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2018 review: Disposal kings

Loukas Founten  September 12, 2018 10:42 AM

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REVIEWING the 2018 AFL season, today’s focus is on the club’s major ball winners.

Ollie Wines and Jared Polec were the club’s standout major disposal winners despite Wines playing more on the inside and the Polec on the outside.

Wines led the club with a total of 574 disposals in 2018 at an average of 26.1, ranking him 23rd in the AFL for total touches and 32nd for average possessions.

The 23-year-old played every game of the season, having 35 disposals twice (against Sydney in Round 2 and against the Western Bulldogs in Round 13).

Wines had 25 touches or more on 15 occasions including 29 in five separate matches and 30 against Fremantle in Round 17.

He ranked ninth in the competition for contested possessions, averaging 12.8 per game.

Polec was another who played every game in 2018, finishing with 553 touches at an average of 25.1.

That is a significant improvement on the 491 disposals at 22.3 per game in 2017.

His career-high 34 disposals against North Melbourne in Round 6 included a career-high 16 handballs, while he also had a career-high 12 tackles in that game.

The 25-year-old had 30 or more disposals on three occasions and 25 or more in 13 separate games.

Only once did he have fewer than 20 touches and that was against the Western Bulldogs in Round 13 when he had 19, six marks and two goals.

Polec ranked 18th in the competition for uncontested possessions, averaging 16.4 per game.

Captain Travis Boak and the experienced Brad Ebert and Robbie Gray rounded out the club’s top five disposal winners.

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