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Tom
Campbell

Height
200 cm
DOB
02-11-1991
Weight
104 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2016
1
Career
27
Goals
2016
1
Career
17
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
102
Avg
102
TomCampbell

Player Bio

At a Glance

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

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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.
 

Season by Season

Season in short:

After shoulder surgery in the summer, the ruckman had an interrupted pre-season assault.

Campbell plied his trade in the VFL for much of the year, with the Club trying several different ruck combinations throughout the year.

The 23-year-old eventually got his chance in round 16 and made the most of his opportunity.

Campbell spent rounds 16 to 21 in the senior side, before succumbing to a thigh injury ahead of round 22.

Despite limited opportunity at AFL level, Campbell proved he can be a competitor in the ruck while providing value around the ground, and will be eager for more chances in 2016.

 

Stat that mattered:

Campbell hit a career-high 32 hitouts in round 16 against Geelong.

 

What they said:

“He was behind the eight ball early with a shoulder reconstruction in the VFL grand final but from there probably just started to build his craft. From there you saw a good six week patch where I think he was a really strong contributor for us and that’s the level Tommy’s got to see himself at and have a really strong off-season where he can come back and hit the ground running and attacked everything in that same frame of mind that he was in during that six week stretch.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

 

Season in short:

Although only playing seven senior games, Tom Campbell capped off a consistent year in the VFL finishing third in the J.J. Liston Trophy with 15 votes.

So good was his year, he was ahead of the count at the end of round 15, but did not play another game after being elevated to the senior side for the final five games of the AFL season.

After two games throughout the year, Campbell got his chance again at AFL level in round 19 and quite literally grabbed it with both hands. Campbell took three contested marks inside 50 and kicked two goals, cementing his spot in the side for the remainder of the season.

 

The stat that mattered:

Campbell led the VFL best and fairest count after round 15, before returning to the AFL side for the remainder of the season.

 

What they said:

“I’ve been working really hard in the VFL for the last few months, the messaging to me has been really clear about what I need to do and to kick a couple of goals was really good.” – Tom Campbell following his return to the senior side in round 19.

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 16.0
    • Marks 7.0
    • Hit-Outs 22.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 102.0

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Handballs 6 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Disposals 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Marks 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Hit-outs 22 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Tackles 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 102 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 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 St Kilda W 36 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Hawthorn L 90 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Carlton W 49 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Brisbane Lions W 120 - 67 10 6 16 7 22 1 0 2 1 2 102
6 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
9 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
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: 4 - L: 1 10 6 16 7 22 1 0 2 1 2 102

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 27
    • Kicks 3.9
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 8.7
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 12.9
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 51.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 5, 2016
Handballs 10 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2015
Disposals 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 5, 2016
Marks 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 5, 2016
Hit-outs 32 Geelong Cats Rd 16, 2015
Tackles 5 Collingwood Rd 17, 2015
Goals 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2013
AFL Fantasy 102 Brisbane Lions Rd 5, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Western Bulldogs 10 6 16 7 22 1 0 2 1 2 102
2015 Western Bulldogs 24 43 67 14 137 6 9 13 0 3 371
2014 Western Bulldogs 22 24 46 13 69 4 4 19 4 2 316
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

Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best Williamstown Player
2012

Footscray Bulldogs VFL Premiership Side
2014