Dane raised a few scoring-related queries in his excellent Round Review earlier this week, so I thought I’d start by taking a look at those (I love it when other people make my job easy!).
First, Bachar Houli – 102 from 35 disposals (85.7 percent DE, 2 contested, 338 metres gained), 3 intercepts, 3 score involvements, and a tackle, and Brandon Ellis (107), also from 35 disposals at exactly 85.7 percent (10 contested, 459 metres gained), 5 clearances, 8 score involvements, and 5 intercepts. It was probably the lack of tackles that held them back, although I do think both scores are a tad low – Ellis in particular.
In the comments of Dane’s Round Review, Harry asked how Jake Lloyd ended up on 141 from fairly similar stats (28 disposals at 82 percent DE, 5 contested, 692 metres gained), 4 score involvements, 1 goal, and 4 tackles. With the usual caveats about comparing scores from different games, I think a lot of the difference comes down to metres gained – nearly 700 vs 459 and 338. Of course, the easiest way to explain any of Jake Lloyd’s scores is that he is The Chosen One™. Speaking of which, The Phantom Menace turned 20 a few days ago. I’m not sure if I should wish it happy birthday, or grumble about how old I suddenly feel.
Dane also felt that Jack Crisp had been slightly short-changed: 93 points from 27 disposals (13 contested, 82 percent DE, 314 metres gained), 4 tackles, 4 marks (1 contested, 1 intercept), 2 clearances, 6 score involvements, and a very impressive 10 intercepts. To be honest, based on the intercepts alone, I think he deserves more than 93. And I’m not just saying that because he’s in my team!
The last player Dane wanted to know about was Phil Davis: 82 from 21 disposals (5 contested, 91 percent DE, 274 metres gained),8 score involvements, 13 marks (8 intercepts, 1 contested), 14 intercepts, The 14 intercepts is particularly impressive given that it’s more times than Carlton actually had the ball! In all seriousness though, Davis had a great game, at least from a statistical standpoint. 5 clangers and just the 1 tackle might have held his score back a little bit, but overall, I’m inclined to agree with Dane once again: probably a tad low. Perhaps he was a victim of there only being 3300 points to go around?
Moving on, Davis’ teammate Matt De Boer held Cripps to just 66 in that game. He had an okay score himself – 90 from 27 disposals (9 contested, 59 percent DE, 354 metres gained), 5 clearances, 10 score involvements, and 6 tackles, but it makes me wonder if players like him are systematically short-changed by the fact that the scoring system focusses on direct, on-ball production, and doesn’t take into account what they may stop other players from doing. It’s more of a system anomaly than a traditional scoring one, but I thought I’d bring it up.
Finally, Darcy Fort (105 points). I’m not questioning how he got his score – I’m just bringing him up because he’s yet another rookie who showed absolutely nothing in the JLT, and has ended up being great during the season-proper. I’ve brought this up before, and I know it’s silly given our lack of alternatives, but do we put too much stock in rookies’ JLT scores?
Did any scores seem off to you on the weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
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