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Jason
Johannisen

Height
180 cm
DOB
08-11-1992
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2017
18
Career
82
Goals
2017
10
Career
28
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1356
Avg
75
JasonJohannisen

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Willetton Jnrs
Clubs:
Debut: Rd 19 2012 (North Melbourne)
Recruited from: East Fremantle
Brownlow Votes: 14

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Another of the Western Bulldogs' rookie list success stories, Johannisen made his debut in Bulldogs colours in 2012.  

The Western Australian recruit was initially drafted to the Bulldogs through the 2010 AFL Rookie Draft with selection 39.

Blessed with electric speed, Johannisen has forged a reputation as one of the league's most exciting, attacking half-backs. After playing just 27 games in his first three seasons, Johannisen flourished under coach Luke Beveridge playing in 20 games in 2016, averaging 20 disposals.

While a hamstring tendon injury early in the 2016 disrupted his eye-catching start to the year, Johannisen returned to play the last 13 games of the season, and spearhead the Club's charge through September.

Johannisen's game breaking ability was on full display on Grand Final day, as he ammased 33 disposals on his way to winning the Norm Smith Medal.

A VFL premiership player with the Footscray Bulldogs in 2014, Johannisen became an AFL Premiership player in 2016.

Season by Season

Season in short

From the rookie list to Norm Smith Medallist, it’s been quite the journey for Jason Johannisen.

Started the season in sparkling form, polling six Brownlow votes in the first two rounds of the season before his season was temporarily derailed by a round four hamstring injury.

Returned in typical JJ style in round 15 after nine weeks on the sidelines with 20 disposals, four rebound 50s and four tackles and the winning goal against the Swans at the SCG.

His ability to break games open with his pace was crucial to the Bulldogs’ premiership winning mix.

 

The stat that mattered

His 25 kicks in the Grand Final were eight more than any other player on the ground.

 

What they said

“Early in my career I struggled for self-belief, but at the minute I’m just sky-high and just believe I can play some good footy for the team and help them get a win,” he told the Herald Sun

“As soon as Bevo came in to our club his first thing was about building relationships with the players.

“It’s just the care he has for everyone and he knows how to get the best out of us.”

Season in short:

Undeniably Johannisen’s most consistent year, the running defender played 20 out of 23 games.

Most reflective of his season was his Most Improved Award at the Sutton Medal, highlighting the steps he took in 2015.

Playing a half-back role alongside Bob Murphy, Matthew Boyd and Easton Wood – Johannisen didn’t fall in their shadow, but was just as crucial, even coming into All-Australian contention during the latter parts of the season.

His explosive pace from defence flourished under Luke Beveridge, with the 22-year-old averaging 19 disposals and five marks.

Johannisen’s highlight came in round 18 against Essendon, picking up 26 disposals, six marks, one goal, 21 Sutton Medal votes and two Brownlow votes

 

Stat that mattered:

Johannisen ranked seventh in the league for running bounces, the feature of his game in 2015.

 

What they said:

“I’m still keen to grow my game but it was a pretty consistent year for me, so hopefully I can bring that and much more next year... Bevo and Rohan Smith give you a lot of belief so you go into games with a lot of confidence, and just try to bring your strengths.” ­– Jason Johannisen, September 2015

“He probably has gone under the radar, I think a lot of people are starting to talk about JJ, which is great for him. He’s had an exceptional year, for what he’s achieved this year, his confidence in himself has grown, there’s no many people in the AFL that has got his lightning speed, he’s lightning quick. Once he started to use it and started get confidence in confidence in using it, no one ever catches him.

“It’s great to see him have the year that he’s had. I suppose with Boydy, Murph and Easton having outstanding years, JJ wasn’t too far behind… He’s had a brilliant season and I’m so looking forward to next year for him.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

With his 2013 season cut short by injury, Johannisen was looking for a big 2013 to establish himself in the Bulldogs’ best 22.

Although struggling in the first half of the season to find form, playing between the AFL and VFL, Johannisen played six of the last seven matches of the home and away season, missing one game with a calf injury.

Johannisen was a late inclusion in the round 17 side against Gold Coast and took the opportunity, finding his best form of the season, with 25 disposals, three marks and one goal.

Johannisen averaged 16 disposals for the year, and finished the season as part of the VFL premiership-winning side.

 

The stat that mattered:

The lightning quick defender signed a three-year deal in 2014 that will see him at the Bulldogs until the end of 2017.

 

What they said:

“I’ve still got a lot of learning and work to do on my game, but to have the ability to play three positions (half-back, wing and half-forward) I think gives the team and myself a lot of confidence.” – Johannisen following his contract extension in 2014.

“He really vindicated and displayed the talent we know he’s got.

“He does really add something to our team because of his leg speed and his ability to break the lines on the outside.” – Recruiting manager Jason McCartney following Johannisen’s contract extension in July 2014.

Season in short:

The rapidly developing former rookie enjoyed a season of consolidation in 2013. While his playing year was cut short by a shoulder injury, Johannisen showed solid improvement in 13 games and flashes of brilliance running off the half-back line. With line-breaking speed, the South African born youngster impressed with his evasiveness and reliable foot skills. He averaged 16 disposals at 78% efficiency and ranked fourth at the Bulldogs for average rebound 50s. In the round five clash with Geelong, Johannisen gathered 24 disposals, four marks and six rebound-50s in a clinical effort running out of defence.

Stat that mattered:

The 21-year-old all but confirmed he belongs in the Bulldogs starting 22 during the year, missing just one game in the senior lineup while fit and available. His 13 senior games were a great improvement on three games in Bulldogs colours last season.

What they said:

“JJ is starting to really mature as a player, and even just his calmness and his composure to make a decision and assess options down the field and then make the right decision is really important.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen said after round five

The second year rookie elevation was a standout in the VFL this season eventually making his senior debut in round 19. A medial ligament injury sidelined him for a number of weeks in the middle of the year but he found form quickly on return. He was serviceable in his three senior games, demonstrating poise and composure across the wing and through defence.

Season by Season

Lightning quick midfielder from East Fremantle who has the ability to break the lines, and neat disposal by foot. Has been given time to develop in the VFL and stays on the rookie list for a second year.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 12.8
    • Handballs 8.7
    • Disposals 21.5
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 75.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Handballs 17 Fremantle Rd 3
Disposals 30 Collingwood Rd 1
Marks 7 Collingwood Rd 1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Goals 4 Essendon Rd 19
AFL Fantasy 109 Collingwood Rd 1

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 18 12 30 7 0 1 1 0 2 0 109
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 17 6 23 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 75
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 12 17 29 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 90
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 9 10 19 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 79
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 18 10 28 2 0 0 3 2 1 0 85
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 14 7 21 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 66
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 17 7 24 3 0 1 1 3 0 2 86
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 22 4 26 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 91
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 15 9 24 1 0 1 0 7 0 1 96
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 16 13 29 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 95
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 27
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 7 8 15 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 51
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 11 8 19 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 64
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 7 5 12 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 51
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 10 6 16 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 55
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 13 10 23 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 77
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 8 14 22 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 70
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 12 6 18 4 0 1 0 1 4 0 89
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 9 231 156 387 48 0 15 8 37 10 8 1356

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 82
    • Kicks 13.0
    • Handballs 7.0
    • Disposals 19.9
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 74.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 27 Essendon Rd 22, 2016
Handballs 17 Fremantle Rd 3, 2017
Disposals 35 Fremantle Rd 1, 2016
Marks 12 Essendon Rd 22, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2017
Goals 4 Essendon Rd 19, 2017
AFL Fantasy 144 Essendon Rd 22, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 231 156 387 48 0 15 8 37 10 8 1356
2016 Western Bulldogs 283 130 413 112 0 12 9 37 6 8 1622
2015 Western Bulldogs 270 128 398 107 0 3 12 35 7 3 1539
2014 Western Bulldogs 111 67 178 42 0 5 9 26 2 4 691
2013 Western Bulldogs 138 70 208 40 0 7 8 19 2 4 749
2012 Western Bulldogs 29 20 49 9 0 1 1 3 1 0 170

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AFL Fantasy points

Awards

AFL Awards

Norm Smith Medal
2016

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Tony Liberatore Most Improved Player
2015

Footscray Bulldogs VFL Premiership Side
2014