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3:31pm  Oct 26, 2017

Season Review: Lukas Webb

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4:37pm  Sep 26, 2017

Footscray by the numbers

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2:15pm  Jun 13, 2017

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Webb's 2017 Highlights

6:00am  Sep 29, 2017

Webb works a miracle (Rd9)

9:46pm  May 19, 2017

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Lukas
Webb

Height
187 cm
DOB
04-03-1996
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2015
Games
2017
4
Career
19
Goals
2017
5
Career
6
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
220
Avg
55
LukasWebb

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Gippsland (U18)/Lakes Entrance/Caulfield Grammar
Debut: Rd3, 2015 (Hawthorn)
Recruited from: Gippsland Power
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Left-footed utility Webb, is strong overhead and excellent kick. He averaged 15 touches, three marks and two goals at 72 per cent efficiency in five games in NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

Attending Caulfield Grammar, he split his 2014 between playing school, TAC Cup and U18 National Championships football.

While having played much of his junior football across half-forward, Webb has been identified as having the key traits to play across half-back as a creative, rebounding defender.

Webb has a lethal left foot, but is also very adept on his non-preferred side.

The 18-year-old reads the game well and had an outstanding final match for Vic Country during the national championships, kicking four goals from 16 disposals and taking six marks at Etihad Stadium.

Webb averaged 17 disposals in seven matches at TAC Cup level, and finished sixth in the agility run (8.28 sec) at NAB AFL Draft Combine.

Webb was a member of the Footscray Bulldogs' 2016 VFL Premiership, developing his craft throughout the state league season as an inside midfielder.

Season By Season

Season in short

Third-year midfielder Lukas Webb added four games to his career tally in 2017 for a career total of 19 since being taken with the 27th pick in the 2014 NAB AFL National Draft.

Webb was dangerous inside-50 in Round 8 against West Coast when he kicked two goals and laid seven tackles.

In the VFL, he averaged 25 disposals and kicked 16 goals over 13 games.

Webb signed a two-year contract extension in September, keeping the 21-year-old at VU Whitten Oval until at least the end of 2019.

Stat that mattered:

Webb kicked a further two goals against Essendon in Round 19.

Season in short

If you thought that Lukas Webb playing just five games in 2016 after featuring in ten last season meant the 20-year-old had gone backwards, think again.

Initially earmarked as running defender, Webb has been gradually shaped into a tough inside midfielder/forward this season and has excelled in his new role averaging 26 disposals, five tackles and kicked thirteen goals for Footscray.

Faces a challenge to break into one of the League’s leading contested ball midfields but has good size and agility to go with a lethal left leg.

 

The stat that mattered

Was named best on ground five times in the VFL this season, including in Footscray’s 119-point preliminary final win over Collingwood.

Season By Season

Season in short:

The Club’s second pick in last year’s national draft was a welcome addition in 2015.

The 19-year-old put in an impressive pre-season display and was the first of eight debutants this year, playing his first AFL game in round three against Hawthorn.

Webb spent the majority of the season across half-back, with stints on the wing – his left foot and composure from defence a feature of his season.

He finished the year with 10 games, including a starring performance in the round five win against Sydney.

The Club showed their faith in the young talent by extending his existing two-year contract to the end of 2017.

 

Stat that mattered:

Webb collected 17 disposals, five marks and two tackles in round five against the Swans – his best output for the year.

 

What they said:

“He’s probably never played defence before and we threw him in there this year and from his very first game that he played, he slotted in well. The way that he reads the play, the intercept marks, the way he put his body on the line and backed into packs, but his ball use is brilliant as well.

“Webby’s going to be a great player for us. I’m not too sure whether he’s going to hold down a defender’s position, I think he might grow into a midfielder. Some of the work that he did at VFL level inside, I think I might lose him because he’s just too good inside as a midfielder.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 5.8
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 10.5
    • Marks 1.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.3
    • Goals 1.3
    • AFL Fantasy 55.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Handballs 7 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Disposals 12 Essendon Rd 19
Marks 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 8
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 19
AFL Fantasy 86 West Coast Eagles Rd 8

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 8 4 12 4 0 1 0 7 2 1 86
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 5 7 12 0 0 1 1 6 1 0 57
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 7 5 12 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 49
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 3 3 6 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 28
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 23 19 42 6 0 4 3 17 5 2 220

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 5.8
    • Handballs 5.4
    • Disposals 11.3
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 47.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Adelaide Crows Rd 4, 2015
Handballs 10 Collingwood Rd 21, 2016
Disposals 17 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2015
Marks 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 4, 2015
Hit-outs 1 Essendon Rd 22, 2016
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 8, 2017
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 19, 2017
AFL Fantasy 86 West Coast Eagles Rd 8, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 23 19 42 6 0 4 3 17 5 2 220
2016 Western Bulldogs 23 40 63 7 1 3 2 13 0 1 221
2015 Western Bulldogs 65 44 109 38 0 4 0 14 1 3 466

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