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Season Review: Matthew Suckling

September 12, 2017 3:46 PM

Suckling: "To play every game this year was nice" Matthew Suckling spoke to BulldogsTV about his performance this year, as the 2017 season comes to a finish.
AFL 2017 Round 23 - Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25: Matthew Suckling of the Bulldogs in action during the 2017 AFL round 23 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on August 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

The 2017 season proved to be consistent one for defender, Matthew Suckling.

After a troublesome achilles hindered the second half of 2016, the 29-year-old was injury-free and was one of only six players to play all 22 matches.

In his ninth season of AFL, Suckling provided his side with his trademark booming left-foot and run off half back. 

In round 4 against North Melbourne he kicked 2 goals and collected 26 possessions, while in round 22 he kicked a memorable goal from outside 50 against Port Adelaide at Mars Stadium in Balllarat.

The stat that mattered:

Suckling averaged 20.8 disposals in 2017 with an efficiency of 77.5%.

What they said.

“It was disappointing to miss the finals off the back of what we built last year.

“Personally to play every game, after what was a frustrating year body-wise last season was nice.

“I was trying to get my speed back into my game especially after my achilles last year which was hampering my pre-season. The second half of the year I thought I was able to bring that out again.”

- Matthew Suckling, September 2017.