Report: JEFF STEPHENSON
WHILE sitting at the foot of the NEAFL table, Redland continues to flourish in several departments of the game – something most analysts would find a tad confusing.
With the mid-season mark just beyond us, Redland has a number of the leading players in their statistical KPI’s
Full-forward Matt Hammelmann burst back into prominence last week against Southport with five goals and is leading the competition goalkicking table with a total of 38 – seven ahead of the next best in Mitch Johnson of Southport.
Matt started the season in sensational fashion scoring 30 goals in the first six matches, before falling off the pace by registering just one goal in each of his next three games.
His hard-working attack on the ball and strong marking resulted in a turnaround of form at Scottsdale Park on Saturday.
“Hammer” is the number one ranked player in the NEAFL for Marks on the Lead and number six for contested marks. Jackson Paine is the number two placed player for Marks on Lead with 19.
Sydney Swan’s mobile big man Darcy Cameron leads all comers in Contested Marks on 29 with Jackson Paine (19) ranked second and Adrian Williams (17) ranked fourth
Also high on the statistical table is ruckman Craig Malone, who has battled gamely week-in week-out against some of the most high-calibre ruckmen assembled in the NEAFL for several years.
“Tiny” is involved in a running battle with former Melbourne and now-Aspley follower Jake Spencer.
Craig just edged Spencer out last week with 55 hit-outs to 53 on the comparative ratings.
He has chalked up 385 hit-outs this season averaging 38.5 a match with an average of 10 a game going to advantage. He leads Spencer (377) by eight hit outs but the former Demon leads Malone 109-101 in hit outs to advantage.
In other statistical revelations Rising Star nominee Jack Rolls is fourth in the NEAFL disposals count with 278 with Southport’s Josh Clayton leading the comp on 295. Tom Salter in an amazing return from 12 months out of the game sits in sixth position with 257 disposals.
Rolls (132) is second to Aspley gun Andrew Swallow (150) in handballs and fifth to Swallow (161) again with 117 Contested Possessions.
Swallow (75) and Rolls (64) also are Top 5 in Clearances with Brad Rees and Rolls (59) also featuring prominently in Tackles behind Southport stopper Lee Dale (72)
Darcy Cameron (Swans) leads the competition for total marks with 84 just one ahead of Adrian Williams on 83. Jackson Paine is placed seventh with 65 marks
Tom Salter (53) is ranked fourth in Inside 50’s behind NT Thunder mid Abe Ankers (61) while Adrian Williams is tied with Thunder legend Cameron Ilett on 54 Rebound 50’s. Peter Yagmoor is fourth with 46
Hammelmann (38-15), Paine (20-11) and Aaron Christensen (14-6) have kicked over 68% of the Bombers goals for the season in a worrying sign that the scoring load needs to be shared more.
The Bombers have used 34 players in the first ten games including eight debutants
Several players that have missed a large slice of the action through injury will be staking their claims to return to the side during the second half of the season.
The Bombers have a Round 12 bye then return on June 30 for the End of Financial Year clash with the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium.
The game commences at 4.00pm as a Curtain Raiser to the Suns v Collingwood clash.