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Mitch Cleary and an AFL umpire practicing a centre bounce. Digitally altered image
Mitch Cleary and an AFL umpire practicing a centre bounce. Cleary says the bounce's future is up in the air. Digitally altered image

Mitch Cleary Says The Future Of The Centre Bounce Is Up For Discussion

Newly minted Channel 7 Chief Footy Reporter Mitch Cleary says that the future of the centre bounce is uncertain.

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“I think it will be a talking point over summer whether they keep the bounce,” Mitch said on the Rush Hour.

“A lot of umpires are against it because they feel it puts a lot of pressure on them.”

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Cleary said that Ray Chamberlain was a high profile umpire who has had bouncing issues.

“Razor Ray’s had his difficulties with it,” he said.

“It’s a big part of why he has been overlooked for some games previously, with his ability with his shoulder to be able to bounce the ball.”

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Mitch outlined some potential changes that could be looked at.

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“Does it stay full time, is it just for the first part of the game?” he asked.

“That will be a talking point.”

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