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Liam
Picken

Height
184 cm
DOB
01-08-1986
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2015
19
Career
148
Goals
2015
12
Career
45
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1951
Avg
103
LiamPicken

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 2 2009 (North Melbourne)
Recruited from: Hamilton/North Ballarat U18/Williamstown
Brownlow Votes: -

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Tenacious and unselfish, Liam Picken continues to win admirers with his approach to football, becoming one of the most well respected taggers in the competition. Picken’s persistence has never been questioned, transitioning from a mature aged rookie in 2009 (selection 30 overall) to polling third in the Best and Fairest in 2012.

Season By Season

Season in short:

Picken has established himself as one of the most feared taggers in the game. With a close-checking style, Picken built on those skills in 2014 shutting down some of the game’s best.

Playing all 22 games in 2014 and overcoming Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett and North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas – Picken put in a consistent season.

Most impressive was Picken’s ability to win his own ball, averaging 18 disposals for the year, including a pleasing performance in the Dogs 63-point loss to Sydney in round 22. Picken amassed 25 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles. 

 

The stat that mattered:

Although stopping some of the game’s best in 2014, Picken managed to average 18 disposals, showing he has the ability to hurt sides on the attack.

 

What they said:

“He just plays it as hard and as tight as he possibly can and that’s not always the case with people playing that position.

“He’s a very important part of our side. He’s a lot more versatile than people give him credit for.” – Bulldogs senior assistant coach Brett Montgomery on Picken in August 2014.

Season in short:

The tough-nut midfield stopper put in some fine performances in the early part of the season. At his typical tenacious best, Picken frustrated opposition midfielders while gathering plenty of contested ball from aerial and ground contests. In addition to containing the likes of Cyril Rioli, Jeff Garlett and Tom Mitchell, Picken averaged 22 disposals of his own. His 27 touches, five inside-50s and a goal against Carlton in round 20 provided a memorable highlight.

Stat that mattered:

At the end of round 21 only two shut down players had kept their direct opponent (of 30 minutes +) to under 16 touches on average per 100 minutes – Picken and North Melbourne’s Taylor Hine. The Bulldogs hard nut’s feat was even more impressive as he accumulated over 15 possessions himself over the same time period. From 18 games he had 12 run with assignments, claiming the scalps of some of the competition’s most damaging players.

What they said:

““I actually trained a lot with Picko (Liam Picken) – tried to mimic the way he trains, how professional he is. That is one of the things I identified at the start of the pre-season, that I want to train harder and more consistently and so I just latched onto him.”

- Christian Howard ahead of round two

Going from strength to strength, Picken executed his role in season 2012 with skill. Ranking third in the Charlie Sutton Medal he also took out the Brad Johnson Best Team Player Award, a special honour given that both players and coaches influence its appointment. One of Picken’s main strengths is his tackling pressure which sees him rank first at the Club for tackles (119) – with 32 tackles more than the 2nd placed Matthew Boyd. He also saw a career best in disposals (28) and equalled his personal record with 13 tackles on multiple occasions this season.

Season By Season

The hard-at-it tagger had a standout season, playing all 22 games in a variety of defensive roles and finishing eighth in the best and fairest. Had a career-high 27 possessions and laid eight tackles against St Kilda in round 12. His uncompromising, fearless attack on the ball makes him one of the first players picked each week.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 11.7
    • Handballs 12.1
    • Disposals 23.8
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 6.6
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 102.7

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15
Handballs 18 Carlton Rd 14
Disposals 36 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15
Hit-outs 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
Tackles 12 Sydney Swans Rd 5
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 12
AFL Fantasy 151 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles W 97 - 87 5 8 13 4 0 1 1 5 1 0 67
2 Richmond W 66 - 85 8 7 15 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 71
3 Hawthorn L 127 - 57 6 9 15 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 57
4 Adelaide Crows W 125 - 68 14 15 29 7 2 2 0 4 1 1 120
5 Sydney Swans W 73 - 77 19 14 33 4 0 1 1 12 0 0 143
6 St Kilda L 87 - 94 16 12 28 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 112
7 Fremantle L 88 - 101 14 7 21 6 0 3 1 7 0 1 103
8 Melbourne L 103 - 64 8 11 19 2 0 0 1 7 1 0 83
9 GWS Giants W 113 - 68 14 11 25 7 0 0 0 6 2 1 122
10 Port Adelaide L 100 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions W 146 - 74 9 13 22 3 0 2 0 7 2 0 104
13 St Kilda W 56 - 62 10 9 19 5 0 2 1 6 1 1 93
14 Carlton W 64 - 53 15 18 33 5 0 2 0 7 0 1 127
15 Gold Coast Suns W 95 - 73 20 16 36 7 0 2 0 9 0 0 151
16 Geelong Cats L 72 - 64 11 10 21 4 0 0 0 9 0 0 101
17 Collingwood W 104 - 86 18 15 33 6 0 3 1 8 0 2 136
18 Essendon W 40 - 127 9 16 25 4 0 3 0 6 0 1 99
19 Port Adelaide W 128 - 64 6 15 21 3 0 1 1 9 1 0 97
20 Melbourne W 153 - 55 12 10 22 4 0 0 2 6 0 0 86
21 West Coast Eagles L 162 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 North Melbourne W 73 - 96 8 14 22 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 79
23 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 14 - L: 7 222 230 452 84 2 23 12 126 12 8 1951

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 148
    • Kicks 8.3
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 17.0
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 70.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015
Handballs 19 Adelaide Crows Rd 2, 2012
Disposals 36 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 4, 2015
Tackles 13 Carlton Rd 17, 2012
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2015
AFL Fantasy 151 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Western Bulldogs 222 230 452 84 2 23 12 126 12 8 1951
2014 Western Bulldogs 217 185 402 85 0 22 21 88 3 6 1611
2013 Western Bulldogs 181 146 327 67 2 16 14 66 1 3 1285
2012 Western Bulldogs 197 207 404 70 1 17 33 119 9 6 1670
2011 Western Bulldogs 166 164 330 50 1 29 27 117 4 4 1421
2010 Western Bulldogs 127 158 285 37 1 34 25 104 8 5 1237
2009 Western Bulldogs 120 190 310 52 0 35 22 98 8 2 1307

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

Awards

AFL Awards

International Rules Series
2010

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Third Best and Fairest
2012

Western Bulldogs Best Team Player
2012

AFL NAB Cup Western Bulldogs Premiership Side
2010