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Consistent Campbell pressing for selection

Tom Campbell has been an imposing force in the ruck for the Footscray Bulldogs this season

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Shutting down a Crows offence that has kicked 41 goals in the past two weeks will be the Dogs focus Sunday.

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Tom
Campbell

Height
200 cm
DOB
02-11-1991
Weight
106 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2014
2
Career
15
Goals
2014
1
Career
13
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
82
Avg
41
TomCampbell

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 13 2012 (Brisbane Lions)
Recruited from: Bendigo Bombers
Brownlow Votes: -

Campbell is a big bodied ruckman who has also shown promising signs in the forward line in recent seasons. Recruited from Bendigo Bombers through the rookie list in 2011, Campbell made his debut in round 13 of 2012 and went on to receive the Williamstown Best Player Award that year. The 22-year-old was elevated to the senior list at the beginning of 2013 and went on to play in six games and kick nine goals in the subsequent season.
 

Season by Season

Season in short:

The developing tall spent most of 2013 with VFL affiliate Williamstown before playing an important role in the Club’s last five matches. After coming in as an emergency in round three, Campbell returned in round 19 against Sydney to boot the first two goals of the game and maintained that momentum until season’s end. A heavy collision with the goalpost against Carlton in round 20 couldn’t stop Campbell on his way to three tackles and a goal, while his four goals against Adelaide the following week signalled a career best display. The big man contested strongly up forward and had effective stints in the ruck.

Stat that mattered:

While Campbell has long been groomed as a highly capable tap ruckman, his emerging confidence in the forward line this season was impressive. The 22-year-old had a total of 47 disposals this season and 22 of those had a direct impact on the scoreboard (nine goals, seven behinds and six goal assists).

What they said:

“Those two good marks in the first quarter where he finished off really well got his confidence up and going but also I think started to draw the Sydney defenders to him. He didn’t have a massive stats game, Tommy Campbell, but his impact structurally to give Will [Minson] a chop out in the ruck which was really needed… but also to provide that great contest and really provide a big beacon for our smalls to get to.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen after round 19 against Sydney

Shouldering first ruck duties for Williamstown for the first half of the season, Tom Campbell was dominant - named amongst the best players in eight of his ten VFL games. Elevated to the senior list to debut against Brisbane Lions in round 13, the 20-year old was thrown in the deep end assuming the first ruck post with Will Minson restricted to the sidelines. Going head to head with ex-Bulldog Ben Hudson, Campbell effectively won the duel with the Dogs taking bragging rights in the ruck. He went on to play a further six games in his debut year.

Season by Season

Powerful ruckman Tom Campbell was considered one of the premier VFL ruckman in 201. Turning 21 next year, Campbell has a more developed body capable of competing with the bigger bodies at AFL level.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 3.0
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 7.0
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 6.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 41.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Handballs 5 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
Disposals 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Marks 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Hit-outs 8 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Tackles 3 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Goals 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 52 Adelaide Crows Rd 6

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 2 5 7 0 4 1 1 3 0 0 30
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 4 3 7 2 8 1 0 3 1 1 52
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 11 6 8 14 2 12 2 1 6 1 1 82

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 3.7
    • Handballs 4.3
    • Disposals 7.9
    • Marks 2.2
    • Hit-Outs 8.9
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 45.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 6 Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Handballs 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2012
Disposals 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2012
Marks 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 28 Brisbane Lions Rd 13, 2012
Tackles 3 Adelaide Crows Rd 6, 2014
Goals 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2013
AFL Fantasy 81 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 6 8 14 2 12 2 1 6 1 1 82
2013 Western Bulldogs 23 24 47 14 32 9 8 9 9 7 273
2012 Western Bulldogs 26 32 58 17 89 5 5 9 3 0 326

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: 7 games, 3 goals
 

Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best Williamstown Player
2012