Michael HIBBERD

#14   Melbourne

Age: 29yr 2mth Games: 103 Born: Jan 03, 1990
Height: 186cm Weight: 93kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Worked through a slight knee issue but now battling Achilles soreness and missed JLT finale. Kicking skill will be vital in defence.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Achilles.
2 Achilles.
3 Achilles.
4 VFL Excellent down back on return from injury and looks a moral to be rushed straight into the seniors. -
5 Rich Excellent first game for his new club. Kicked the ball well in the wet, bagged a running goal, but cramped up badly late. 7
6 Ess Strong outing once again – this time against his former club. Kicked it at 94 percent efficiency and intercepted well. 7
7 Haw Former Bomber helped keep side in the contest early and ended as one of the best with 27 disposals. Appeared to tire late. 7
8 Adel Put the brakes on Tom Lynch and counter punched with nine rebound-50’s for a best on ground performance. 8
9 NM Probably the Dees’ best with 34 disposals, five inside-50s and eight rebound 50s. Not much more he could have done. 8
10 GCS Continued good form down back. One of a few to use the ball well throughout. 7
11 Bye.
12 Coll Pies kept close eye on him and wasn’t able to provide usual drive. But had some brilliant defensive efforts – including key last-minute spoil. 7
13 WB Strong in the air and on the ground again at half back. Had Dogs opponents in his back pocket. 8
14 WCE Had a big second half and played a key role in the win. 7
15 Syd Won the ball well off half back, but unable to be as incisive as recent weeks. Still Dees best. 7
16 Carl The “Pig” plugged away down back and was a key reason side got the points; 21 disposals and plenty of rebound. 8
17 Adel Couple of early fumbles and made some errors that he hasn’t made all season. 5
18 Port Supreme with his attack off half back, but Boak was a threat going the other way with four goals. 7
19 NM Roos tried to negate his impact off half back but won a lot of the ball. Good again. 7
20 GWS Unusually fumbly at half back and it proved costly as GWS swooped on loose balls. Good numbers, but been better. 5
21 StK Bounced back after a down week to provide great drive off half back. 7
22 Bris Very good once again rebounding off half back. Won some crucial one-on-ones and was strong all day. Kicked at 100%. 7
23 Coll Tried his guts out off half back, but will want out-on-the-full in third term back. Not his fault the game was lost though. 6

2016 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 Suspended.
2 Suspended.
3 Suspended.
4 Suspended.
5 Suspended.
6 Suspended.
7 Suspended.
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23 Suspended.

2015 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 Syd On Goodes at start and did a capable job on veteran. 6
2 Haw Provided rebound from half back with his raking left boot. 6
3 Carl Ellard tried to take him out of game but still able to stay involved. 7
4 Coll Huge first term (10 disposals) and steady for remainder. Did his job well. 7
5 StK Created a menace to St Kilda at times. 6
6 Frem Tried to run with the ball but Freo stopped his long kicking. 4
7 NM Had task on Thomas who ended up getting away from him as game unfolded. 6
8 Bris Constant ball winner at half back and hit more targets than past two games. 7
9 Rich One of few Bombers to offer some genuine drive from defence. 7
10 Geel Got a lot of the ball but so often chipped in sideways. Had goals kicks on him. 5
11 WCE Had 25 possessions but not damaging. 5
13 Haw Gunston caused his some issues at times but kept working down back. 5
14 StK One of a handful of Dons to play close to capacity. 6
15 Melb Big second half after Howe touched him up. Pivotal in third term surge. 6
16 NM On Cunnington early and was OK without starring in rebounding role. 6
17 Port Too strong for Impey early and was always creative. 6
18 WB Used the ball pretty well across half back but a lot were chip sideways kicks. 6
19 GWS Bombers' best in first half but dropped off a touch as GWS got on top. 6
20 Adel Did what he could from back half but Cameron caused him some problems. 6
21 GCS Looked to get the ball at every opportunity to attack from back half. 7
22 Rich Struggled early but worked into the game. Took Martin when he was forward. 6
23 Knee.

2014 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 NM Had Black at first. Normal serviceable and accomplished game down back. 6
2 Haw Had O’Brien beaten and swept across the back half with poise and creativity. 8
3 Carl Influential early opposed to Yarran. Slowed a touch, but damage was done. 6
4 Frem Matched up on de Boer and mopped up well in defence, but lacked attacking penetration. 6
5 StK Reasonably steady in defence. 5
6 Coll Worked well but impact petered out a little after half time. 7
7 WB A good avenue out of defence. 6
8 Bris Read the play well in defence and gathered a lot of touches. 7
9 Syd Racked up the touches in the back 50, but was unaccountable for periods of the contest. 5
11 Rich Morris tried to negate him in first half but the Bomber was able to impact the contest. 7
12 GWS Palmer minimised his influence of half back and he looked frustrated at times. 4
13 Melb Solid enough down back but wasn’t his best outing by any means. 5
14 Adel Stormed from defence with 30 touches including four inside 50s, six rebound 50s. 8
15 Geel Defensively stout and worked forward for a goal. Not his best game but handy. 6
16 Ankle.
17 Ankle.
18 WB Looked unusually rusty down back and fumbled at times. 3
19 Hamstring.
20 Hamstring.
21 WCE Returned after injury and Essendon’s best in first half. Solid to the end. 7
22 GCS Steady in role across half back and pushing up the ground. Just does his job. 7
23 Carl Won his fair share of the ball but Watson kicked four on him. 5
EF NM On Cunnington when he went forward and had to counter resting midfielders. 5
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GF -

2013 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 Adel Capped off nice game down back with a lovely running goal. 6
2 Melb Continually pumped the ball inside attacking 50. Good outing. 7
3 Frem Excellent again in defence and is the side’s big improver. 8
4 StK Had no flat spots in defence minding Saad and others. 7
5 Coll Gave great drive from back half with his penetrating left boot. Improved player. 8
6 GWS 29 possessions and nine marks. A big afternoon from the lad from Frankston. 8
7 Geel Among the best off half back. Everything he did was with some polish. 7
8 Bris One of the better four-quarter contributors for the Bombers. Resolute. 7
9 Rich Continued on with stellar form and used his booming left to perfection. 8
10 Syd Again in fine form and showed plenty of run from defence. 7
11 Carl Unable to deliver ball in telling style as he has done. Better second half. 5
12 GCS Continued his strong season across half back. Solid in defence and kicked a long goal. 7
14 WCE Solid game in defence. 5
15 Port Started on Wingard but drifted into his customary mop-up role. Solid effort. 6
16 WB Had Giansiracusa for a lot of the game and good on him. Class player. 7
17 GWS The ball winner added another chapter to an incredibly consistent season. 7
18 Haw Had Rioli/Puopolo for the most part. Had hands full but kept on giving. 6
19 Coll Did what he could down back and used ball well when he got it. OK. 6
20 WCE Freed up in back half and helped keep the Eagles at bay until the final term. 6
21 NM Tried to generate attacks against the tide. 6
22 Carl Not one of his better games, but good when the whips were cracking late. 5
23 Rich Good end to his season. Used the ball well and tried to generate attack from defence. 7
QF
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 NM Hard worker in first half but then had diminished input. 5
2 Port Used on Boak at times and OK. Kicking and decision making needs work. 4
3 GCS Good dash from half back and had 25 possessions. 6
4 Carl Fine performance. Defended strongly and had 16 kicks. 7
5 Coll Injured hamstring in first term and subbed out after seven touches. 1
11 VFL Got through OK and needed the blow out. -
12 VFL Strong game in defence. Rebounded well. -
13 Frem Wasn’t as clean with the ball as he’d have liked. 4
14 WB On Jones initially. Strong first half. 7
15 StK Not a huge night. 4
16 Port Substituted in the third term with a quad injury. 5
20 NM Had big role on Harvey. Worked hard in defence. 5
21 Carl Lack of polish hurts him too often. Didn’t give up but struggled. 5
22 Rich Tried hard down back 6
23 Coll Twice missed the ball early when attempting to spoil. Straightened up. 5