#39   Western Bulldogs

Age: 26yr 4mth Games: 85 Born: Nov 08, 2020
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
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.

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