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Junior Clubs: Warragul
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 19 2000 (Carlton)
Recruited from: Warragul / Gippsland U18
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An elite rebounding defender with silky skills and a big heart for the Western Bulldogs football club. His run and composure play an integral part of the Bulldogs transitioning back six. The 2011 All Australian was drafted as the Bulldogs first round selection in the 1999 AFL National Draft (pick 13 overall) with his talent identified early, winning the Western Bulldogs Most Promising Player Award in 2001. It's hard to find a better user of the ball than Murphy, and his poise and agility has not waned in 14 ultra consistent years at the Club.
Season in short:
Just like fine wine, Robert Murphy is getting better with age. It’s not a cliché, it’s fact.
The 32-year-old veteran half-back didn’t miss a game in season 2014, after a pre-season elbow injury threatened to derail his start to the year.
Murphy played his 250th career match in the away season opener against West Coast, and amassed an equal career best 32-disposals in the Bulldogs round 19 loss to Hawthorn.
Murphy’s consistent season was rewarded with fourth place in the Sutton Medal, placing behind eventual winner Tom Liberatore, and minor placegetters Jack Macrae and Ryan Griffen.
The 2012 All Australian averaged 20.7 disposals per match at 81.6% efficiency in 2014, and upheld his mantle as one of the most creative and damaging rebounding defenders in the competition.
Murphy ranked equal seventh in the league for rebound 50m, and number one at the club for running bounces (equal 11th in the AFL).
Penning a new one-year deal in July, to extend his career into a 16th season in 2015, Murphy’s experience and leadership is as valuable now, more than ever.
Poised to enter the new year with one of the youngest playing lists the Club has fielded in recent times, the veteran half-back is the mature mentor that Bulldogs need.
The stat that mattered
For only the third time in Murphy’s career, he didn’t miss a regular season match.
What they said:
“I'm still enjoying my footy and I obviously love this place so to get another contract, I'm really happy about it.”
“I love seeing how the young guys are shaping our footy club so I'm keen to come along for the ride.”
"But personally I feel good and optimistic about where we are headed as a footy club. I feel I still have something to offer.” – Robert Murphy (17 July, 2014)
Season in short:
Another standout season saw the veteran Murphy finishing fourth in the Bulldogs’ best and fairest despite missing three games through injury. The highly respected leader was at his dashing best, averaging the most kicks, second-most rebound-50s and third-most inside-50s of any player at the Club. He also booted 13 goals when leaving his defensive post, rotating through the wing and deeper into the forward line as required. Among his highlights were classy 29-disposal games against West Coast in Round 18 and Melbourne in Round 23. Murphy’s check-side banana from the Etihad Stadium pocket against Brisbane received the Goal of the Year nomination for Round one.
What they said:
"I'm lucky enough to be paired with Bob Murphy and he speaks to me about all things, footy and life. He's helped me settle in and gives me feedback on my games, so he's been a huge support."
- Jack Macrae, round eight, 2013
The stat that mattered:
Not only did Murphy average the most kicks of any Bulldogs player this season (ranked 14th in the competition for the stat) but he also leads the Club in kicking efficiency. When disposing by foot, Murphy was able to hit a target 84% of the time – almost 4% more than the second placed Bulldog in Dale Morris
The veteran capped off another stellar year to finish sixth in the Charles Sutton Medal count – the highest ranking of any defender. His class and composure in the back line was first rate, providing run out of the defence to place eleventh in the league for rebound 50s. Murphy became a key inspiration and leader to a number of the Bulldogs’ young defensive crop both on and off the field.
The brilliant flanker capped a sensational season with selection in the All-Australian team and winner of the Doug Hawkins Medal as runner-up in the best and fairest. Was the side’s premier playmaker off half-back, leading the club in rebound 50s (111), and his disposal and decision-making were always first class. Collected an equal season-high 26 disposals against Gold Coast in round three, Adelaide in round 13 and West Coast in round 19. Returns to the leadership group where he joins skipper Matthew Boyd, Daniel Cross, Dale Morris and Daniel Giansiracusa.
All Australian Nominee
NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee
International Rules Series
Western Bulldogs Captain
Western Bulldogs Runner Up Best and Fairest
Western Bulldogs Best Team Player
Western Bulldogs Most Promising Player
Western Bulldogs NAB Cup Premiership Side