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3:31pm  Oct 26, 2017

Season Review: Fletcher Roberts

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4:35pm  Sep 26, 2017

Players' Voice - Fletcher Roberts

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12:38pm  Sep 6, 2017

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Fletcher
Roberts

Height
196 cm
DOB
03-06-1993
Weight
90 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2017
10
Career
47
Goals
2017
0
Career
0
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
378
Avg
38
FletcherRoberts

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Murrumbeena Junior Football Club
Clubs:-
Debut: Rd 20 2012 (Richmond)
Recruited from: Sandringham Dragons
Brownlow Votes: -

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Past Players of '74
Brenton Quinn
Gavin & Margaret Roberts

Picked up in the 2011 AFL Pre-Season Draft, Fletcher Roberts is a versatile tall who after being drafted as a forward but has developed as a reliable key defender.

After playing 12-games in season 2015, including the Elimination Final, Roberts backed up to play 18-games in season 2016.

Roberts was an important member of the Bulldogs' defensive unit that helped end the Club's 61-year premiership drought, finishing the season as a premiership player.

Season By Season

Season in short

24-year-old Fletcher Roberts played a total of 10 games in 2017.

Roberts made the senior team for 8 consecutive weeks between Rounds 1 – 8, but fell out of favour thereafter, playing again in Round 12 and Round 16.

In June, Roberts agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Stat that mattered:

Ranked 1st for effective disposals % per game in the competition.

What they said:

“Being able to sign on for another two years is obviously a really great thing for me. I’m really happy to be at the Bulldogs. I think that’s going to be a real strength of our club over the next few years. Our ability to sign on plenty of guys and really be committed to what we’re building here.

“My aerial threat throughout the year was pretty good. Especially toward the back end of the year at VFL level I was able to dominate in the aerial contest. If I continue to grow that over the pre-season and be able to perform at an AFL level next year, it’ll be a real weapon of mine.”

“Being dropped a couple of times during the year and responding with a good game at VFL level gives me a lot of confidence in my ability and shows I’m a pretty resilient guy.”

- Fletcher Roberts, September 2017

Season in short

Fletcher Roberts didn’t make an appearance at senior level until round 6 against North Melbourne due to an injury interrupted preseason, but would play 18 of the next 21 games, including a standout performance down back on Preliminary Final day.

The 196cm, 90kg Roberts has the size and athleticism to go with the AFL’s monster forwards, and can’t be faulted for effort - the 23-year-old ranked 20th in the League for one-percenters per game.

In fact, since round 16 against Richmond, Roberts led the side in seven of the ten games he played, finishing second or third in the remaining three.

His most consistent season yet and will only improve with another preseason under his belt.

The stat mattered

Roberts’ 18 games was a career high.

What they said

“I had a bit of a slow preseason with operations last year but I tried to stay positive off the back of that and just focus on playing as many games as I could and try and find that consistent form that I’ve been striving for for a couple of years.

 “I think a full preseason is really going to help me pursue the improvement areas that I really want to work on. 

“I want to grow the offensive side of my game and make sure I have a good tank to explore those areas so I get my hands on the ball a lot more, and become [more of an] intercepting mark player.”

 

Season in short:

The defender took a significant step in his football career, playing 12 games – the most of any year since his debut in 2012.

Roberts earned his first call up to the senior side in round five and played 10 games on the trot.

He took on a key defensive post and was matched against some of the league’s best forwards, forming a nice partnership with Joel Hamling in the back half.

Such was Roberts promise in 2015, he signed a two-year deal in July, keeping him with the Club until the end of 2017.

The defender unfortunately suffered an ankle injury in round 15 to spend four weeks on the sidelines before returning through the VFL and eventually making his way back into the side in round 23.

Roberts’ confidence was evident as he strung together consistent football, and looks set to be a key pillar in the Dogs’ defence for years to come.

 

Stat that mattered:

Roberts ranked third in the AFL for effective disposals per game, finishing the year at 87 per cent disposal efficiency.

 

What they said:

“With the work that the coaches have been able to help me with, I’ve been able to improve my game on different levels. Being able to win crucial contests and also help my teammates win their contests and being able to rebound and really get involved in ‘Bulldog ball’, which has been very exciting.” – Fletcher Roberts, September 2015

“He started off the year so well, especially the pre-season, he really grasped our style of play that we wanted to play. It was just unfortunate that he got injured… He was clearly hampered by his injuries (at the end of the year) and it hurt his body, so hopefully he can get a good pre-season under his belt and get his body right because he is such an important for us in defence.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

Although Roberts struggled to get his chance at senior level, he strung together five games for season 2015.

With strong performances at VFL level, he missed playing in Footscray’s VFL Premiership side through injury, but was instrumental to their finals campaign setting up a home qualifying final with his goal after the siren to claim the win over Richmond and second place on the VFL ladder.

Roberts took an impressive pack mark after a kick in from opposition Richmond to be given a chance after the siren to put the Bulldogs in front. Roberts slotted the goal from 60m to give the Dogs a three-point win.

Although improving his defensive game and spending more time down back in 2014, his impressive match-winning goal showed he has the potential to be a full-time swingman in years to come.

Proving he can handle high-pressure matches, Roberts will be looking for a big pre-season to further his chances of cementing a spot in the senior side in 2015.

 

The stat that mattered:

Roberts match-winning goal in the VFL helped secure second spot for the Bulldogs and a home final at Whitten Oval.

 

What they said:

“I’m just enjoying my footy and enjoying the challenge of taking on an opponent and trying to beat them.

“I’m really excited about what the Bulldogs have in the coming years, and it’s going good places, the Club, and I’m really happy to be there.” – Fletcher Roberts

Season in short:

After debuting in 2012 with two games, Roberts spent 2013 with VFL affiliate Williamstown in a season of development. The Sandringham Dragons tall played 16 matches for the Seagulls, was named among the side’s best three times and kicked 11 goals playing in a variety of roles. Another summer in the gym should see Roberts placed in good stead for more opportunities in 2014.

Stat that mattered:

Despite playing much of the season as a swingman, the 20-year-old still managed to hit the scoreboard frequently. Kicking 10 goals from four games in the VFL development league, Roberts still managed 11 goals in 12 games in Williamstown’s senior side – including four multiple goal games.

What they said:

“Roberts played back for most of the day and was very, very solid as a defender. Read the flight of the ball well and took a lot of intercept marks. Then went forward and had an impact as well in the last quarter.

– Development Manager Chris Maple after the round five clash against Collingwood

Getting a late call up to debut in round 20 against Richmond, he put in a solid performance as a substitute and showed enough to retain his spot and play out a full four quarters the week after. Roberts was shifted forward in Williamstown’s finals campaign, successfully adding a taller target in the Seagulls forward line for the final three rounds.

Season By Season

An exciting 196cm forward who kicked five goals, including four in the last quarter, for Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup Grand Final last year. He reads the play very well, has good skills and will be working hard to add bulk to his light frame in 2012.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 5.5
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 9.5
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 37.8

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Handballs 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Disposals 13 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Marks 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 7
Tackles 3 Sydney Swans Rd 12
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 50 Sydney Swans Rd 2

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 8 2 10 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 43
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 7 3 10 3 0 2 0 3 0 0 50
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 5 5 10 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 42
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 5 3 8 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 34
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 8 5 13 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 48
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 7 3 10 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 35
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 6 4 10 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 42
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 3 7 10 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 30
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 2 3 5 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 27
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 4 5 9 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 27
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 55 40 95 27 1 11 4 13 0 0 378

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 47
    • Kicks 4.6
    • Handballs 4.6
    • Disposals 9.2
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 36.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Sydney Swans Rd 21, 2012
Handballs 10 Carlton Rd 14, 2015
Disposals 16 Adelaide Crows W1, 2015
Marks 8 Fremantle Rd 7, 2015
Hit-outs 4 Gold Coast Suns Rd 10, 2014
Tackles 7 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2015
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 64 Fremantle Rd 7, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 55 40 95 27 1 11 4 13 0 0 378
2016 Western Bulldogs 72 92 164 47 2 5 8 25 0 0 624
2015 Western Bulldogs 55 61 116 41 0 4 7 19 0 1 470
2014 Western Bulldogs 19 16 35 10 6 2 1 10 0 1 165
2013 Western Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Western Bulldogs 16 5 21 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 81

Legend

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