Craig BIRD


Age: 30yr 5mth Games: 158 Born: Jan 21, 1989
Height: 179cm Weight: 84kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Veteran midfielder offered up 13 disposals in JLT opener then rested for the game against Suns. Sunday’s selection critical.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : Essendon

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4 VFL 26 possessions and laid six tackles to be one of the Bombers' better performers. -
5 Senior emergency.
6 VFL Good contributor in midfield. Had 28 touches and laid 11 tackles. Competed strongly. -
7 VFL Strong game in midfield with 26 possessions and six clearances against the Borough. -
8 VFL Good ball winner inside with 38 touches and nine clearances. Did his bit. -
9 VFL Good effort with 24 touches and five clearances in midfield mix. -
10 VFL In and out of the game with 14 possessions, but did tackle hard. -
11 VFL One of the Bombers best with 30 touches, six clearances and two goals in midfield. -
12 Senior emergency.
13 Bye.
14 VFL Steady game with 17 possessions and four clearances. Tackled well. -
15 VFL Got a lot of the ball, but wasn’t overly incisive with what he did with it. -
16 Didn’t play for Essendon VFL.
17 StK Got his chance with the resting of Watson. Was adequate if not spectacular. 4
18 VFL Banged in all day with 17 contested possessions. Very good performance, finishing with 28 touches, nine tackles and eight clearances. -
19 VFL Was really strong through midfield with 31 disposals. -
20 VFL Bye. -
21 VFL Huge competitor in midfield. 29 possessions, 10 tackles and 11 clearances. -
22 GCS Gathered 23 possessions to go with four tackles. Played the role he was asked to do. 6
23 VFL A machine at the stoppages with nine clearances to go with 24 possessions. -
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2016 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 GCS Defensive aspects were good but blunted his output. 4
2 Played in VFL trial against Richmond.
3 VFL Played midfield and provided some grunt as an inside midfielder. -
4 Geel Former Swan did hit bit in the middle. Eleven contested possessions and three clearances. 6
5 Coll Consistent across all four quarters with his pressure being a highlight. 6
6 Quad.
7 Syd Couldn’t fault his work-rate against former club, but his disposal let him down at times. 4
8 NM Covered the ground pretty well. Seven clearances, four inside-50s and five tackles. 6
9 StK Hurt in a heavy hit, but gritted his teeth and continued to give an honest performance. 5
10 Rich Eight clearances and seven tackles. Did some tough stuff and certainly held his own. 6
11 Frem Laid nine tackles. Also won the ball but had little impact. 5
12 Haw No doubting his workload in the thick of the contest, but not making an impact. 3
13 GWS Quiet one. Laid seven tackles but only two clearances and four kicks. 3
15 WCE Tackled and won clearances. Good in congestion. 7
16 StK Disposal was wasteful. Dumped hard in a tackle, which bruised his hip. 4
17 Rich Went to Martin, but found the Richmond star tough to contain. Battled hard through pain. 6
18 Senior emergency.
19 Adel Laid nine tackles and won four clearances and four inside-50s. 6
20 Geel Shadowed Selwood at times and able to nullify him to a degree. Laid five tackles. 6
21 GCS Used down back then pressed up for important last-quarter goal. OK. 5
22 WB Battled along in midfield. 4
23 Carl Played a serviceable role in the midfield. Six clearances and five tackles. 6

2015 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 Ess Had job on Stanton and got on top in second half, kicking important goal. 6
2 Port Curbed the influence of Boak. 6
3 GWS Played a role with minimum of fuss. One goal and five tackles. 7
4 Frem Strong in contests with 21 touches and six clearances. 6
5 WB Not one of his better days offensively. Couldn’t get hands to the ball. 3
6 Senior emergency.
7 NEAFL Worked hard to break a close tag. 34 touches, one goal. -
8 NEAFL Bye. -
9 NEAFL Given an armchair ride by rucks. Plenty of the ball. -
10 NEAFL Starred in midfield with 39 possessions, 11 inside 50s. -
11 NEAFL Influential in midfield with three goals and lot of ball. -
12 NEAFL Bye. -
13 NEAFL Injured shoulder in opening minutes. -
14 Shoulder.
15 NEAFL Back from shoulder injury to rack up 26 touches. Good. -
16 Haw Brought in to tag Mitchell but suffered injury and subbed out at quarter time. 1
17 Calf.
18 Calf.
19 Calf.
20 Calf.
21 NEAFL Did well in three quarters despite close attention. -
22 NEAFL Steady game in midfield. Putting hand up for recall. -
23 NEAFL One of the Swans’ best in elimination final defeat. -
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2014 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 GWS Stuck to his task and was OK. 5
2 Coll Used as the substitute, he had little impact in his quarter of game time. 1
3 Calf.
4 NEAFL Very busy, banging down the door for seniors. -
5 Frem Returned from injury and put in a solid if unspectacular shift. 5
6 Melb Gets under the guard of opponents as focus goes to others. Did his job. 7
7 Bris Quiet first half. Then unwound after half time. 6
8 Haw Plugged away until went to a rampant Burgoyne and quelled him. 7
9 Ess Influential early when the game was there to be won. 31 touches a great return. 7
11 Geel Massive. First quarter helped set tone and teammates followed. 8
12 GCS Good battle with Broughton. Might have just nicked the contest. 6
13 Port Solid contributor opposed to Mitchell. 6
14 Rich Quietened Cotchin in third term and played an important part. 6
15 GWS One of Sydney's most consistent in 2014, he was quiet here. 4
16 WCE Shifted onto Priddis at quarter time and helped restrict his impact. 6
17 Carl Laid eight tackles, but was otherwise a little off his high recent standard. 4
18 Haw Won plenty of ball in midfield and stepped up when others wilted. 7
19 Ess Steady contributor in middle. 5
20 Port Big game with 10 tackles, six clearances and three scoring assists. 7
21 StK Off with knock to knee in second term. 3
22 Knee.
23 Knee.
QF Frem Came on early as the sub but still lacked game time. 3
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PF NM Sub. Found time to join the party and kick last goal of the match. 2
GF Haw Sub. Played second half but powerless to stop rampant Hawks. 1

2013 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 NEAFL Strong around the contests and got a lot of the ball. -
2 GCS Used as a substitute in his first game of year and didn't have much impact. 3
3 NM Sub came on in last term and had instant touches. 2
4 NEAFL Strong game in midfield. Worked well with White. -
5 StK Strong in the tough conditions. 6
6 Bris Played his role without being a standout performer. 5
7 Haw Defensive on Birchall and OK in that role but not much offensively. 5
8 Frem Used as the sub, he was able to make a small impact in the final term. 4
9 Coll On a back flank, took Swan at times and made a solid contribution. 6
10 Ess Good hard grinding game and was always in at the contest. 6
11 Adel Negating role on Reilly worked well. 6
13 Port Had a run-with role on Wingard but also won plenty of his own footy. 6
14 Carl Super from start to finish. Loved heavy going and collected career-high numbers. 8
15 Melb Kicked first goal and ended with two in a solid display at half forward. 6
16 GWS Continued his fine season in his 100th game. Seven inside 50s and kicked 2.3. 8
17 WCE Able to get some of the ball while playing his defensive role. 5
18 Rich Excellent job in running with Deledio. 7
19 WB Had negating forward tag on Murphy. Squared the battle. 6
20 Coll Spent time on Sinclair and Shaw and did a solid job. 6
21 StK Had a big share of the ball in a good game. 6
22 Geel Stokes cut him up early and didn’t impact the game forward of centre. 4
23 Haw Had a good game. 6
QF Haw Started on Lewis and had big first half. Tapered but still contributed. 7
SF Carl Tagged Murphy all night and kept him from being dangerous forward of centre. 7
PF Frem Horrible. Coach had seen enough by midway through third term and subbed out. 1

2012 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 GWS Looks to be one of the big improvers. In everything, but efficiency down. 7
2 Frem Had job on Fyfe and did reasonable job. 7
3 Port Kicked the Swans first two goals of the match. 6
4 NM Worked hard without being brilliant. Good, solid contributor. 5
5 Haw Prolific ball winner especially in second half. 7
6 Adel Quieter than usual and had little impact. 4
7 Rich Failed to keep up with Cotchin and had only 12 possessions. 3
8 Melb Came on as sub in final quarter and racked up a few good possessions. 2
9 StK Had job on Dal Santo and stuck to his guns. 5
10 WB Lined up on Robert Murphy and took him completely out of the game. 5
11 Ess Active first half and maintained the momentum. 6
13 Geel Even effort but didn’t have a clearance and only two inside-50s. 4
14 GWS Introduced as a sub at three quarter-time and kicked two behinds. 3
15 Bris Went head-to-head with Rich and just about shaded the duel. 5
16 WCE Played well across half-forward and didn’t let Hurn run free. 6
17 StK A few good moments including an important late goal. 5
18 GCS Started as sub and activated early. Kicked a lovely curling goal. 4
19 Carl Went to Yarran after Carlton man was damaging early. 6
20 Coll Had a reasonable day in the midfield and kicked a goal in the third term. 4
21 WB Handy foot soldier from start to finish highlighted by four inside-50s. 7
22 Haw Gets under the guard with some many others to worry about and did it again. 7
23 Geel Used defensively on Enright at times and did that OK. 5
QF Adel Solid effort. 5
PF Coll Played a key role with a goal and efficient ball use between the arcs. 7
GF Haw Capped great season with another steady effort. Nothing flashy but effective. 7