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Rnd 1, 2021 MCG - Demons vs Dockers

Back to the G and our first first round win since St Kilda at Etihad in 2017.  Will certainly take that.

Clarry back to somewhere near his usual standard after quarter time in his 100th.  Statistically on top yet again.   Some over use by hand IMHO vs the more effective "burst from congestion then share" style i would like to see but he did max out what few clearances we had (again) with 7.

May & Lever the red wall down back and little Charlie bobs up in the top 4!  Ed busting another gut on his wing coming in 5th.  Nice game from T-Mac who i feared the game may have passed by based on last season but movement and finish seemed to be back somewhat.

Much room for improvement, however the first round often sees a number of rusty entrees!  Hibb & Viney the likely must ins this week if fit, possibly for Sparrow and Rivers or Hunt, but who knows.

Player Score Rank
Clayton Oliver  5.775 1
Steven May  4.175 2
Jake Lever  3.925 3
Charlie Spargo  3.825 4
Ed Langdon  3.550 5
Christian Petracca  3.325 6
Adam Tomlinson  3.025 7
Nathan Jones  2.975 8
Christian Salem  2.550 9
Bayley Fritsch  2.450 10
Angus Brayshaw  2.425 11
Tom Sparrow  2.375 12
Jayden Hunt  2.175 13
Neville Jetta  2.175 13
Tom McDonald # 2.050 15
James Jordan  2.000 16
Kysaiah Pickett  1.975 17
James Harmes  1.850 18
Max Gawn # 1.800 19
Luke Jackson # 1.550 20
Alex N-Bullen  1.525 21
Trent Rivers  0.950 22
Team Score 58.43  
Top 6 24.58  
Bottom 6 9.65  

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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1 hour ago, Wadda We Sing said:

Well done Rusty, good thread....will be interesting to watch.

Thanks WWS.  Looking forward to a more normal season vs 2020.  Hopefully an abnormal one for us in an upward trajectory sense!

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Rivers had a shocker but he's got credit in the bank. Usually he is clean and tidy and that was gone, that speaks to rustiness and the conditions then a players overrall ability. 

Harmes and Hunt are the big winners on that list, both were bottom 3 with Rivers on the day.

ANB also unlucky.

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19 minutes ago, MurDoc516 said:

Rivers had a shocker but he's got credit in the bank. Usually he is clean and tidy and that was gone, that speaks to rustiness and the conditions then a players overrall ability. 

Harmes and Hunt are the big winners on that list, both were bottom 3 with Rivers on the day.

ANB also unlucky.

Yes the ratings certainly aren't always a true reflection of match day performance 516  or who was BOG/spud of the day etc.

Particulary when it comes to playing out the role required or asked by the coaches.  Also the quality of the opponent isn't taken into account.

Niggles and game day injuries might also be missed.  The list goes on.

So many real life variables.  We also need to see a body of work over over at least 5 to 6 matches imv before using weighted average comparatives.  Also need to compare like with like in terms of where they are playing/role being asked during a match.

By no means a perfect science or a pure reflection of what happened in game.  Just a bit of a rough analysis in a general sense to go along with what we observed on the day.  As i say each year, watching the match is always the best indicator.  The stats are however, a bit of a summary or rough guide as to how each player might have faired on the day, whilst also taking in the live game day factors above, among many other variables not mentioned or covered.

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Rnd 1, 2021 MCG - (Demons vs Dockers) vs Season 2019

A bit of a cheap shot showing one match in isolation vs season 2019 but i don't see why we can't throw it out there.  I have used season 2019 as IMO i feel it more closely resembles the current season with reversion back to the old game times vs 2020's short quarter covid variant.

Obviously there's been a number of list changes and new inclusions since 2019 so for some players there is no 2019 reference point.  Interesting to note the team score was still slightly below that of our very ordinary 2019 result.  Hopefully just a rusty first up start with significant upside to come.


Apologies for the negative numbers not being in red but it would appear the site now no longer allows me to change colour of text or center either.

Player 2021 Score 2021 Rank Season 2019 Weighted Score % Change vs 2019 2019 Rank Change in Rank vs 2019
Clayton Oliver  5.775 1 4.880 18.34 1 0
Steven May  4.175 2 2.618 59.47 14 12
Jake Lever  3.925 3 2.519 55.82 16 13
Charlie Spargo 3.825 4 1.513 152.81 35 31
Ed Langdon  3.550 5        
C Petracca  3.325 6 2.843 16.95 9 3
Adam Tomlinson 3.025 7        
Nathan Jones 2.975 8 2.907 2.34 7 -1
Christian Salem 2.550 9 3.658 -30.29 3 -6
Bayley Fritsch  2.450 10 2.809 -12.78 10 0
Angus Brayshaw  2.425 11 3.131 -22.55 6 -5
Tom Sparrow 2.375 12 1.275 86.27 37 24
Neville Jetta  2.175 13 2.264 -3.93 18 5
Jayden Hunt 2.175 13 2.092 3.97 23 10
Tom McDonald # 2.050 15 2.297 -10.75 20 5
James Jordan 2.000 16        
Kysaiah Pickett  1.975 17        
James Harmes  1.850 18 4.039 -54.20 2 -17
Max Gawn # 1.800 19 3.437 -47.63 4 -15
Luke Jackson # 1.550 20        
Alex N-Bullen  1.525 21 2.120 -28.07 22 1
Trent Rivers 0.950 22        
Average Team Score -Top 22 58.43   59.62 -2.01    
# Hit outs to advantage not captured      

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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On 3/23/2021 at 9:12 PM, In Harmes Way said:

I’d have to agree with Salem’s slippage in the rankings from 2019 as shown above. Too many 10m chipped kicks these days for my liking.

 

He was brilliant last night.  Thats what hes capable of and needs to do it more.

Now back to the stats

Clayton Oliver 72 disposals in the first two rounds of the season must be a Melbourne record

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On 3/23/2021 at 8:57 PM, Whispering_Jack said:

Are these stats adjusted to allow for %age time on the ground? 

Good question Jack.  I could do so but havent so far.

I'm not sure that would be wise though.

For example, let"s say a sub comes on and plays only 60% game time but has a blinder and kicks 5 goals in that shortened time.  Do we only count 60% of those and only 3 goals go towards his weighted comparative score vs say another forward who spent 100% TOG (unlikely but just hypothecating) but also kicked three?

Say the sub miraculously won us the match playing that blinder but as a result gets a similar (reduced vs no TOG adjustment) weighted score as a result?  Many other factors go in to the score so highly unlikely they both have same weighted score but what if?

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Rnd 2, 2021 Marvel - Saints vs Demons

Player Score Rank
Clayton Oliver  5.200 1
Christian Salem  4.775 2
Steven May  4.150 3
Alex N-Bullen  4.025 4
Ed Langdon  3.925 5
C Petracca  3.825 6
Adam Tomlinson  3.625 7
Nathan Jones  3.225 8
Trent Rivers  3.225 9
Max Gawn # 3.200 10
Kysaiah Pickett  3.200 11
Jayden Hunt  3.150 12
Jack Viney  3.050 13
James Jordan  2.650 14
Charlie Spargo  2.500 15
Tom McDonald # 2.500 16
Neville Jetta  2.325 17
Angus Brayshaw  2.050 18
Tom Sparrow  1.950 19
Jake Lever  1.875 20
Bayley Fritsch  1.600 21
Luke Jackson # 1.050 22
Team Score 67.08  
Top 6 25.90  
Bottom 6 10.85  

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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6 hours ago, Pickett2Jackson said:

 

He was brilliant last night.  Thats what hes capable of and needs to do it more.

Now back to the stats

Clayton Oliver 72 disposals in the first two rounds of the season must be a Melbourne record

And some  demented fans say we wouldn't miss him, OR  he doesn't impact ( enough) AND/OR he doesn't win us games!!!'

Really he does all three and yes he can still improve his quality but boy last night was a big big statement On a big stage.

He and Trac  showed That they are A graders ( Steele matched them sort of ) and are well ahead of the Saints genuine  mids not small forwards and are getting great support from our lesser lights eg Viney Jordan Sparrow ANB and Kossie.

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Weighted Average Scores up to & including Rnd 2 , 2021 vs 2019

Very early days, a long way to go and not a great sample size but the average team score of the top 22 players is already up 13% on the 2019 team average and only 3% below the 2018 season average of 69.53

Kozzie going ok! ?

Player

2021 Weighted

Score

2021 Rank 2019 Weighted Score % Change vs 2019 2019 Rank Change in Rank vs 2019
Clayton Oliver  5.838 1 4.643 25.74 1 0
Steven May  4.338 2 2.446 77.35 14 12
Christian Salem 3.888 3 3.658 6.29 3 0
Ed Langdon  3.863 4        
C Petracca  3.825 5 2.616 46.22 10 5
Adam Tomlinson 3.375 6        
Charlie Spargo 3.188 7 1.375 131.85 35 28
Nathan Jones 3.150 8 2.711 16.19 7 -1
Jack Viney * 3.150 8 3.068 2.67 5 -3
Jake Lever  3.050 10 2.313 31.86 17 7
Alex N-Bullen  2.975 11 1.984 49.95 21 10
Jayden Hunt 2.788 12 1.958 42.39 22 10
Max Gawn # 2.750 13 3.256 -15.54 4 -9
Kysaiah Pickett  2.738 14        
Tom McDonald # 2.550 15 2.150 18.60 19 4
James Jordan 2.525 16        
Angus Brayshaw  2.388 17 2.894 -17.48 6 -11
Tom Sparrow 2.288 18 1.075 112.84 37 19
Trent Rivers 2.288 18        
Neville Jetta  2.250 20 2.264 -0.62 18 -2
James Harmes * 2.150 21 3.850 -44.16 2 -19
Bayley Fritsch  2.075 22 2.641 -21.43 9 -13
Luke Jackson # 1.425 23        
Average Team Score - Top 22 67.43   59.62 13.09    

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

* Only played one match not an average score

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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Rnd 3, 2021 Manuka Oval - Giants vs Demons

Player Score Rank
Max Gawn # 5.300 1
Jake Lever  5.150 2
Christian Salem  4.650 3
Ed Langdon  4.575 4
Steven May  4.200 5
Angus Brayshaw  3.950 6
C Petracca  3.850 7
Kysaiah Pickett  3.650 8
Jack Viney  3.625 9
Clayton Oliver  3.550 10
Jayden Hunt  3.400 11
Trent Rivers  2.975 12
Luke Jackson # 2.725 13
James Jordan  2.575 14
Bayley Fritsch  2.450 15
Nathan Jones  2.250 16
Charlie Spargo  2.150 17
A Tomlinson  2.150 17
Tom Sparrow  1.750 19
Neville Jetta  1.625 20
Tom McDonald # 1.425 21
Alex N-Bullen  1.075 22
Team Score 69.05  
Top 6 27.83  
Bottom 6 10.18  

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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Weighted Average Scores up to & including Rnd 3 , 2021 vs 2019

Player

2021 Weighted

Score

2021 Rank 2019 Weighted Score % Change vs 2019 2019 Rank Change in Rank vs 2019
Clayton Oliver  5.075 1 4.643 9.30 1 0
Steven May  4.292 2 2.446 75.47 14 12
C Salem 4.142 3 3.658 13.23 3 0
Ed Langdon  4.100 4        
C Petracca  3.833 5 2.616 46.52 10 5
Jake Lever  3.750 6 2.313 62.13 17 11
Max Gawn # 3.600 7 3.256 10.57 4 -3
Jack Viney 3.388 8 3.068 10.43 5 -3
Kysaiah Pickett 3.042 9        
Jayden Hunt 2.992 10 1.958 52.81 22 12
A Tomlinson 2.967 11        
A Brayshaw  2.908 12 2.894 0.48 6 -6
Nathan Jones 2.850 13 2.711 5.13 7 -6
Charlie Spargo 2.842 14 1.375 106.69 35 21
James Jordan 2.542 15        
Trent Rivers 2.517 16        
Alex N-Bullen  2.342 17 1.984 18.04 21 4
Bayley Fritsch  2.200 18 2.641 -16.70 9 -9
T McDonald # 2.175 19 2.150 1.16 19 0
James Harmes * 2.150 20 3.850 -44.16 2 -18
Tom Sparrow 2.108 21 1.075 96.09 37 16
Neville Jetta  2.042 22 2.264 -9.81 18 -4
Luke Jackson # 1.858 23        
Average Team Score - Top 22 67.86   59.62 13.81    

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

* Only played one match not an average score

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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I was looking through our player stats for the first 3 rounds on the AFL site and found some interesting bits and pieces.

The top 6 for disposal efficiency on the team are all defenders. Of the recognised defenders only Hunt is not there at #12.

For total effective kick numbers 5 of the top 6 are defenders with Hunt at 9 and Jetta at 20 

Kick effectiveness has 6 of the top 7 places for defenders.

In all a good picture being put together by the defenders.

A couple of other things caught my eye.

pressure acts - Jordon #3, Sparrow #4 and NB #5 in the team to date with Kossie and Spargo #7&8

Tackle numbers - Jordon #1 - Sparrow #4 - Jetta #22.

 

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Rnd 4, 2021 Manuka Oval - Demons vs Cats

O'Conner was no match for Clarry today who still managed to shine under a full lockdown attempt.  Lets look at some of his numbers.... 23 Effective disposals, 6 clearances, 3 rebounds, 9 inside 50s, 6 tackles (two of those inside 50), 10 score involvements, 3 intercepts and 474 meters gained.  If Clarry could learn to hit the scoreboard once or twice (or occasionally higher) every other match or so he would be a bona fide AFL champ.

Some other great results...

Tracc was outstanding in many aspects with 22 effective disposals, 9 clearances, 8 inside 50s, 10 score involvements, 2 goals and lead the meters gained for us with 657 only bettered by Isaac Smith with 658.  Not bad for an old fella eh.  Tracc's only downside was a hefty turnover count of 8 .  A pretty bad day is usually around 6 or more imho.

Lever played an amazing rock/intercept role down back with 11 intercepts, 10 one percenters, 5 rebounds, 5 tackles, 4 score involvements and only 1 turnover.  His decision making was first class and he got to so many contests i would say the best match i've witnessed live from him so far.

Viney and Gawn were in everything.  Viney with a massive 8 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 12 tackles (most for the day for both teams and the only player to hit double figures here including two inside 50), 2 intercepts and 354 meters gained.

The big man....12 effectives, 7 clearances, 4 rebounds, 4 inside 50s, 4 tackles, 5 score involvements, 6 intercepts, 449 meters gained and a goal.  Turnovers not so good however, with 6.   

Salem superb as the floater across HB with 11 intercepts, 2 contested marks, 8 rebounds and a massive 562 meters gained.

Gus, Hunt and Ed were also very solid.  One or two mucks along the way to be expected under such ugly conditions and pressure.  Looking at Hunt he had 7 intercepts, 5 tackles, 4 score involvements and three inside 50s.

Shout out also to LJ who i thought played a very serviceable game given the few he has under his belt.  His tank / consistency seems to be growing slowly with each match. 

Tables show 10 players hitting a weighted score of 3 or higher, which is about 5 to 6 more players than most weeks last season.  A score of 3 often, but not always, appearing to represent a good solid serviceable game usually with a few turnovers thrown in for good measure depending on the position played / role being asked on the day.  For dedicated forwards something around the 2.25 is about par, given they usually have less opportunities to get their hands on it.

Player Score Rank
Clayton Oliver  6.125 1
C Petracca 4.650 2
Jake Lever  4.625 3
Jack Viney  4.175 4
Max Gawn # 4.150 5
Christian Salem  3.900 6
Angus Brayshaw  3.525 7
Bayley Fritsch  3.400 8
Jayden Hunt  3.225 9
Ed Langdon  3.050 10
Kysaiah Pickett  2.875 11
Charlie Spargo  2.850 12
Alex N-Bullen  2.250 13
Tom McDonald # 2.250 13
Luke Jackson # 2.050 15
Jake Melksham  1.700 16
Nathan Jones  1.525 17
Tom Sparrow  1.500 18
Neville Jetta  1.425 19
James Jordan  1.200 20
A Tomlinson 1.175 21
Trent Rivers  1.025 22
Steven May  0.125 23
Team Score 62.65  
Top 6 27.63  
Bottom 6 7.85  

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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Weighted Average Scores up to & including Rnd 4 , 2021 vs 2019

Tracc & Big M moving up a few rungs after their performances on the weekend.  Still a fair amount of daylight between Clarry and the rest after another solid game.  Salem holding his own (just) in 2nd place after another sublime game.  Lever jumps one place into 5th after one of his best performances since joining and Hunt on the improve into the top 10.  The Cats are the real deal and no push over at any time.  Impressive win yesterday.  Time to turn our mind to the Hawks with our wily foe Clarko at the helm no doubt looking to serve up something different.

Player 2021 WeightedScore 2021 Rank 2019 Weighted Score % Change vs 2019 2019 Rank Change in Rank vs 2019
Clayton Oliver  5.338 1 4.643 14.97 1 0
C Salem 4.081 2 3.658 11.56 3 1
C Petracca  4.038 3 2.616 54.36 10 7
Steven May  4.000 4 2.446 63.53 14 10
Jake Lever  3.969 5 2.313 71.60 17 12
Ed Langdon  3.838 6        
Max Gawn # 3.738 7 3.256 14.80 4 -3
Jack Viney 3.650 8 3.068 18.97 5 -3
A Brayshaw  3.063 9 2.894 5.84 6 -3
Jayden Hunt 3.050 10 1.958 55.77 22 12
Kysaiah Pickett 3.000 11        
Charlie Spargo 2.844 12 1.375 106.84 35 23
A Tomlinson 2.519 13        
Nathan Jones 2.519 13 2.711 -7.08 7 -6
Bayley Fritsch  2.500 15 2.641 -5.34 9 -6
Alex N-Bullen  2.319 16 1.984 16.89 21 5
James Jordan 2.206 17        
T McDonald # 2.194 18 2.150 2.05 19 1
James Harmes * 2.150 19 3.850 -44.16 2 -17
Trent Rivers 2.144 20        
Tom Sparrow 2.087 21 1.075 94.14 37 16
Luke Jackson # 1.906 22        
Neville Jetta  1.888 23 2.264 -16.61 18 -5
J Melksham * 1.700 24 1.931 -11.96 23 -1
Average Team Score - Top 22 67.15   59.62 12.63    

# Hit outs to advantage not captured

* Only played one match not an average score

Stats courtesy of footywire.com

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Interesting article here from Montagna.  Unfortunately no mention of where we sit.  Not sure why they wouldn't mention where all clubs are ranked...

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-news-2021-afl-trends-statistics-leigh-montagna-kicks-inside-50-sydney-swans-errol-gulden/news-story/3210392132c37aed98d6ad0f9e1a8fd8

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Thanks for your sterling work, Rusty.  Once again the numbers can deepen our understanding of what we witnessed.  I’m loving the pressure acts, the two way running and the way the players are staying in contests so much better/longer.  Hard to have stats on these things, but they are making a significant difference to the results and our ‘brand’.  Clarry has stepped up massively this year= not just pinging the first handball, but creating a valuable exit and chain more often than not.

appreciate your efforts.

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I've been enjoying picking over some individual curiosity stats that often don't mean much but which can be amusing.

First up, we have two players in the top-10 of disposals per game - Oliver of course, at third and only a whisker behind Mitchell and Macrae, and then Petracca at 8th.  Both also feature in clearances, with Oliver slipping slightly to ninth, Petracca in 23rd and Viney in 15th giving us three inside the top 25.

Viney is back to his hunter-killer ways with more than 8 tackles a game putting him at 4th on average and thanks to a quick. James Jordan also in 4th place for tackles among rising star eligible players.  Pretty sure 'JJ' is also 'Junior Junior'.

Petracca is equal 4th for inside 50s, just ahead of Martin, which is nice.

No surprise, Gawn is second to Grundy for total hitouts but is better than Grundy on every other conceivable measure.

Bayley Fritsch still sits in second for marks inside 50, equal with Tom Hawkins.  Strangely, I think it has been a different player in first every week.

But the stat of 2021 for the Demons is still tackles inside 50, with an incredible SIX players ranked inside the top 25, plus Fritta correcting one of his deficiencies and coming in at 38th.

Tom McDonald in 4th, Kysaiah Pickett in equal 5th, Charlie Spargo in equal 15th, Jack Viney in equal 21st, James Jordan and Alex Neal-Bullen both in equal 24th.

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https://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/id/26301884/listen-espn-footy-podcast

As per above how WB, Syd and Melbourne rank.

Points from Turnover Differential. (last 15 premiers top 6)

1.Syd +131

2.WB +106

3.Melb +98

4.GCS +40

Contested Possession Differential

1.WB

2.Syd

3.Port

4. Melb

Uncontested Possession Differential

1. Syd

3.WB

6. Melb

Applying Pressure.

1. Melb

2. Syd

3. WB

 

We are applying pressure, causing the turnover and scoring from the turnover. Winning it at the source and on the spread.

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4 hours ago, buck_nekkid said:

Thanks for your sterling work, Rusty.  Once again the numbers can deepen our understanding of what we witnessed.  I’m loving the pressure acts, the two way running and the way the players are staying in contests so much better/longer.  Hard to have stats on these things, but they are making a significant difference to the results and our ‘brand’.  Clarry has stepped up massively this year= not just pinging the first handball, but creating a valuable exit and chain more often than not.

appreciate your efforts.

A labor of love thanks Buck

Is alot of what you mention the upside of the Burgess factor coming to the fore?  Certainly in these games up to our neck aren't we.  Let's hope that continues.

3 hours ago, Little Goffy said:

I've been enjoying picking over some individual curiosity stats that often don't mean much but which can be amusing.

First up, we have two players in the top-10 of disposals per game - Oliver of course, at third and only a whisker behind Mitchell and Macrae, and then Petracca at 8th.  Both also feature in clearances, with Oliver slipping slightly to ninth, Petracca in 23rd and Viney in 15th giving us three inside the top 25.

Viney is back to his hunter-killer ways with more than 8 tackles a game putting him at 4th on average and thanks to a quick. James Jordan also in 4th place for tackles among rising star eligible players.  Pretty sure 'JJ' is also 'Junior Junior'.

Petracca is equal 4th for inside 50s, just ahead of Martin, which is nice.

No surprise, Gawn is second to Grundy for total hitouts but is better than Grundy on every other conceivable measure.

Bayley Fritsch still sits in second for marks inside 50, equal with Tom Hawkins.  Strangely, I think it has been a different player in first every week.

But the stat of 2021 for the Demons is still tackles inside 50, with an incredible SIX players ranked inside the top 25, plus Fritta correcting one of his deficiencies and coming in at 38th.

Tom McDonald in 4th, Kysaiah Pickett in equal 5th, Charlie Spargo in equal 15th, Jack Viney in equal 21st, James Jordan and Alex Neal-Bullen both in equal 24th.

Some lovely work LG.

Would love to know who our best are at hitting up targets coming inside 50.  Tracc No.1 at getting it inside as you have highlighted but from what i've witnessed i doubt he would be our No.1 at connecting.  If he can improve this part of his game his impact will go through the roof and we might start slaying opponents on the scoreboard occasionaly.

The other aspect of his game is decision making.  Sometimes i feel he tries to be too selfless.  Looking to thread the needle a little too often and trying the super hard pass.  When instead he might be better off going for broke inside 50 and shooting at goal, even from 40+.  He has a big hoof on him on the run. Hopefully this ability to decide when to share and when to shoot will improve with time.  If we think he's good now, his game will go up another notch if he can improve here imv.

Someone pulled out a stat yesterday on SEN that suggested that 90%+ of wins this year have been by the team winning the marks inside 50 count.  They were highlighting how important the set shot is under less pressure which makes sense.

The improvement of pressure i50 is a ripper so far.

46 minutes ago, Grimes Times said:

https://www.espn.com.au/afl/story/_/id/26301884/listen-espn-footy-podcast

As per above how WB, Syd and Melbourne rank.

Points from Turnover Differential. (last 15 premiers top 6)

1.Syd +131

2.WB +106

3.Melb +98

4.GCS +40

Contested Possession Differential

1.WB

2.Syd

3.Port

4. Melb

Uncontested Possession Differential

1. Syd

3.WB

6. Melb

Applying Pressure.

1. Melb

2. Syd

3. WB

 

We are applying pressure, causing the turnover and scoring from the turnover. Winning it at the source and on the spread.

I particularly like the last two here GT.  We have so often struggled with uncontested (spread issues) and we're presently sitting 3rd!

The pressure side also.  While not a new thing, i believe we were somewhere near or at the top in 2018 here, it's a fabulous sign albeit early days yet.

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    LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY by Whispering Jack

    When the combatants that are due to face off on Monday night at Optus Stadium last met, it was 11 days after the World Health Organization had declared the Covid19 outbreak a global pandemic. In Australia, the first cases had just come to light, including visiting US actors Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, the toilet paper panic was in full flight and the world was starting to reel in anticipation of impending disaster. Half an hour before this last game of the opening round was due to comme

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    DELTA DEMONS by KC from Casey

    There was an ill wind blowing for the home side at Casey Fields on  Saturday but you wouldn’t have noticed if you turned up seven or eight minutes into the second quarter with the scoreboard showing the Casey Demons holding a lead of 7.5.47 to Footscray’s solitary point. Up to that stage, the depleted Dees combination had taken full advantage of the windy conditions and headed by veterans Nathan Jones, Jimmy Munro and Mitch White had came out of the blocks and plundered the Bulldogs’ defence.  

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    ON THE FLY by George On The Outer

    After spending most of the previous day in the air, flying between Queensland and Victoria, it was hard to imagine the Demons would be at their best.   But this team was on the fly on the field as well and produced a clinical display which saw them record a 98 point win to put aside any questions about the side being out of form.   Certainly, the Suns who have fallen away badly in the second half of the season were their opponents, but with the Demons looking for a confidence boo

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    CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS by The Oracle

    This weekend, the Melbourne Football Club was supposed to embark on a tour that started with what looked like an innocent trip to the country’s sunny Gold Coast. However, the Covid19 pandemic intervened to bring them back home for this week at least. Next week, it’s off to the West Coast but conspiracy theorists are already suggesting that this interstate sojourn could take the team all the way across the country over the next month and indeed, there are cynics who even believe that it could bec

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    THE YEAR THE SNOWFLAKES FELL by Whispering Jack

    The snow that fell on the slopes of Victoria’s mountain districts in the winter of 1965 was not considered good enough to satisfy the enthusiasts. The really heavy snow that season came in two waves further north in July and August. The first descended on the national capital where “Pig Iron Bob” still held sway. Snow flurries touched the landscape all the way across the Blue Mountains. The next big snow extended further north up to the hills around Mackay in Queensland. Snowflakes fell inside t

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    DEES GIVE DOGS A BONE by George On The Outer

    First place versus second on the ladder promised to be a precursor to what can be expected in the coming finals race.  However, it was the Demons who faltered and gave the Bulldogs a bone to feed their hunger just weeks out from the end of the season. The win also sent the Dogs to the top of the ladder, a position they are unlikely to cede in the coming weeks, given their fixture. While Melbourne may now struggle to keep a spot in the top four with its draw and will likely depend on the res

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    THE WORM WILL TURN by The Oracle

    When I was asked to preview this game, I wasn’t sure whether it was going to be played in Darwin, on the Gold Coast or the MCG. I had no idea as to the identity of Melbourne’s opponent. This would have made for one hell of an interesting match preview so I’m glad that the AFL managed to reorganize its fixture to enable a game … any game at all … to proceed in Round 19. We’ll worry about the Gold Coast Suns or whoever they put us up against when the weekend’s done and dusted and if and when

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    DRAWN AND DEEFLATED by George on the Outer

    1st v 17th ... it would seem a sure one way contest between the Hawks and the Demons but it was not to be with the game finishing in a draw, the only positive being the Demons still retain their top spot on the ladder. Melbourne was taught a football lesson by Al Clarkson, who with limited resources, just instructed his players to scrap, fight and surge the ball forward.  It stifled the Melbourne free flowing style of play and denied them the opportunities they could normally expect. I

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    PINK RAIN by Whispering Jack

    There is no certainty about life under a pandemic. You wake up one morning without a care in the world; the sun’s shining and it’s a beautiful day. An hour later, everything’s up in the air, the entire state is on high alert and the apartment complex next door’s in lockdown. The simple decision you had to make about buying a ticket to the footy at the weekend suddenly might get put on the back burner. There are other things in life to prioritise and on top of that, they’re predicting rain for th

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    COR BLIMEY by KC from Casey

    In years to come, the old timers will talk in wonderment about the “Avalon Avalanche” that hit Werribee’s Avalon Airport Oval on a mild winter’s afternoon at about ten minutes after the halfway mark of the game between the local Tigers and their cross town rivals, the Demons from Casey. At that moment in time, the game was poised as if on a knifepoint. Up until the main interval, it had been the visiting team which had maintained the lead from the start but it had struggled to entirely asse

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    POWER FAILURE by George on the Outer

    South Australians should be well familiar with the damage that storms can do to the power supply.  But Port Power forgot those lessons on Thursday night football as they watched the Melbourne storm descend upon them from across the border and ruin their hopes of a top four placing. Just as equally, the win to the Demons cemented their spot in the top two and sent out the message that a team who had been going around in circles for the past couple of weeks, has in fact, turned into a cyclone

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    CASEY SUFFER FIRST DEFEAT IN TWO YEARS

    The circumstances were a little unusual last Saturday night as KC from Casey was unavailable to report on the Casey Dees due to work commitments. On the ground things were somewhat unusual as well given that, although there was a game to be won on the night, preparations were also being made for the forthcoming Thursday night clash against Port Adelaide with Ben Brown rested for large slabs of the evening. It turned out perhaps, to be a stroke of genius for Melbourne with Brown making a strong c

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