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STAT ATTACK: The numbers behind the QFA WBSC

STAT Attack is about to enter the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast.

Stat Attack follows the precedent set by Matter of Stats, a weekly column that dissects the numbers around the Bundaberg Rugby League.

The weekly column looks at the numbers that make up the QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast after each week: attacking and defensive milestones, goalkicking rate, and other random stats.

 

AFL - Bay Power V. Maroochydore. Damian McGreevey jnr (Power) puts in a clearing kick.
AFL - Bay Power V. Maroochydore. Damian McGreevey jnr (Power) puts in a clearing kick. Alistair Brightman

This week's opening bounce includes: the two clubs that concede less than 50 points per game and the club that appears to love a high-scoring game.

It should be no surprise Bay Power and Brothers Bulldogs share the honour of being the competition's best defenders.

The QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast's last two undefeated clubs will face off on Saturday, and a look at their attacking and defensive records suggests it could be a tight game.

The Powers boast the best defensive record in the comp, conceding only 38.75 points per game (155 total).

Brothers aren't far off that mark, conceding 178 points (44.5 per game) in their four games to date.

 

UNDER PRESSURE: Luke MacRae gets a handball in for Gympie in the AFL game at the Brother Sports Complex in Bundaberg.
UNDER PRESSURE: Luke MacRae gets a handball in for Gympie in the AFL game at the Brother Sports Complex in Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN060517AFL6

Brothers Bulldogs' superb defensive record is helped by the fact it held Gympie Cats to just 15 points in the fifth round and Pomona to 28 points in the second round.

While that record is impressive, the Bulldogs have allowed their opposition to pass the 60-point mark twice.

The most Bay Power has conceded in a game is 52 (round six v Gympie), and their attacking record (283 points, 3rd in the league) shows defence is their best friend.

The league's best overall attacking team is found at Raward Rd.

AFL Hervey Bay - Hervey Bay Bombers versus Brothers Bulldogs -
AFL Hervey Bay - Hervey Bay Bombers versus Brothers Bulldogs - Valerie Horton

Hervey Bay Bombers have scored 328 points from their five games so far, the highest total in the competition, but the club also boasts the second-worst defence (357 points, 71.4 per game).

The Bombers have had more scoring shots than any team (93 total), but of those have kicked 47 goals (conversion rate of 50.54%).

The Hervey Bay clubs appear to have the most trouble in front of goal.

 

AFL - Bay Power V. Maroochydore. Captain Josh Wheeler (Power).
AFL - Bay Power V. Maroochydore. Captain Josh Wheeler (Power). Alistair Brightman

Bay Power kicks more behinds than any other club (9.25 per game), with the Bombers close behind (9.2 per game).

The Bulldogs are the competition's most efficient team in front of goal, converting 60% of their scoring shots into majors (48/80).

Sunshine Coast clubs Maroochydore (40.48%) and Gympie (44.12%) sit at the other end of the scale.

Maroochydore is the only team unable to crack 40 points per game: they average 39.25 points, with their only win coming against Gympie (56-35 in the third round).

 

AFL: Brothers' Brennan Dempsey amongst strong Waves defence. QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast: Brothers Bulldogs v (ATW) The Waves Eagles at Keith Dunne Oval, Hervey Bay.
AFL: Brothers' Brennan Dempsey amongst strong Waves defence. QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast: Brothers Bulldogs v (ATW) The Waves Eagles at Keith Dunne Oval, Hervey Bay. Matthew McInerney

Brothers Bulldogs full-forward Brennan Dempsey is listed on the competition's official website to have scored the same number of goals as Maroochydore Roos (21 each).

Dempsey kicked nine of those goals against the Bombers.

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