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Mitch
Wallis

Height
185 cm
DOB
24-10-1992
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
13
Career
56
Goals
2014
2
Career
15
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
755
Avg
58
MitchWallis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: St Bernards
Clubs:
Debut: Rd 5 2011 (Fremantle)
Recruited from: Calder Cannons
Brownlow Votes: -

An extended run in the seniors in his first three seasons has seen Wallis show marked improvements in both output and confidence. Predominantly playing as an inside midfielder, the 22-year-old also excelled when given a number of run-with assignments in 2013. The determined midfielder came to the kennel through the father-son rule – with the Bulldogs using their first round selection (pick 22 overall) in the 2011 AFL draft to secure his services.

Season By Season

Season in short:

At 22-years old, it’s hard to fathom that Mitch Wallis is an old head in the Bulldogs midfield, but it’s true.

With a maturity belying his years, Wallis consolidated his role as a key-ingredient in the Bulldogs midfield mix before a foot fracture cut short his season in round 18.

A month back in the VFL early in the year helped recalibrate Wallis’ on-field radar, returning with a ferocious defensive ethic.

While not as prolific finding the ball as previous years, it was his blocking, tackling and ability to clear space around the stoppages that allowed his teammates to reap the benefits.

Wallis’ injury against Essendon perhaps best illustrated his value to the Bulldogs side. Restricting Bomber play-maker Dyson Heppell to just14 disposals to three quarter time, Wallis coming from the field at the final break saw Heppell gather eight final term touches and lead the Dons’ seven-point come-from-behind win, after they trailed by 21-points.

A 28-disposal, eight clearance performance in the Bulldogs’ 28-point victory over the Gold Coast Suns was arguably Wallis’ most influential of the year. He also negated the influence of Suns’ star midfield pair Dion Prestia and David Swallow.

Playing 13 games in season 2014, Wallis played his 50th game in the Dogs’ round 12 loss to Brisbane.

The stat that mattered

80% of Mitch Wallis’ possessions in season 2014 were under pressure, the highest percentage in the competition, highlighting his pivotal role for the Bulldogs midfield in and around the contest.

What they said:

“It’s very exciting from a player, who has only been there four years, but feels like there’s so much youth underneath him.” Mitch Wallis (17 July, 2014)

Season in short:

While a promising start gave way to a quiet patch mid-season, four weeks spent with Williamstown evidently worked wonders for Wallis. The much-lauded third-year midfielder began to show the Bulldogs faithful what can be expected in seasons to come, adding a more defensive side to his overall game. Taking the scalps of some of the competition’s biggest stars late in the season, the likes of Marc Murphy (Carlton), Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide) and Daniel Rich (Brisbane Lions) all succumbed to the young Dog. But his greatest performance came against Sydney in Round 19, when Wallis racked up 29 disposals and 13 tackles, while holding Sydney superstar Josh Kennedy to just 18 touches.

What they said:

''[I’m] cooked, absolutely cooked… I think it was the story of the day - the pressure they applied, I just felt like I had no room to move.”

- Josh Kennedy after playing against Mitch Wallis in Round 19, SMH

The stat that mattered:

Wallis’s increased defensive responsibility has seen him rise in the Bulldogs' rankings, finishing the season fifth in average pressure acts (14.2). A culmination of corralling, chasing, closing in on opponents, implied and physical pressure, the 20-year-old has been honing his defensive craft and it's paying dividends on field. The increased pressure has been an integral factor in his growing ability as a run with player. He also ranks second at the Club – behind only Tom Liberatore (8.7) – in physical pressure acts (7.6).

Named amongst the best players in six of his 19 AFL appearances, Wallis’s jump in form can be clearly seen on the stats board. Averaging ten more disposals and almost four extra clearances per game, the Calder Cannons recruit certainly looked more comfortable at the highest level this year. Accumulating the third most disposals, fourth highest number of clearances and fourth most tackles at the Club this season, Wallis capped off his second AFL season ranking third in this year’s AFL Rising Star Award.

Season By Season

The son of former skipper Steve Wallis played six games in his debut season, highlighted by his 18 disposals against Fremantle in round 24 and nine tackles against Geelong in round nine. Shows great maturity for a 19-year-old and has improved his strength and endurance in an impressive campaign over summer.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 5.9
    • Handballs 10.5
    • Disposals 16.5
    • Marks 1.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 58.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Geelong Cats Rd 16
Handballs 20 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Disposals 28 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Marks 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Melbourne Rd 15
Goals 1 Collingwood Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 83 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 3 17 20 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 59
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 3 5 8 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 28
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 5 2 7 1 0 1 3 5 0 0 34
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 6 10 16 3 0 1 2 5 0 0 62
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 4 5 9 1 0 1 2 5 1 0 46
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 6 14 20 3 0 1 0 6 0 0 80
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 5 9 14 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 60
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 10 11 21 2 0 0 3 7 1 0 83
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 6 9 15 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 55
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 7 11 18 0 0 1 3 7 0 0 63
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 11 9 20 0 0 3 1 3 0 2 65
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 8 20 28 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 75
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 3 15 18 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 45
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 77 137 214 19 0 11 20 57 2 2 755

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 56
    • Kicks 7.4
    • Handballs 11.1
    • Disposals 18.5
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 69.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Adelaide Crows Rd 4, 2013
Handballs 21 Sydney Swans Rd 19, 2013
Disposals 29 Sydney Swans Rd 19, 2013
Marks 10 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2012
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 13 Sydney Swans Rd 19, 2013
Goals 1 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
AFL Fantasy 120 Sydney Swans Rd 19, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 77 137 214 19 0 11 20 57 2 2 755
2013 Western Bulldogs 140 192 332 28 0 20 14 89 6 1 1259
2012 Western Bulldogs 167 257 424 68 0 21 8 79 7 3 1577
2011 Western Bulldogs 34 38 72 17 0 2 1 25 0 2 330

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: 25 games, 7 goals

Awards

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star Award – Third place
2012

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Most Improved Player
2012