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Queensland bully

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2:59pm  Jul 17, 2016

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Koby
Stevens

Height
189 cm
DOB
18-06-1991
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2016
12
Career
74
Goals
2016
5
Career
34
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1025
Avg
85
KobyStevens

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Lucknow
Clubs: Western Bulldogs, West Coast Eagles
Debut: Rd 13 2010 (Western Bulldogs)
Recruited from: Gippsland Power
Brownlow Votes: 2

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The ex-West Coast Eagles recruit is hard at the contest and strong overhead and has relished greater opportunity at the Bulldogs. Adding a mature body to the midfield ranks, the Gippsland Power product is determined to add more balance to his game with his run, spread and power. The 22-year-old requested a trade to the Bulldogs in 2012 after playing 11 games with the Eagles.

Season by Season

Season in short:

One of the key contributors to the Bulldogs turnaround in the first half of the year, Koby Stevens was on his way to his most damaging season yet.

Stevens stood up in the absence of Tom Liberatore, playing a hard, inside role in the Dogs midfield.

His best performance came in the round 14 win against Carlton, picking up 28 disposals, five marks and seven tackles.

Stevens was averaging six tackles and 20 disposals before a stress fracture in his foot sidelined him after round 15, with the 24-year-old not returning for the remainder of the year.

His ferocity at the contest was sorely missed, and he will no doubt be a welcome addition back into the side in 2016.

 

Stat that mattered:

Stevens finished 13th in the league for average tackles per game in 2015.

 

What they said:

“It was a good year, I probably played the most consistent footy I have in my career so it was a bit of a bummer to go out with a stress fracture in the end… I played as an inside mid whereas I’d previously played as an outside mid and just that continuity with the boys that are in there now.” – Koby Stevens, September 2015

“Koby’s probably the perfect mix of what Bevo wants. Someone that can play multiple roles. He’s really strong above his head and he’s a great athlete so he’s got the ability to be hard inside but also to run and break lines outside and when Koby’s on he’s using the footy really well so he was a player we really missed at the back half of the year.” ­– Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

After playing predominantly as midfield battering-ram in his first season at the Dogs, Stevens spent more time forward in 2014 as part of a mobile set-up finishing sixth on the Club’s goal-kicking list.

With a three goal haul against Collingwood in round 13, and an impressive 24-disposal game against North Melbourne in round two which included seven marks and a goal, Stevens showed he is more than capable of rotating through the forward line and midfield.

Stevens brought up his 50th career game in the round 23 clash against GWS Giants, and signed a two-year deal in August, confirming his homeat Whitten Oval until at least 2016.

 

The stat that mattered:

After adapting to his new role in the forward line, Stevens finished sixth on the Club’s goal-kicking list.

 

What they said:

“Koby has impressed since arriving at the Club with his competitiveness and versatility.

“He has adapted well to the various roles he has played and we are really starting to see him mature right in front of our eyes.” – Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney on Koby Stevens

Season in short:

After a stint with the West Coast Eagles, a return to Victoria proved to be a good decision both for Stevens and the Bulldogs. Playing 19 matches, the Gippsland boy filled a variety of roles ranging from goal kicking onballer to centre square extractor. Bulldogs fans will recall his best match - a 31 disposal, eight mark, three goal exhibition of power and precision against St Kilda in round nine.

Stat that mattered:

A number of stats mattered for the 22-year-old in his first year at the kennel, more than doubling his previous games tally during the season – playing 19 of his 30 career games in 2013. With the increased opportunity also came a range of personal bests including disposals (31), goals (three) and tackles (eight).

What they said:

“Koby coming into the footy club we knew he was a really offensive weapon for us, and his metres gained was really important. But the best thing about his game on the weekend was his defensive side - I think that was really pivotal in his chase down of [Clinton] Jones late in the game. His effort and desire to buy in defensively and make an impact there as well as on the scoreboard where he kicked three goals – it’s great that he’s starting to get that balance between the two areas.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen after the round 9 win over St Kilda

Season by Season

Stevens was traded to the Western Bulldogs at the end of the 2012 AFL Premiership Season from the West Coast Eagles in return for pick No. 45. Stevens was initially recruited into the AFL ranks as a second round selection (No. 23 overall) in the 2009 AFL Draft.

Season in short:

One of the key contributors to the Bulldogs turnaround in the first half of the year, Koby Stevens was on his way to his most damaging season yet.

Stevens stood up in the absence of Tom Liberatore, playing a hard, inside role in the Dogs midfield.

His best performance came in the round 14 win against Carlton, picking up 28 disposals, five marks and seven tackles.

Stevens was averaging six tackles and 20 disposals before a stress fracture in his foot sidelined him after round 15, with the 24-year-old not returning for the remainder of the year.

His ferocity at the contest was sorely missed, and he will no doubt be a welcome addition back into the side in 2016.

 

Stat that mattered:

Stevens finished 13th in the league for average tackles per game in 2015.

 

What they said:

“It was a good year, I probably played the most consistent footy I have in my career so it was a bit of a bummer to go out with a stress fracture in the end… I played as an inside mid whereas I’d previously played as an outside mid and just that continuity with the boys that are in there now.” – Koby Stevens, September 2015

“Koby’s probably the perfect mix of what Bevo wants. Someone that can play multiple roles. He’s really strong above his head and he’s a great athlete so he’s got the ability to be hard inside but also to run and break lines outside and when Koby’s on he’s using the footy really well so he was a player we really missed at the back half of the year.” ­– Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 8.9
    • Handballs 13.4
    • Disposals 22.3
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 5.0
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 85.4

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Carlton Rd 4
Handballs 23 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Disposals 34 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Marks 5 Fremantle Rd 23
Hit-outs 2 Richmond Rd 16
Tackles 8 Fremantle Rd 1
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 117 Brisbane Lions Rd 5

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle W 103 - 38 8 19 27 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 94
2 St Kilda W 36 - 93 9 14 23 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 81
3 Hawthorn L 90 - 93 2 15 17 1 2 0 1 6 0 0 62
4 Carlton W 49 - 85 17 8 25 5 1 4 1 3 2 0 108
5 Brisbane Lions W 120 - 67 11 23 34 5 0 1 1 6 0 1 117
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 45 14 14 28 4 0 0 1 5 1 1 106
7 Adelaide Crows W 123 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 82 - 114 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 GWS Giants L 98 - 73 6 8 14 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 63
10 Collingwood W 53 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 West Coast Eagles W 83 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Port Adelaide W 97 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Geelong Cats L 43 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Sydney Swans W 79 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Richmond W 85 - 75 5 12 17 3 2 2 0 7 0 0 80
17 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 59 14 20 34 5 1 1 1 2 2 0 116
18 St Kilda L 60 - 75 6 10 16 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 56
19 Geelong Cats L 103 - 78 6 8 14 3 0 0 0 5 0 1 64
20 North Melbourne W 61 - 47 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Collingwood W 95 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Essendon W 53 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle L 69 - 49 9 10 19 5 0 0 1 5 0 2 81
W1 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
SF Hawthorn W 84 - 107 - - - - - - - - - - -
PF GWS Giants W 83 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
GF Sydney Swans W 67 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 19 - L: 7 107 161 268 40 6 11 10 60 5 5 1025

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 74
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 9.9
    • Disposals 17.7
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 3.6
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 69.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 St Kilda Rd 9, 2013
Handballs 23 Brisbane Lions Rd 5, 2016
Disposals 34 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2016
Marks 8 St Kilda Rd 9, 2013
Hit-outs 2 Richmond Rd 16, 2016
Tackles 11 Port Adelaide Rd 10, 2015
Goals 3 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
AFL Fantasy 139 St Kilda Rd 9, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Western Bulldogs 107 161 268 40 6 11 10 60 5 5 1025
2015 Western Bulldogs 113 131 244 34 9 12 14 73 4 4 1002
2014 Western Bulldogs 142 205 347 73 2 11 19 50 14 9 1304
2013 Western Bulldogs 160 188 348 65 0 10 21 54 9 9 1277
2012 West Coast Eagles 19 15 34 12 0 2 2 10 0 0 159
2011 West Coast Eagles 5 2 7 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 36
2010 West Coast Eagles 33 30 63 19 0 5 3 21 2 1 309

Legend

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