MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Jake Melksham of the Demons celebrates kicking a goal during the round nine AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 20, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Melbourne forward Jake Melksham has been crowned the AFL’s best on-on-one player inside forward-50, with Geelong’s Tom Hawkins trailing behind in the second position through the first 10 rounds of the season, according to Champion Data.

Melksham has had 14 one-on-one contests inside the forward 50m this season and has been able to be on the winning end of nine of them, putting him at a 64.3 percent rate.

The undersized forward is having a career year and has booted 14 goals in the 10 games he’s played for the Demons and his formidable offensive presence doesn’t go unnoticed, being a big reason why the Dees have been scoring juggernauts in recent weeks.

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Geelong’s Tom Hawkins has imposed himself as a dominating forward once again this season, sitting behind Melksham at 54.2 percent in one-on-one situations.

Hawkins averages two goals per game and three marks inside the attacking 50m for the Cats this season and he has been doing this for years, so it is no surprise he comes in at the number two spot.

Coming in at the number three spot is another surprising name, Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard, who has won 50 percent of all one-on-one contests inside the forward-50.

Wingard’s 1.4 marks inside 50m per game and two inside forward-50m ground ball possessions speak for themselves, he’s hard at the ball and has a knack for winning the ball in the offense.

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The rest of the list can be seen below, courtesy of Champion Data.

PLAYERS PERCENTAGE OF CONTEST WINS
Jake Melksham (Melb) 64.3
Tom Hawkins (Geel) 54.2
Chad Wingard (Port) 50
Joe Daniher (Ess) 46.2
Lance Franklin (Syd) 43.8
Jeremy Cameron (GWS) 43.5
Josh Jenkins (Adel) 40
Jack Darling (WC) 40
Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) 36.8
Jarryd Roughead (Haw) 36.8