In 2017 the average number of goals per game was 27, plus 4 bounces at the beginning of each quarter. Thats 31 bounces per game.
Essendon was 6th in the comp for centre clearances, and because there is a greater random factor in the way the ball bounces the gap between best and worst sides (3/30) is much less on average than for stoppages,(8/24) where the ball is thrown up or follows a more regular trajectory and skill plays a greater part in the outcome.
Essendon was worst in the comp for clearances at stoppages. I expect the reduced random factor in centre bounces ( restarts) will be a factor, but there is no doubt we have to improve our stoppage skill . In 2017 we were worst in the comp for clearances at stoppages and thus for clearances overall.