14/04/2024

Check out The Inner Sanctum's YouTube channel where the boys rank all 18 clubs based on their key Forward duo.

The Inner Sanctum’s AFL Rankings is our latest YouTube series where four of our contributors rank all 18 clubs based on their stocks in each position. In the second edition of this series, the boys take a lot at the key forwards.

Before Round Nine, our journalists sat down to pick two players from each club and recorded a video detailing their rankings. Player selection took injuries, current form, and recent trades into account to make the fairest list possible.

The Key Forwards we’ve chosen from each club are;

Adelaide: Taylor Walker, Darcy Fogarty

Brisbane: Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood

Carlton: Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay

Collingwood: Brody Mihocek, Ash Johnson

Essendon: Sam Weideman, Harrison Jones

Fremantle: Jye Amiss, Luke Jackson

GWS: Jesse Hogan, Harry Himmelberg

Geelong: Jeremy Cameron, Tom Hawkins

Gold Coast: Ben King, Levi Casboult

Hawthorn: Mitch Lewis, Fergus Greene

Melbourne: Jacob van Rooyen, Tom McDonald

North Melbourne: Nick Larkey, Cam Zurhaar

Port Adelaide: Charlie Dixon, Todd Marshall

Richmond: Tom Lynch, Jack Riewoldt

St Kilda: Tim Membrey, Mitch Owens

Sydney: Lance Franklin, Logan McDonald

West Coast: Jack Darling, Oscar Allen

Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

To see all four lists and what the boys have to say about each pairing, check out the video below. Make sure you also check out last weeks video where the boys ranked the key defenders.

The Criteria

All four of our journalists had different criteria when it came to the rankings. Which one do you agree with and how would it affect your opinions?

Anthony rewarded the body of work and previous form, Jakson relied on season 2023 and stats, Brandon was a big fan of the eye test, while Jarryd was a blend of it all.

But when it comes down to it, ranking a key forward paring relies not only on the goals kicked, but how the pair works together and the synergy. There’s no use having the best forward in the league if their partner doesn’t carry their weight.

The Stats

The team put together a spreadsheet with a host of key stats, but the numbers had different uses for everyone. The spreadsheet included obvious stats like goals kicked and goal accuracy, but also more outside of the box numbers like contested marks and the players’ percentage of their teams goals.

There were clear standouts, like Geelong combining for the most goals. But a few surprise results, with Melbourne and Gold Coast being the two most accurate pairs, kicking at 78 per cent and 74.85 per cent respectively.

There are three clubs where both key forwards average two or more goals a game, but only one club where both players have kicked at least 15 goals.

The Rankings

Where would you rank all 18 clubs based on their key forwards? Would you focus on the form of this season? Would you go with the reigning Coleman Medallists in McKay and Curnow? How much would the iconic career of Lance Franklin affect your ranking of his partnership with Logan McDonald?

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