#12   Brisbane

Age: 31yr 11mth Games: 137 Born: Nov 17, 1986
Height: 199cm Weight: 100kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Key ruckman has been nursed through the pre-season in order to ensure he’s right for the opener.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 GCS Had the better of Witts around the ground, although the ruck battle was closely fought out. 7
2 Ess Massive third term when he had three centre clearances and 15 hit outs to spark the Lions gallant fightback. 7
3 StK Got the better of matchup with Hickey in the ruck. Gave great service at stoppages and followed up at ground level. 8
4 Rich Dominated the ruck, with more than 50 hit-outs, often giving his teammates first use of the ball. 7
5 WB Rucked brilliantly all day and one of the reasons why the side was able to match the Dogs throughout. 8
6 Port Good battle with Ryder though let himself down with sloppy disposal. 6
7 Syd Lowered colors to Swans big men early, but then fought back to get the upperhand. Ran the game out strongly. 7
8 Haw Dominated with 63 hit outs but didn’t give his usual output around the ground. Only one mark and 13 disposals. 7
9 Adel Did his bit by taking it up to Jacobs in the ruck but could have been more effective in general play. 5
10 Coll Beaten in the ruck by Grundy. Tried hard but fumbled marks and didn’t make presence felt around the ball. 5
11 Bye.
12 Frem Played a leading role in helping the Lions win the centre clearances, 17-10. Also outclassed Griffin in general play. 7
13 Port Well beaten in the ruck, lacked a spring in his jump to compete against Paddy Ryder. 5
14 GWS Workman like effort and again his ‘in general play’ work was better than his opponent’s. 6
15 Ess Strong finish to the game after good ruck battle with Bellchambers. 6
16 Geel Solid in the ruck but outplayed in general play by Smith. 6
17 Rich Broke even in ruck duels with Tiger talls. Got a bit of the ball, but not his best. 6
18 Carl Not only had the better of Kreuzer, but his work in general play (19 disposals) was notable. 7
19 WCE Did a good job in the ruck. Won the majority if hit-outs and contested well. 7
20 WB Won the ruck duel but not that influential in general play. 5
21 GCS May have broken even in hit-outs but showed his worth in general play with 23 disposals. 7
22 Melb Beat Gawn in the ruck and was a key to helping the side get the ball moving out of the centre. 7
23 NM He and Goldstein virtually cancelled each other out in ruck battle. 5

2016 Season

1 WCE Couldn’t stop Naitanui’s ruckwork but did pretty well as a ball winner. 6
2 NM Broke even with Goldstein, which is no mean feat. 5
3 Geel Ten hit-outs to advantage and battled hard but rarely hurt the Cats. 5
4 GCS Having a major say until flattened by May before half time. Didn’t return. 4
5 WB OK in ruck but not at his typical high standard after concussion last week. 6
6 Syd Brought down with friendly in second term. Lone hand in the ruck, as usual. 6
7 Port Won the hit-outs 51–14, but lost the clearances 13–6. 8
8 Coll Put some midfield teammates to shame with his desire to chase. Big effort. 7
9 Melb Didn’t influence the game in the ruck or up forward. Just struggling at the moment. 4
10 Haw Ruck work was OK, but had no influence around the ground. 3
11 Carl With West gave Lions first use out of the middle. Eight marks. 7
12 Frem Looks a shadow of his best post concussion, not in sync with dual ruck set-up. 2
13 WCE Never gave up and dominated the ruck work with a massive 52 hit-outs. 7
14 Rich Hampson had his measure early but gradually got on top around the ground to play a good role. 7
16 GCS Competed well in the ruck and worked hard around the ground. 6
17 GWS Broke even with Mumford in the hit outs and slightly more damaging in general play. 6
18 Ess Got the upper hand on old teammate Leuenberger in ruck and influential around ground. 7
19 Rested.
20 Soreness.
21 Carl Solid in the ruck but possibly a little down in general play on his usual standards. 4
22 Geel Great effort. Beat Smith and worked hard to be an option around ground. 7
23 StK Holmes had edge over him in ruck contests but he outpointed Saint in general play. 6

2015 Season

1 Coll Things didn’t fall his way against the combative Magpie ruckman. 4
2 NM Started in attack on Tippett. Shouldered ruck load and battled along. 6
3 Rich Sound effort marred by an across ground kick which resulted in a Richmond goal. 6
4 WCE Big solo effort in the ruck. Put in around the ground as well. 7
5 GCS Dominated the ruck battle and worked hard around the ground. 6
6 Carl Battled away in ruck and in the end was a key with his centre ruck work. 7
7 Port Tireless. Not only had 27 hit-outs but also had 24 disposals. 7
8 Ess Shouldered main ruck duties and competed hard all day. 6
9 StK Another huge effort. Brilliant in ruck and in general play. 8
10 GWS Beaten by Mumford in ruck, but still had an impact. 38 hitouts, 15 possessions. 6
12 WB Plenty of disposals around ground and outran opposing rucks. 7
13 Adel Really gave the Lions something to aim for across half forward. 8
14 Suspended.
15 Suspended.
16 Melb Made mistakes and failed to match Gawn when in the ruck. 4
17 NM Lion-hearted effort rucking in tandem against Goldstein. 7
18 Geel Got the better of Blicavs in ruck duel, especially after Leuenberger went down. 7
19 GCS Powerhouse, lone-hand performance in the ruck. 8
20 Carl Got the better of Kreuzer in the air and in general play. 8
21 Adel Lions must do what they can to keep him, their best big man in ruck. 8
22 Haw Climbed over Hale and McEvoy early in ruck then was solid after that. 7
23 WB With 50 hit outs and 32 disposals, worth three Brownlow votes. 9

2014 Season

1 Back.
2 Back.
3 Back.
4 Back.
5 Back.
6 Back.
7 Back.
8 Back.
9 NEAFL Started slowly but worked his way into the game in first game back. -
10 NEAFL Bye. -
11 NEAFL Had a pretty big influence on the game in his second game back. -
12 WB Minson dominated early, but from there the former Dee took over. Great effort. 7
13 GWS Battled on gamely in trying to give Mumford a contest in ruck. 5
14 Frem Valiant in ruck against insurmountable Sandilands. 5
15 NM Battled hard and although lost the hit-outs proved effect in general play. 6
16 Rich Work-rate first class but finishing let him down – eight hit-outs to advantage. 5
17 WCE Did his best work in general play and his presence was noted. 7
18 GCS Found going easier once Smith departed, and midfielders feasted on his work. 7
19 Melb On fire in first term and even though he slow a bit continued his super form. 7
20 Adel Showed up midfielders with 26 disposals. Huge effort. 7
21 Coll Humungus effort for a ruckman – 26 of his touches were handballs. 9
22 Frem Big effort on Sandilands and made presence known in general play as well. 7
23 Geel Massive again. Team-high disposal count and easily won the ruck battle. 8
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2013 Season

1 WB Couple of nice efforts but few and far between. 7
2 Adel Kicked a couple of goals and handy when in the middle. 5
3 GCS Kicked an early goal, but subbed off in third quarter. 3
4 NM Shot at goal in last quarter was an absolute shocker. 3
5 Ankle.
6 Ankle.
7 Ankle.
8 NEAFL Played forward, kicked two goals, and worked hard all day. -
9 Ankle.
10 Ankle.
11 Ankle.
12 Ankle.
13 Ankle.
14 Ankle.
15 Ankle.
16 Hamstring.
17 Hamstring.
18 Hamstring.
19 NEAFL Highly impressive return from injury. -
20 Rich Not a good day for the back-up ruckman, well beaten around ground. 3
21 Hamstring.
22 NEAFL Bye. -
23 Hamstring.

2012 Season

Played for : Melbourne

1 Bris Not able to influence play be it forward or ruck – eight possessions. 2
3 Rich Horrible day. Subbed off after seven disposals. 1
7 VFL Worked into the game well after a slow start. -
11 VFL Did well in the ruck and forward. Influential early. -
13 VFL Impressed at times with his athleticism. Not far off. -
14 Bris Good return to the side with 20 hitouts to go with 21 possessions. 7
15 Rich Kicked two goals but decision making and ability to hit targets let him down. 5
16 Frem Two first quarter goals but then had to ruck when Jamar went off. OK. 5
17 Port Promising start with a goal. Has the talent but drifted out of game. 4
18 NM Highlight was a strong, contested grab up forward in the second term. 4