Craig BIRD


Age: 30yr 7mth Games: 158 Born: Jan 21, 2021
Height: 179cm Weight: 84kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Veteran midfielder offered up 13 disposals in JLT opener then rested for the game against Suns. Sunday’s selection critical.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : Essendon

4 VFL 26 possessions and laid six tackles to be one of the Bombers' better performers.
5   Senior emergency.  
6 VFL Good contributor in midfield. Had 28 touches and laid 11 tackles. Competed strongly.
7 VFL Strong game in midfield with 26 possessions and six clearances against the Borough.
8 VFL Good ball winner inside with 38 touches and nine clearances. Did his bit.
9 VFL Good effort with 24 touches and five clearances in midfield mix.
10 VFL In and out of the game with 14 possessions, but did tackle hard.
11 VFL One of the Bombers best with 30 touches, six clearances and two goals in midfield.
12   Senior emergency.  
13   Bye.  
14 VFL Steady game with 17 possessions and four clearances. Tackled well.
15 VFL Got a lot of the ball, but wasn’t overly incisive with what he did with it.
16   Didn’t play for Essendon VFL.  
17 StK Got his chance with the resting of Watson. Was adequate if not spectacular. 4
18 VFL Banged in all day with 17 contested possessions. Very good performance, finishing with 28 touches, nine tackles and eight clearances.
19 VFL Was really strong through midfield with 31 disposals.
20 VFL Bye.
21 VFL Huge competitor in midfield. 29 possessions, 10 tackles and 11 clearances.
22 GCS Gathered 23 possessions to go with four tackles. Played the role he was asked to do. 6
23 VFL A machine at the stoppages with nine clearances to go with 24 possessions.

2016 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 GCS Defensive aspects were good but blunted his output. 4
2   Played in VFL trial against Richmond.  
3 VFL Played midfield and provided some grunt as an inside midfielder.
4 Geel Former Swan did hit bit in the middle. Eleven contested possessions and three clearances. 6
5 Coll Consistent across all four quarters with his pressure being a highlight. 6
6   Quad.  
7 Syd Couldn’t fault his work-rate against former club, but his disposal let him down at times. 4
8 NM Covered the ground pretty well. Seven clearances, four inside-50s and five tackles. 6
9 StK Hurt in a heavy hit, but gritted his teeth and continued to give an honest performance. 5
10 Rich Eight clearances and seven tackles. Did some tough stuff and certainly held his own. 6
11 Frem Laid nine tackles. Also won the ball but had little impact. 5
12 Haw No doubting his workload in the thick of the contest, but not making an impact. 3
13 GWS Quiet one. Laid seven tackles but only two clearances and four kicks. 3
15 WCE Tackled and won clearances. Good in congestion. 7
16 StK Disposal was wasteful. Dumped hard in a tackle, which bruised his hip. 4
17 Rich Went to Martin, but found the Richmond star tough to contain. Battled hard through pain. 6
18   Senior emergency.  
19 Adel Laid nine tackles and won four clearances and four inside-50s. 6
20 Geel Shadowed Selwood at times and able to nullify him to a degree. Laid five tackles. 6
21 GCS Used down back then pressed up for important last-quarter goal. OK. 5
22 WB Battled along in midfield. 4
23 Carl Played a serviceable role in the midfield. Six clearances and five tackles. 6

2015 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 Ess Had job on Stanton and got on top in second half, kicking important goal. 6
2 Port Curbed the influence of Boak. 6
3 GWS Played a role with minimum of fuss. One goal and five tackles. 7
4 Frem Strong in contests with 21 touches and six clearances. 6
5 WB Not one of his better days offensively. Couldn’t get hands to the ball. 3
6   Senior emergency.  
7 NEAFL Worked hard to break a close tag. 34 touches, one goal.
8 NEAFL Bye.
9 NEAFL Given an armchair ride by rucks. Plenty of the ball.
10 NEAFL Starred in midfield with 39 possessions, 11 inside 50s.
11 NEAFL Influential in midfield with three goals and lot of ball.
12 NEAFL Bye.
13 NEAFL Injured shoulder in opening minutes.
14   Shoulder.  
15 NEAFL Back from shoulder injury to rack up 26 touches. Good.
16 Haw Brought in to tag Mitchell but suffered injury and subbed out at quarter time. 1
17   Calf.  
18   Calf.  
19   Calf.  
20   Calf.  
21 NEAFL Did well in three quarters despite close attention.
22 NEAFL Steady game in midfield. Putting hand up for recall.
23 NEAFL One of the Swans’ best in elimination final defeat.

2014 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 GWS Stuck to his task and was OK. 5
2 Coll Used as the substitute, he had little impact in his quarter of game time. 1
3   Calf.  
4 NEAFL Very busy, banging down the door for seniors.
5 Frem Returned from injury and put in a solid if unspectacular shift. 5
6 Melb Gets under the guard of opponents as focus goes to others. Did his job. 7
7 Bris Quiet first half. Then unwound after half time. 6
8 Haw Plugged away until went to a rampant Burgoyne and quelled him. 7
9 Ess Influential early when the game was there to be won. 31 touches a great return. 7
11 Geel Massive. First quarter helped set tone and teammates followed. 8
12 GCS Good battle with Broughton. Might have just nicked the contest. 6
13 Port Solid contributor opposed to Mitchell. 6
14 Rich Quietened Cotchin in third term and played an important part. 6
15 GWS One of Sydney's most consistent in 2014, he was quiet here. 4
16 WCE Shifted onto Priddis at quarter time and helped restrict his impact. 6
17 Carl Laid eight tackles, but was otherwise a little off his high recent standard. 4
18 Haw Won plenty of ball in midfield and stepped up when others wilted. 7
19 Ess Steady contributor in middle. 5
20 Port Big game with 10 tackles, six clearances and three scoring assists. 7
21 StK Off with knock to knee in second term. 3
22   Knee.  
23   Knee.  
QF Frem Came on early as the sub but still lacked game time. 3
PF NM Sub. Found time to join the party and kick last goal of the match. 2
GF Haw Sub. Played second half but powerless to stop rampant Hawks. 1

2013 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 NEAFL Strong around the contests and got a lot of the ball.
2 GCS Used as a substitute in his first game of year and didn't have much impact. 3
3 NM Sub came on in last term and had instant touches. 2
4 NEAFL Strong game in midfield. Worked well with White.
5 StK Strong in the tough conditions. 6
6 Bris Played his role without being a standout performer. 5
7 Haw Defensive on Birchall and OK in that role but not much offensively. 5
8 Frem Used as the sub, he was able to make a small impact in the final term. 4
9 Coll On a back flank, took Swan at times and made a solid contribution. 6
10 Ess Good hard grinding game and was always in at the contest. 6
11 Adel Negating role on Reilly worked well. 6
13 Port Had a run-with role on Wingard but also won plenty of his own footy. 6
14 Carl Super from start to finish. Loved heavy going and collected career-high numbers. 8
15 Melb Kicked first goal and ended with two in a solid display at half forward. 6
16 GWS Continued his fine season in his 100th game. Seven inside 50s and kicked 2.3. 8
17 WCE Able to get some of the ball while playing his defensive role. 5
18 Rich Excellent job in running with Deledio. 7
19 WB Had negating forward tag on Murphy. Squared the battle. 6
20 Coll Spent time on Sinclair and Shaw and did a solid job. 6
21 StK Had a big share of the ball in a good game. 6
22 Geel Stokes cut him up early and didn’t impact the game forward of centre. 4
23 Haw Had a good game. 6
QF Haw Started on Lewis and had big first half. Tapered but still contributed. 7
SF Carl Tagged Murphy all night and kept him from being dangerous forward of centre. 7
PF Frem Horrible. Coach had seen enough by midway through third term and subbed out. 1

2012 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 GWS Looks to be one of the big improvers. In everything, but efficiency down. 7
2 Frem Had job on Fyfe and did reasonable job. 7
3 Port Kicked the Swans first two goals of the match. 6
4 NM Worked hard without being brilliant. Good, solid contributor. 5
5 Haw Prolific ball winner especially in second half. 7
6 Adel Quieter than usual and had little impact. 4
7 Rich Failed to keep up with Cotchin and had only 12 possessions. 3
8 Melb Came on as sub in final quarter and racked up a few good possessions. 2
9 StK Had job on Dal Santo and stuck to his guns. 5
10 WB Lined up on Robert Murphy and took him completely out of the game. 5
11 Ess Active first half and maintained the momentum. 6
13 Geel Even effort but didn’t have a clearance and only two inside-50s. 4
14 GWS Introduced as a sub at three quarter-time and kicked two behinds. 3
15 Bris Went head-to-head with Rich and just about shaded the duel. 5
16 WCE Played well across half-forward and didn’t let Hurn run free. 6
17 StK A few good moments including an important late goal. 5
18 GCS Started as sub and activated early. Kicked a lovely curling goal. 4
19 Carl Went to Yarran after Carlton man was damaging early. 6
20 Coll Had a reasonable day in the midfield and kicked a goal in the third term. 4
21 WB Handy foot soldier from start to finish highlighted by four inside-50s. 7
22 Haw Gets under the guard with some many others to worry about and did it again. 7
23 Geel Used defensively on Enright at times and did that OK. 5
QF Adel Solid effort. 5
PF Coll Played a key role with a goal and efficient ball use between the arcs. 7
GF Haw Capped great season with another steady effort. Nothing flashy but effective. 7