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Punch or palm: The 6-6-6 revolution has only just begun

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In round one, the new 6-6-6 rule did not seem to change the way ruckmen thought when contesting centre bounces.

The palming to midfielders hitting the ball at pace around the centre circle appeared to remain the preferred option, with Hawthorn's Ben McEvoy's tap to James Worpel during their win against Adelaide one of the round's highlights.

Ben McEvoy and Max Gawn.Credit:The Age

The punch forward, that the Brisbane Lions perfected on their way to three consecutive flags in the early 2000s, was nowhere to be seen.

But coaches suspect the simple tactic might be on its way to making a comeback soon with the extra space created at the front of the centre square through the 6-6-6 rule.

Right now clubs are wondering nervously about how they might be able to stop the momentum of the best midfields if they have a ruckman they can trust to punch the ball accurately into that newly created quarter-acre block for them to run into at the front of the centre circle.

It hasn't exactly caused sleepless nights as they lay awake more nude - the memorable description AFL football........

© The Age