Dane questioned in his excellent round review how Trent Dumont (139) and Shaun Higgins (95) ended up on such different scores from such similar stats, so I decided I’d take a look. Dumont: 38 disposals (12 contested, 79 percent DE, 338 metres gained), 5 tackles, 1 clearance, 1 clanger, 5 score involvements. Higgins: 37 disposals (9 contested, 73 percent DE, 437 metres gained), 0 tackles, 3 clearances, 4 clangers, and 11 score involvements. Higgins was probably let down by his lack of tackles and the couple of extra clangers, but overall, the spread does seem a tad excessive. It’s not the first time this year he’s had a disposal count in the high 30s and failed to crack the ton, which would be concerning for the handful of people who have him.
Higgins wasn’t the only ball-magnet to not get any love from Champion Data on the weekend, with Matt Crouch racking up 39 touches (13 contested, 59 percent DE, 342 metres gained) for just 97 points. The 59 percent DE probably didn’t help, but he did only have 2 clangers, so you’d think he’d at least get to triple figures.
Shane Mumford’s score of 89 was not anomalous in the usual sense – it’s easy enough to see where it came from – but his owners won’t have been pleased with his 9 (!) frees-against bringing down what would have otherwise been an excellent score. Mumford, on the other hand, probably won’t be pleased that he missed out on the all-time free-against record by 4.
In the same match, Toby Greene and Jeremy Finlayson each kicked 2 goals for 72 points. Statistically, that’s where the similarities end. Greene had 19 disposals (7 contested, 79 percent DE, 273 metres gained), 5 marks, 1 tackle, 7 score involvements, and 2 clearances, whilst Finlayson had 8 touches (5 contested, 75 percent DE, 187 metres gained), 4 marks, 1 tackle, 5 score involvements, and no clearances. He may not be the most well-liked player going around, but surely Toby deserved a few more points?
This comes with the standard disclaimers about comparing scores across different matches, but compare the pair:
Dayne Zorko: 29 disposals (17 contested, 66 percent DE, 762 metres gained, 7 clangers), 11 tackles, 11 clearances, 11 inside 50s, 3 marks, and a goal for 128 points.
Andrew Gaff: 35 disposals (10 contested, 71 percent DE, 467 metres gained, 2 clangers), 3 clearances, 6 tackles, 10 marks, and no goals for 154.
Again, I know they were different matches, but surely these two scores can’t both be right?
Finally, I know I wasn’t the only person who noticed Gawn’s (127) mysterious jump of 23 points post-match on Saturday. I think we know who CD had as captain on the weekend!
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