By The Numbers: Hit Out Kings

Max Gawn was the Hit Out King in 2018, with the new 6-6-6 rules impacting starting positions for the 2019 season the Ruck position has become a very crucial element for team clearances.


1. MAX GAWN

Melbourne | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 44.8

2019 Outlook: Melbourne recruited Braydon Preuss in the off-season which could create a dual Ruck set-up, the loss of Jesse Hogan may require a 3rd tall with Gawn & Preuss splitting time between Ruck & Forward.

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2. AARON SANDILANDS

Fremantle | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 40.5

2019 Outlook: The often injured Sandilands is in the twilight of his career but remains an integral part of the Fremantle game plan, he has played in 40.9% of games since the start of the 2016 H&A season and Sean Darcy is waiting in the wings for his opportunity.

Bet Lab: 2019 AFL Premiership

3. BRODIE GRUNDY

Collingwood | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 40.0

2019 Outlook: Not only did Grundy average 40.0 Hit Outs last season he was the only Ruck to average 20 Disposals or more in this group, the Magpies settled on Mason Cox up forward last year & that likely won’t change in 2019.

Brodie Grundy

4. JARROD WITTS

Gold Coast | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 38.8

2019 Outlook: Witts is the quiet achiever of this group and is the future Ruck for Gold Coast having signed a recent contract extension, he has averaged high 30’s in the last 2 years and should do so again in 2019.

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5. SAM JACOBS

Adelaide |2018 Hit Out Ave: 36.3

2019 Outlook: Jacobs regressed in 2018 after averaging 39.8 Hit Outs in 2017, he is ultra reliable having played in 97.8% of games since the beginning of the 2012 H&A season.

Sam Jacobs

6. TODD GOLDSTEIN

Nth Melbourne | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 35.6

2019 Outlook: Braydon Preuss has departed which clears the way for Goldy to own the Ruck spot at the Kangaroos, he has a career high season average of 44.1 Hit Outs back in 2015.

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7. STEFAN MARTIN

Brisbane | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 33.9

2019 Outlook: Martin regressed last season from averaging 35.0 Hit Outs in 2017, the emergence of Oscar McInerney (2018 Hit Out Ave: 11.0) could impact his 2019 season.

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8. TOM BELLCHAMBERS

Essendon | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 32.8

2019 Outlook: Bellchambers is the clear No.1 Ruck at the Bombers but Zac Clarke may be become a factor at some stage, Bellcho has played in 75.6% of games in the last 2 years.

Tom Bellchambers

9. BEN MCEVOY

Hawthorn | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 30.7

2019 Outlook: McEvoy has thrived as predominately a sole Ruck in the last 2 years averaging in the low 30’s for Hit Outs, he should provide another consistent upcoming season.

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10. PADDY RYDER

Port Adelaide | 2018 Hit Out Ave: 30.6

2019 Outlook: Ryder was restricted due to injuries last season, the addition of Scott Lycett at Port Adelaide could push Ryder more Forward in 2019 thus reducing his Hit Outs.

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