Matthew BOYD


Age: 36yr 12mth Games: 293 Born: Aug 27, 2020
Height: 184cm Weight: 88kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Relished the move to defence last season and will look to form a veteran partnership with the returning Bob Murphy.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 Coll In the wars after a poke in the eye early. Didn't stop him earning 26 touches and kicking a goal. 6
2 Syd Didn’t have a touch until second term then settled into his rhythm. Calming influence when game got tight. 5
3 Frem Had 21 touches and kicked one goal. Reasonable performance. 5
4 NM Well below his best. Hardly sighted early doors then found a bit of it late to at least contribute. 4
5 Bris Did what was asked from defence and was solid enough without starring. Ball use solid enough to help teammates. 6
6   Back.  
7 Rich Hard and always resolute down back. 6
8 WCE Good job off half-back. Worked the ball from the defensive 50. 6
9   Shoulder.  
10   Shoulder.  
11   Shoulder.  
12 Syd Back from injury and was handy enough at half back, but came under increasing pressure. 5
13 VFL Wasn’t as efficient as he'd like to be, but got a bit of the ball.
14 VFL Controlled the back half expertly as expected with 34 possessions.
15 VFL One of the Dogs best with 22 possessions and four rebounds off half back.
16 Adel Won his fair share of footy across halfback but like Scott Thompson looks like the game may have passed him. 4
17   Achilles.  
18   Way too good for this level with 38 disposals.  
19   Achilles.  
20 VFL Controlled the back half with 25 touches and seven rebounds.
21   Achilles.  
22 VFL Very good at half back with 26 possessions and seven rebounds.
23 Haw Last game was solid enough from defence. Ended the night with 33 possessions in what was a fitting finale. 8

2016 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 Frem Cruised across the half back line and teamed well with fellow veteran Murphy. Did his bit. 6
2 StK Racked up good numbers across half back and midfield but many came when game was over. 6
3 Haw Linked up well with 16 uncontested possessions from 20 touches. 6
4 Carl Veteran mopped up at back half with aplomb and used the ball to advantage of teammates. 7
5 Bris Mopped up well in the back half, which was the basis of many attacks. One of the best. 7
6 NM Worked hard down back and got involved forward as well. 6
7 Adel Led way off half back with his hard running and steady delivery. Key player in a tight game. 8
8 Melb Controlled the game from half-back at times and a constant source of frustration for Demons. 8
9   Suspended.  
10 Coll Often pitted against the taller Moore and always up for the challenge. 5
11 WCE Ball use from half back a feature of another solid display. Got great ability to get in the way. 7
12 Port Took Jarman Impey out of the game, started several counter attacks from defence. 8
13 Geel Turned the ball over far too often early for a player of his calibre and experience. 4
15 Syd Relentless in doing the one-percenters and a bulwark of the team. 7
16 Rich Poor night. Kicking efficiency well down and sold teammates into trouble. 4
17 GCS Gave side a lot of run and carry out of back half. Eight marks, four rebounds. 7
18 StK Good in defence on Gresham and Wright early. Toiled hard. 6
19   Achilles.  
20 NM Experience crucial in strong first half. Underrated player. 7
21 Coll Dogs’ best in first half off half back and was solid all night. 7
22 Ess Resolute in defence and mopped up constantly effectively at start. Showed iron will. 7
23 Frem A high disposal game. Much like his career. Worked hard all day. 7
EF WCE A steadying influence across half back. Used the ball well and helped keep the Eagles at bay. 7
SF Haw Iron-willed veteran continues to keep ticking over in defence. 6
PF GWS Battle-hardened warrior typically unrelenting and immovable. 7
GF Syd Typically unrelenting and never conceded an inch. Deserved reward. 6

2015 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Veteran stepped up to collected a heap of the pill. Played his role well. 7
2 Rich Thwarted many Tiger forward forays courtesy of astute play reading. A key. 8
3   Ankle.  
4 Adel Ranged across half back and proved hard to pass. 6
5 Syd In tough conditions his ball use was first class. Gave some nice rebound. 7
6   Soreness.  
7 Frem Came on across half back on Suban early. Steadied team after shaky start. 6
8 Melb Probably Dogs’ best. Worked hard to repel the Dees. 8
9 GWS Diligent and hard-edged running off half back was a stumbling block. 7
10 Port As reliable as ever, very rarely beaten. 7
12 Bris Reliable game at half back. 6
13 StK Hardened veteran who was in his element in tight contest. 7
14 Carl 14 marks across half back to go with 31 possessions. Superb. 8
15 GCS Mopped up across half back to orchestrate Bulldogs’ attacks. 7
16 Geel Not allowed to control the game from half back but remained steady. 5
17 Coll Controlled back flank with aplomb. 12 marks to go with 38 possessions. 8
18 Ess Mopped up everything at half back. Kicking did let him down at times. 6
19 Port Excellent in Murphy's absence, had plenty of it and showed class. 9
20 Melb Marshalled back half and even took a hanger – that’s how well the Dogs are going! 7
21   Soreness.  
22 NM Worked on Ziebell on first half. Notched up plenty of touches out of defence. 7
23   Soreness.  
EF Adel Busy night and had work cut out chasing small forwards 4

2014 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Played on Priddis and struggled to stop him. Racked up ball himself. 6
2 NM Worked diligently enough, but unable to get into the thick of the action. Six tackles. 5
3 Rich Head down, bum up game as usual. 7
4 GWS Gave the young buck – Treloar a lesson in ball accumulation. Starred. 9
5 Carl Slow start but gathered momentum. 6
6 Adel Led from the front in midfield and helped set up the early lead. Good effort. 7
7 Ess Won 28 possessions and was the game’s leading contested player. 7
8 Melb Quiet and butchered the footy at times. Kept trying. 4
10 GCS Again found a lot of the ball but disposal lets him down. 6
11 VFL Bye.
12   Hamstring.  
13   Hamstring.  
14 Port Seven tackles, four clearances and three inside-50s for the former captain. 7
15 Melb 21 first half touches set the game up. Slowed late but a powerful effort. 8
16 Geel Battled away around the ball but only one tackle and no inside-50s. 4
17 GCS Strong worker in midfield and led by example for young pups. 7
18 Ess Plugged away in the middle. Laid just the one tackle which is hard to fathom 5
19 Haw Went with Lewis and shaded but not disgraced. 5
20 StK Kept close to Hayes and blunted the champ’s output. 5
21 NM Diligent and single minded approach to tagging Dal Santo and limited him. 7
22 Syd Kicked Dogs first and worked industriously in midfield. 7
23 GWS Worked hard in midfield for his 27 touches, but GWS pace was an issue. 7

2013 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1   Calf.  
2   Calf.  
3   Calf.  
4 Adel Courageous captain returned for his first game for 2013 and was at his usual best. 7
5 Geel Typical in and under effort netted 14 cont poss, six tackles and three inside-50s. 7
6 WCE Went with Kerr and took the honours. 6
7 NM Quiet start but then won a share of it. 5
8 GCS Put the ball inside 50 six times and worked tirelessly as usual. 7
9 StK On Steven and exceptional in second term. Missed some targets. 7
10   Calf.  
11   Calf.  
12 Coll Early stats early belied lack of influence. Tried hard but not damaging. 6
13 Rich Racked up big numbers but made some errors and not damaging. Nine tackles. 7
14 Melb Outstanding last quarter to help inspire comeback. Massive heart. 7
15   Cheekbone.  
16   Cheekbone.  
17   Cheekbone.  
18 WCE Not as prolific as he can be but contributed one goal and three clearances. 6
19   Calf.  
20   Calf.  
21 Adel Racked up the numbers again and importantly used the ball well pretty much all match. 7
22 Bris Racked stats in typical fashion and one of few Dogs to play a reasonable first half. 7
23 Melb Magnificent four-quarter performance from the captain with 40 possessions. 8

2012 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Had 38 disposals but only 20 effective. Impact didn’t match stat numbers. 7
2 Adel Fantastic, 28 disposals including seven clearances and two goals. 8
3 StK Ran himself ragged with 40 touches trying to lift side, but efficiency down. 7
4 Melb Quiet first half by his standards. Not usual influence. 5
5 GWS Fantastic topped off with nine clearances. 8
6 Coll Won 18 touches to half time and was in the vanguard of Dogs’ start. 7
7 NM Won 19 contested possessions and 10 clearances. Work horse. 8
8 GCS The Dogs’ major ball winner with 29. Lead from the front. 7
9 Geel Racked up the stats and used most of them wisely; served his side well. 8
10 Syd Tried hard as always and was a rare bright spark among a beaten side. 7
12 Port Had it 22 times by half time to help set up victory – seven inside 50s. 8
13 Bris Stat numbers down and well nullified around the contests by Redden. 5
14 Ess As ever, was a prodigious ball winner in first half with 19 touches. Battled on. 6
15 Frem His team’s best player with 35 touches and six clearances. 8
16 Haw Could not have worked harder in 200th – eight clearances, seven inside-50s. 8
17 Carl Worked tirelessly to collect 25 disposals, including eight clearances. 7
18 StK Racked up the numbers again but was swamped by the Saints’ midfield. 6
19 NM Typical dogged game. Nine clearances, 18 cont. possessions, eight tackles. 8
20 Rich Battled away manfully all day – four clearances and four inside-50s. 7
21 Syd Workhorse performance but Kennedy was more damaging. 6
22 Geel Racked up the stats again plus added eight clearances, 16 contested disposals. 9
23 Bris With 37 touches, one of a few Dogs’ that could hold their head high. 7