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Season Review: Bailey Dale

westernbulldogs.com.au reviews Bailey Dale's 2017 season.

10:42am  Oct 10, 2017

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Bailey
Dale

Height
183 cm
DOB
22-07-1996
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2015
Games
2017
16
Career
30
Goals
2017
17
Career
26
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1079
Avg
67
BaileyDale

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior Clubs: Dandenong (U18)/Edithvale-Aspendale
Debut: Rd 7, 2015 (Fremantle)
Recruited from: Dandenong Stingrays (U18)
Brownlow Votes: -

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Dale is a lightly framed medium forward with clean, quick hands and agility.

Clever and effective with ball in hand, Dale has a proven goal nous, averaging 18 disposals in 20 games and kicking 14 goals for the Dandenong Stingrays at TAC Cup level.

Dale recorded 24/30 in goal-kicking test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

After debuting in season 2015 and playing 10 games, Dale added a further four senior games in 2016.

Dale was a member of the Footscray Bulldogs' 2016 VFL Premiership team.

Season in short

A 26 possession, five inside-50, three goal performance in the VFL saw the 21-year-old back in the senior team in Round 8 against the Eagles and didn’t look back.

Dale played 16 games in 2017 after just four in 2016, recording career highs in disposals, contested possessions, goals, inside 50s and tackles.

The wingman's four-goal haul against Port Adelaide in round 22 was a standout match and his 27 disposals and two goals performance in the Bulldogs’ 20-point win over Carlton in Round 17 was another highlight.

Was awarded the 2017 Tony Liberatore medal for Most Improved Player.

Stat that mattered:

Kicked 17 goals from 16 games, a career high.

What they said:

“Compared to last year, only playing the four games, to play 16 this year has been great.

“I work on my goal kicking quite a bit, it’s one of the hardest things in footy, especially when you fatigue to go back and put it through the big sticks as we’ve found out this year. I really pride myself on goal kicking and I’m always looking to improve it.

“To improve my aerobic capacity, as a winger the competition is getting harder and harder that’ll be a big focus. I’ll just continue to get bigger and stronger in the gym – hold off the tackles and try to stick my own tackles.”

- Bailey Dale, September 2017

Season in short 

Played just the four AFL games this season after ten last year, although made the most of his opportunities when in the side, registering career highs in a number of areas including average disposals, contested possessions, metres gained and score involvements.

Spent the majority of his time forward in games against the Lions, North Melbourne and the Crows before picking up 15 touches and six marks against the Demons in round eight playing predominantly on a wing.

Played 17 games in the VFL and was a member of Footcray’s premiership winning side where he lurked as a genuine threat in the forward half, generating 37 shots on goal for 20 majors on the season.

Still lightly framed and will benefit from another preseason in the gym.

 

The stat mattered

Was Footscray’s second leading goal scorer for the 2016 season.

  

What they said

“It was a bit of an inconsistent season for myself, I would have liked to have played a few more [AFL] games but obviously the team had a great year winning two premierships.

“[I’ll focus on] getting fitter and stronger and work on a few technical skills like marking and contested ball which are probably my two biggest areas of improvement so I’ll be working on them in the next preseason.”

Season in short:

Recruited with pick 45 in last year’s national draft, Bailey Dale delighted fans with his crafty skills in 2015.

The 19-year-old made his AFL debut in round seven against Fremantle, and finished the year with ten senior games under his belt.

He spent the majority of the season across the wing and half-forward and despite his slight frame, impressed with his attack on the ball and silky ball use.

Dale will no doubt benefit from a full pre-season and looks set to develop into a versatile player.

 

Stat that mattered:

Dale kicked six goals in his debut season.

 

What they said:

“It’s been a great year. Obviously to get the opportunity early to play my first game and get that AFL experience has been a great opportunity for me.” – Bailey Dale, September 2015

“With many of our first year players, they all earned their game with solid VFL form… Bailey’s obviously got some maturing to do physically but he doesn’t shy away from a contest.

“I just love the way he hits the ball with speed, his drop of ball craft is really impressive and he uses the ball well so I was super impressed with Bailey this year.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 16
    • Kicks 10.3
    • Handballs 7.0
    • Disposals 17.3
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 1.1
    • AFL Fantasy 67.4

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Carlton Rd 17
Handballs 12 St Kilda Rd 10
Disposals 27 Carlton Rd 17
Marks 5 Carlton Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Goals 4 Port Adelaide Rd 22
AFL Fantasy 104 Carlton Rd 17

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 7 11 18 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 61
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 6 7 13 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 48
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 8 8 16 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 67
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 15 12 27 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 97
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 6 5 11 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 27
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 11 9 20 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 70
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 12 6 18 4 0 1 1 2 2 0 78
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 13 4 17 3 0 0 1 4 1 1 76
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 13 2 15 2 0 1 1 3 1 0 65
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 18 9 27 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 104
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 9 8 17 4 0 0 0 1 3 0 77
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 9 6 15 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 56
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 13 5 18 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 59
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 9 7 16 4 0 1 1 1 1 0 61
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 8 6 14 3 0 1 0 0 4 1 71
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 7 7 14 3 0 1 1 2 2 0 62
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 164 112 276 51 0 10 11 31 17 7 1079

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 30
    • Kicks 7.6
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 13.6
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 54.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Carlton Rd 17, 2017
Handballs 12 St Kilda Rd 10, 2017
Disposals 27 Carlton Rd 17, 2017
Marks 6 Melbourne Rd 8, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2017
Goals 4 Port Adelaide Rd 22, 2017
AFL Fantasy 104 Carlton Rd 17, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 164 112 276 51 0 10 11 31 17 7 1079
2016 Western Bulldogs 23 30 53 14 0 3 4 7 3 4 212
2015 Western Bulldogs 42 36 78 15 0 0 2 14 6 4 333

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