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Midfield pressure on Libba’s mind

Midfield pressure will be critical in stalling Hawthorn’s run and attack on Sunday and Bulldogs clearance machine Tom Liberatore is ready for the challenge.

11:00am  Aug 1, 2014

Libba's Column: Keeper of the kennel

As published in the 09 July 2014 edition of the Star Weekly, below is an installment of a regular player guest column, this week penned by Tom Liberatore

4:18pm  Jul 11, 2014

Libba holds in top ten for AFLCA Award

Liberatore continues to hold firm inside the top ten of the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year award after claiming another five votes for his performance against Geelong

3:31pm  Jul 8, 2014

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Libba leaping ahead

4:24pm  Jul 31, 2014

Libba's taping ritual

9:00am  May 10, 2014

Senior List

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Tom
Liberatore

Height
182 cm
DOB
16-05-1992
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
20
Career
75
Goals
2014
5
Career
16
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2002
Avg
100
TomLiberatore

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: St Bernards
Clubs:
Debut: Rd 1 2011 (Essendon)
Recruited from: Calder Cannons
Brownlow Votes: -

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In what was a breakout year for Liberatore, the 21-year-old became one of the competition’s elite clearance players. The father-son’s hardness in and under the packs paid dividends and greatly assisted the Bulldogs in gaining first use of the ball in stoppages. Placing second in the 2013 Charles Sutton Medal, Liberatore played all 22 games in 2013, showing the type of durability his father displayed over a stellar career. The Calder Cannons recruit was drafted (father-son selection) by the Bulldogs in the second round of the 2011 AFL Draft (pick 41 overall).


 

Season by Season

Season in short:

The prodigious midfielder went from ‘good’ to ‘elite’ in 2013, pushing his trademark contested game to another level. He averaged 26 disposals, 15 contested possessions and eight clearances across his 22 matches. Among many highlights, Liberatore was devastating against Melbourne on both occasions, averaging 36 disposals, 10 tackles and 12 clearances in his two outings against the side. Overall, he ranked first in the AFL for clearances at the end of the home and away season, second for contested possessions and fourth for tackles. Liberatore finished second in the Bulldogs best and fairest and won the Most Improved Player award named after his father.

Stat that mattered:

While Liberatore’s work inside the contest has been lauded this year, he has not compromised his disposal efficiency. Of the top ten average clearance winners in the competition he has the highest disposal efficiency (72.5%), with only one other boasting the accuracy of 70+%.

What they said:

“Tom has had an impressive first 50 games, and is becoming a more balanced player as he continues to gain more experience. He has a rich family history here at our Club, and we are pleased he can continue that over the next three years at least.”

- List Manager Jason McCartney

The emergence of Liberatore through the midfield in just his second year has confirmed he is one to watch. Continuing to build on his breakout debut season last year, the 2010 father - son selection looks to be an integral member in the Dogs future line-up. Ranked 15th in the league in average clearances, he is the only second year player to make the top 30 in the statistic.

Season by Season

The son of Western Bulldogs great and 1990 Brownlow Medallist Tony Liberatore had an outstanding debut season, averaging more than 18 possessions and almost five tackles in 16 games, and won the Chris Grant Medal as best first-year player. Had a standout 28 possessions and 10 tackles against Brisbane in round two, and a career-high 18 handballs against West Coast in round nine. Destined to be a permanent fixture in the Dogs’ line-up for a long time.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 11.0
    • Handballs 12.8
    • Disposals 23.8
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 8.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 100.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Richmond Rd 3
Handballs 22 Collingwood Rd 13
Disposals 34 Collingwood Rd 13
Marks 6 GWS Giants Rd 4
Hit-outs 1 Geelong Cats Rd 16
Tackles 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 12
Goals 2 Melbourne Rd 8
AFL Fantasy 146 Melbourne Rd 8

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 11 16 27 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 84
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 8 13 21 3 1 0 2 9 0 0 90
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 17 7 24 4 0 3 1 12 0 0 125
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 15 5 20 6 0 2 3 4 0 0 82
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 6 12 18 1 0 0 2 7 0 0 67
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 10 15 25 4 0 1 1 10 0 1 111
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 12 13 25 5 0 1 2 8 1 0 110
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 12 15 27 5 1 1 2 14 2 1 146
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 10 17 27 1 0 2 2 12 0 0 111
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 10 21 31 5 0 1 0 10 0 1 129
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 8 14 22 2 0 1 1 14 0 0 112
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 12 22 34 1 0 2 0 10 0 1 126
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 10 9 19 2 0 0 0 7 1 0 88
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 5 7 12 0 1 0 3 9 0 0 57
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 16 16 32 2 1 4 0 7 0 0 119
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 16 12 28 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 101
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 8 12 20 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 76
19 Hawthorn L 107 - 45 14 9 23 2 0 2 2 7 0 0 90
20 St Kilda W 99 - 122 10 9 19 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 81
21 North Melbourne L 111 - 61 10 13 23 2 0 2 1 9 0 0 97
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 13 220 257 477 58 4 25 23 165 5 4 2002

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 75
    • Kicks 10.7
    • Handballs 11.9
    • Disposals 22.6
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 5.9
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 87.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Melbourne Rd 14, 2013
Handballs 22 Collingwood Rd 13, 2014
Disposals 36 Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Marks 9 Carlton Rd 17, 2012
Hit-outs 1 Geelong Cats Rd 16, 2014
Tackles 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2014
Goals 2 Melbourne Rd 8, 2014
AFL Fantasy 148 Melbourne Rd 23, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 220 257 477 58 4 25 23 165 5 4 2002
2013 Western Bulldogs 285 286 571 66 1 25 27 137 3 3 2139
2012 Western Bulldogs 179 172 351 64 0 14 16 65 4 1 1324
2011 Western Bulldogs 119 174 293 30 1 8 7 77 4 1 1116

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: 33 games, 8 goals
 

Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best First Year Player
2011