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Montgomery: Picken is all business

Picken faces a fresh challenge against ladder leaders the Sydney Swans in Sunday's round-22 clash at Etihad Stadium.

2:50pm  Aug 23, 2014

McCartney backs Picken

Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney backs his tagger Liam Picken after his tangle with Brent Harvery last Sunday.

1:50pm  Aug 21, 2014

Persistent Picken gains Minson’s praise

Liam Picken can add another scalp to his collection after containing dual Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett on Sunday.

4:28pm  May 27, 2014

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Rd10 - Ablett, Picken clash

10:26am  May 26, 2014

Truth or Dare - Liam Picken

4:04pm  May 20, 2014

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Liam
Picken

Height
184 cm
DOB
01-08-1986
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2014
22
Career
129
Goals
2014
3
Career
33
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1611
Avg
73
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: -

Player Sponsors

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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:

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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 9.9
    • Handballs 8.4
    • Disposals 18.3
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 73.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Sydney Swans Rd 22
Handballs 15 North Melbourne Rd 2
Disposals 25 Sydney Swans Rd 22
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 22
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Melbourne Rd 8
Goals 1 St Kilda Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 123 GWS Giants Rd 4

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 10 14 24 2 0 1 1 5 0 0 82
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 10 15 25 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 77
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 12 6 18 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 80
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 15 10 25 6 0 2 0 8 1 0 123
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 10 8 18 3 0 2 1 5 0 0 74
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 12 5 17 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 77
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 9 5 14 5 0 2 0 4 0 1 71
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 4 9 13 0 0 0 2 8 0 0 56
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 10 5 15 4 0 1 3 6 0 1 69
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 9 11 20 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 63
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 9 10 19 4 0 2 0 6 1 0 91
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 5 10 15 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 62
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 12 12 24 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 76
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 10 6 16 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 55
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 14 8 22 2 0 3 1 4 0 1 81
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 10 7 17 4 0 1 0 3 0 1 70
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 4 3 7 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 33
19 Hawthorn L 107 - 45 5 7 12 2 0 0 2 7 0 0 57
20 St Kilda W 99 - 122 10 8 18 4 0 2 3 2 1 0 65
21 North Melbourne L 111 - 61 8 9 17 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 53
22 Sydney Swans L 67 - 130 15 10 25 10 0 0 0 6 0 0 119
23 GWS Giants L 109 - 115 14 7 21 5 0 3 2 2 0 1 77
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 15 217 185 402 85 0 22 21 88 3 6 1611

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 129
    • Kicks 7.7
    • Handballs 8.1
    • Disposals 15.8
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.6
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 65.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Sydney Swans Rd 19, 2013
Handballs 19 Adelaide Crows Rd 2, 2012
Disposals 28 Adelaide Crows Rd 2, 2012
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 2 Fremantle Rd 2, 2013
Tackles 13 Carlton Rd 17, 2012
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 10, 2012
AFL Fantasy 123 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
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

Milestones

AFL Western Bulldogs: 87 games, 29 goals

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