Melbourne operated with a narrow core group at centre bounces in 2021, availability played a major part in the success through the middle of the ground.
Clayton Oliver completed a full season for the Demons, he was the No.1 ranked player at centre bounces with a high usage rate of 86.8%.
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Christian Petracca was also used at a high rate through the middle of the ground despite his ability to hit the scoreboard playing forward, he recorded a usage rate of 79.2% at centre bounces from a full season.
Jack Viney had an injury interrupted season, this allowed for others to develop in the midfield.
He was used at 42.5% of team centre bounces across the season, that number significantly increased to 71.5% in games he played (15).
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James Harmes overcame an early season injury to see decent usage at centre bounces, he was used at 34.4% across the season & 48.3% in games he played in (18).
James Jordon forged his was into the midfield over pre-season, he had a usage rate of 17.8% across the season.
Kosi Picket did see a sprinkling of usage early in the year (Season: 6.8%).
Tom Sparrow was another that was used at centre bounces, he had a usage rate of 16.1% across the season & 8.8% in the Grand Final.
Oliver & Petracca were used at a very high rate of 91.2% in the Grand Final, Viney was used at 88.2%.
Harmes was used at the remaining 20.6%.
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