Michael TALIA


Age: 26yr 6mth Games: 32 Born: Feb 11, 2021
Height: 192cm Weight: 94kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Foot injury and club suspension sidelined him for most of first year. Has a few in front of him now, so the battle is on.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

2 NEAFL Another who found life difficult against the Brisbane forwards. Tried hard but wasn't his best.
3 NEAFL Just fair in defence. Made a few mistakes that Southport capitalised on.
4 NEAFL Bye.
5 NEAFL A fine performer in defence. Did a good job shutting down Giants forwards and won lots of his own ball.
6   Senior emergency.  
7 NEAFL Just fair down back. Needs to get a wriggle on, or his career will be over.
8 NEAFL Excellent down back. Gave little away and even pushed forward for a rare goal.
9 NEAFL Played his role in defence. 12 possessions, but Uni forwards weren't able to impact the game.
10 NEAFL Blanketed the Swans forwards and was a rebounding threat all day. 10 rebounds to go with 29 touches.
11   Bye.  
12 NEAFL Controlled the back half well and found himself winning more and more of the ball.
13 NEAFL Did what was required in back half without much fuss.
14 NEAFL Did what was required mostly down back, but has a tough road ahead to force his way in.
15 NEAFL Steady game in the defensive half in big win over the Demons.
16 NEAFL Had 24 touches patrolling the back half. Did his bit.
17 NEAFL Was fairly attacking with the ball in hand but mixed his good moments with bad ones.
18 NEAFL Little influence in the grand scheme of the massive win.
19   Bye.  
20 NEAFL Had hands full throughout in an under fire defensive half.
21 NEAFL Allowed to roam up the ground to win a lot of the ball from the back half.
22 NEAFL Bobbed up with a goal and even spent time in the ruck.
23 NEAFL Bye.
EF NEAFL Fair in what may be his final game in Swans colors.

2016 Season

Played for : Sydney Swans

1 Coll Settled in well enough in the back half and teamed well with Grundy on Cloke/Moore. 7
2   Foot.  
3   Foot.  
4   Foot.  
5   Foot.  
6   Foot.  
7   Foot.  
8   Foot.  
9   Foot.  
10   Foot.  
11   Foot.  
12   Foot.  
13   Foot.  
14   Foot.  
15   Foot.  
16   Foot.  
17   Foot.  
18   Foot.  
19   Foot.  
20   Foot.  
21   Foot.  
22   Foot.  
23   Suspended.  
QF   Suspended.  
SF   Suspended.  
PF   Foot.  
GF   Foot.  

2015 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Did a fine job on the dangerous Kennedy, which was pivotal to the victory. 8
2 Rich Claimed second scalp in as many weeks by taking Riewoldt to the cleaners. 7
3 Haw Had the hardest job of all on Roughead. Stuck to it and won a share of footy. 5
4 Adel Matched up on Walker and did his job. 5
5 Syd Had job on Franklin (three goals) but he did a reasonable job. 6
6 StK Excelled down back apart from being run down once. Decent work. 6
7 Frem Had job on Pavlich and will have learned a bit from playing on a champ. 4
8 Melb Handy. Not the player you want with ball in hand under pressure. 4
9 VFL OK down back after being dropped from seniors.
10 VFL Marked well down back but made some bad turnovers.
11 VFL Bye.
12 VFL Did his job down back curtailing Tiger forwards.
13 VFL Had turns on McCartin and Brown and was solid enough.
14 VFL Did a solid defensive job on Blues’ tall forwards.
15 GCS Moved forward late and was a factor with marking and competitiveness. Two goals. 6
16 VFL Did well in defence. 21 touches and competed hard.
17 Coll Late inclusion for Roughead and got job on White. Solid effort. 5
18 Ess Up and down. Mixed good defensive stuff with poor offensive work. 4
19 Port Nine marks and one of several defenders who stood tall and beat his opponent. 7
20 Melb Had Dawes but had lots of aerial support. OK in one-on-ones. 7
21 WCE Had his hands full as West Coast’s forwards ran wild. 4
22   Ankle.  
23 VFL Battled a bit down back without great support.
EF VFL Drifted down for a goal but had hands full in defence.

2014 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 PM Solid in defence against Richmond VFL.
2 PM Did his job fairly well in defence.
3 VFL Got better as the game wore on the defence.
4 VFL Marked strongly in defence. Copped a head knock, which ended his day.
5 Carl Lined up on Casboult. Neither had a big say. 3
6 Adel Had his hands full with Jenkins who ended with 3.3. 4
7 Ess Nice battle with Daniher. They broke even. 5
8 VFL Defended well and got a bit of ball down back.
9 VFL Bye.
10 VFL Rarely lost a one-on-one down back and gave some drive.
11 VFL Bye.
12 VFL Solid enough down back in close win over Dolphins.
13 VFL Just the eight touches but was solid down back.
14 VFL Did what was required down back in big win.
15 VFL OK down back but was iffy in a few contests. Can improve.
16 VFL Did what was required at half back.
17 VFL Pressed forward for a rare goal and had 20 touches.
18 VFL Solid down back in big win over Essendon.
19 VFL Stood tall down back and repelled plenty of attacks.
20 VFL Defended well in the air and got a bit of ball.
21 VFL Defended well against Casey talls.
22 VFL Competed hard down back against Tiger talls. OK.
23 VFL Did his job without much fuss down back against Willy.
SF VFL Defended fairly well for most of the afternoon.
PF VFL Starred down back. 16 touches and didn’t give an inch.

2013 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 VFL Sturdy effort in the back half. One to watch.
2 VFL Bye.
3 VFL Spoilt well and competed strongly. Solid effort.
4 VFL Controlled the backline under pressure. Cool performance.
5   Jaw.  
6   Jaw.  
7   Jaw.  
8 VFL Rarely lost a contest in defence in first game back.
9 VFL Didn’t have a great deal to do down back due to Willy’s dominance.
10 Port Found plenty of ball opposed to Butcher and kept the Port forward quite. 7
12 Coll Picked up Lynch and other resting talls. Won a fair share of ball. 6
13 Rich Troubled by A. Edwards, but found a bit of footy himself. Kicking still needs work. 5
14 Melb Team-high six intercept possessions. Fine prospect. 6
15 GWS Universally acclaimed as best player on the ground. Excellent. 8
16 Ess Handy defensively but until kicking improves he will keep turning the ball over. 4
17 Haw Started well in defence, mopped up everything but can butcher the pill. 5
18 WCE Had task on Darling and took the fight up to the Eagle match-winner. 6
19 Syd Picked up resting rucks Pyke and Mumford. Battled away but beaten. 4
20   Soreness.  
21 VFL Solid enough in Williamstown big win over North Ballarat.
22 VFL Defended stoutly all day. Led the backline in spoils.
23 VFL Competed strongly down back and never gave an inch. Solid.
SF VFL Not his best game this year. Beaten too often in defence.

2012 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 VFL Solid game at centre half back.
3 VFL Nice effort in defence. Read the play well.
4 VFL Stood strong when required down back.
5 VFL Defended fairly well and read the play better than most.
6 VFL Competed fairly well but was beaten.
8 VFL Competed strongly and barely lost a contest in the air.
10 VFL Beaten early and had a few different opponents.
14 VFL Had the better of Edwards and showed plenty of potential.
15 VFL Continues to develop as a key defender.
17 VFL Had his hands full down back.
18 VFL Held Burstin goalless and defended resolutely.
19 NM Kicked early goal to delight of teammates. Injured leg in final term. 3
20 Rich Found the going tough down back but will learn plenty from the outing. 4
22 Geel Battled away down back on Podsiadly/Walker. Didn’t back down at all. 5
23 Bris Outclassed by Brown. 4
QF VFL Played well in defence. Smothered his opponent.
SF VFL One of Seagulls’ best in negating Port’s key forwards.