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Tom
Liberatore

Height
182 cm
DOB
16-05-1992
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2015
0
Career
77
Goals
2015
0
Career
18
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
0
Avg
0
TomLiberatore

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: St Bernards
Clubs:
Debut: Rd 1 2011 (Essendon)
Recruited from: Calder Cannons
Brownlow Votes: 19

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Liberatore's breakout year came in 2013 when statistically, he was the best inside player of the competition. Liberatore took his game to the elite level in 2014, winning the Club's best and fairest. The father-son’s hardness in and under the packs pays dividends and greatly assists the Bulldogs in gaining first use of the ball in stoppages. The Calder Cannons recruit was drafted (father-son selection) by the Bulldogs in the second round of the 2010 AFL Draft (pick 41 overall).


 

Season by Season

Season in short:

Liberatore well and truly established himself as one of the game’s elite in 2014.

The Charles Sutton medallist won the Bulldogs’ highest individual accolade by an impressive 67 votes, and also took home best team player, most courageous and team first awards on the night, capping off an outstanding individual season from Liberatore, which was also rewarded with an All-Australian nomination.

Finishing first in the league for tackles and clearances, and eighth for contested possessions, highlights Liberatore’s standing as one of the game’s most courageous and hard-working players.

At only 22, the future is bright for Bulldogs fans, with Liberatore’s best football still ahead of him.

 

The stat that mattered:

Liberatore finished the season with 173 tackles and 154 clearances, the most of any player in the league.

 

What they said:

“I felt he played the game the most like the way we want to play, and there’s no greater accolade for a player.

“He’s tough, he uses the ball well, he defends and he cares deeply about this club and he’s a fighter.” – Former Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney following Liberatore’s Sutton medal win.

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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 0
    • Kicks 0.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 0.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 0.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles W 97 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Richmond W 66 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Hawthorn D 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
6 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
9 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
13 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
21 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
22 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 0 - D: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 77
    • Kicks 10.7
    • Handballs 11.8
    • Disposals 22.5
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 5.9
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 87.6

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
2015 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Western Bulldogs 244 278 522 61 4 29 24 173 7 5 2171
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

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Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best First Year Player
2011

Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest Winner
2014