ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 05: Rory Sloane of the Crows in action during the 2019 AFL round 07 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on May 05, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/AFL Photos)
Men in the middle: Matt Crouch (121 attendances), Rory Sloane (121), Brad Crouch (111), Reilly O’Brien (99), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (46), Sam Jacobs (41), Bryce Gibbs (29), Hugh Greenwood (28), Elliott Himmelberg (13), Wayne Milera (12), Josh Jenkins (11), Rory Atkins (10), Myles Poholke (7), Riley Knight (3), Eddie Betts (2), Jordan Gallucci (1), Paul Seedsman (1).
Go-to guys: The Crouch brothers and Rory Sloane are strong, contested midfielders who excel at winning the ball from the centre bounce. Ruckman Reilly O’Brien has taken his opportunity, playing five games in the absence of the injured Sam Jacobs.
Most successful starting four: O’Brien, Sloane, Greenwood, Ellis-Yolmen Clearance record: 4 wins, 0 losses
Ruck and roll: O’Brien has had the most success with Sloane, connecting four times with hit-outs to advantage.
Average centre clearance differential: -0.7 Ranked: 10th
Average points from centre bounces differential: +1.4 Ranked: 9th
Analysis: The Crows have improved their centre bounce work with Brad Crouch and Rory Sloane back in the side. Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Hugh Greenwood also play important roles. Ruckman Reilly O’Brien has performed admirably in the absence of Sam Jacobs. The Crows ranked last in 2018 in centre clearances won with a differential of -1.2. Through the first seven rounds of this season, they have improved to 10th with a differential of -0.7.
Source: Adelaide Crows website