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GVL Data | Contested game a key area for Bulldogs

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Lead the way: Tatura’s Mitch Elliott and Jimmy Bennett will be crucial for the Bulldogs this weekend. Photo: Bruce Povey
Lead the way: Tatura’s Mitch Elliott and Jimmy Bennett will be crucial for the Bulldogs this weekend. Photo: Bruce Povey Photo by Bruce Povey

Tatura welcomes in-form outfit Shepparton Swans to Tatura Park this weekend in a battle between two young and rebuilding squads.

The hosts have been hampered by injuries and player unavailability in 2022, while the Swans have had their fair share of outs.

The Swans enter the round 16 Goulburn Valley League contest with bragging rights over Tatura — following their 77-point triumph in round eight.

It was a wet and soggy Sunday afternoon when the two met in early June, but the Swans’ speed and run cut open the Bulldogs.

The Swans are ranked third in the competition for handball receives and they love to use the pace from gun onballers B.J. Squire, Zac Banch and Ty Collison in getting the ball forward.

In round eight, the Swans won the handball receives count by 35, the uncontested possession count by 29 and the contested possessions by 23.

Swans coach Andrew Riordan has his charges playing a slick brand of footy and the Swans have picked up recent scalps over Seymour and Shepparton.

If the weather on Saturday ends up wet and slippery again, which it is forecast to do, then Tatura must improve on its work around the contests.

Key stats

Season ranking

Contested possessions

Shepparton Swans: 4th

Tatura: 12th

Groundball gets

Shepparton Swans: 4th

Tatura: 12th


Shepparton Swans: 5th

Tatura: 11th

The Bulldogs are ranked last for contested possessions, groundball gets and are second last in tackles.

With an average of 101.9 contested possessions and 81.2 groundball gets per game, the task will be for Tatura to get their hands on the ball first.

This is where talented onballers Mitch Elliott, Billy Cooper, Tom Sullivan and co will be crucial on Saturday.

Paul Kirby has called for a lift in intensity and effort following last week’s poor loss and no doubt improving in those statistical categories will be high on the agenda.

Last time they met


Shepparton Swans: 287

Tatura: 226

Contested possessions

Shepparton Swans: 133

Tatura: 110

Uncontested possessions

Shepparton Swans: 151

Tatura: 122


Shepparton Swans: 74

Tatura: 54

Handball receives

Shepparton Swans: 76

Tatura: 41