By popular demand, I’ll start the week by taking a look at Josh Kelly. 25 disposals (13 contested, 64 percent DE, 402 metres gained, 6 score involvements), 5 clearances, and 9 tackles for 154 points. Laying 9 tackles is impressive, but I have to agree with what everyone has been saying all week: 154 seems unjustifiably high.
Moving on, Liam Ryan was certainly eye-catching on Saturday night, but he didn’t really set the world on fire from a statistical standpoint: 17 disposals (10 contested, 65 percent DE), 6 marks (3 contested), 3 tackles, and 3 clearances. At first glance, his 104 seem a bit high. Upon closer inspection, however, it was likely the 10 score involvements and 420 metres gained (high numbers for anyone, but even more so for a player with relatively few disposals) that really lifted his score. I’m becoming increasingly convinced that Champion Data weights these two stats quite heavily.
Meanwhile, in the Showdown, Tom Rockliff had 41 disposals (23 contested, 56 percent DE, 6 score involvements), 6 tackles, 10 clearances, and 12 inside-50s for just 122 points. Sure, his DE wasn’t great, and he did have 5 clangers, but I think Rockliff (and his owners) would rightfully be feeling a bit robbed at this point.
Rockliff’s score seems even worse when you consider that his teammate Scott Lycett racked up 104 points for 13 disposals (15 contested, 46 percent DE, 235 metres gained, 1 score involvement), 1 contested mark, 3 tackles, 17 hitouts (9 to advantage), and not much else. Impressively, he managed to rack up more contested possessions than he did disposals – providing a gentle reminder to the rest of us that a possession is not the same as a disposal. As an owner I’ll happily take the points, but I’m not entirely sure if he deserved them.
Finally, is it just me, or does 91 points seem a tad high for Dane Rampe’s 13 disposal (10 contested, 92 percent DE, 254 metres gained), 3 mark, 1 tackle, 1 score involvement, and 1 post-climbed game? Especially compared to Lloyd’s 83 for 23 disposals (3 contested, 87 percent DE, 551 metres gained), and comparable stats in most other categories? Rampe did have a lot more contested possessions, and more than twice as many intercepts (9 to 4), so perhaps that explains the gap. Either that or the post-climbing!
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