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Luke
Dahlhaus

Height
179 cm
DOB
21-08-1992
Weight
77 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2017
13
Career
128
Goals
2017
6
Career
101
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1207
Avg
93
LukeDahlhaus

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Leopold
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: 2011
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
Brownlow Votes: 29

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Floating between the midfield and forward line Dahlhaus' quick thinking and persistence has the ability to break the game open. While more than willing to take the game on, he has a special talent for creating opportunities for his teammates and a natural instinct to chase down opponents. Dahlhaus joined the Western Bulldogs through the 2010 AFL Rookie Draft with their first round selection (pick 22 overall).

Dahlhaus was a member of the Western Bulldogs' 2016 AFL Premiership team.

 

Season by Season

Season in short

Luke Dahlhaus spent more time than ever in the middle of the ground in 2016, and the 24-year-old responded with 26 disposals and five tackles per game, both career highs.

An early season favourite for the Sutton Medal, an injury to the medial ligament in his knee suffered in the Club’s round 12 win over Port Adelaide temporarily slowed him down, but he would return to the side six weeks later and was one of the Dogs’ best against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

While he can still be found at the bottom of most packs, the 24-year-old’s average inside 50s rose for a fourth straight season and his 131 score involvements highlighted his importance as a link-player when the Dogs thrust forward.

But it was the former rookie’s finals series that will likely define his season, his last month of football cementing Dahlhaus’ reputation as a big game player.

 

The stat that mattered

Dahlhaus ranked third at the Club for tackles in 2016, one behind Tom Liberatore in second place.

 

What they said

“I was just rapt to spend some more time in the midfield.  I think I played in there more than forward this year, so I’ve just been building towards that, building on my fitness.

"The year felt like it was going pretty well before the injury, but to get back - the medical team were so good – I didn’t miss a beat in training and ended up winning the granny, so that goes alright.”

Season in short:

A move to the midfield saw Luka Dahlhaus develop into one of the most damaging midfielder’s in the competition.

The 23-year-old has proven goal nous, playing as a small forward for the bulk of his senior career, but in 2015 he added new dimensions to his game.

Dahlhaus averaged 25 disposals, three marks and five tackles, finishing the season ranked 16th in the league for total disposals.

He was one of only two Bulldogs to play all 23 games in 2015, with the midfielder enjoying his most consistent season to date.

Dahlhaus collected less than 20 disposals on only two occasions, while he picked up a career-high 37 touches in round 16 against Geelong.

Perhaps his most notable game was in the Dogs’ round 20 win against Melbourne, with Dahlhaus picking up 32 possessions, four marks, one goal and three Brownlow votes.

 

Stat that mattered:

Dahlhaus finished the season ranked 14th for goal assists, 13th for contested possessions and eighth for handballs across the league.

 

What they said:

“It’s been one of the better seasons, probably a little bit more consistent than previous years. Obviously having some time in the midfield’s been fantastic and I’ve loved every minute of it.” – Luke Dahlhaus, September 2015

He was really consistent. He did push into the midfield a lot more so got a lot more exposure in the midfield and Kingy and Joel did a fantastic job in skilling him up to be prominent in that area. But he did drift forward at times, he doesn’t only get on the scoreboard but he connects really well with his teammates and that was a real highlight of his season.” – Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

The livewire Bulldog capped off a consistent 2014 with fourth place in the Charles Sutton Medal.

Spending more time up the ground paid off for Dahlhaus as he showed his ability to win the ball and display a ferocious attack on the game, laying 87 tackles for the year.

Dahlhaus added a new dimension to his game as a midfield ball-winner, averaging over 21 disposals in 21 games. His most prolific game coming in a close loss to Essendon in round 7, amassing  32 disposals, eight marks and two goals, easily the Bulldogs’ best on the day.

The fan favourite will be looking to build on a strong season in 2014, and bring the excitement and ferocious attack on the football that the Bulldogs faithful know and love, in the new year.

 

The stat that mattered:

Dahlhaus laid 87 tackles in 2014, the fourth most of any Bulldogs player for the season.

 

What they said:

“Personally it’s been a bit more of a challenge, I’ve had a lot more attention. I guess the more games you play the more teams will know about you. That’s just meant I’ve tried to build my fitness through pre-season, and this next pre-season I’ll have to go up another level.

“It’s tough when you get a guy tailing you all game, but that just means you’ve got to work harder and want it more. I’ve been really trying to do that this year.

“This year I think I’ve really moved forward in my game and that comes with extra fitness and extra games.” – Luke Dahlhaus

Season in short:

Courtesy of his high-intensity play and craftiness around goals, Dahlhaus attracted more attention from opponents in 2013 than ever before. And while this might have slowed him early in the season, he quickly found his rhythm once more. The excitement machine played every match, his finest effort an inspirational 29-disposal, four-goal performance against the West Coast Eagles in round 18. Overall, he finished second at the Club for goals with 28, third for tackles and sixth in the best and fairest. His pressure in the forward half was instrumental in creating contests and locking the ball in the Bulldogs’ attacking zone.

The stat that mattered:

Dahlhaus has forged a reputation of hurting the opposition with his quick snaps and smart judgement around goals, but he has just as great an impact with his defensive work. Ranked 12th in the competition for pressure acts (first at the Bulldogs), his chasing and harassment of opponents has been pivotal in creating repeat contests and chances for the Club in the forward half this season. On average Dahlhaus has been attributed with 21.2 pressure acts pre game.

What they said:

“His defensive side is just unbelievable and his workrate to get to the contest, to halve the contest, to keep the ball inside 50 to get a repeat stoppage, is a real asset that he brings to the team and very important for setting the standard for guys around him.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen (Round 7, 2013)

Building on momentum from last year Luke Dahlhaus continued to excite in Season 2012. Starting to push into the midfield, the 20-year-old opened the year strongly. He dropped off intensity slightly as the season progressed but still remained an important member of the Bulldogs outfit. An ankle injury cut his season short after round 18.

Season by Season

The former Geelong Falcons midfielder made an immediate impact in his debut against St Kilda in round 12, more than two months before his 19th birthday. His spark and aggressive tackling ignited the team in his 11 games, which included 19 disposals and two goals against Essendon in round 21 and 14 handballs against Gold Coast in round 14. Elevated off the rookie list and signed a contract extension in November. Will be keen to build on a terrific season that saw him nominated for the NAB Rising Star award.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 9.3
    • Handballs 17.8
    • Disposals 27.2
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 92.8

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Richmond Rd 7
Handballs 24 North Melbourne Rd 4
Disposals 32 North Melbourne Rd 4
Marks 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 130 Brisbane Lions Rd 5

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 9 15 24 4 0 1 0 7 0 1 99
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 9 16 25 6 0 2 1 2 0 0 84
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 11 20 31 1 0 3 1 3 0 0 88
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 8 24 32 4 0 0 3 6 2 0 111
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 10 18 28 8 0 1 0 8 1 1 130
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 10 17 27 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 90
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 14 17 31 5 0 3 0 5 0 1 115
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 8 17 25 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 70
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 8 15 23 2 0 1 2 9 0 0 91
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 9 18 27 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 75
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 12 16 28 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 97
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 6 20 26 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 66
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 7 19 26 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 91
15 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 6 121 232 353 44 0 13 11 57 6 4 1207

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 128
    • Kicks 10.1
    • Handballs 11.5
    • Disposals 21.6
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 84.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Hawthorn Rd 3, 2016
Handballs 27 Collingwood Rd 10, 2016
Disposals 37 Collingwood Rd 10, 2016
Marks 9 GWS Giants PF, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 13 St Kilda Rd 2, 2016
Goals 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 18, 2013
AFL Fantasy 132 West Coast Eagles W1, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 121 232 353 44 0 13 11 57 6 4 1207
2016 Western Bulldogs 228 318 546 67 0 25 20 113 9 8 2000
2015 Western Bulldogs 276 314 590 77 0 21 22 120 17 10 2234
2014 Western Bulldogs 239 214 453 71 0 31 10 87 17 23 1832
2013 Western Bulldogs 177 192 369 37 0 23 16 90 28 18 1547
2012 Western Bulldogs 174 124 298 45 0 23 8 67 13 18 1268
2011 Western Bulldogs 76 79 155 23 0 10 7 46 11 7 701

Legend

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AFL Fantasy points

Awards

AFL Awards

All Australian Nominee
2015

NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee
2011

 

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Scott West Most Courageous Award:
2015