Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 10

WHEN it comes to Australian Rules, if kicks are the bread, then surely handballs are the butter. In keeping with last weeks’ theme, we are continuing with taking a deeper look into disposal stats in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. This time we specifically are looking at most handballs in round ten and all throughout the season. Round ten saw a outstanding effort from all teams, proving that despite the season drawing to a close, no team has the dream of finals out of its sight.

Alison Drennan of the Southern Saints topped with 69 per cent handball efficiency as well as having the most handballs in the league with 115 in eight games. Bulldog’s Naomi Ferres and Sarah Jolly both made the top 10 with their win over Essendon (35-2), with 80 per cent and 83 per cent efficiency respectfully. Geelong also saw three of its team making the list. Midfielder Richelle Cranston showed a dominant performance against the Saints with 79 per cent efficiency and topping disposals for that game. Following Cranston was Madaleine McMahon with 62 per cent and Kate Darby 80 per cent efficiency.

In the season so far, Drennan once again has shown clear command as far as individual handballs go. Drennan has three separate positions in the top 10, taking out both the first, second and seventh spots. Other honourable mentions include Renee Garing who feature three times on the list too, as well as keen utility player Kate Gillespie-Jones with two spots also. There is a clear distribution among the list where players of teams that are high and low on the ladder are presented, which really shows how spectacular the talent in the VFL Women’s really is.

Most Handballs: Round Ten

PlayerTeamHandballs in Round 10
Alison DrennanSouthern Saints16
Naomi FerresWestern Bulldogs15
Richelle Cranston Geelong 14
Madaleine McMahonGeelong 13
Tahni NestorHawthorn13
Sarah JollyWestern Bulldogs12
Lauren TesorieroRichmond11
Emily PaternoWilliamstown11
Clara FitzpatrickMelbourne Uni11
Kate DarbyGeelong10

Most Individual Handballs: Season so Far

PlayerTeamNumber of HandballsRound
Alison DrennanSouthern Saints224
Alison DrennanSouthern Saints202
Renee GaringGeelong185
Lily MithenDarebin174
Renee GaringGeelong161
Kate Gillespie-JonesMelbourne Uni165
Alison DrennanSouthern Saints1610
Renee GaringGeelong152
Kate Gillespie-JonesMelbourne Uni154
Bianca JakobssonCasey Demons159
Emma MackieHawthorn159
Naomi FerresWestern Bulldogs1510

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