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.