Grant BIRCHALL

#14   Hawthorn

Age: 31yr 2mth Games: 245 Born: Jan 28, 1988
Height: 193cm Weight: 89kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Veteran hasn’t missed a beat over summer and tracking towards another consistent season in defence.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Ess One of the Hawks’ few four-quarter performers across half back. Ended with 22 touches in a solid night’s display. 7
2 Adel Only three disposals after half-time (19 first half) was telling when the Crows started to dominate the contest. 5
3 Jaw.
4 Jaw.
5 Jaw.
6 Jaw.
7 Melb Injured knee in opening term and his day was done. Horror year continues. 1
8 Knee.
9 Knee.
10 Knee.
11 Knee.
12 Knee.
13 Bye.
14 Adel Returned to side after a long layoff with injury, and haven’t they missed his decision making. 7
15 Coll Not as good as he was against Crows but provided some rebound at times. Plays with a presence. 6
16 Knee.
17 Knee.
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Knee.
22 Knee.
23 Knee.

2016 Season

1 Geel Got better as the game wore on to end with 26 touches off half back. 6
2 WCE Went to Cripps and kept him rather quiet while still providing good drive. 7
3 WB The general across half back. Used the ball well from 23 touches. 6
4 StK Loves returning to Tasmania and was good again rebounding off half back. Rarely wasted a touch. 7
5 Adel Unremarkable game, but did a couple of nice things. 4
6 GWS OK, but couldn’t get customary rebound and run off half back going with ball zipping by. 5
7 Rich Worked hard down back and kept pumping the ball out. 6
8 Frem Started on Langdon and usual solid self in defence til hurt shoulder in last term. 6
9 Syd OK down back but not influential In overall result. 5
10 Bris Wasted none of his 26 disposals and helped set up a number of plays out of defence. 7
11 Melb Some crucial intercepts then good decisions off half back. Got better as game wore on. 6
13 NM Always read the play in defence and maintained usual high standards. 6
14 GCS Racked up touches from half-back and again among the best. Ball use solid. 7
16 Port Rotated between Impey and Neade, and managed five rebound-50s. 6
17 Syd Rebound from half back again a feature. Doesn’t play poorly. 7
18 Rich Rebounded everything that came his way in best game of the year. 8
19 Carl Solid again from half back. A steady head when the game was tight. 6
20 Melb Not at brilliant best but offered some rebound from defence. Handy. 6
21 NM Did what he’s been doing for 10 years – rebounded with aplomb. 7
22 WCE Had plenty of the ball and gave the team drive from defence. 7
23 Coll Steady across half back from start to finish. Got into right spot at righty time. 7
QF Geel Matched on Motlop early. Disposal wayward at start but warmed into his work to play role. 6
SF WB Battled hard across half back but weight of ball against told. 6

2015 Season

1 Knee.
2 Ess Back from knee injury and provided vital run and rebound from defence. 7
3 WB Able to direct play in whatever way he wanted from defence. 7
4 Port His run and carry was not as prominent. 6
5 NM Provided constant drive off half back to help set the game up. 7
6 GWS Busy across all four quarters and impressed with his run and carry. 6
7 Melb Part of a rock solid back six that wasn’t really troubled. 7
8 Syd Solid all through then injured knee late and missed last five minutes. 5
9 Ankle.
10 Ankle.
11 Ankle.
12 Ankle.
13 Ess Big first term (nine touches) then even after that. 6
14 Coll Matched on Broomhead and did job. 6
15 Frem Loves heading back to home state and did as he pleased off half back. 8
16 Syd Relaxed night given lack of scoreboard pressure. Did whatever he wanted. 7
17 Carl Never under pressure at all but did what was required across half back. 6
18 Rich Handy with his poise at half back but unable to get forward. 6
19 WCE Crucial goal in the second term and important after half time. 6
20 Geel Swept across half back with aplomb and used ball to advantage. 7
21 Port Not his best night’s work but steady enough at half back. Lost White a few times. 5
22 Bris Loves returning to home state and was a strong contributor again. 7
23 Carl Goalled from a dubious 50m penalty and was steady across half back. 6
QF WCE Horribly first half then lifted in second half but too little too late. 5
SF Adel Brilliant first half set tone for team. Ball use was superb from start to finish. 8
PF Frem Used ball superbly from the back half. A key contributor. 7
GF WCE Started on Cripps. Untroubled in defence and provided usual drive. 6

2014 Season

1 Bris Mopped up anything loose in defence opposed to Paparone. Loves Tassie. 8
2 Ess Only six of his 16 touches were kicks, which was a win for the Bombers. 5
3 Frem In control across half back and collected touches at will. 7
4 GCS Unfussed and untroubled game down back. 6
5 Geel Only four kicks to half-time but upped anti in second half to be among Hawk best. 7
6 Rich Creative from half back. 7
7 StK Roamed far and wide from his half back post in effortless fashion. 8
8 Syd Even effort across four quarters. Lurked forward to kick side’s first goal. 7
10 Port Less run out of defence and more defensive duties with key players missing. 7
11 GWS Palmer wore him tight but still found his share of the ball and efficiency good. 7
12 WCE Started slowly but picked up his game to become important. 6
13 Carl Despite Armfield shadow he kept wheel turning from back half. Steady. 7
14 Coll Influential across half back setting up attacks and taking intercept marks. 7
15 GCS Did it on the bit and drifted forward for two goals. Subbed off in final term. 5
16 NM Started on Harvey who got away early. Not the normal impact in game. Flat. 2
17 Adel Punished Adelaide in first half with his run, carry and delivery by foot. 7
18 Syd Rebounded brilliantly and used the ball well with vision and creativity. 8
19 WB Excellent start to the game and was steady from then on. 6
20 Melb Provided run off half back and was afforded too much time and space. 7
21 Frem Won 19 touches but not usual run and creativity from half back. 5
22 Geel Quietly went about playing a part. Pushed forward for five inside-50s. 7
23 Coll Everywhere. Five inside-50s indicates his ability to push up the ground. 8
QF Geel Not a hugely influential first half but worked into the game well in second stanza. 6
SF -
PF Port Lined up on White. Slowish start then picked up. 5
GF Syd A concern with early limp but then settled into his rhythm nicely. 7

2013 Season

1 Geel Roamed off half-back to and among the Hawks best. 7
2 WCE Did the lot with run off half back and two good goals. 8
3 Coll Won his usual quota of outside footy and became a factor off half back. 7
4 Frem Big game on return to home state. No one went near him. 8
5 NM Despite Wright playing negating role he still created. 6
6 Adel Kerridge ran with him all game and reduced his influence. 5
7 Syd Bird played a defensive role on him but got going to be a factor. 6
8 GWS Often looked frustrated by Palmer’s close attention and had reduced impact. 3
9 Back.
10 Melb Huge game with five rebound 50s and damaging ball use all afternoon. 8
12 Carl Despite best efforts of Armfield was a decisive factor – 13 second-half disp. 7
13 WCE Quiet first half then trend continued until subbed up late in third. 2
14 Knee.
15 Knee.
16 Knee.
17 Knee.
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Coll Never missed a beat in his effortless return to the side down back. 7
22 NM Flashed in and out of play. Four inside 50s and three rebound 50s. 5
23 Syd Good productive game off half-back flank. 6
QF Syd Started on Bolton, but had free roaming role. Did as he pleased. 6
SF
PF Geel Became a crucial performer off half back in second half. 7
GF Frem Racked up a lot of disposals and was prepared to mix it in packs. 7

2012 Season

1 Coll Great game. Rebounded with authority and gave drive further afield. 8
2 Geel Didn’t have much work in defence in the first half. 5
3 Adel As usual read play well. Copped knock to knee in third term, subbed off. 7
6 StK Provided valuable drive out of back-line. Seriously under-rated. A genuine star. 7
7 Melb Matched up on Howe at start then freed up to create 5
8 Frem Effective as ever across half back. 6
9 Rich Tried hard against the tide but it was tough going in the back half. 6
10 NM Slow start but worked into the game after half time to put up good numbers. 6
11 Port Started the day on Justin Westhoff and nullified the 100-game player. 7
12 Bris Read play well in defence and swept well across half back. 5
14 Carl Incisive runner from defence with 13 handball receives. 7
15 GWS Consistent four quarter performance running out of defence. 8
16 WB Controlled the game (15 disp first half) and kept it going – four inside-50s. 7
17 Coll Didn’t have to do a whole lot with team on top. Good when he had to be. 6
18 Ess Matched up on Monfries. Capable and sound as usual. 6
19 Geel First three quarters solid but only two handballs in last, which was telling. 6
20 Port Did as he pleased across half back. 32 possessions in a BOG performance. 8
21 GCS Unobtrusive but effective across half-back. 5
22 Syd Didn’t always hit the target but was reasonable effective from half back. 6
23 WCE Patrolled half back with aplomb all night – five inside/rebound 50s. 8
QF Coll Bright start then Sinclair negated his impact in final three quarters. 3
PF Adel Did the job down back and gave value. 6
GF Syd Freed up in third quarter when relieved of tagging role and created moves. 5