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Matthew Boyd, the most durable underdog

Matthew Boyd will break the record for the most games played by a rookie draftee against the Crows.

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Old Dog, new tricks

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Matthew
Boyd

Height
184 cm
DOB
27-08-1982
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2003
Games
2017
9
Career
291
Goals
2017
2
Career
85
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
709
Avg
79
MatthewBoyd

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Narre Warren
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 7 2003 (Fremantle)
Recruited from: Dandenong U18 / Frankston
Brownlow Votes: 108

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Forging a career as one of the league’s leading possessions winners, Matthew Boyd’s undying persistence has seen him rise from the Bulldogs rookie list in 2002 to become part of the competition’s elite. Hard working and reliable, Boyd was appointed captain of the Bulldogs ahead of the 2011 season. Boyd was named a member of the Club's history making 2016 AFL Premiership side, and was also named All Australian in the After being initially overlooked in the traditional draft, the Frankston recruit earned plaudits in the VFL which led to him being selected in the 2001 AFL Rookie Draft with the Bulldogs’ selection no. 23.

Season by Season

Season in short

While injury struck around him, Matthew Boyd was a constant, playing 24 games, including all four finals, his highest output since the 2009 season.

But the battle-hardened warrior was more than just a presence down back, his 27.2 disposals at 79% efficiency was his highest total since 2013, and the 34-year-old was rewarded with his second career All-Australian selection.

Boyd played a quarterback-like role off of half back at times this season, his 4.9 rebound 50s per contest ranking him number one at the Club and ninth in the League overall.  

A tireless contributor to the cause and never outworked, another relatively injury-free season will see Boyd enter the vaunted 300 Club.

 

The stat that mattered

At 11,482 total metres gained, Boyd ranked second in the League overall behind Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield.

 

What they said

“I think the most pleasing aspect from an individual perspective it’s the most footy I’ve played since 2010. I played 24 games all up,  missing one through suspension unfortunately for the first time in my career and another one through the management of an injury, so other than that it was a clean bill of health.

“I thought I was able to play some pretty good footy throughout the year and help our young team develop and have a pretty successful year.”

Season in short:

Perhaps one of Luke Beveridge’s most notable coaching moves this season was sending Matthew Boyd to the backline.

The veteran has made a career of being a prolific ball-winner in the middle of the ground, but with a host of young Bulldogs making their way through the midfield, Beveridge tasked Boyd with a half-back role.

And he did not disappoint.

Boyd averaged 27 disposals and finished the year 17th in the league for that stat. He also ranked 12th for marks, 11th for rebound 50s and 16th for kicks.

The 33-year-old picked up 24 disposals or more on 13 occasions, such was his ability to win the ball from the back half.

He combined with Bob Murphy and Easton Wood to form a formidable trio in the Dogs’ defensive line, and was rewarded with an All-Australian nomination.

With his proven ability to poll votes, and his eye-catching form this season, Boyd has been tipped by many to collect the most votes of any Bulldog in the Brownlow Medal.

 

The stat that mattered:

Boyd picked up a career-high 14 marks in his 250th game against Carlton in round 14.

 

What they said:

“Boydy’s been one of the premier midfielders in the competition for such a long time, when we asked him to change his role this year, he wasn’t even hesitant. He was so looking forward to the challenge. We did a lot of work with Boydy about his defensive play and positioning and everything like that and he absolutely thrived in the role. His leadership down there, his work rate, as a midfielder to come back and play as a defender was just outstanding.” – Rohan Smith (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

After being limited by injury in 2013, Matthew Boyd was back to his brilliant best in 2014.

The durable midfielder took a step back from his typical inside role in 2014 to allow for the Bulldogs youth to step up, but his influence on the team was just as significant.

At 32, Boyd provided maturity and stability in a young Bulldogs side, averaging 26.2 disposals and picked up the third most of any Dog, with 498.

Boyd’s season included a massive 39 disposals against the Giants in round 4 but his most influential match came against Melbourne in round 15.

Missing Ryan Griffen and Adam Cooney, Boyd took charge. He produced a game high 32 possessions, 20 of those contested, as well as nine clearances, eight tackles and one goal that helped lead the Bulldogs to a nail-biting victory at Etihad Stadium.

 

The stat that mattered:

After 19 matches in 2014, Boyd requires only 11 more to reach his 250-game milestone.

 

What they said:

“Anyone that knows Matthew, understands just how professional he is, which we see as an important attribute, particularly for our young group to learn from.

“His teammates and coaches value his contribution, especially in recent times where he has shouldered a lot of responsibility – and we look forward to seeing him continue his strong form next season.” – List Manager Jason McCartney, following Boyd’s contract extension to the end of 2015.

Season in short:

By Boyd’s lofty standards, season 2013 was one played in surges and cruelled by injury. While the skipper played just 13 games, he managed some impressive achievements and played an invaluable hand in several victories. He still averaged 29.4 disposals per game, the fifth most in the competition, and ranked 15th for both contested possession and clearance average. With 38 disposals, seven tackles and nine inside-50s and the three Brownlow votes against St Kilda in Round 9, Boyd inspired his team to snap a seven-game losing streak and press 7-7 win-loss record over the next 14 weeks.

What they said:

"He has been the heartbeat of them for an extended period ... he certainly leads by example around the footy.”

- Brisbane Lions Assistant Coach Shane Woewodin ahead of the Bulldogs round one clash

Stat that mattered:

Despite playing just 13 games, the Bulldogs skipper still managed to rank fourth at the Club in total inside 50s (57), fourth in total clearances (71) and still topped the kennel in average disposals per game (29.4) - a statistical category he also ranked fifth overall in the AFL for in 2013.

In Season 2012 Boyd continued to exceed even his own high standards on-field. Helping a young playing group transition to a more physically demanding playing style under Brendan McCartney, he has been a leader both on and off the field. The year has seen a number of personal achievements for Boyd, who played his second full season without missing a match and reached his 200 games milestone in round 16 against the Hawks.

Season by Season

Vindicated his selection as captain with another stellar season. The Dogs’ chief ball-winner topped the AFL in disposals (701, averaging 31.86) and contested possessions (326, averaging 14.8) and was third in clearances (154, averaging seven a game) – earning him a second All-Australian selection and a second Charles Sutton Medal. Also the Dogs’ leading vote-getter in the Brownlow Medal with 24 (equal third).

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 12.4
    • Handballs 9.4
    • Disposals 21.9
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 78.8

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Adelaide Crows Rd 16
Handballs 12 Richmond Rd 7
Disposals 26 Collingwood Rd 1
Marks 9 North Melbourne Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 16
Goals 1 Fremantle Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 94 Fremantle Rd 3

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 14 12 26 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 87
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 13 8 21 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 71
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 11 10 21 7 0 1 0 3 1 1 94
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 11 7 18 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 71
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 14 9 23 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 81
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 11 12 23 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 70
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 10 10 20 3 0 2 1 2 0 0 66
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 14 8 22 7 0 2 1 2 0 0 86
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 14 9 23 3 0 1 1 4 0 0 83
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide D 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 9 - D: 1 112 85 197 45 0 9 5 15 2 2 709

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 291
    • Kicks 13.5
    • Handballs 11.6
    • Disposals 25.0
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 93.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 32 North Melbourne Rd 7, 2012
Handballs 31 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
Disposals 46 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
Marks 14 Carlton Rd 14, 2015
Hit-outs 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2012
Tackles 12 Carlton Rd 16, 2011
Goals 3 Port Adelaide Rd 22, 2011
AFL Fantasy 162 North Melbourne Rd 7, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 112 85 197 45 0 9 5 15 2 2 709
2016 Western Bulldogs 407 246 653 161 0 17 14 49 0 1 2368
2015 Western Bulldogs 321 195 516 148 3 15 10 40 1 6 1957
2014 Western Bulldogs 249 249 498 69 4 15 13 82 7 11 1813
2013 Western Bulldogs 196 186 382 61 5 6 11 51 4 2 1351
2012 Western Bulldogs 374 347 721 112 17 18 15 87 6 9 2535
2011 Western Bulldogs 398 303 701 85 13 39 20 113 8 5 2552
2010 Western Bulldogs 393 304 697 107 20 19 15 106 8 10 2584
2009 Western Bulldogs 328 394 722 120 14 18 13 90 15 5 2580
2008 Western Bulldogs 315 313 628 133 7 30 30 94 5 6 2329
2007 Western Bulldogs 295 250 545 137 7 17 25 77 11 8 2127
2006 Western Bulldogs 245 233 478 132 0 18 22 89 9 5 1964
2005 Western Bulldogs 120 109 229 66 2 12 14 35 5 4 922
2004 Western Bulldogs 136 119 255 91 3 14 10 41 1 2 1078
2003 Western Bulldogs 25 32 57 12 1 3 4 9 3 3 224

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

All Australian
2009, 2011, 2016

All Australian Nominee
2010, 2015

International Rules Series
2008, 2010

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Captain
2011, 2012

Charles Sutton Medal (Winner - Western Bulldogs Best & Fairest)
2009, 2011, 2012

Gary Dempsey Medal - (Third Place - Western Bulldogs Best & Fairest)
2008

Brad Johnson Best Team Player
2016
 

Western Bulldogs Coaches Award
2015

Western Bulldogs Match Committee Award
2007

Western Bulldogs NAB Cup Premiership Side
2010