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Defensive acts define Jones’ dominance

Focussing on his influence outside of the scoreboard Liam Jones produced arguably his best game for the Western Bulldogs in Sunday’s win over Collingwood.

6:25pm  Jun 16, 2014

Jones back for Pies

Power forward Liam Jones will return to the Western Bulldogs senior side for Sunday’s round 13 match against Collingwood

5:00pm  Jun 13, 2014

Forwards vying for sole spot

Liam Jones is in the mix for selection in the Western Bulldogs side against the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night

2:23pm  Jun 4, 2014

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VFL - Jones kicks six goals

4:01pm  Jul 24, 2014

Jones raises the bar

12:53pm  Jun 16, 2014

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Liam
Jones

Height
198 cm
DOB
24-02-1991
Weight
98 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2014
10
Career
66
Goals
2014
12
Career
68
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
514
Avg
51
LiamJones

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 18 2010 (North Melbourne)
Recruited from: North Hobart/Tas U18/Scotch College
Brownlow Votes: -

Jones is a developing tall prospect with a strong contested mark, who at 22-years-old is shaping into a dangerous forward target. Playing all bar three games in season 2013, the key position tall grew in confidence and began to impact the scoreboard with regularity. The Tasmanian recruit came to Whitten Oval in the 2008 AFL National Draft with the Bulldogs second round selection (pick 32 overall).

Season by Season

Season in short:

The athletic key man was a livewire early, soaring for high marks, crashing packs and booting two bags of four goals in the first five weeks. Jones continued to create inside-50 contests and contribute goals throughout the season – working hard to improve his game. Against Geelong in round five, Jones displayed his scintillating best with four majors and six marks, including two brilliant contested grabs in front of goal. Overall, his 19-game season yielded 22 goals. Jones booted an impressive nine majors from two games with Williamstown late in the year and will look to consolidate his forward-line role in the off-season.

Stat that mattered:

Despite playing one less game than 2011, Jones bettered his previous best goal kicking tally (19), booting 22 majors in 2013. Across the season, Jones averaged more than one goal per game, while having a hand in a number of other scoring opportunities.

What they said:

“We’ve been confident for a long time about Liam coming along… externally people are now taking more notice but we have been seeing small steps for about 18 months.”

- Senior Coach Brendan McCartney after round five, 2013

Season 2012 confronted Liam Jones with a challenge to stamp his authority on the Bulldogs forward line. While the 21 year old at times struggled to fend off the opposition’s best defender, he still showed good signs. He averaged almost four marks per game at AFL level and almost six marks at VFL level. He also contributed to the scoreboard in the majority of his 12 senior games ranking equal sixth at the Club in goal kicking.

Season by Season

The tall forward blossomed in his second year in AFL ranks, playing 20 games and asserting himself in marking contests. He led the club in contested marks (43) and looks a ready-made replacement for the retiring Barry Hall in either of the key forward positions. Won the Tony Liberatore most improved player award as the club’s most promising player. Signed a contract extension in November.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 5.9
    • Handballs 4.1
    • Disposals 10.0
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 1.3
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 51.4

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Collingwood Rd 13
Handballs 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Disposals 16 Collingwood Rd 13
Marks 6 Richmond Rd 3
Hit-outs 3 Essendon Rd 7
Tackles 6 Collingwood Rd 13
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 112 Collingwood Rd 13

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 5 2 7 4 2 2 2 2 1 0 43
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 8 6 14 6 1 1 1 1 3 0 75
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 7 6 13 5 2 2 1 1 3 0 71
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 6 4 10 4 1 0 1 2 0 1 45
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 3 7 10 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 28
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 8 4 12 5 3 0 1 1 1 0 57
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 3 5 8 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 30
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 13 3 16 5 2 3 1 6 4 2 112
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 6 3 9 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 37
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 16
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 11 59 41 100 35 13 12 9 19 12 4 514

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 66
    • Kicks 6.3
    • Handballs 3.0
    • Disposals 9.3
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.9
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 50.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
Handballs 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 6, 2014
Disposals 16 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
Marks 9 West Coast Eagles Rd 6, 2013
Hit-outs 7 Melbourne Rd 15, 2011
Tackles 6 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
AFL Fantasy 112 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 59 41 100 35 13 12 9 19 12 4 514
2013 Western Bulldogs 107 54 161 77 9 24 13 28 22 15 913
2012 Western Bulldogs 75 33 108 41 3 11 13 19 9 9 528
2011 Western Bulldogs 136 60 196 96 34 20 10 38 19 10 1116
2010 Western Bulldogs 37 10 47 20 0 8 5 11 6 2 266

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

AFL Western Bulldogs: 37 games, 34 goals
 

Awards

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee
2011

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Most Improved Player
2011