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Griff, Libba named in top 50

Two Western Bulldogs midfielders have featured in Mike Sheahan’s top 50 players, ahead of season 2014.

11:19am  Mar 5, 2014

Liberatore to add polish

Young Bulldog set to take the next step after an outstanding summer on the track

6:31pm  Feb 10, 2014

Father-sons ready for increased roles

Tom Liberatore and Mitch Walllis are ready for added responsibilities in their fourth pre-season.

11:51am  Nov 13, 2013

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Tom
Liberatore

Height
182 cm
DOB
16-05-1992
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
5
Career
60
Goals
2014
0
Career
11
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
448
Avg
90
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 5
    • Kicks 11.4
    • Handballs 10.6
    • Disposals 22.0
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 7.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 89.6

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Richmond Rd 3
Handballs 16 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
Disposals 27 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
Marks 6 GWS Giants Rd 4
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 2
Tackles 12 Richmond Rd 3
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 125 Richmond Rd 3

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 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 3 57 53 110 16 1 6 8 35 0 0 448

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 60
    • Kicks 10.7
    • Handballs 11.4
    • Disposals 22.1
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 83.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Melbourne Rd 14, 2013
Handballs 21 Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Disposals 36 Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Marks 9 Carlton Rd 17, 2012
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 2, 2014
Tackles 12 Richmond Rd 3, 2014
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 14, 2012
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 57 53 110 16 1 6 8 35 0 0 448
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

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Milestones

AFL Western Bulldogs: 33 games, 8 goals
 

Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best First Year Player
2011