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Top 10 Players by percentage off bench

48 senior players have played their whole Carlton career starting on ‘The Bench” including the 27 players that their only Carlton senior game was starting on “The Bench” and another 21 players played their whole Carlton senior games off “The Bench” with Murray Vance and Greg Bentley playing the most of these both with 5 games.


Top Percentage of Career off the Bench 19+ Games 1930-2010
Player Career Span Career Off Bench Career Off Bench%
Ted Hopkins 1968-1971 29 19 65.52%
Peter Kerr 1967-1970 39 24 61.54%
Shaun Hampson* 2007-2010* 35* 21* 60.00%
Jim Plunkett 2001-2003 37 21 56.76%
Shaun Grigg 2007-2010 43 22 51.16%
Kris Massie 1998-2001 43 21 48.84%
Justin Davies 2002-2006 41 20 48.78%
Adam White 1997-2000 44 20 45.45%
Ian Prendergast 2001-2006 65 28 43.08%
Fraser Murphy 1984-1991 107 39 36.45%
* Current 2011 player



Only three players that were Carlton’s leading MPBW during a season played all their games in that season off “The Bench”. Two were in their debut season in Ryan Houlihan in 2000 with his first 13 career games and John Reilly an equal winner in 1962 with his first 7 career games and other was Chris Bond in his final season at Carlton in 1992 with his last 6 games.


Top Percentage of Carlton Career off the Bench in over 10 Games
Player Career Span Career Off Bench Career Off Bench%
Callum Chambers 2005-2006 12 11 91.67%
Heath Culpitt 1999-2001 15 13 86.67%
David Clarke jnr 2004-2005 12 10 83.33%
Allan Greenshields 1947-1949 16 12 75.00%
Chris Bond 1990-1992 22 16 72.73%
Brett Backwell 1999-2001 18 13 72.22%
Jordan Doering 2001-2002 18 13 72.22%
Paul McCormack 1992-1994 14 10 71.43%
Sam Jacobs 2009-2010 17 12 70.59%
Jacob Anstey 1997-1998 16 11 68.75%



Two father and son combinations have also won the MPBW Award at Carlton with Brian Buckley being one of three players to share it in 1957 (all with 5 times as a reserve) and his son Mark winning it outright in 1983 also being a reserve 5 times. The other father and son combination were the David Clarke senior and junior and they both shared the award with another player with dad winning it in 1982 with 5 times as a reserve and his son in 2004 when being an interchange player 8 times.

The record for the most games starting on “The Bench” during a season is held by Matthew Allan who was an interchange player 16 times during a 24 match season, (which included 2 finals games) in 1996. He also played another 3 games when he started on the field in this season.

Most Proficient Bench Warmer | Multiple winners of the MPBW | Top 10 Players by Games off bench
Contributors to this page: WillowBlue and molsey .
Page last modified on Tuesday 15 of February, 2011 15:26:45 AEDT by WillowBlue.