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Veteran Dog Murphy to go around again

VETERAN Robert Murphy's desire to be part of the Bulldogs' next wave of success has inspired him to sign a new one-year-deal.

10:57am  Jul 17, 2014

Murphy's new deal

Robert Murphy has agreed to terms on a new contract extension with the Bulldogs.

8:41am  Jul 17, 2014

Murphy: Even contribution a positive

When the game is in the balance, strong teams band together with the knowledge that each individual will play their role and that is the culture Murphy is beginning to see at the kennel.

11:00am  Jul 2, 2014

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Robert
Murphy

Height
187 cm
DOB
09-06-1982
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2000
Games
2014
17
Career
266
Goals
2014
4
Career
171
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1203
Avg
71
RobertMurphy

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Warragul
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 19 2000 (Carlton)
Recruited from: Warragul / Gippsland U18
Brownlow Votes: 35

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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.

 

Season by Season

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.

Season by Season

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.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 12.9
    • Handballs 6.6
    • Disposals 19.6
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 70.8

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Fremantle Rd 11
Handballs 11 Fremantle Rd 11
Disposals 30 Fremantle Rd 11
Marks 11 Fremantle Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Richmond Rd 3
Goals 2 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 121 Fremantle Rd 11

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 13 6 19 6 0 0 1 4 2 0 94
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 15 10 25 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 78
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 14 5 19 5 0 0 1 4 0 0 80
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 16 6 22 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 90
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 10 6 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 51
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 16 7 23 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 72
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 11 10 21 5 0 0 2 2 0 0 70
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 8 7 15 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 52
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 12 4 16 4 0 0 2 0 1 3 59
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 19 11 30 11 0 0 0 2 0 1 121
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 17 4 21 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 87
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 9 8 17 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 47
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 7 6 13 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 41
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 16 5 21 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 78
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 13 4 17 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 60
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 13 9 22 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 71
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 11 5 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 52
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 11 220 113 333 66 0 5 10 29 4 4 1203

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 266
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 17.1
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 72.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Handballs 15 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2012
Disposals 32 Port Adelaide Rd 12, 2012
Marks 16 Geelong Cats PF, 2008
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 8, 2004
Tackles 7 Melbourne Rd 14, 2013
Goals 6 Essendon Rd 10, 2005
AFL Fantasy 149 West Coast Eagles Rd 6, 2008

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 220 113 333 66 0 5 10 29 4 4 1203
2013 Western Bulldogs 296 122 418 88 0 6 16 43 13 7 1611
2012 Western Bulldogs 295 125 420 78 0 12 18 33 2 0 1471
2011 Western Bulldogs 306 128 434 77 0 12 11 36 6 4 1568
2010 Western Bulldogs 281 122 403 135 0 11 12 22 8 7 1610
2009 Western Bulldogs 186 85 271 127 0 7 3 20 10 15 1262
2008 Western Bulldogs 321 108 429 208 0 24 17 42 34 18 2166
2007 Western Bulldogs 188 45 233 110 0 15 12 23 19 13 1182
2006 Western Bulldogs 97 22 119 70 0 7 2 11 13 12 680
2005 Western Bulldogs 284 77 361 172 0 11 13 26 33 19 1815
2004 Western Bulldogs 218 69 287 85 1 7 6 40 16 8 1301
2003 Western Bulldogs 273 101 374 98 0 7 8 31 5 3 1455
2002 Western Bulldogs 196 94 290 93 1 9 8 27 5 6 1185
2001 Western Bulldogs 105 60 165 45 0 4 5 16 2 0 635

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: 230 games, 154 goals

Awards

AFL Awards

ALL Australian
2011

All Australian Nominee
2008

NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee
2001

International Rules Series
2002, 2003

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Runner Up Best and Fairest
2011

Western Bulldogs Best Team Player
2003

Western Bulldogs Most Promising Player

2001

Western Bulldogs NAB Cup Premiership Side
2010