MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies runs with the ball during the round nine AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Collingwood Magpies at Etihad Stadium on May 19, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

There’s not much that separates the teams from one another in the AFL this season. With only two wins separating 2nd on the ladder from 10th, it cannot be argued that we’re in for an exciting end to the year.

During such a competitive season, it’s no secret that you find interesting results when you dive deep into the team stats. Often stats agree with the placement of teams on the ladder, however when looking at disposal efficiency, there are some odd discrepancies.

Taking a look at each team’s ability to effectively use the ball and minimise clangers may leave you a little shocked. Out of the top 10 teams in disposal efficiency, only four are in the top eight.

Here’s how your team ranked in disposal efficiency:

 Team Total
1 Collingwood 74.6
2 Hawthorn 74
2 Fremantle 74
4 St Kilda 73.7
5 Brisbane Lions 73.6
6 West Coast Eagles 73.4
7 Essendon 73.1
8 Sydney Swans 72.7
9 Geelong Cats 72.6
10 Western Bulldogs 72.5
11 Melbourne 72
12 Adelaide Crows 71.8
13 GWS Giants 71.4
14 Richmond 71.2
15 Port Adelaide 71.1
16 Carlton 70
17 North Melbourne 69.9
18 Gold Coast Suns 66.5

Clearly, according to the rankings, disposal efficiency isn’t as vital as you may have thought. In the case of the Tigers, they are currently sitting first on the ladder but rank 14th in disposal efficiency, so if you’re team isn’t sitting too high, it isn’t the end of the world.

Even more surprisingly, the same goes for clangers. four of the top six teams with the most clangers per game are in the top eight.

Here are the rankings for most clangers this season:

 Team Total Average
1 Gold Coast Suns 884 63.1
2 Richmond 844 60.3
3 GWS Giants 841 60.1
4 Carlton 816 58.3
5 Port Adelaide 812 58
6 Melbourne 809 57.8
7 North Melbourne 807 57.6
8 Essendon 805 57.5
9 Hawthorn 797 56.9
10 St Kilda 792 56.6
11 Sydney Swans 791 56.5
12 Fremantle 789 56.4
13 Collingwood 784 56
14 Geelong Cats 781 55.8
15 Brisbane Lions 774 55.3
16 Western Bulldogs 727 51.9
17 West Coast Eagles 718 51.3
18 Adelaide Crows 717 51.2

In both disposal efficiency and clangers, the league’s best Tigers rank poorly. Although efficiency doesn’t mean everything, it is certainly a way to lift a struggling team. Gold Coast and Carlton both rank in the bottom four in both stats and are arguably the league’s worst two teams based on form.