Published on August 8, 2017 5:13 pm

Callan Wellings has been one of the GWV Rebels' most consistent players in 2017

STATS CENTRAL: Rebels rock Murray

The GWV Rebels haven’t enjoyed a season as good as last year’s semi-final campaign, but some of their best talent helped produce a big comeback victory in Round 15.

The 10th-placed Rebels shocked the third-placed Murray Bushrangers by six points at Ikon Park on Sunday, piling on eight goals to just one behind in the final term to come from 43 points down at three-quarter time.

19-year-old ruckman Lloyd Meek and 184cm forward Jordan Johnston were GWV’s only players to represent Vic Country (in one match each) at the recent NAB AFL U18 Championships, but other talented Rebels are showing what they’re capable of in the TAC Cup.

Top-ager Aiden Domic played close to a complete game against the Bushrangers. The skilful and hard-running 185cm utility recorded team-highs of 28 disposals, 18 kicks, 13 contested possessions, seven marks, seven inside-50s, four rebound-50s and four goals – including the first three majors of the last quarter to kick-start GWV’s big run.

The only player to have been named in the team’s best players more times than Domic this year is his captain Callan Wellings. The over-age midfielder was again among the most influential performers against Murray with 23 disposals, seven marks and one goal, and the efficiency of he and Domic at the contests and in front of goal helped the Rebels kick a winning score from just 293 disposals (42 less than the Bushrangers).

Others to help GWV win the crucial contested possession count (by six) and clearances (by five) were Trent Reed (16 disposals, 11 contested possessions, five clearances) and Aaron Shepherd (14, nine, four).

These top-agers have all played important parts in the club’s four and a half wins this season, but Talent Manager Phil Partington said earlier this year that 2017 was always going to be different to 2016.

“I think last year we had a very high-end talent base – certainly with players like Hugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry,” Partington said. “This year we’re going to be a lot more even across the board.

“We’re just hoping the boys will be really competitive in games and from that, a few boys might pop their heads up and become draftable players.”

 

Round 15 keys to victory:

7: Jesse Firebrace was the hero of Calder’s six-point triumph over the Northern Knights. Not only did the 164cm Craigieburn junior kick a game-levelling behind and then the winning goal just before the final siren, he laid a team-high seven tackles as the Cannons importantly won the tackle count by four.

17: Dandenong moved the football in exciting fashion during its 89-point defeat of Bendigo. The Stingrays had 38 more handballs than kicks and recorded 175 handball-receives (73 more than the Pioneers), led by Mornington product Hunter Clark (17 handball-receives) and Rosebud junior Reid Nanscawen (13).

12: Western’s superiority in the contests was crucial in the bottom-placed team’s upset six-point win against the ladder-leading Oakleigh Chargers. The Jets won the contested possession count by 12, primarily driven by hard-nut Werribee Districts bottom-ager Jaden Rice (14 contested possessions).

 

Round 15 stats leaders:

KICKS    
Jaidyn Stephenson Eastern Ranges 29
Ryley Stoddart Eastern Ranges 25
Mitchell Andrews Northern Knights 21
Quintin Montanaro Sandringham Dragons 20
Samuel Walsh Geelong Falcons 19
Nick Hogan Gippsland Power 19
Aiden Domic GWV Rebels 18
Nicholas Coffield Northern Knights 18
Rhys Mutch Bendigo Pioneers 17
Hunter Clark Dandenong Stingrays 17
Matty Lloyd GWV Rebels 17
Geordie Nagle Sandringham Dragons 17
Will Walker Sandringham Dragons 17
Angus Schumacher Bendigo Pioneers 16
Adam Garner Geelong Falcons 16
HANDBALLS    
Darby Henderson Bendigo Pioneers 21
Jack Roughsedge Oakleigh Chargers 21
Samuel Walsh Geelong Falcons 18
Mitch Cotter Dandenong Stingrays 18
Nicholas Richards Murray Bushrangers 17
Finlay Bayne Dandenong Stingrays 16
Hunter Clark Dandenong Stingrays 15
Jack Bytel Calder Cannons 15
Oliver Wilson Northern Knights 15
Brad Bernacki Calder Cannons 15
Geordie Nagle Sandringham Dragons 14
Will Walker Sandringham Dragons 14
Jai Nanscawen Dandenong Stingrays 14
Kye Quirk Eastern Ranges 14
Boadie Motton Gippsland Power 14
MARKS    
Ryley Stoddart Eastern Ranges 11
Adam Garner Geelong Falcons 11
Mackenzie Doreian Eastern Ranges 10
Tom McCartin Geelong Falcons 10
Will Walker Sandringham Dragons 9
Gryan Miers Geelong Falcons 9
Daniel Johnston Murray Bushrangers 9
Riley D’Arcy Dandenong Stingrays 8
Harry Benson Geelong Falcons 8
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 8
Jamieson Rossiter Eastern Ranges 8
Geordie Nagle Sandringham Dragons 7
Doulton Langlands Murray Bushrangers 7
Quintin Montanaro Sandringham Dragons 7
Aiden Domic GWV Rebels 7
HITOUTS    
Ned Reeves Oakleigh Chargers 35
Riley Bowman Dandenong Stingrays 29
Bailey Williams Dandenong Stingrays 26
Levi Munns Gippsland Power 25
Sam Hayes Eastern Ranges 24
Blake Schlensog Geelong Falcons 22
Jobee Warde Bendigo Pioneers 22
Darren Walters Western Jets 22
Rylan Henkel Gippsland Power 22
Edward Dayman Murray Bushrangers 20
Joel Grace Northern Knights 20
Tylar Watts GWV Rebels 20
Aubrey Coote Calder Cannons 18
Noah Balta Calder Cannons 18
Josh Gibbins Sandringham Dragons 17
TACKLES    
Kim Drew Gippsland Power 16
Austin Hodge Gippsland Power 12
Boadie Motton Gippsland Power 11
Cameron Rayner Western Jets 11
Isaac Wallace Murray Bushrangers 11
Harry Benson Geelong Falcons 10
Jordan Troani Oakleigh Chargers 10
Lachlan Fogarty Western Jets 9
William Hamill Dandenong Stingrays 9
Joel Amartey Sandringham Dragons 8
Samuel Walsh Geelong Falcons 8
Angus Schumacher Bendigo Pioneers 8
Quintin Montanaro Sandringham Dragons 8
David Handley Geelong Falcons 8
Joshua Mould Western Jets 8
2017 LEADING GOALKICKERS Last round Total
Daniel Johnston Murray Bushrangers 4 44
Gryan Miers Geelong Falcons 6 35
Riley D’Arcy Dandenong Stingrays 4 34
Toby Wooller Oakleigh Chargers DNP 32
Aaron Trusler Sandringham Dragons 2 27
Adam Garner Geelong Falcons 3 27
Lachlan Noble Geelong Falcons 2 25
Daniel Scala Oakleigh Chargers 3 22
Daniel Stanford Oakleigh Chargers VFL 22
David Handley Geelong Falcons 2 21

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