#39   Western Bulldogs

Age: 26yr 7mth Games: 85 Born: Nov 08, 1992
Height: 180cm Weight: 82kg Position:

2017 Digest:   The Norm Smith medallist enjoyed a relatively clear run over summer. Expect contract speculation to ramp up as year goes on.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Coll Started forward, switched back in second half – wherever he went, he won the footy. Bulldogs' best. 8
2 Syd Great first half helped side get back into game after Swans got the jump. Went out of it to a degree after main break. 6
3 Frem Played forward and back. Kicked one goal from 29 disposals. 7
4 NM Burst from half-back on occasions and when he got it used it well but coach would have liked him to get it more. 5
5 Bris Gave his all as a rebounding defender and among the best with 28 touches and a goal. 8
6 GWS Combination of speed, guile and skill killed Giants in first half then he touched ball just six times after halftime. 6
7 Rich Fairly quiet start. Hurt hand in second quarter, but returned and was big in second half. 7
8 WCE Had some big moments. Covered heaps of ground to gather 26 touches. 7
9 Geel Run and carry in bursts and steady without starring. Didn’t cut the Cats’ to shreds like he can at times. 7
10 StK Loomed ever more dangerous as the game progressed and had big last quarter. 7
11 Bye.
12 Syd Swans targeted him and he went into his shell. Didn’t cope at all with physical attention. 3
13 Melb To kicks in first half and seven for the match. For second week in a row failed to handle a hard tag. Struggling. 2
14 NM Another quiet one. Seven disposals in opening half but did lift to end with 19. Better but still under the pump. 4
15 WCE Copped the now tedious push-and-shove from Eagles forwards. It seemed to work though as he struggled again. 4
16 Adel Unlucky to rocket into the post from a Tex Walker shepherd, but overall his running game was back. 5
17 Carl Blues’ decided not to hard tag him and he was able to get off the leash for 23 possessions and a late goal. Better effort. 6
18 GCS Not at his blinding best but got a bit of the ball when released up to a wing. Fair. 6
19 Ess Kicked career-high four goals. Bombers didn’t apply any physical pressure to him and he relished that; 18 disposals. 8
20 Hamstring.
21 Hamstring.
22 Port Stationed forward again, but also went back to his customary role at half back. Burst in and out. 6
23 Haw Showed glimpses of his best as creative wingman. Won a few balls forward of centre and copped a face knock late. 5

2016 Season

1 Frem Best afield across half back with his run and willingness to link up through the lines. Superb. 9
2 StK Backed up last week’s BOG display with another very good outing in defence. 7
3 Haw Unable to provide usual dash from defence; 17 touches but limited run and carry. 5
4 Carl Tore hamstring while kicking a long goal in third term. Prior to that had been starring. 6
5 Hamstring.
6 Hamstring.
7 Hamstring.
8 Hamstring.
9 Hamstring.
10 Hamstring.
11 Hamstring.
12 Hamstring.
13 Hamstring.
14 Hamstring.
15 Syd Stepped straight back in for first term after nine weeks out. Kicked winning goal. 6
16 Rich Found a way to grab 22 disposals while still working towards best. One goal. 6
17 GCS Just three disposals up until half time. Lifted considerably after main interval. 5
18 StK Started coming into his own in second term. 6
19 Geel Rebounded with some authority for most of the night. Did what he could. 7
20 NM On Harvey at start. Kicked a mighty running goal and ran well through lines. 7
21 Coll One of Dogs best early with run from defence 7
22 Ess Pitted against Stokes who was prominent early. Gave constant run and drive. 7
23 Frem One of the few players capable of catching Shane Yarran. Did well. 6
EF WCE Given plenty of room to do his thing running off half back and made Eagles pay. 7
SF Haw No impact early down back with three touches. To attack in second half and better. 5
PF GWS His breakaway bursts came at crucial times and he tipped the balance at the end. 7
GF Syd Bursts of pace from half back crucial in a battle of attrition and claimed Norm Smith Medal. 9

2015 Season

1 WCE Two goals in three-minute burst in third term proved decisive in a tight match. 6
2 Rich Drifted in and out but made a few darting runs and a handy contributor. 5
3 Haw Used to match speed with Rioli at times. 4
4 Adel Moved onto Betts in second quarter and held him til last term. 4
5 Syd Provided great run and rebound from the back half with nine rebound 50s. 7
6 StK Provided the razzle-dazzle running from defence which split Saints open. 7
7 Frem Great run from defence, more damaging as others legs tired. 7
8 Melb Shadowed by Bail and that reduced his effectiveness for most of the night. 3
9 GWS Worked hard down back and did his bit. 6
10 Port What he did he did well, he just didn’t win enough of the footy. 4
12 Bris Went on to Green midway through first term. Took the game on. 5
13 StK Kept running hard and looking for fast breaks. 6
14 Carl Blues’ tried to negate his run, but found a way to link up from defence. 6
15 GCS Matera was a handful at times but run was important late in surge. 6
16 Geel Provided some great run from half back and used the ball brilliantly. 7
17 Coll Had Kennedy covered and provided customary dash. 6
18 Ess Creative running from defence to wing gave team great drive. 7
19 Hamstring.
20 Hamstring.
21 WCE Didn’t hurt the Eagles when he had the ball. 5
22 NM Shared tagging with Boyd on Higgins. Pace crucial late in game. 5
23 Bris Started on Taylor who kicked three goals. 5
EF Calf.

2014 Season

1 WCE Struggled to provide any run and rebound and was never a factor. 2
2 NM Shocking miss from 25m directly in front of goal late in game deflated Bulldogs. 5
3 Rich Went to defence early. 5
4 VFL No impact at all. -
5 VFL Battled to have an impact and ball use wasn’t great. -
6 VFL OK early but really came to the fore after main break. Back in form. -
7 Ess Looked good when he had the ball. If he got it more he’d be really damaging 5
8 Melb Started well but faded and didn’t use the right option enough. 4
10 VFL Provided a link between defence and attack on a wing. 26 disp. -
11 VFL Bye. -
12 VFL Kicked 1.3 and was lively all afternoon in a number of roles. -
13 Senior emergency.
14 VFL Provided good run and carry to be among Bulldogs’ best. -
15 VFL 18 possessions and a goal. Serviceable. -
16 VFL Quiet game but did kick a handy goal. -
17 GCS Late inclusion for Griffen and took his chance with 25 touches in best outing yet. 7
18 Ess Slipped over a lot early but in end played a solid game. Slowly improving. 6
19 Haw Prepared to work and run and showed initiative. 5
20 Calf.
21 NM Winger was on Gibson at start and did a low-key job. 5
22 Syd Kicked a goal and was lively but needed to win more contested ball. 4
23 GWS Good battle with Williams and was one of the instigators of melee. 5
QF -
SF VFL Slow start but worked into the game well to play a role. -
PF VFL Took the game on at times and laid seven hard tackles. -
GF -

2013 Season

1 Bris Lined up on McGrath and made some good runs –one produced lovely goal. 7
2 Frem Had a bit of footy but rarely in space to hurt the Dockers. 4
3 Senior emergency.
4 Adel At one stage given the huge responsibility of taking the kick ins. 4
5 Geel Four inside-50s and six rebound 50s a highlight of a great performance. 8
6 WCE Matched up on Hill who wasn’t prominent. 4
7 NM Fair game but one bad turnover set up crucial goal to Petrie. 3
8 GCS Provided good dash from defence and worked hard. 4
9 StK Outpointed Saint forward Saad and gave some drive. 6
10 Port Provided good rebound from defence and kept Neade fairly quiet. 6
12 Coll Went with Sidebottom early. Flashed in and out with bursts of pace. 5
13 Rich Gave some run and took the game on, but not a major factor. 5
14 Melb Tried to provide run off half-back line without much luck. 5
15 GWS An early shoulder injury ruined his afternoon and unfortunately ended his season. 3
16 Shoulder.
17 Shoulder.
18 Shoulder.
19 Shoulder.
20 Shoulder.
21 Shoulder.
22 Shoulder.
23 Shoulder.

2012 Season

2 VFL Gave good drive out of the back half. -
3 VFL One of his better games in his two years on the list. -
4 VFL Went well across half back and continues to improve. -
5 VFL Injured his knee and looks gone for the year. -
14 VFL Poor game. Tried hard but unable to get into it. -
15 VFL One of Williamstown’s best. Encouraging signs. -
17 VFL Helped nullify Werribee’s dangerous small forwards. -
19 NM Showed a bit with some zip from the back half early then faded. OK. 6
20 Rich Not big numbers but at least played with some dash and spark. 4
21 Syd A real positive for the Doggies. Played with a zest and has some pace. 7