Stats Central Round 7: Falcons fly to five straight

The Geelong Falcons have flown higher than anyone else over the last five weeks, going undefeated to sit just behind the Dandenong Stingrays on percentage in second on the ladder.

Since being humbled by the Murray Bushrangers to the tune of 69 points in Round 2, the Falcons have accounted for the Gippsland Power, Northern Knights, Eastern Ranges, Western Jets and Calder Cannons by an average winning margin of 61 points.

Geelong has averaged 122 points per game in that time to become easily the highest-scoring team in the TAC Cup.

But what stats are behind that potency in front of goal?

Well, successful football often starts in the contests and the Falcons are winning the ball in congestion with impressive regularity. Over those last five games, they average 27 more contested possessions and six more clearances per game than their opposition.

This has led to a dominant +22 inside-50s per game differential and plenty of scoring opportunities for goalkickers Brett Blair (26 goals in 2015), Jackson McLachlan (13), Pat Dowling (12) and Jack Henry (12).

And they can thank the grunt work of teammates upfield such as Max Augerinos (27 disposals per game), Lockey McCartney (24) and James Worpel (21) for that.

When the Bushrangers triumphed in Round 2, they also lost the contested possession, clearance and inside-50 counts to Geelong, but easily won the uncontested possession and mark counts.

Deny the Falcons the ball when you do win it back from them and you might stand a chance of stopping the flow of goals.

 

In other key stats from Round 7:

30Jordan Gallucci’s damaging boot was a major factor in the Eastern Ranges’ 50-point win against the Gippsland Power two weeks ago. The skilful AFL Academy member disposed of the ball 30 times by foot – nine more times than any other TAC Cup player in Round 7. That same boot drove the ball inside 50 on 12 occasions for the Ranges, as well as bagging three goals.

 

Round 7 stats leaders:

KICKS      
Jordan Gallucci Eastern Ranges 30  
Callan Wellings North Ballarat Rebels 21  
Matt Perry Northern Knights 20  
Kane Farrell Bendigo Pioneers 19  
Will Leslie Gippsland Power 19  
Aidan Quigley Gippsland Power 19  
Sam Michael Oakleigh Chargers 19  
Connor Griffiths Western Jets 19  
Jack Blood Geelong Falcons 18  
Kyle O'Conner North Ballarat Rebels 18  
Judah Dundon Western Jets 18  
Jamieson Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 17  
Michael Rogers Sandringham Dragons 17  
Daniel Foley Western Jets 17  
Jack Exell Bendigo Pioneers 16  
       
HANDBALLS      
Mason Blakey Northern Knights 17  
Bobby Lamanna Northern Knights 16  
Max Augerinos Geelong Falcons 16  
Matt Perry Northern Knights 15  
Brodie Romensky Western Jets 15  
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 14  
Tom Williamson North Ballarat Rebels 14  
Isaac Miller Bendigo Pioneers 14  
Mitchell Andrews Northern Knights 13  
Hugh McCluggage North Ballarat Rebels 13  
Ashley Krakauer Sandringham Dragons 13  
Jarrod Korewha North Ballarat Rebels 13  
Joseph Atley Bendigo Pioneers 13  
Jamison Shea Northern Knights 13  
Harry Benson Geelong Falcons 13  
       
MARKS      
Tate Marsh Gippsland Power 10  
Jaidyn Stephenson Eastern Ranges 10  
Sam Michael Oakleigh Chargers 10  
Jack McKernan Murray Bushrangers 10  
Jarrod Korewha North Ballarat Rebels 9  
Jamieson Sheahan Bendigo Pioneers 9  
Nicholas Stuhldreier Western Jets 9  
Marcus Lentini Northern Knights 9  
Tristan Van Driel Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Louis Pinnuck Murray Bushrangers 9  
Ed Phillips Oakleigh Chargers 9  
Zachary Zdybel Geelong Falcons 9  
Jordan Lynch Eastern Ranges 9  
Aidan Quigley Gippsland Power 9  
Tom Williamson North Ballarat Rebels 8  
       
HITOUTS      
Josh Patullo Gippsland Power 24  
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 23  
Ovie Magbegor Calder Cannons 23  
Riley Ham Western Jets 21  
Hayden Elliot Geelong Falcons 21  
Mitchell McCarthy Dandenong Stingrays 20  
Dylan Atkins Dandenong Stingrays 17  
Joshua Boehm Oakleigh Chargers 16  
Hugh Johnson Sandringham Dragons 16  
Zak Hawker Sandringham Dragons 16  
Zac Norris Bendigo Pioneers 15  
Lloyd Meek North Ballarat Rebels 13  
Ryan Hearn Gippsland Power 13  
Tristan Xerri Western Jets 13  
Chas Roberts Northern Knights 13  
       
TACKLES      
Joseph Atley Bendigo Pioneers 8  
Charlie Walsh Gippsland Power 8  
Ben Paton Murray Bushrangers 8  
Vincent Adduci Oakleigh Chargers 8  
Matthew King Calder Cannons 7  
David Handley Geelong Falcons 7  
Jack Henry Geelong Falcons 7  
Joel Grace Northern Knights 7  
Ashley Krakauer Sandringham Dragons 7  
Mitchell Booth Bendigo Pioneers 6  
Josh Formosa Bendigo Pioneers 6  
Angus Schumacher Bendigo Pioneers 6  
Jack Doman Dandenong Stingrays 6  
Jordan Gallucci Eastern Ranges 6  
Nelson Lane Eastern Ranges 6  
       
2016 LEADING GOALKICKERS    
    Goals Total
Brett Blair Geelong Falcons 6 26
Sam Fowler Dandenong Stingrays 3 25
Karl Brown Calder Cannons _ 24
Joshua Begley Eastern Ranges 2 16
Tom De Koning Dandenong Stingrays 1 15
Dan Allsop Dandenong Stingrays 1 14
Jackson McLachlan Geelong Falcons _ 13
Jack Henry Geelong Falcons 1 12
Kayle Kirby Bendigo Pioneers _ 12
Pat Dowling Geelong Falcons 1 12

 

* Photo: Brian Bartlett

 

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