IN OUR new series, we take a look at a potentially exciting AFL women’s head-to-head set to take place over the weekend, and how the game can unfold on match day.
To note: The match-up of course depends on the selection of the two players in their respective teams.
This week’s game features a pair of elite midfielders who are very important to the success of their respective teams – Bulldog Ellie Blackburn and Docker Kiara Bowers.
Blackburn and Bowers are two of the league’s best-known players and have been among the league’s elite midfielders since both were signed as marquee players to their respective clubs ahead of the first season.
Both are very similar hard, in and under midfielders who aren’t afraid to get into the thick of a contest. As such, their stats are very even, although Blackburn have played 14 more games than Bowers.
Bowers are averaging 0.9 more takedowns per game (19.5 vs 18.6) and are also 0.7% more efficient with the ball than Blackburn. Ratings are nearly dead as well, but Blackburn’s average is 0.2 higher.
Tackle average is about the only thing that is noticeably different between the pair, however. Bowers, who is renowned for her tackling prowess, has a top average tackle count of 7.4. However, Blackburn averages 16.3 yards more than Bowers which is another crucial part of any midfielder’s game.
Bowers have a higher average in contested possession (11.9 vs 8.6) while Blackburn lead the pair in average uncontested possessions (9.7 vs 7.2). Another stat essential to a good game for any midfielder is the inside 50 tally, which Bowers leads by just 0.1.
All in all, there really isn’t much that separates these two stars of the game, and the battle between the two should be fascinating to watch tonight.