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Mid-season review: Midfield

Luke Shuey has been a bull in the midfield this year

Elliot Yeo

The reigning John Worsfold medallist started the year slowly due to an interrupted preseason but flipped the switch in round seven and has been operating on beast mode since. Yeo has taken his contested game to another level this year. He’s averaging a career-best 13.4 hard ball gets and 7.1 tackles per outing this year. Remarkably, the 25-year-old laid an eye-boggling 49 tackles between rounds seven and 10. He was sorely missed at the SCG last week, but the club is hopeful of having him back on deck to face Essendon next Thursday night at Optus Stadium.

Mid-season averages:

Disposals: 24.3
Contested possessions: 13.4
Tackles: 7.1
Clearances: 5.6
Score involvements: 5.1
Inside 50s: 4.6

2019 AFL statistical rankings:

2nd: Tackles per game
4th: Total tackles
9th: Contested possessions per game
13th: Total contested possessions

 

Luke Shuey

There’s a good reason joint vice-captain Luke Shuey is leading the way for the Eagles in the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year leaderboard this year. The 2018 Norm Smith medallist hit the ground running in round one and hasn’t stopped going hell for leather through the first 12 round of the year. He is ranked third for total inside 50s and sixth for average attacking entries in the league and has amassed the fifth most stoppage clearances of any player in the competition at the midpoint of the season. At present, he is achieving career best averages for disposals (26.2), uncontested possessions (15.5), inside 50s (5.4), rebound 50s (2.2) and metres gained (468.9).

Mid-season averages:

Disposals: 26.2
Contested possessions: 10.4
Clearances: 6.2
Score involvements: 5.7
Inside 50s: 5.4
Tackles: 5.2

2019 AFL statistical rankings:

3rd: Total inside 50s
5th: Total stoppage clearances
6th: Total kicks, inside 50s per game
8th: Total clearances, total metres gained
9th: Contested possessions per game

 

Jack Redden

Last year’s John Worsfold Medal runner-up and the joint 2018 Player of the Finals Award winner has been a picture of consistency through the first half of season 2019. Redden had a monster game in his hometown of Adelaide in round 10, playing a huge part in the team’s come from behind victory against the Crows. He racked up a career-high 15 tackles to go with 27 disposals, six intercepts and four inside 50s.

Mid-season averages:

Disposals: 21.6
Contested possessions: 8.7
Tackles: 5.5
Marks: 5.4
Clearances: 3.5
Score involvements: 3.3

2019 AFL statistical rankings:

19th: Total tackles

 

Andrew Gaff

We’re not sure how he’s done it, but two-time all-Australian Andrew Gaff has taken his game to another level this year. The prolific midfielder has upped his ball-winning ability in 2019 and is currently averaging a career high 32.3 disposals and 6.9 marks per game. Remarkably, Gaff has amassed 30 or more disposals in eight of his 10 outings this year. He is leading the league for uncontested possessions per game (22.4) and ranks fourth for kicks per game, effective disposals per game and AFL Fantasy scores per game.

Mid-season averages:

Disposals: 32.3
Contested possessions: 9.5
Marks: 6.9
Score involvements: 4.8
Intercepts: 4.8
Inside 50s: 4.1
Clearances: 4.0
Tackles: 3.0

2019 AFL statistical rankings:

1st: Uncontested possessions per game
3rd: Disposals per game
4th: Kicks per game, effective disposals per game, AFL Fantasy score per game
5th: Total uncontested possessions

 

Dom Sheed

The man who kicked his way into West Coast Eagles folklore hasn’t let his grand final heroics get to his head this year. Sheed has been on a tear in season 2019, averaging career-best stats for disposals (27.4), effective disposals (19.2), contested possessions (11.7), marks (5.8), clearances (5.8), inside 50s (4.2) and metres gained (366m). The 24-year-old has been at his best in the clinches this year. He is currently ranked fourth in the AFL for total stoppage clearances, sixth in average stoppage clearances and 12th for total clearances. His biggest game of the year was against Gold Coast in round seven, where he amassed 32 disposals, nine marks, six clearances and kicked two goals to boot.

Mid-season averages:

Disposals: 27.4
Contested possessions: 11.7
Clearances: 5.8
Marks: 5.8
Score involvements: 5.3
Inside 50s: 4.2

2019 AFL statistical rankings:

4th: Total stoppage clearances
6th: Stoppage clearances per game
12th: Total clearances, total disposals
14th: Total effective disposals