Robert MURPHY

#2  

Age: 36yr 7mth Games: 313 Born: Jun 09, 1982
Height: 187cm Weight: 84kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Made his return from an ACL tear in JLT opener and a bit rusty with his skills, but got through unscathed. A welcome addition.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 Coll Eased back and showed he'd lost none of his poise or kicking skill. Went forward in third term and set up two goals. 4
2 Syd Skipper kicked a goal and buzzed about. Steady without getting too carried away. Will continue to get better. 6
3 Frem His two goals showed his class across half-forward. 6
4 NM Skipper mixed good and bad but when it counted he was great with some drive from defence. Hit target with 21 of 24 disposals. 7
5 Bris Celebrated 300th game with a goal in third term. Got busy when game was one the line in the second half. 6
6 GWS Veteran started on Greene then got released. Okay but stats (21 disposals) probably overstated his impact on the game. 6
7 Rich Great rundown tackle showed veteran still a force. Marked well and created off half-back. 6
8 Soreness.
9 Geel Skipper made his presence felt at times with burst link play. Hit target with 19 of his 25 disposals. 7
10 StK Wasn’t having the greatest of days and it was made even worse when he hurt hamstring. 4
11 Knee.
12 Hamstring.
13 Hamstring.
14 Hamstring.
15 WCE Made some clean breaks but even the maestro found it hard to hit a forward target. 6
16 Hamstring.
17 Carl Couple of dashes from the veteran. Didn’t have his best game but contributed to the overall team effort. 6
18 GCS Floated between defence and attack. Used ball fairly well, but wasn’t a massive factor. 5
19 Ess Ageing warrior provided some pop from half forward and contributed 19 disposals and six inside-50s. 7
20 Bris Late inclusion. Used in defence, forward and on the wing. Made some smart decisions when the Dogs needed someone to stand up. 6
21 GWS Turned clock back with brilliant second-term goal and had a few other good patches but not enough in a beaten side; 18 touches. 6
22 Port Started forward then spent time on a wing. Quiet first half then stunned by Ebert bump in fourth quarter. 4
23 Haw Farewell match. Busy as a mosquito at a nudist colony early in the game and then flitted in and out. Great career. 6

2016 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 Frem Scrubbed a few kicks, but was cool under pressure throughout across half back. 7
2 StK Had Weller for company but shrugged him off to be a strong performer on the night. 7
3 Haw Limped from the field with a knee. 24 possessions, and used it well before that. 7
4 Knee.
5 Knee.
6 Knee.
7 Knee.
8 Knee.
9 Knee.
10 Knee.
11 Knee.
12 Knee.
13 Knee.
14 Knee.
15 Knee.
16 Knee.
17 Knee.
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Knee.
22 Knee.
23 Knee.
EF Knee.
SF Knee.
PF Knee.
GF Knee.

2015 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE McGinnity hadtask to quell him and did it well. Impact not huge. 5
2 Rich Huge at half back where he mopped up with poise and creativity. 8
3 Haw Matched on Gunston initially. Ran well and always tried to cut through Hawks. 7
4 Adel Covered lots of ground and defended stoutly as well. 7
5 Syd A steady presence across half back and was iimportant in key moments. 7
6 StK Inexplicably allowed to roam free in first half to set up play. Clamped on late. 6
7 Frem Kept Ballantyne in check and was cool as a cucumber with ball in hand. 7
8 Melb M. Jones was able to reduce his impact. Got into game at times; kept working. 6
9 GWS Greene couldn’t shut him down. Gave great run. 7
10 Port Electrifying at times, not consistent enough though. 4
12 Bris Lester and Bewick were on him as negating forwards but he dictated terms. 7
13 StK Couldn’t be totally contained and generated from defence. 7
14 Carl Found space and showed cool head under pressure against at half back. 7
15 GCS Zigged and zagged off half back to get ball moving forward. A beauty. 7
16 Geel Handy enough from the defensive 50 without starring. One tackle. 6
17 Coll Started across half forward then drifted back to customary role. Good again. 7
18 Ess What he did had a degree of class but others shone brighter on the day. 6
19 Soreness.
20 Melb Cut a swathe through the middle of the ground off half back. A star. 7
21 WCE Overcame a horror start to be a ball winner and leader. 7
22 NM Great run off half back and got better as the game went on. 7
23 Soreness.
EF Adel Couldn’t create run early. One rebound first half, but willed himself into it. 7

2014 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Masten shadowed him early but he broke shackles. Kicked one ripper goal 7
2 NM Looked dangerous whenever on charge off half-back line. Bad kick costly late. 6
3 Rich Usual incisive contribution. 7
4 GWS Set up play well from the back half and rarely wasted a possession. 7
5 Carl Solid game without dominating. 6
6 Adel Swept across half back and was OK but not as incisive as normal. 5
7 Ess Did a good job on Chapman for most of the night. Won some key contests. 6
8 Melb Poise under pressure stood out when game needed a steady hand. 7
10 GCS Played a defensive role on McKenzie and stopped his booming rebound. 6
11 Frem Classy with the ball. Gave the team the run they needed. 7
12 Bris Used in defence and was one of a few Dogs to have courage with ball in hand. 6
13 Coll His ball use was first class. It’d have been nice if he’d had more of it. 5
14 Port Rebounded the footy out of the defensive 50 on six occasions. 5
15 Melb Dees tried to negate his run and ball use but played a sturdy role in win. 6
16 Geel Never allowed space to hurt Cats with run and carry from back half. 5
17 GCS Dependable performance as always at half back. 6
18 Ess Not his usual creativity and run from the back half that Dogs hoped for. 5
19 Haw Veteran remains essential to Bulldogs flow. 7
20 StK Took a while to get going as Curren negated him. Better as game went on. 5
21 NM Excellent first half then had decreased say. 6
22 Syd Defended well down back mostly and set up play with foot skills. 6
23 GWS Palmer (two goals) tried to negate his impact off half back. 24 touches. 6
QF -
SF -
PF -
GF -

2013 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 Bris Acting captain generated plenty on half forward flank. Goal of day from boundary 3
2 Frem Spurr has his measure and only got away in final term when game done. 4
3 Rich Started forward but shifted back after half time. Used ball cleanly as always. 6
4 Calf.
5 Calf.
6 Calf.
7 NM Kicked dynamic goal at pivotal stage that looked a game-turner. Productive. 6
8 GCS Used the footy well and kicked a goal. 5
9 StK Class act and instrumental in the win. Kicked a cracking goal. 7
10 Port Silky effort again in trying conditions. Provides a calming influence. 7
12 Coll Matched on O’Brien at start. Bulldogs best to half time. 7
13 Rich Drifted in and out of the game but lacked the influence he would have liked. 6
14 Melb Flashed in and out of play without looking like dominating. 6
15 GWS One turnover led directly to a GWS goal. Otherwise he was steady off half back. 6
16 Ess Provided some strong rebound from the back half and was always attacking. 7
17 Haw Never get tired watching him kick the footy, 15 kicks, had to beat a forward tag. 7
18 WCE Set up teammates all day and his run, carry and creativity were first class. 8
19 Syd Usual deft footwork and creativity down back. Heavy knock before half time 6
20 Carl Blues tried to negate his influence with Armfield tag, but broke free to have an impact. 6
21 Adel Shadowed to a degree by Petrenko but provided some rebound. 6
22 Bris Dash from half back slightly down but did provide some rebound late. 6
23 Melb Generated enormous drive in game 249. Turned back clock. 7
QF
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Waters was used to nullify his influence at times and did so – 19 disposals. 5
2 Adel Smooth mover who can thread the eye of a needle with precision kicking. 6
3 StK Good job on Milne and came out well on top. 7
4 Melb Started on Davey and showed great judgment deep in defence. Quiet later. 7
5 GWS Good in patches although Townsend kept him in check. 4
6 Coll Had a couple of uncustomary errors at vital stage but otherwise smooth. 6
7 NM Used the pill brilliantly when he got it and found the space to use it. 7
8 GCS Brown did a good job minimising his impact. 4
9 Geel Used his dash to accumulate seven rebound 50s and among the best. 8
10 Syd Murphy couldn’t get anywhere near the ball and had a miserable afternoon. 2
12 Port Creativity and drive from half back and the Dogs’ best. 8
13 Bris Dragged out of play by McGrath and he wasn’t allowed space t create play. 5
14 Ess Started on Jetta. Off at half time with hamstring. 4
16 Haw Tried his guts out from half back and was among the better Doggies. 7
17 Carl Dreadful turnover by foot resulted in goal to Thornton late in third. 5
18 StK Kept Milne goalless but close checking diminished his run and rebound. 5
19 NM Ran with Harvey for large chunks of contest but found it tough. Kept working. 6
20 Rich Tried hard but made some uncharacteristic mistakes by foot. 5
21 Syd Not his day. Made some mistakes and ended forward late but gave little. 3
22 Geel Made a few blues down back and didn’t make too many darting runs. 5
23 Bris Rebounded well out of defence. 6