Mike PYKE

#38  

Age: 35yr 3mth Games: 111 Born: Mar 24, 1984
Height: 200cm Weight: 105kg Position: RUC
Dream Team Profile

2015 Digest:   Found the going hard early last year when stepping up to be No.1 following the Mumford departure, then hurt a hamstring. Found form later in the season. On a modified program, but a lot further advanced than last year.

2015 NAB Cup:   After a quiet first NAB game he showed some good form against Fremantle’s ruck duet. Needs one of young talls to emerge as support.

2015 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 Ess Kept rolling in the ruck and held his own against Bellchambers. 5
2 Port Won the ruck duel along with sidekick Tippett. 6
3 GWS Had 10 hit-outs to advantage and at least matched Mumford in a key battle. 5
4 Frem Competed hard and that was one reason why Sydney won the clearances. 5
5 WB Monstered Cordy in the ruck and hit-outs to advantage gave midfield a chance. 7
6 Melb Brilliant goal early got side going. Could have kicked three goals. 5
7 Geel Broke even with Stanley. Had 10 hit-outs to advantage. 5
8 Haw Battled Ceglar/Hale and struggled to impact the flow of the contest. 3
9 Carl Lowered his colours to Wood in a battle of the dinosaurs. 3
10 GCS Even battle with Nicholls in the ruck, but beaten around the ground. 4
11 NM Dominated by Goldstein, and struggled with Brown. Form a huge worry. 1
13 Knee.
14 Port Ruckwork OK but fresh air around the ground. That’s his achilles heel. 4
15 Bris Rucked solo until three-quarter time when coached subbed him out. One kick. 2
16 Knee.
17 WCE No match for Naitanui in the ruck. His form is absolutely horrible. Subbed out. 0
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Coll Kicked important goal and secondary ruckman to Tippett. 5
21 GWS Got the better of ruck matchup against Phillips. Gave Swans’ first use. 6
22 StK Snagged two goals in attack and did his bit in ruck. 5
23 GCS Battled Dixon/Smith in the ruck. Helped side win the clearance count. 5
QF Frem Only five hit-outs to advantage and three kicks. Didn’t do enough. 2
SF NM Gave away free kicks all night. No Impact. 2

2014 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 GWS Looked stuffed by the end against old teammate Mumford. Will need help. 5
2 Coll Kicked one goal but seemed to battle to get his teeth into the contest. 4
3 Adel Had a great tussle with Jacobs and came out even. 6
4 NM Like many teammates, struggled in the conditions. Shaded by Goldstein. 4
5 Frem Struggling a little with his workload since Mumford's departure. 5
6 Melb Quiet night in ruck and around the ground. Needs to lift. 2
7 Bris OK until floored with sore hamstring in second term and subbed out. 4
8 Hamstring.
9 Hamstring.
10 Hamstring.
11 Hamstring.
12 NEAFL Completely dominant in the ruck with 47 hit outs. -
13 NEAFL Dominant last week, serviceable this week. -
14 Rich Lacked touch and was involved in one farcical error. 2
15 GWS Under a little pressure against Mumford, took a noticeable step up. 6
16 WCE Went up against Eagles twin towers and was beaten but battled hard. 4
17 Carl Broke his personal best for hit-outs in a promising night out. 8
18 Haw Even battle in the ruck with McEvoy but will need to step it up a level from here. 5
19 Ess Much improved game with contested marking. 6
20 Port Good tussle with Lobbe in ruck winning 27 hit-outs. 5
21 StK Had a picnic in the ruck and revelled in lack of pressure. 6
22 WB Taught Campbell a lesson early in ruck then outpointed Cordy for rest of day. 7
23 Ill.
QF Frem Beaten as a ruckman but did his job around the ground, especially with his goal. 6
SF -
PF NM More influence than Goldstein around the ground and nullified him in ruck. 5
GF Haw Rucked almost solo and 11 hit-outs to advantage but no impact. 3

2013 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 GWS Took some marks when forward and contested well in the ruck. 3
2 GCS Pyke had 35 hitouts to be the dominant ruckman and added two goals. 7
3 NM Lead ruck and combined well with Mumford to battle Goldstein. 5
4 Geel Much better than Mumford and took some nice marks. Battled hard. 4
5 StK Main ruck at the moment and doing it well. 6
6 Bris Used his strong body to advantage all day. 21 hit-outs and two goals. 7
7 Haw Only dangerous forward early but then went right out of the contest. 4
8 Frem Playing as the No.1 tap man as Mumford builds, he had a great battle with Clarke. 6
9 Coll Again did bulk of ruckwork. Snagged two goals and gets better all the time. 6
10 Ess Worked well in tandem with Mumford against Essendon. 6
11 Adel Quiet day but was good in the ruck when needed. 4
13 Port Had a great battle with Lobbe winning 42 hit-outs. 7
14 Carl Shouldered most ruck duties and pushed forward for an early goal. Solid. 6
15 Melb Had 10 hit-outs to advantage and a goal, but only one mark. Just OK. 5
16 GWS Along with Mumford wore down Giles to give Swans impetus in the midfield. 7
17 WCE Did well to push forward for two goals. 7
18 Rich Unobtrusive but solid ruck support to Mumford. 4
19 WB Strong game and operated well with Mumford. 6
20 Coll Used regularly up forward, he had zero scoreboard impact. 4
21 StK Strong in ruck and booted two down forward. 5
22 Geel Kicked three goals and was the best ruckman on the ground. 7
23 Haw The secondary ruck, but did OK. 4
QF Haw Strong marking up forward made him look the most dangerous option. 5
SF Carl Carried big load ruck/forward and battled hard despite modest stats. 5
PF Frem Couldn’t get any flow or win the ball in dangerous positions. Only goal came late. 3
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

2 NEAFL Mostly rucked but also went forward. Kicked 1.3. -
3 NEAFL Strong showing as he was forced to ruck all day. -
4 NEAFL Controlled the ruck from the outset. Had a picnic. -
5 NEAFL Struggled in a game that he should’ve controlled physically. -
6 NEAFL Spent most of the game forward. Kicked three goals. -
7 NEAFL Rucked all day and was a driving force in the middle. -
8 Melb Lost ruck duels but did his job in negating Jamar and Clark around ground. 4
9 StK Contested against depleted St Kilda ruck and was OK. 5
10 WB Continues to adjust to AFL pace, roaming the ground and playing his role. 4
11 Ess Willingly took on a heavy workload. 5
13 Geel Great mark and goal early helped set side on its way. Good late as well. 5
14 GWS Continues to hold his own in the ruck and provide a forward target. 5
15 Bris The big Canadian continues to confound the critics. 5
16 WCE Impressive. Kicked a goal and was a big target. Also rucked well. 6
17 StK Did well to shoulder ruck burden after Mumford went off. 6
18 GCS Dominated the hit outs but didn’t get much of the footy. 4
19 Carl Spent latter stages on bench with lower leg problem. 4
20 Coll Struggled with ankle injury earlier in the week but got involved. 5
21 WB Just gets better and better. Kicked three goals and grabbed seven marks. 7
22 Haw Grabbed four contested marks in another great aerial display. Handy enough. 6
23 Geel No hit-outs to advantage and offered zero up forward. 2
QF Adel The unheralded success story of conversion to the game. Played his part. 5
PF Coll Supported Mumford in the ruck and that kept pressure on Jolly. 4
GF Haw Monster effort. Took six marks and provided a presence for his team all day. 7