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Mitch
Wallis

Height
185 cm
DOB
24-10-1992
Weight
82 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2016
9
Career
85
Goals
2016
7
Career
37
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
753
Avg
84
MitchWallis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: St Bernards
Clubs:
Debut: Rd 5 2011 (Fremantle)
Recruited from: Calder Cannons
Brownlow Votes: 8

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Predominantly playing as an inside midfielder early on in his career, Wallis has also excelled when given a number of run-with assignments in recent years. The father-son recruit was already a true professional the day he walked into the kennel, and when he faced some challenges in his young career, Wallis worked extremely hard to overcome them. So much so, Wallis has become one of the team's most important members, after successfully adjusting to a defensive midfield role, where he has claimed some of the games' biggest scalps.

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.

Season in short:

In the absence of Tom Liberatore, Mitch Wallis stepped seamlessly into a new attacking midfield role in 2015.

Having previously spent much of his career as a run with player, Wallis was given more freedom by coach Luke Beveridge and rose to the challenge.

He averaged 23 disposals, four tackles and three marks, including a career-high 36 disposals in round nine against the Giants.

In that same match Wallis collected seven marks, seven tackles and a goal in undoubtedly his most impressive output for the season.

Such was the midfielder’s influence in 2015, he finished atop the Bulldogs leader board in the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year award, with 43 votes, ahead of Marcus Bontempelli, Jake Stringer and Robert Murphy.

Not only did the 22-year-old’s on-field credentials rise this year, but his leadership qualities have continued to emerge and has strengthened pundits’ opinions of him as a future leader of the Club.

The stat that mattered:

Wallis finished the year ranked 16th in the league for clearances and 20th in contested possessions, highlighting his impact around the contest.

What they said:

“I’ve been given a license to bring my own strengths to the game and play forward as well as in the midfield and I’ve loved it. It’s been a great learning curve for me this year but I’ve just really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve been given by Bevo (Luke Beveridge), Kingy (Steven King) and Joel (Corey).” – Mitch Wallis, September 2015

’I’ve been really impressed with Mitch’s year. He’s brutal around the footy, the way he cracks in but he’s actually added more to his game. He’s had the freedom to play which has been significant but also for him just to improve his outside game, so you’ve seen him spend more time as a forward. He’s starting to become an all-round mid now, with his outside game starting to complement his grunt. The one thing about Wal which a lot of people don’t see, is just his ability to lead within the Club.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 9.7
    • Handballs 15.1
    • Disposals 24.8
    • Marks 2.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 83.7

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Handballs 18 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Disposals 33 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Marks 6 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Hit-outs 1 GWS Giants Rd 9
Tackles 6 Melbourne Rd 8
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 108 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 7 17 24 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 69
2 St Kilda W 36 - 93 9 17 26 3 0 2 2 2 1 0 80
3 Hawthorn L 90 - 93 11 10 21 2 0 1 0 5 1 0 86
4 Carlton W 49 - 85 4 14 18 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 57
5 Brisbane Lions W 120 - 67 15 18 33 6 0 2 1 1 1 0 108
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 45 10 16 26 1 1 1 1 5 0 1 85
7 Adelaide Crows W 123 - 108 11 15 26 2 1 1 0 3 1 1 90
8 Melbourne W 82 - 114 11 14 25 3 1 1 0 6 1 0 102
9 GWS Giants L 98 - 73 9 15 24 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 76
10 Collingwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
20 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 3 87 136 223 20 5 9 5 29 7 3 753

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 85
    • Kicks 8.4
    • Handballs 12.0
    • Disposals 20.4
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 76.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 GWS Giants Rd 9, 2015
Handballs 22 North Melbourne Rd 22, 2015
Disposals 36 GWS Giants Rd 9, 2015
Marks 10 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2012
Hit-outs 1 GWS Giants Rd 9, 2016
Tackles 13 Sydney Swans Rd 19, 2013
Goals 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2015
AFL Fantasy 147 GWS Giants Rd 9, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Western Bulldogs 87 136 223 20 5 9 5 29 7 3 753
2015 Western Bulldogs 205 263 468 66 1 35 16 95 15 13 1810
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

Awards

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star Award – Third place
2012

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Most Improved Player
2012