#6   Western Bulldogs

Age: 26yr 5mth Games: 138 Born: Aug 21, 1992
Height: 179cm Weight: 77kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Has now transitioned from a handy little small forward into a quality midfielder. Quick, clean hands a feature. Super against Melbourne first up.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Coll A heap of quick touches (15 handballs) and tackles (seven) but it was hard work on the inside against Pie mids. 5
2 Syd Beavered away to win 14 contested possessions and five clearances. Did plenty of the grunt work around the ball. 7
3 Frem Had a team high 31 possessions. Threw himself at contests. 7
4 NM Burrowed in all day to be among the best for the victors. Six tackles, two great goals and 32 touches. 8
5 Bris Strong effort highlighted by eight tackles, five inside-50s and 28 possessions. Not his best but influence was a key. 7
6 GWS This guy just doesn’t play bad games and again topped disposal count for Dogs with 27. Didn’t hit scoreboard which was telling. 7
7 Rich Busy and creative as usual and always prepared to work back into defence. 8
8 WCE Lifted after half-time and became an important player. 6
9 Geel Steady without starring. Nine tackles and four inside-50s. Didn’t hit the scoreboard but played his role. 6
10 StK Was everywhere in the last quarter and although efficiency wasn’t at the usual high rate he was an important part of the win. 7
11 Bye.
12 Syd Rattled by a knee to the head in third term but soldiered on and was one who can hold his head up. 6
13 Melb Battled hard but fact he laid only one tackle, six kicks and gained just 161 metres tells a story. 5
14 NM Busy terrier around the ball but first half superior to second; 26 disposals, one goal but just 131 metres gained. 6
15 WCE Not overly influential from his forward flank though nothing wrong with work-rate (21 possessions, seven tackles). 6
16 Adel Big last term with seven disposals and a goal, very quiet prior to that. 5
17 Carl Little man grabbed 28 possessions, six inside-50s and two clearances. Busy effort to help keep wheels turning. 7
18 GCS Lively little customer who got the ball well and bobbed up with two goals. Good contribution. 7
19 Ess Great start and kept it going to be a terrier all day; 23 possessions, four tackles and five inside-50s. Handy effort. 7
20 Bris Damaging early. Text book front-and-square crumbing to kick first quarter goal. Solid in last term when Dogs’ came home strongly. 7
21 GWS Four effective disposals in first half and was quiet for the rest of the night. Very little impact. 3
22 Port Rotated through midfield and attack. Lots of ball, but kick/handball ratio terribly out of whack. 6
23 Haw Got battered around but kept fighting for 19 touches. Only laid one tackle for the night and three inside-50s. 5

2016 Season

1 Frem Energetic effort as to be expected across half forward and through midfield. 6
2 StK A tackling machine (13 tackles) but didn’t have a great night with ball in hand. 5
3 Haw A game high 32 touches including a team-high seven clearances and two goals. 8
4 Carl Four tackles, four inside-50s and steady ball use a feature of a steady game without starring. 6
5 Bris Got the Dogs first goal and played mostly in attack. A hard worker throughout. 7
6 NM Quieter than usual in first half. Lifted after main break. 6
7 Adel Led side’s disposal count and had five clearances, seven inside-50s and five tackles. 8
8 Melb Run and link through the middle was handy and won the ball in tight situations. 7
9 GWS Among the best. Strong in close with 12 contested possessions and five tackles. 7
10 Coll Big first quarter in the middle and racked up a swag of touches. 7
11 WCE Bored in and while he didn’t star offered something to the cause. Five inside-50s. 6
12 Port Did not return after quarter time after injuring his medial ligament in his left knee. 4
13 Knee.
14 Knee.
15 Knee.
16 Knee.
17 Knee.
18 Knee.
19 Geel Great effort in first game for two months. Five tackles, four inside-50s. 7
20 NM Busy and creative around the field and maintained a consistent output. 6
21 Coll Tracked by Adams and on top early. Strong game. 7
22 Ess Matched on McKenna at start. OK but stats flattering. 5
23 Frem Had 31 disposals but 24 were handballs. Still looking for his run. 6
EF WCE Huge effort. Won the ball at will and, when he didn’t, tackled like his life depended on it. 9
SF Haw Good ball winner but caught by Rioli in great tackle. Huge third quarter was vital. 7
PF GWS Tireless worker for all four quarters and never stopped running. 8
GF Syd Always busy around the ball and tackled strongly. A vital contribution. 7

2015 Season

1 WCE Huge first half netted two goals and 15 disposals then Nelson quelled him. 7
2 Rich Won 10 contested possessions and used the ball well. 6
3 Haw Has developed his game with more flexibility around field and was good. 6
4 Adel Started in middle on Douglas. Pivotal in big start and had excellent game. 7
5 Syd Disposal off at times but a terrier-like effort. Kept ball moving forward. 7
6 StK OK numbers but was fairly quiet. Needs to do more when heat is on. 5
7 Frem Had to roam up ground to get early touches and got better as game wore on. 6
8 Melb Worked hard to give his side a lift with run and pressure. Tried hard. 7
9 GWS Again in great touch on ball and in attack. Now a quality consistent player. 7
10 Port Big first half but curtailed in the second half by Impey. 6
12 Bris Hanley was matched on him at start. Won ball inside and outside packs. 7
13 StK Kept well in check by Geary. 5
14 Carl Early goal but hampered by knock to leg for much of the night. 5
15 GCS Played his role as a small forward/midfielder. Two goals and 23 touches. 7
16 Geel Huge game. Eight inside-50s, four clearances, a goal and 13 CPs. 9
17 Coll Plenty of footy in midfield and pressing forward. Key contributor. 7
18 Ess Not as good as he can be but flitted in and out. Three inside-50s. 6
19 Port 10 touches in second term, running into some good form ahead of finals. 8
20 Melb In everything from the outset and left Dees’ for dead with speed and enthusiasm. 8
21 WCE Had plenty of the ball but no real impact. 5
22 NM Slow start but then stepped up his output. 6
23 Bris Heads into September in great form. 8
EF Adel Picked up plenty of ball in first half and still effective later. 8

2014 Season

1 WCE Bennell had the better of him. No goals but workrate was there. 5
2 NM Splendid display marred by shoddy kicking at the big sticks. 1.3 should’ve been 4.0. 6
3 Rich Kept quiet by Morris early. Kicked ripper goal. 4
4 Calf.
5 Carl Very active in forward half and was a goalkicking threat. 7
6 Adel Quiet first half but came alive after main break. Late poster will haunt him. 5
7 Ess The Dogs’ best with 32 disposals and 2.2. Was fantastic. 8
8 Melb Huge around the ball but had to come well up the ground for a touch. 7
10 GCS Worked hard in the front half but had little support after half time. 6
11 Frem Wasted the ball. Kicked a late goal. 4
12 Bris Had Mayes for company playing forward. Zipped about but not hat his best. 4
13 Coll Influential with 29 touches and three score assists. 7
14 Port Copped a heavy hit late in the game from Broadbent. 5
15 Melb Lively in attacking half and gave the Dogs what the Dees lacked – crumbs. 7
16 Geel Varcoe kept him from being dangerous. One goal but effectiveness down. 5
17 GCS Always dangerous forward of the ball but didn’t convert his chances – 1.3. 6
18 Ess Caused issues in third term with his run. Two goals and some handy work. 6
19 Haw Matched on Burgoyne for part of the game. Active and dangerous. 5
20 StK Mixed bag and only two shots went wide. 4
21 NM Had a good contest with Atley and both did their bit. 5
22 Syd Buzzed about in front half with Smith trailing him. Not the worst. 5
23 GWS Worked up from forward half into midfield but didn’t hit the scoreboard. 5
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2013 Season

1 Bris In everything early with creativity and pace. Looked to hurt hip late but OK. 5
2 Frem Dangerous in another lively performance – three goals and four tackles. 7
3 Rich Well contained and was a spectator for most of the match. 3
4 Adel Ran into an open goal and from a metre out hit the post. 3
5 Geel Had Enright/T. Hunt for company and was handy enough without starring. 6
6 WCE Closely attended by Brennan. Stats flattered him. 5
7 NM Busy little forward who maintained output. 6
8 GCS Looked dangerous at times but didn't really impact as he would have liked. 5
9 StK Not especially prominent but kicked a goal to give the Dogs a spark. 4
10 Port Buzzed around and attacked the ball hard but again not overly influential. 4
12 Coll Sinclair picked him up. Rarely able to break clear. 4
13 Rich A mere spectator for much of night. Needs to find form fast. 3
14 Melb Found it tough to elude close-checking opponents. Goaled to get things going. 5
15 GWS Typically busy, the maturing youngster had a big say in the outcome. 7
16 Ess Started quietly but worked into game for three goals. Missed crucial one late. 6
17 Haw Busy game, needs to take advantage of scoring opportunities. 5
18 WCE Huge game – four goals, 16 cont poss, seven inside-50s and six tackles. 9
19 Syd Steady contributor without being dominant. 5
20 Carl Gave the Dogs a spark each time they needed it. Two goals to go with 11 tackles. 7
21 Adel Kept working for one goal but was not in space a hole lot most of the day. 5
22 Bris Kicked 3.2 and won 14 cont poss in a fine effort for a nippy half forward. 7
23 Melb Hit post with goal of day effort on run from 30m under pressure from Jetta in first. 5

2012 Season

1 WCE Dangerous around the ball and used his pace well. Kicked two goals. 7
2 Adel His speed and evasive skills were a highlight. 6
3 StK Good in first half but had no-one to kick to. Tapered after half time. 5
4 Melb Always presented a threat with his pace off mark and quick hands inside. 8
5 GWS Ran harder after a quiet first half, kicked two goals. 6
6 Coll Started with dashing first quarter, but then had little impact. 4
7 NM Found other ways to help team (16 cont. Poss) than goals. Ran hard. 7
8 GCS Had 16 touches but chased and tackled like a terrier. 6
9 Geel Zip and vision in traffic was first rate – three clearances, seven inside 50s. 7
10 Syd Blanketed by Rhyce Shaw early and never got going. 2
12 Port Pushed hard up ground to create run. Did a few good things but not massive. 6
13 Bris Nippy early but faded out of game when Lions started to get right on top. 6
14 Ess Came off bench in first minute. Beaverish rover but didn’t break it open. 6
15 Frem Lively. Booted two goals and gave the team some life. 7
16 Haw Quiet day. Hawks were able to close down his space all match. 3
17 Carl Career-best four goals in terrific performance. Should’ve kicked five, though. 7
18 StK Tackling pressure good but little life around goal. Quiet second half. 4