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The Monday Message: Round 16

David McPherson  July 9, 2018 3:37 PM

Joel Selwood's 2018 season is right up there statistically with some of the best years of his career.  - Geelong Cats

Joel Selwood's 2018 season is right up there statistically with some of the best years of his career.

Joel Selwood is a poster boy for consistency.

For nine consecutive years he has averaged more than 24.5 disposals, 10 contested possessions, five tackles and five clearances per game.

Such is the steadiness of his performance, that it can be easy to overlook just how prolific his 2018 campaign has been.

And it has been prolific. Joel Selwood is currently having a season that ranks right up there with his best seasons of football.

The numbers back it up.

 

2018 League Rank

2017 League Rank

Total Disposals

8th

44th

Total Handballs

11th

31st

Tackles

9th

38th

Clearances

13th

16th

He ranks in the top 20 of all players this season for disposals, handballs, tackles, contested possessions, clearances and centre clearances.

The current edition of Joel Selwood is winning the ball at a level rarely seen before in his career.

Of his 12 seasons in the game, Selwood’s year to date is currently ranked third for disposals, third for handballs, fourth for kicks and second for tackles per game.

For a player who attacks the ball with a total disregard for his own health and wellbeing, to be producing such numbers at the age of 30 is remarkable.

While the return of Ablett, the brutish explosiveness of Dangerfield and the silky class of Kelly are grabbing all the headlines this year, make sure you don’t look past the no-frills performance of number 14.