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Maturing Howard finding form

Howard has quietly gone about his business, maturing as a player, and a best on ground performance against Coburg last weekend is testament to that.

1:43pm  May 30, 2014

Rehab trio make progress

Medical Services Manager Andrew McKenzie provides a rehab group update.

4:45pm  Jan 16, 2014

Steady progress in rehab

Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Andrew McKenzie looks at the progress of the rehab group prior to Christmas.

6:00pm  Dec 18, 2013

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My First Goal - Christian Howard

4:01pm  May 30, 2014

Howard hopes to wing it

2:59pm  Feb 4, 2013

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Christian
Howard

Height
187 cm
DOB
19-03-1991
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
2
Career
20
Goals
2014
0
Career
3
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
61
Avg
30
ChristianHoward

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Clubs: -
Debut: Rd 10 2011 (Hawthorn)
Recruited from: Sacred Heart College/Glenelg (SA)
Brownlow Votes: -

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Splitting his time between the wing and halfback line, Howard has been diligently working on his craft in recent seasons. Splitting his time between the senior side and VFL, the South Australian recruit is an accurate kick with good endurance. Howard came to the Bulldogs through the 2009 AFL National Draft with the Club’s first round selection (pick number 15 overall).

Season By Season

Season in short:

Marred by injury niggles and some indifferent form, Howard’s 2013 season was difficult to assess. Playing just  one senior game in 2013 was not the return Howard was hoping for, but the running defender did produce some good moments in the VFL, particularly in the finals series.

Stat that mattered:

There was a noticeable improvement in Howard’s defensive actions in 2013, where in eight games this season, he laid five or more tackles — albeit in the VFL. In his one opportunity at senior level, Howard had 16 pressure acts (13 implied) which demonstrates a focus on getting better in this area of his game.

What they said:

"He (Howard) was troubled by some hip complaints towards the latter part of the season… he's had a successful operation on that and will get back in time to get a really good pre-season in."

List Manager Jason McCartney told AFL.com.au

After a solid pre-season, the left-footer injured his knee in round one and missed the majority of the first half of the season but came back well to post three 20 plus possession games. Howard’s best game came against the Cats in round 22, where he collected 28 possessions and kicked a career high two goals.

Season By Season

The 2009 first-round draft pick made his AFL debut in round 10 against Hawthorn and averaged 13 disposals in his six games, including a career-best 18 disposals against Essendon in round 21. A raking left-footer, he doesn’t seem overawed on the big stage and looks to have untapped talent. Signed a contract extension in November and will benefit with extra bulk on his 186cm frame.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 4.0
    • Handballs 3.5
    • Disposals 7.5
    • Marks 0.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 30.5

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 6 Fremantle Rd 11
Handballs 5 Fremantle Rd 11
Disposals 11 Fremantle Rd 11
Marks 1 Fremantle Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Fremantle Rd 11
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 47 Fremantle Rd 11

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 6 5 11 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 47
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 14
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 11 8 7 15 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 61

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 8.2
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 14.1
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 52.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Brisbane Lions Rd 13, 2012
Handballs 15 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
Disposals 28 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
Marks 8 St Kilda Rd 12, 2011
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Port Adelaide Rd 12, 2012
Goals 2 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
AFL Fantasy 102 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 8 7 15 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 61
2013 Western Bulldogs 7 2 9 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 31
2012 Western Bulldogs 102 78 180 49 0 6 12 16 2 5 660
2011 Western Bulldogs 48 30 78 19 0 3 5 12 1 2 305

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: 17 games, 3 goals