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Daniel
Pearce

Height
181 cm
DOB
22-01-1993
Weight
76 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2014
0
Career
5
Goals
2014
0
Career
0
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
0
Avg
0
DanielPearce

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Clubs: -
Debut: Rd 9 2012 (Geelong)
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Brownlow Votes: -

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Pearce is a small utility who can break lines playing in defence and through the midfield.  His overhead marking is another of his strengths. After playing five games in his debut year, the 21-year-old returned to the VFL to develop further in 2013. The third round selection in the 2011 AFL National Draft (pick 49 overall) will be looking to transition into the senior side more regularly in future seasons.

Season by Season

Season in short:

Having played five matches in his debut 2012 season, Pearce spent 2013 with Williamstown. In 19 matches for the Seagulls, the small utility showed encouraging signs of development. The extended run at VFL level allowed him to spend more game time on the wing and occasionally push forward, after initially being groomed in defence.  A 30 disposal game against Frankston should bolster Pearce’s confidence in searching for more opportunities with the Bulldogs in 2014.

Stat that mattered:

A relatively uninterrupted season saw Pearce play 20 games in the VFL this year – with just one of those in the development league. The boost in exposure to regular games will help his development in the long run.

What they said:

“Pearcey played one of his best games for us this year. He played in a variety of roles, rotating between mid and back. He carried the ball a lot better this week and made some really good decisions with the ball. He defended well and tackled well, so it was a really well rounded game for him this week.”

- Development Coach Peter German after round 15 in the VFL

Pearce was given his AFL chance with a call up in round 9 against Geelong. The 2011 draftee was promising in his debut season, particularly as he adjusted to the faster tempo of senior football. The teenager hit his stride in round 19 against North Melbourne, collecting 17 possessions at 82% disposal efficiency. The extended run in the seniors saw the Oakleigh Chargers recruit begin to really show glimpses of what he is capable of. He finished with seven marks, three rebound 50s and four inside 50s. His season was cut short with a hamstring injury.

Season by Season

An athletic midfielder with terrific natural leap and marking ability. Can play in a range of positions and had an excellent year with the Oakleigh Chargers, finishing fourth in the best and fairest. Has a basketball background with the Bulleen Boomers, which has helped develop his decision-making and clean ball-handling.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 0
    • Kicks 0.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 0.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 0.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn L 107 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda W 99 - 122 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne L 111 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans L 67 - 130 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants L 109 - 115 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 5.4
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 9.4
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 36.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 North Melbourne Rd 19, 2012
Handballs 6 North Melbourne Rd 19, 2012
Disposals 17 North Melbourne Rd 19, 2012
Marks 7 North Melbourne Rd 19, 2012
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 2 St Kilda Rd 18, 2012
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 66 North Melbourne Rd 19, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Western Bulldogs 27 20 47 17 0 1 3 5 0 0 184

Legend

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Milestones

AFL Western Bulldogs: 5 games, 0 goals