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Jack
Macrae

Height
191 cm
DOB
03-08-1994
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2017
20
Career
97
Goals
2017
2
Career
21
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2023
Avg
101
JackMacrae

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Kew
Clubs: -
Debut: Rd 4 2013 (Adelaide)
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Brownlow Votes: 22

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The 2013 Chris Grant Best First Year player had an impressive debut in 2013. Macrae saw big improvements in his second year at the Club, finishing second in the Charlie Sutton medal. A creative outside midfielder, Macrae adds some flair to the Club’s midfield. He was selected with pick six overall in the 2012 AFL Draft.

Macrae was a member of the Club's 2016 AFL Premiership team.

Season by Season

Season in short

After going down with a hamstring injury against Geelong in round 19, Macrae feared his season could be over.

Instead, the midfielder returned ahead of schedule, averaging 30 possessions in the finals series, including 39 against Hawthorn in the Semi Final, (his 23 handballs was a career high) and a 33 touch, five mark performance in the Grand Final ensured he was one of the best on the ground.   

Up until that point, the ever-reliable Macrae was a key cog in the Bulldogs’ midfield rotation, his improved ball use was a feature - his disposal effectiveness rose by six per cent on last season and the 22-year-old’s turnover rate was reduced by one per game.

Was one of five Bulldogs to be named in the AFLPA’s 22under22 squad.

 

The stat that mattered

Macrae’s 27.6 disposals per game was a career high.

 

What they said

“Injury aside I was pretty happy with my year. 

“Obviously being a premiership player at the end of the year, you’re going to be happy no matter what.  I’ve ticked off a few boxes that I wanted to tick off and there’s still a lot of room for growth individually but also as a team, which is exciting.  

“Coming into this year I wanted to continue to work on my inside and contested ball work, which I think I did this year, and the defensive side of my game, I thought that really grew as well. 

"So coming into next year… probably a bit more forward play and just continue on my strengths, my opposite foot skills and my general skills are couple of the main areas I’ll look to improve over the preseason."

Season in short:

In just his third year of senior football, Jack Macrae established himself as one of the most prominent ball-winner’s in the competition.

The 21-year-old averaged 26 disposals, four marks and five tackles in 2015.

After a slower start to the year, Macrae spent rounds seven and eight with Footscray, before working his way back into the side and not missing another match for the rest of the year.

He developed a more rounded game in the latter stage of the year, working on his inside game and spending time forward, all while consistently racking up high possessions.

His most damaging performance came in round 15 against the Suns, collecting 33 disposals, 10 marks, four tackles and one goal.

Macrae signed a contract extension in April, keeping him at the Club until at least the end of 2018.

Stat that mattered:

Macrae dropped below 20 disposals on only three occasions in 2015.

What they said:

“With injuries at the start of the year, it meant I had to play a little bit more of an inside mid role. I learned a lot from that and grew a lot as a player and taking that into next season and pre-season… that inside mid role that started to feel more comfortable, especially in the second half of the year…” – Jack Macrae, September 2015

“Jacko learned a lot about himself this year. He probably got more attention from the outside, maybe got ran with a little bit early. I saw an opportunity for Jacko to go inside and start developing his inside craft and you saw him attend a lot more centre bounces, spend more time as a forward, I think Jacko walks away from this year as a more rounded player than this time last year.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

If there was any concern that Jack Macrae may suffer from second year blues, the 20-year-old midfielder comfortably shelved that notion in 2014.

After a debut year that saw Macrae claim the Chris Grant Best First Year Player Award, the top-10 draft pick has excelled in his second year, leading the Club for disposals, marks and finishing runner-up to Tom Liberatore in the Sutton Medal.

Macrae played 13 games in his debut year and earned a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.

In his second season, the 20-year-old missed one game and earned plaudits as a genuine, blue-chip ball magnet.

Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Dane Swan, Dan Hannebery Bryce Gibbs – just some of the AFL’s midfield elite that Macrae acquired more ball than in season 2014.

On 15 occasions Macrae amassed 25 or more possessions, becoming the youngest AFL player to collect 40 or more disposals in a game with his inspired 43-touch, two goal performance in the Dogs’ 28-point victory over the Suns.

 

The stat that mattered:

Macrae ranked ninth in the league for effective disposals per game in 2014, going at 73.1% efficiency.

 

What they said:

“I was probably thinking about playing as many games as I could, staying not injured, and getting some consistency but I hit some good early form and just tried to hold that for the end of the year. I managed to play some good footy and looking back it’s been a pretty enjoyable year.” – Jack Macrae following the Charles Sutton Medal

Season in short:

Taken with pick six overall in the 2012 National Draft, Macrae bolted up the order thanks to a stellar TAC Cup season and national under 18 carnival campaign. His evasiveness and decision-making, honed while playing with Carey Grammar, Oakleigh Chargers and Vic Metro, were on full display throughout his 13 AFL games in 2013. Macrae's 26 disposals, five marks and four tackles against the Gold Coast Suns in round eight earned the 19 year-old a NAB Rising Star nomination. The youngster also won the Bulldogs’ Best First Year Player award at season’s end.

Stat that mattered:

Macrae found a purple patch through the middle of the season that undoubtedly showed the teenager's true potential at senior level. The first round draftee averaged almost 23 possessions, four marks, three tackles, three inside 50s, two rebound 50s and three bounces per game.

What they said:

“He’s put on eight or nine kilos since he’s come to the Club and that has all been lean body mass it hasn’t been any fat. So he’s really taken to the weights program and his body has responded, which is great for him – a lot of guys have to spend years in the gym to get the gains that he’s made.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen after Macrae was recognised with the NAB Rising Star Nomination in round eight

Season by Season

Averaging 28 disposals in the TAC Cup finals series, the 18-year-old shines when the contest is at its hottest. Macrae was selected with the Western Bulldogs second first round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2012 AFL Draft.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 11.5
    • Handballs 15.1
    • Disposals 26.6
    • Marks 4.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 101.2

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Brisbane Lions Rd 20
Handballs 24 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Disposals 32 Brisbane Lions Rd 20
Marks 11 Brisbane Lions Rd 20
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 North Melbourne Rd 14
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 137 North Melbourne Rd 14

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 15 10 25 7 0 2 0 7 0 0 116
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 9 11 20 3 0 2 0 8 0 0 92
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 13 13 26 6 0 2 2 9 0 1 116
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 10 13 23 5 0 0 1 7 1 0 102
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 13 16 29 3 0 0 1 3 1 0 95
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 10 16 26 1 0 4 1 8 0 1 99
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 13 17 30 1 0 3 0 4 0 1 96
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 8 24 32 4 0 1 0 4 0 1 102
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 7 16 23 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 76
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 12 13 25 3 0 1 1 4 0 0 85
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 9 23 32 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 105
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 10 13 23 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 84
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 14 18 32 7 0 1 1 10 0 0 137
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 10 14 24 3 0 3 1 8 0 0 99
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 11 16 27 4 0 1 1 7 0 0 103
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 14 17 31 8 0 2 1 6 0 0 123
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 13 12 25 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 93
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 12 13 25 7 0 2 1 4 0 0 98
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 17 15 32 11 0 1 2 4 0 1 126
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 10 11 21 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 75
22 Port Adelaide 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 9 230 301 531 91 0 31 14 113 2 5 2023

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 97
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 13.4
    • Disposals 25.6
    • Marks 4.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 4.6
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 96.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2014
Handballs 24 West Coast Eagles Rd 8, 2017
Disposals 43 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2014
Marks 13 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2014
Hit-outs 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2015
Tackles 11 Melbourne Rd 8, 2014
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2015
AFL Fantasy 168 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 230 301 531 91 0 31 14 113 2 5 2023
2016 Western Bulldogs 271 336 607 104 1 30 18 96 2 4 2174
2015 Western Bulldogs 287 267 554 97 8 25 14 117 5 6 2181
2014 Western Bulldogs 302 260 562 119 0 36 10 86 9 5 2192
2013 Western Bulldogs 100 133 233 35 0 17 7 35 3 1 826

Legend

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AFL Fantasy points

Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest Runner Up
2014