Who are the Hyundai A-League’s top tacklers?


Tackling is one thing, but being an effective tackler is the key. We look at the top 10 most effective tacklers in the Hyundai A-League so far this season.

Jacob Tratt of Wellington Phoenix has the best stats and is the most effective tackler so far in the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League Season.

From the players with a minimum of 15 tackle attempts for the campaign thus far, the Phoenix man has been both one of the busiest and one of the most effective. 

While his 18 tackles won is the fourth most of any player in the competition, his tackle success rate of 90% is the outright best of any player in the competition with at least 15 attempts.

Not far behind him are Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant and Newcastle Jets’ Ivan Vujica who have each notched 16 successful tackles from just 18 attempts.

There are already two Newcastle Jets’ players in the top 10 most effective tacklers, but Nick Cowburn is also worthy of a mention. 

The Jets defender has made 12 tackles so far this season without missing a single attempt, which is the most tackles of any player with a 100% tackle success rate for the season so far.

In fact, both Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets are represented twice in the top 10 most effective tacklers, which also means that neither Perth Glory or Western Sydney Wanderers have a single player to have made 15 or more tackles and boast a tackle success rate above 81.8%.

Adelaide and Newcastle are the only teams in the competition to boast a tackle success above 80% and the Reds’ 82.73% tackle success is more than 2% better than any other team in the competition. 

It’s almost more than 20% more effective than Perth Glory whose 61.13% tackle success rate is by far the least effective of any team.

Jacob Tratt