#42   Western Bulldogs

Age: 32yr 10mth Games: 199 Born: Aug 01, 1986
Height: 184cm Weight: 81kg Position:

2017 Digest:   No player epitomised the Bulldogs story more than the former Williamstown trier. Now in his 30s but well placed to back up a superb season.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Coll The former scrapper and now polished if still underrated mid was unobtrusively effective again. 7
2 Syd Genuine star now. When side needed something done he did it, including key goal late after lucky deliberate behind free kick. 8
3 Frem Knocked out in the second term and didn’t return. 3
4 NM AFL’s most unobtrusive superstar lifted when it came to the crunch. Second half was huge in context of tight game. 7
5 Bris Got going after sluggish start to be a factor. Then again expect nothing else from the underrated star. 7
6 GWS But his recent standards had a quiet one. Only eight effective disposals, no goals and three inside-50s. 4
7 Rich Not a huge game and tapered at the end, but made a contribution. 5
8 WCE Got his job done with little fuss. Finished with 25 disposals. 7
9 Geel Unusually quiet in first half then huge third term helped side back into the game. Quiet again in final term. 5
10 StK Looked intent in making his mark on the game but it didn’t fall his way early. Came good later. 6
11 Bye.
12 Syd Had a dip but wasn’t as clean as he normally is and ball use was off. Went at just over 50%. 5
13 Melb Despite grabbing 23 disposals he just isn’t having the same impact as last season. One goal and six tackles. 5
14 NM Six possessions and a goal in first half. Injured in third term but returned. Kicked three, but still below finals efforts of last year. 5
15 WCE Permanent forward starved of opportunities early but worked into the game undaunted. 5
16 Adel Always puts his head over the footy, despite four inside-50’s hardly got near it. 5
17 Carl Played across half forward and got dangerous enough for a goal and 18 disposals. Two tackles. 6
18 GCS Booted a career-high six goals – including four in the first half. Suns had no answer for him. 9
19 Ess Only five disposals in opening half but lifted after main to break to end with 17. Not his best but gave something. 4
20 Bris Never far from the action and kicked the Bulldogs’ first two goals and the last for the match. 6
21 GWS Still unable to replicate form of last year. One nice mark but didn’t impact Giants to any great degree. 3
22 Port Played a role at half forward but not a massive impact. Huge grab in defence in final 10 minutes. 5
23 Haw Had three goals on the board by halftime and was busy all night inside forward 50. 7

2016 Season

1 Frem Provided his normal effort when Freo had the ball and got involved in transition. 6
2 StK Dropped what would have been a contender for mark of the year. Two goals in a good night. 7
3 Haw Performed negating role on Josh Gibson quite well. Six tackles. 6
4 Carl Not his best game. Played a variety of roles but never a huge factor at either end. 5
5 Bris Drifted into midfield after starting in attack. Worked hard as usual with 22 touches. 6
6 NM Started in attack and worked hard throughout. 6
7 Adel Provided support to gun ball winners. Surprisingly only one tackle, one inside-50 and two clearances. 5
8 Melb Huge game highlighted by six inside-50s, four tackles and two goals. Adds another layer to midfield. 7
9 GWS Stood out with elite pressure (nine tackles) and half his disposals were contested. 7
10 Coll Showed usual ferocity in the contest and never relented 6
11 WCE Buzzed around on Masten at times. Bobbed up when he was needed and did his bit for the team. 6
12 Port Battled tirelessly all game, including winning 13 contested possessions. 7
13 Geel Worked away to try to get things going, but not really his night. 5
15 Syd In his element in gritty contest and excellent at the end. 7
16 Rich Went to Martin very late in the piece. Quiet game despite 16 disposals. 4
17 GCS Good all-round performance with six inside-50s and 2.2. 6
18 StK Next to Newnes at opening. Good worker and gave it everything. 5
19 Geel Huge game. When chips were down in second half he turned himself inside out. 7
20 NM Opened against Dal Santo on the wing, Makes right decisions with his ball use. 6
21 Coll Against Aish on wing and had hands full early, but ended having a fine game. 7
22 Ess Began on Long on wing and had excellent start continuing good form. 7
23 Frem Hard over the ball and had 28 disposals. 6
EF WCE Helped set the tone early with his work forward of centre. Two goals and plenty of hard work. 7
SF Haw Lined up on Lewis and started well. Courageous mark triggered Bulldog run. 7
PF GWS Gritty competitor who chipped away for all four quarters. 6
GF Syd Shone on the biggest stage in same vein as his dad. Tenacity personified. 9

2015 Season

1 WCE Half-forward shadow on Hurn after half time and did that job superbly. 6
2 Rich Played his role with minimum of fuss be it in middle or half back. 6
3 Haw Good job on the potentially damaging Breust. 6
4 Adel On Thompson. Big start and finished with most disposals by a Bulldog. 7
5 Syd Enormous around ball with 10 clearances and 12 tackles. 8
6 StK Plenty of the ball to continue good season. Two goals in first half too. 7
7 Frem Continued good form in midfield and at half forward. 7
8 Melb Started brilliantly and never gave up but only 13 effective disposals. 5
9 GWS Started in middle on Ward. Great ball-winner in own right. Three goals. 7
10 Hamstring.
11 Hamstring.
12 Bris Snapped nice goal early and played strongly. 6
13 StK Usual wholehearted game, held up in pressure situations. 6
14 Carl Tagged Cripps but then excelled when Blue was hobbled. 33 possessions. 8
15 GCS Tackled, chased, won the ball, marked overhead. Did it all. 8
16 Geel Went to Motlop at certain stages and OK on him. Won some ball as well. 7
17 Coll Ran with Pendlebury and more than held his own in the ball-winning stakes. 7
18 Ess Great form continues. Tough in the clinches and tackling a highlight. 7
19 Port Good solid day, finished with nine tackles which was the most on the ground. 6
20 Melb Good contributor and threw himself at the footy despite third-term knock. 7
21 Back.
22 NM Solid as ever. Important running goal in final quarter. 6
23 Bris One the Bulldogs’ few four-quarter performers. 7
EF Adel Did many telling things and set up moves on Dangerfield. Gave everything. 7

2014 Season

1 WCE Battled LeCras and with weight of inside-50s against it was a tough night. 3
2 NM Superb in tagging dangerous Thomas (three possessions). 7
3 Rich Lined up on King. Strong game. 5
4 GWS One of the Dogs most influential on the afternoon. Found a lot of ball, negated well. 8
5 Carl Run-with role on Thomas at the start. Went to Gibbs after half time. 5
6 Adel Had Betts’ measure for long periods but the Crow kicked two handy goals. 5
7 Ess Beat Stanton. Kept him to 13 disposals. 7
8 Melb Shadowed N. Jones and did a great job keeping him in check. 7
10 GCS Never gave Ablett an inch and forced him to lash out. Excellent effort. 7
11 Frem Played on Ballantyne and he kicked three goals from limited chances. 5
12 Bris Shifted onto Zorko after a big first half and did a good job. 6
13 Coll Beaten by Elliott but continued to fight. 4
14 Port Kept Wingard goalless but couldn’t curb his influence on the game. 6
15 Melb Used as a defensive forward on Howe and tried, but the Demon was good. 4
16 Geel Tagged Motlop (30 disposals) so was chopped up but kept battling. 5
17 GCS Played mostly down back and kept his opponents in check. 6
18 Ess Ran with a variety of players including Zaharakis and did that job OK. 4
19 Haw Dogged as ever on Breust and made him earn each touch. 3
20 StK Stuck like glue to Montagna and made his life difficult. 6
21 NM Tormented Harvey with his vice-like tagging. 6
22 Syd Went to McVeigh and battled to rein him in. 4
23 GWS Started on Smith then moved to Shaw and won a bit of his own ball. 5
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2013 Season

1 Bris Never let opponents dictate terms. 2
2 Frem Shadowed Barlow but beaten early then pushed to half back. Kept trying. 6
3 Rich Had a go but lacked a bit of polish when it was required. 4
4 Adel Struggled to curb the influence of Thompson and Dangerfield. 4
5 Geel Ran with Motlop who kicked three goals but he neve stopped trying. 5
6 WCE Usual dogged game tagging a variety of Eagle mids. 6
7 NM Given job on Harvey. Stuck to his guns without total control of North champ. 5
8 GCS Spent some time on Ablett and found the going tough. 4
9 StK Had the defensive job on Milne and claimed the honours. 6
10 Port Had trouble keeping Wingard under wraps. Not his best negating effort. 3
12 Coll Subbed off in third quarter. 3
13 Rich Tried to sit on Deledio but didn’t get the job done. Provided nothing going forward. 3
14 VFL One of the Seagulls best in tight win over Box Hill. -
15 VFL Bye. -
16 Ess Used in defence and didn’t really offer much in terms of impacting opponent. 4
17 Haw Tagged Rioli and managed to get the better of him as the game wore on. 7
18 WCE Quietly went about grabbing 20 touches to play his role without starring. 6
19 Syd Tagged dangerous Mitchell and did it well. 7
20 Carl Had Garlett and did a good job until the Blue left the field. Won plenty of his own ball. 7
21 Adel Couple of bad moment early in final term one-on-one but rebounded. Gritty. 5
22 Bris Hardly sighted in opening 60 minutes then worked into game to a degree. 4
23 Melb Kept working hard to collect 25 disposals. Tangled with Spencer in last quarter. 6

2012 Season

1 WCE Quiet but kept Kerr contained 4
2 Adel Ran with Rory Sloane but found plenty of the football with 28 touches. 7
3 StK Did a serviceable job on Dal Santo for the most part. 6
4 Melb Strong in midfield. 6
5 GWS Plenty of touches in the first half, disposal efficiency below avg. 6
6 Coll Tagged Swan and gave him nothing early. Smothering brilliant. 7
7 NM Pestered Harvey from start to finish and limited his impact. 6
8 GCS Tracked Ablett but had his colours lowered. 4
9 Geel Tagged Selwood and able to nullify his impact around the stoppages. 5
10 Syd Kicked two goals, no mean feat in a team total of five. 6
12 Port Tagged Pearce and constantly forced him to retreat down back to get a stat. 5
13 Bris Shadowed Black and was able to restrict his influence. 5
14 Ess Tagging role on Watson was a big ask. Quietened him from second term. 6
15 Frem Easily won the battle with Hill. Did a brilliant job. 7
16 Haw Tagged Rioli and given weight of possession against he did a reasonable job. 6
17 Carl Stuck to guns on gun (Murphy), but eventually out-gunned. 5
18 StK Shadowed Hayes/Montagna/Hayes but was no match and well beaten 4
19 NM Shadowed Wells and OK but hard to keep him down all day. 5
20 Rich Ran with Cotchin at times but it was a tough ask. Just battled. 4
21 Syd Tagged Jetta and did a fine job given the weight of ball against. 6
22 Geel Went with Johnson at times and did it OK. Kept battling. 5
23 Bris Held his own. 6