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The men in the middle: Who are your club's centre square stars?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 19: Nic Naitanui of the Eagles looks on during the 2015 AFL round twelve match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on June 19, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Nic Naitanui is in the middle of most of West Coast's positive action

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Sam Jacobs 87 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Sam Jacobs 12.3
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 34.4 per cent AFL ranking: 4th  

Onballers
Most used combination: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Ellis-Yolmen (48 times)
Most used midfielder: (midfielder who attends most centre bounces) Patrick Dangerfield (250 times)
Centre clearances won: (team) 48.3 per cent AFL ranking: 3rd 
Centre clearance king: Patrick Dangerfield (39)
Centre clearance differential: Adelaide is +25 when Sam Jacobs attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Stefan Martin 74 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game) Stefan Martin 9.8
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 25.2 per cent AFL ranking: 16th

Onballers
Most used combination: Stefan Martin, Dayne Beams, Tom Rockliff, Jack Redden (29 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Dayne Beams (279 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 42.5 per cent AFL ranking: 8th
Centre clearance king: Dayne Beams (37)
Centre clearance differential: Brisbane Lions are +5 when Matthew Leuenberger or Ryan Lester attend a centre bounce

Selwood gets bounced

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Cameron Wood 66 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Robert Warnock 15
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 27.3 per cent. AFL ranking: 11th

Onballers
Most used combination: Cameron Wood, Andrew Carrazzo, Chris Judd, Bryce Gibbs (20 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Andrew Carrazzo (208 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 48.8 per cent. AFL ranking: 2nd
Centre clearance king: Patrick Cripps (27)
Centre clearance differential: Carlton is +27 when Cameron Wood attends a centre bounce

Cameron Wood has been a major part of Carlton's success in the middle. Picture: AFL Media

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Brodie Grundy 56 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Brodie Grundy 7.8
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 27.1 per cent. AFL ranking: 12th

Onballers
Most used combination: Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan, Jack Crisp (31 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Scott Pendlebury (230 times)
Centre clearances won (team):  40.2 per cent. AFL ranking: 15th
Centre clearance king: Jack Crisp and Dane Swan (21)
Centre clearance differential: Collingwood is +3 when either Sam Dwyer or Ben Kennedy attend a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Tom Bellchambers 60 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Tom Bellchambers 9.8
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team) 32.6 per cent.  AFL ranking: 6th

Onballers
Most used combination: Tom Bellchambers, Jobe Watson, Jake Melksham, Dyson Heppell (40 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Jobe Watson (186 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 40 per cent AFL ranking: 16th
Centre clearance king: Jobe Watson (18)
Centre clearance star: Essendon is +10 when Zach Merrett attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Aaron Sandilands 75 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Aaron Sandilands 13.6
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 37.6 per cent AFL ranking: 2nd  

Onballers
Most used combination: Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Nat Fyfe, Lachie Neale (36 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Nat Fyfe (239 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 48.9 per cent AFL ranking: 1st 
Centre clearance king: Nat Fyfe (44)
Centre clearance differential: Fremantle is +35 when Nat Fyfe attends a centre bounce

Nat Fyfe's influence has been profound all season for Freo. Picture: AFL Media

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Rhys Stanley, 67 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Dawson Simpson 18.7
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team) 30.8 per centAFL ranking: 7th 

Onballers
Most used combination Rhys Stanley, Joel Selwood, Josh Caddy, Mark Blicavs (34 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces) Joel Selwood (294 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 42.1 per cent. AFL ranking: 10th
Centre clearance king: Joel Selwood (47)
Centre clearance differential: Geelong is +10 when Mark Blicavs attends a centre bounce 

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Tom Nicholls 57 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Tom Nicholls 9.7
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 29.9 per cent AFL ranking: 8th 

Onballers
Most used combination: Zac Smith, Michael Rischitelli, Dion Prestia, David Swallow (21 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Michael Rischitelli (255 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 44.4 per cent AFL ranking: 6th
Centre clearance king: Dion Prestia (29)
Centre clearance differential: Gold Coast is +17 when Zac Smith attends a centre bounce.

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Shane Mumford 82 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Shane Mumford 13.5
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 29.7 per cent. AFL ranking: 9th

Onballers
Most used combination: Shane Mumford, Ryan Griffen, Callan Ward & Stephen Coniglio (33 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Callan Ward (230 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 42 per cent AFL ranking: 11th
Centre clearance king: Callan Ward (32)
Centre clearance differential: GWS is +25 when Shane Mumford attends a centre bounce

Shane Mumford's absence through injury has hurt GWS of late. Picture: AFL Media

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Jonathan Ceglar 62 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Jonathan Ceglar 8.3
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 24.2 per cent AFL ranking: 17th

Onballers
Most used combination: Jonathan Ceglar, Sam Mitchell, Liam Shiels, Luke Bruest (13 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Sam Mitchell (202 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 41.8 per cent AFL ranking: 14th
Centre clearance king: Sam Mitchell (23)
Centre clearance differential: Hawthorn is +12 when Jarryd Roughead attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Jake Spencer 33 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Mark Jamar 11.8
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 26.3 per cent AFL ranking: 15th 

Onballers
Most used combination: Max Gawn, Nathan Jones, Bernie Vince, Jack Viney (22 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Nathan Jones (254 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 48.3 per cent AFL ranking: 17th 
Centre clearance king: Nathan Jones (19)
Centre clearance differential: Melbourne is +11 when Max Gawn attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most?: Todd Goldstein, 94 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Todd Goldstein 15.3
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 34.7 per cent. AFL ranking: 3rd

Onballers
Most used combination: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell (62 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Ben Cunnington (249 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 45.2 per cent. AFL ranking: 5th
Centre clearance king: Ben Cunnington (38)
Centre clearance differential: North Melbourne is +28 when Jack Ziebell attends a centre bounce

Jack Ziebell has been back to his damaging best for North. Picture: AFL Media

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Matthew Lobbe 58 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Matthew Lobbe 10.9
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 27.7 per cent AFL ranking: 10th

Onballers
Most used combination: Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Robbie Gray, Ollie Wines (25 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Robbie Gray (206 times)
Centre clearances won (team):42.8 per cent AFL ranking: 7th
Centre clearance king: Robbie Gray (41)
Centre clearance differential: Port Adelaide is +13 when Hamish Hartlett attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Ivan Maric 84 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Ivan Maric 8.6 
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 34.2 per cent AFL ranking: 5th 

Onballers
Most used combination: Ivan Maric, Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin, Anthony Miles (26 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Trent Cotchin (203 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 42.5 per cent AFL ranking: 9th
Centre clearance king: Anthony Miles (21)
Centre clearance differential: Richmond is +14 when Anthony Miles attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Billy Longer 86 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Billy Longer 12.1
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 27 per cent AFL ranking: 13th

Onballers
Most used combination Billy Longer, David Armitage, Jack Steven, Maverick Weller (50 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): David Armitage (267 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 36.8 per cent AFL ranking: 18th
Centre clearance king: David Armitage (24)
Centre clearance differential: St Kilda is +4 when Jack Lonie attends a centre bounce

David Armitage's improvement has sparked the Saints into gear. Picture: AFL Media

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most (percentage): Mike Pyke 67 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Mike Pyke 8.4
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 23.9 per cent. AFL ranking: 18th

Onballers
Most used combination: Mike Pyke, Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery & Luke Parker (28 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Josh Kennedy (247 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 41.9 per cent . AFL ranking: 12th
Centre clearance king: Josh Kennedy (31)
Centre clearance star: The Swans are +5 when Dan Hannebery attends a centre bounce.

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Nic Naitanui 71 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Nic Naitanui 14.1
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team): 38.0 per cent AFL ranking: 1st 

Onballers
Most used combination: Nic Naitanui, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo (54 times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Matt Priddis (286 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 45.8 per cent AFL ranking: 4th
Centre clearance king: Luke Shuey (41)
Centre clearance differential: West Coast is +34 when Nic Naitanui attends a centre bounce

Ruckman
Centre square attendance – who rucks the most? Will Minson, 36 per cent
Centre square hit-outs (per game): Will Minson, 7.3
Centre square hit-outs to advantage (team) 26.9 per cent. AFL ranking: 14th

Onballers
Most used combination: Will Minson, Mitch Wallis, Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli (eight times)/Jordan Roughead, Liam Picken, Mitch Wallis, Marcus Bontempelli (eight times)
Most used midfielder (midfielder who attends most centre bounces): Marcus Bontempelli (150 times)
Centre clearances won (team): 41.8 per cent. AFL ranking: 13th 
Centre clearance king: Marcus Bontempelli (19)
Centre clearance star: The Bulldogs are +12 when Luke Dahlhaus attends a centre bounce

Marcus Bontempelli is a key part of the Dogs' centre-bounce setup. Picture: AFL Media

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