletcher Carroll (14 contested possessions) and James Cousins (11 - pictured, left) led a cast of 14 Bushrangers with seven or more contested possessions for the game (Oakleigh had four).

Murray dominated the aerial battle too, taking 15 more contested marks than the Chargers thanks mostly to Ryan Garthwaite (four contested marks) in defence and Todd Marshall and Lachlan Tiziani (three each) in attack.


It was again the contested side of the game that separated the Dragons from the Falcons in their 22-point win. Geelong had been one of the TAC Cup’s leading midfields at the coalface during the season but lost the contested possession count by 27 to Sandringham, which was led by Tim Taranto (17 contested possessions, four goals) Andrew McGrath (32 disposals, 14 contested possessions) and Oliver Florent (13 contested possessions, two goals).

Taranto (five contested marks) was also a match-winner due to his aerial ability, while big men Hayden McLean (three) up forward, Lachlan Filipovic (two) in the ruck and Max Williams (two) down back also imposed themselves on the contest.


Preliminary Finals stats leaders:

Fletcher Carroll Murray Bushrangers 18  
Harrison Burt Sandringham Dragons 18  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 17  
Mitch Diamond Geelong Falcons 16  
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 14  
Corey Lyons Sandringham Dragons 14  
Andrew McGrath Sandringham Dragons 14  
Jack Blood Geelong Falcons 13  
Pat Dowling Geelong Falcons 13  
Zachary Sproule Murray Bushrangers 13  
Campbell Lane Oakleigh Chargers 13  
Josh Trew Sandringham Dragons 13  
Jack Henry Geelong Falcons 12  
Benjamin McNamara Geelong Falcons 12  
Ryan Garthwaite Murray Bushrangers 12  
Andrew McGrath Sandringham Dragons 18  
Cassidy Parish Geelong Falcons 15  
Lachlan Filipovic Sandringham Dragons 14  
Lachlan Walker Oakleigh Chargers 13  
Charlie Spargo Murray Bushrangers 13  
Campbell Lane Oakleigh Chargers 11  
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 10  
Oliver Florent Sandringham Dragons 10  
Mitch Diamond Geelong Falcons 9  
James Cousins Murray Bushrangers 9  
Jack Scrimshaw Sandringham Dragons 9  
Max Augerinos Geelong Falcons 9  
Jake Page Murray Bushrangers 9  
Adam Tomaro Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Lockey McCartney Geelong Falcons 9  
Pat Dowling Geelong Falcons 8  
Darcy James Sandringham Dragons 8  
Cassidy Parish Geelong Falcons 7  
Harrison Burt Sandringham Dragons 7  
Toby Wooller Oakleigh Chargers 7  
Andrew Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 7  
Todd Marshall Murray Bushrangers 7  
Jack Henry Geelong Falcons 7  
Charlie Spargo Murray Bushrangers 6  
Campbell Lane Oakleigh Chargers 6  
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 6  
Benjamin McNamara Geelong Falcons 6  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 6  
Max Williams Sandringham Dragons 6  
Josh Trew Sandringham Dragons 6  
Sean Darcy Geelong Falcons 35  
Ned Reeves Oakleigh Chargers 22  
Lachlan Filipovic Sandringham Dragons 18  
Max Lynch Murray Bushrangers 16  
Hayden Elliot Geelong Falcons 11  
Harry Boyd Murray Bushrangers 9  
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 7  
Nick Larkey Oakleigh Chargers 5  
Patrick Kerr Oakleigh Chargers 5  
Max Williams Sandringham Dragons 4  
Zachary Zdybel Geelong Falcons 4  
Connor Larkin Sandringham Dragons 4  
Toby Wooller Oakleigh Chargers 3  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 3  
Trent McMullan Murray Bushrangers 3  
Andrew McGrath Sandringham Dragons 8  
Ben Paton Murray Bushrangers 8  
Mitch Diamond Geelong Falcons 8  
Trent Thompson Geelong Falcons 8  
Josh Trew Sandringham Dragons 7  
Joel Bennett Geelong Falcons 7  
Oliver Florent Sandringham Dragons 7  
Taylin Duman Oakleigh Chargers 6  
James Worpel Geelong Falcons 6  
Lockey McCartney Geelong Falcons 6  
Jack Blood Geelong Falcons 6  
Hayden Elliot Geelong Falcons 5  
Harry Boyd Murray Bushrangers 5  
Connor Larkin Sandringham Dragons 5  
Tim Taranto Sandringham Dragons 5  
    Goals Total
Karl Brown Calder Cannons DNP 46
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons _ 40
Lachlan Tiziani Murray Bushrangers 6 39
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays DNP 35
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers DNP 32
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays DNP 28
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges DNP 27
Shannon Beks North Ballarat Rebels DNP 27
Thomas Maloney Sandringham Dragons 1 26
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 1 26


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Stats Central: Stats that mattered in the Semis

Stats Central: Stats that mattered in Finals Wk 1

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