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Season review: Lin Jong

We reflect on Lin Jong's 2016 season.

6:00am  Nov 12, 2016

Jong signs on

Midfielder Lin Jong has signed a two year contract extension with the Club.

1:50pm  Oct 7, 2016

Jong in the mix

Midfielder could be available for selection this week after making a quicker than expected recovery from injury.

10:59am  Sep 22, 2016

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Lin
Jong

Height
188 cm
DOB
04-06-1993
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2016
16
Career
39
Goals
2016
13
Career
25
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1160
Avg
72
LinJong

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 20 2012 (Richmond)
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Brownlow Votes: 2

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A fearless competitor, Lin Jong surpassed expectations in his first AFL season to not only make his senior debut but start to make an impact at senior level. Adapting to a number of different positions through the midfield including a number of run with roles, Jong was solid in his second and third efforts. Jong joined the Bulldogs with their first selection (pick 9) in the 2011 AFL Rookie Draft, and was elevated to the Club's senior list at the end of 2014.

Season by Season

Season in short:

After a stellar VFL finals series in 2014, Lin Jong earned himself the nickname ‘Mr September’, in jest from his teammates.

Jong continued that form into the pre-season and started 2015 strongly, playing some of the best football of his short career.

He averaged 19 disposals in the first five rounds, before breaking his hand in round five against the Swans.

Incredibly, Jong played out the game, in a show of immense strength and courage from the midfielder.

While his form through the middle part of the season was hampered due to injury, the 22-year-old earned a call up for the elimination final against Adelaide, and was one of the side’s best, picking up 23 disposals, four marks, five tackles and a goal.

 

Stat that mattered:

Jong collected a career-high 24 disposals in round one against West Coast.

 

What they said:

“Twelve months ago it was a bit different to now… There’s been some improvements, there’s still a lot of improvement left to go. At the start of the year I was really happy with how I was going, then hit a bad patch of form so it was a bit disappointing but to come back in late into the side and to play in a final was really big for me.” – Lin Jong, September 2015

“He just hit the season running and in really good confirm and confidence. Then he broke his hand round five against Sydney and that probably just held him back a little bit, and he lost a bit of confidence, and he also had some issues with his groins a little bit but what was really impressive about Jongy was that he fought his way back.

“He played two really good finals. One at VFL level which got him the recall and then to see him on the bigger stage in front of a massive crowd, just to really contribute and be a really good player for us and just show that he believes now he belongs at this level. Jongy’s got all the attributes to make it as a really good player at the level so as long he believes that I think the foundations are there.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

Jong was elevated to the Dogs senior list at the end of 2014, after three years on the rookie list.

Jong impressed early in the year with competitive performances at AFL level, however spent the majority of the year in the VFL.

Jong found his form in the VFL final series, his best game came in the preliminary final with 28 touches, and he came close to best afield in the Dogs winning grand final side.

 

The stat that mattered:

Although only managing six games in the senior side in 2014, Jong averaged four tackles, showing hard attack on the footy and his competitive nature.

 

What they said:

“Lin started playing football as a 15-year-old, and has demonstrated some rapid improvement over that time, but most notably this year, under the guidance of our coaches and strong development program.

“Lin has genuine AFL attributes with his speed and power, and a real interest and drive in his own development.” – List Manager Jason McCartney following Jong’s elevation to the senior list.

Season in short:

Jong showed some signs of growth in 14 VFL matches in 2013, but it wasn’t the season he was hoping for. Unfortunately for the young utility , injuries hampered his senior opportunities and season as a whole. A leg fracture early in the year sidelined Jong for nine matches and a shoulder complaint late in the season also restricted his output.

What they said:

“You take it all for granted and now in training I am going to appreciate that, especially when other guys might be in rehab – I’m a better person for it.”

- Lin Jong while rehabilitating a leg injury

Beginning the season in VFL affiliate Williamstown’s reserves, the rookie elevation proved his worth early to progress through to the senior VFL side. He was given the ultimate chance making his senior debut in round 20 against Richmond and showed enough to play out the season. Racking up 24 disposals against Geelong in round 22 is a certain highlight for the young pup in his third senior game. He was solid for the day with six marks, three rebound 50s, four one percenters and one goal.

Season by Season

An athletic midfielder with a huge vertical leap. Played in several positions for the Oakleigh Chargers, including as a fill-in ruckman. Was named in the best eight times in his 14 appearances in 2011.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 16
    • Kicks 7.1
    • Handballs 9.7
    • Disposals 16.8
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 1.5
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 72.5

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 North Melbourne Rd 6
Handballs 19 Fremantle Rd 23
Disposals 28 Fremantle Rd 23
Marks 7 Geelong Cats Rd 13
Hit-outs 5 Richmond Rd 16
Tackles 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 102 Fremantle Rd 23

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle W 103 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 St Kilda W 36 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Hawthorn L 90 - 93 3 10 13 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 43
4 Carlton W 49 - 85 4 10 14 1 3 1 1 6 1 0 66
5 Brisbane Lions W 120 - 67 10 5 15 1 3 0 0 4 1 1 69
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 45 14 3 17 5 1 0 0 1 1 1 75
7 Adelaide Crows W 123 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 82 - 114 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 GWS Giants L 98 - 73 7 6 13 5 0 0 3 0 2 1 52
10 Collingwood W 53 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 West Coast Eagles W 83 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Port Adelaide W 97 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Geelong Cats L 43 - 100 8 12 20 7 2 0 0 6 1 0 101
15 Sydney Swans W 79 - 83 8 12 20 2 1 2 1 3 1 1 73
16 Richmond W 85 - 75 5 8 13 2 5 1 0 7 0 1 72
17 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 59 4 15 19 2 1 0 0 9 1 0 91
18 St Kilda L 60 - 75 8 11 19 3 0 1 3 8 1 0 85
19 Geelong Cats L 103 - 78 8 7 15 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 67
20 North Melbourne W 61 - 47 7 11 18 4 1 1 0 3 0 0 69
21 Collingwood W 95 - 92 8 10 18 3 0 1 3 5 2 0 77
22 Essendon W 53 - 93 8 12 20 4 1 4 1 7 1 0 96
23 Fremantle L 69 - 49 9 19 28 6 2 1 0 4 0 0 102
W1 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 99 2 4 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 22
SF Hawthorn W 84 - 107 - - - - - - - - - - -
PF GWS Giants W 83 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
GF Sydney Swans W 67 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 19 - L: 7 113 155 268 48 24 13 13 71 13 7 1160

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 39
    • Kicks 6.3
    • Handballs 8.9
    • Disposals 15.3
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 1.4
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 65.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 North Melbourne Rd 6, 2016
Handballs 19 Fremantle Rd 23, 2016
Disposals 28 Fremantle Rd 23, 2016
Marks 7 Geelong Cats Rd 13, 2016
Hit-outs 9 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2015
Tackles 10 Fremantle Rd 7, 2015
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 21, 2016
AFL Fantasy 102 Fremantle Rd 23, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Western Bulldogs 113 155 268 48 24 13 13 71 13 7 1160
2015 Western Bulldogs 74 116 190 24 31 8 14 70 8 4 855
2014 Western Bulldogs 28 41 69 10 0 5 5 25 3 1 305
2013 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Western Bulldogs 32 36 68 13 0 7 3 4 1 0 227

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

Awards

Club Awards

Footscray Bulldogs VFL Premiership Side
2014