By David Nagel
WARNING! If you don’t love your stats – turn away now!
We are roughly halfway through the Chisholm MPNFL season which seems the perfect time to take a look at some of the stats and facts that are dictating terms in 2019.
Who has the healthiest list, who is hitting the scoreboard hardest, and who is doing it with accuracy?
Who are the top goal scorers, who have an even spread of contributors, and which teams are starting and finishing the game off in style?
And, most importantly, who is winning games as we take a look at the form of each team as we head into the pointy end of the season?
Chelsea has used the least amount of players in senior football in 2019 with only 28 Seagulls kitting up for the main game at 2pm. Pearcedale and Rye haven’t been so fortunate with the Panthers and Demons using 39 players this season.
Dromana has fared best in division one, using 29 players, followed closely by Bonbeach (31) and Pines (32), while Simon Goosey has had the revolving door in full operation at Mornington with the Doggies wheeling out a whopping 41 players at the half-way point of the season.
Bonbeach leads an important stat with 15 players having played every game this year. Hastings is next best with 13, while Langwarrin has had the fewest with Blake Peach, Luke Churcher and Shane Paterson the only Kangaroos to play all 10 games.
Not surprisingly, Red Hill is the only team averaging above 100 points, the Hillmen maintaining a fantastic record of 131 points per game to lead the other 21 senior teams by a massive margin of 37 points.
The Hillmen are also the most accurate team in the MPNFL, kicking 213 goals from 377 scoring shots to convert at an efficiency of 56.50 per cent. Hastings is the worst offender in front of goals with just 98 goals from 234 attempts to sit languishing on 41.88 per cent.
Red Hill also has the evenest spread of goalkickers, with eight players having kicked 10 or more goals this season. Chelsea and Somerville are next best with seven, while Pines, Sorrento and Frankston YCW lead the way in division one with four contributors in that category.
Surprisingly Pines (-10) and Sorrento (-2) have conceded more goals than they have kicked in first quarters this year, with the Pythons bouncing back hard in second terms – kicking 43 goals to 16 in the lead up to half time.
Amazingly, Red Hill has conceded just 10 first-quarter goals in 11 games, with five of those coming in its season-opener against Karingal. That leaves just five goals conceded in 10 games of footy since then!
Langwarrin is somewhat of a surprise packet, scoring 48 goals to 12 in fourth quarters this year. Let’s see how the Kangaroos go about maintaining that fabulous record when they take on Red Hill at the Showgrounds on Saturday.
As we said earlier if you love your stats read on, but if you don’t – turn away now!
Karingal star Marc Holt has kicked 53 goals to lead all-comers in the MPNFL this year.