STATS CENTRAL: Gippsland’s power football

The Gippsland Power is carrying momentum generated late last year into the 2017 TAC Cup season.

They may have only won two games this year, but the Power served the Sandringham Dragons their first loss in comprehensive fashion in Round 5 and have only been defeated by 16, 24 and five points in Rounds 1, 2 and 4 respectively.

This follows a 2016 season in which Gippsland missed the finals but finished with wins in four of its last five matches.

Many of the club’s bottom-agers from last year played plenty of football together and it seems the benefits are being seen now. Against the Dragons and in Round 3 when the Power beat the Bendigo Pioneers by 26 points, several of those now top-agers drove their teammates to victory.

Gippsland recorded fewer disposals and marks than their opponent in both wins, but its effort to win the crucial contests that decide games of football has shone through.

The Power managed only 265 disposals against Sandringham but won 140 contested possessions (12 more than the Dragons) and laid 104 tackles (15 more).

NAB AFL Academy midfielder Aidan Quigley led the way with team-highs of 24 disposals, 12 contested possessions and 13 tackles, while he also won five clearances and kicked a goal. 169cm hard-nut Will Stephenson booted four majors to go with 21 disposals, 11 contested possessions and eight tackles, while Callum Porter and Matt McGannon were also among Gippsland’s best at the coalface.

All appeared at least eight times as bottom-agers in 2016 along with the likes of Nick Hogan (pictured), who starred with 32 disposals, 16 contested possessions and nine clearances against Bendigo.

Power head coach Leigh Brown could see his young players had gelled through 2016 when he spoke of them earlier this year.

“We had a good group of bottom-agers last year who all came through together and we hope they can lead the way this year,” Brown said. “The boys will take a lot of confidence out of finishing last year well and we’ve seen in previous years that can hold the next season’s group in really good stead.”

 

Round 5 keys to victory:

22: GWV Rebels captain Callan Wellings led by example in his team’s 53-point defeat of the Eastern Ranges, the Trentham product enjoying a monster statistical game of 22 disposals (19 kicks), 13 contested possessions, 10 tackles, seven inside-50s, six clearances, four goals and three score assists.

11: The Northern Knights conceded 19 more inside-50s to the Bendigo Pioneers but still managed to prevail by three points thanks to a stout defence. South Morang junior Mitch Andrews was the round’s leading rebounder with 11 rebound-50s for the Knights, to go with his 32 disposals and 12 marks.

40: The Dandenong Stingrays’ 38-point victory over the Calder Cannons was built on stoppage wins, with a +10 clearance advantage stemming from dominating the hitout count by 40. Bailey Williams (24 hitouts), Tom De Koning (18), Angus Paterson (14) and Tom Hogan (11) all contributed in this regard.

 

Round 5 stats leaders:

KICKS    
Thomas North Eastern Ranges 23
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 21
Callan Wellings GWV Rebels 19
Kane Farrell Bendigo Pioneers 18
Bailey Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 18
Mason De Wit Dandenong Stingrays 18
Dylan Landt Calder Cannons 17
Harry Benson Geelong Falcons 17
Ethan Floyd Geelong Falcons 17
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 17
Angus Hicks Murray Bushrangers 17
Louis Cunningham Oakleigh Chargers 17
William Smith Dandenong Stingrays 16
Naish McRoberts GWV Rebels 16
Mitchell Andrews Northern Knights 16
HANDBALLS    
Nicholas Coffield Northern Knights 19
Josh Gorman Sandringham Dragons 17
Brad Bernacki Calder Cannons 17
Mitchell Andrews Northern Knights 16
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 16
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 16
Harrison Jones Murray Bushrangers 16
Joseph Ciranna Northern Knights 16
Jesse Firebrace Calder Cannons 16
William Hamill Dandenong Stingrays 15
Quintin Montanaro Sandringham Dragons 15
Brent Daniels Bendigo Pioneers 15
Lewin Davis Bendigo Pioneers 15
Ben Caluzzi Calder Cannons 14
Mitch Cotter Dandenong Stingrays 14
MARKS    
Bailey Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 13
Mitchell Andrews Northern Knights 12
Jordon Butts Murray Bushrangers 12
Callum Searle Oakleigh Chargers 10
Quintin Montanaro Sandringham Dragons 9
Tom Murphy Dandenong Stingrays 9
Ryan Bruce Murray Bushrangers 9
Ari Sakeson Sandringham Dragons 9
Jordan Johnston GWV Rebels 9
Ben Paton Murray Bushrangers 8
Dylan Landt Calder Cannons 7
Lachlan Noble Geelong Falcons 7
Mitchell Podhajski Calder Cannons 7
Ethan Penrith Northern Knights 7
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 7
HITOUTS    
Josh Gibbins Sandringham Dragons 29
Jobee Warde Bendigo Pioneers 28
Brock McGregor Western Jets 24
Bailey Williams Dandenong Stingrays 24
Hayden McLean Sandringham Dragons 24
Julian Patterson Gippsland Power 23
Mark Marriot Murray Bushrangers 23
Kieran Urquhart Eastern Ranges 22
Rick Read Geelong Falcons 22
Will Griffin Oakleigh Chargers 19
Joel Koger Eastern Ranges 19
Tom De Koning Dandenong Stingrays 18
Jaksyn Grant Western Jets 18
Hayden Elliot Geelong Falcons 17
Tylar Watts GWV Rebels 16
TACKLES    
Aidan Quigley Gippsland Power 13
Hamish Brayshaw Sandringham Dragons 13
Lucas Barrett Sandringham Dragons 13
James Worpel Geelong Falcons 13
Callan Wellings GWV Rebels 10
Harry Benson Geelong Falcons 10
William Smith Dandenong Stingrays 9
Jack Hudson Gippsland Power 9
Will Walker Sandringham Dragons 8
Jack Higgins Oakleigh Chargers 8
Jack Schilg Murray Bushrangers 8
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 8
Callum Porter Gippsland Power 8
Angus Hicks Murray Bushrangers 8
Nicholas Stuhldreier Western Jets 8
2017 LEADING GOALKICKERS Last Rnd Total
Gryan Miers Geelong Falcons 3 15
David Handley Geelong Falcons _ 13
Toby Wooller Oakleigh Chargers _ 12
Riley D’Arcy Dandenong Stingrays 5 12
Aaron Trusler Sandringham Dragons 2 12
Will Stephenson Gippsland Power 4 10
Brent Daniels Bendigo Pioneers _ 9
Lachlan Noble Geelong Falcons 1 9
Jaidyn Stephenson Eastern Ranges 1 9
Dylan Morris Dandenong Stingrays 2 9

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