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Matthew
Suckling

Height
187 cm
DOB
25-07-1988
Weight
87 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2017
13
Career
132
Goals
2017
6
Career
64
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1063
Avg
82
MatthewSuckling

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Wagga Tigers (NSW)
Debut: Rd 1, 2009 (Geelong)
Recruited from: Hawthorn Football Club/Wagga Tigers (NSW)
Brownlow Votes: 13

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Matthew Suckling joined the Western Bulldogs as an unrestricted free-agent at during the 2015 AFL Trade Period.

Suckling was recruited from the Hawthorn Football Club, in which he was a member of their 2014 and 2015 AFL Premiership sides.

With an elite left foot kick, Suckling a medium defender and outside midfielder, is known for his elite kicking ability and work rate.

Suckling played 102 games for Hawthorn between 2009 and 2015, after initially being rookie listed by the Hawks with pick 22 overall in the 2007 AFL Rookie Draft

Suckling played 17 games in his first season at the Kennel.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Season in short:

Matthew Suckling impressed in his first year at Victoria University Whitten Oval after crossing from Hawthorn in late 2015, although a troublesome achilles would hinder the second half of his season.

The former Hawk burst out of the gates in his new colours, averaging 23 disposals and seven marks per game between rounds 1-4, before knee and ankle injuries suffered in the round five win over the Lions at Etihad Stadium would see him miss a month of football.

Suckling returned to face Collingwood in round 10 and picked up where he left off, submitting arguably two of his best games of the season over the next three weeks; a 28 disposal seven mark outing against the Eagles and a 26 touch, nine mark performance against Geelong.

But it would be the story of the 28-year old’s season; a solid patch of football before an injury setback. 

Suckling would not play again after the semi-final win over Hawthorn.

 

The stat that mattered:

Suckling averaged career highs in disposal efficiency (79.5%), average intercept possessions per game (3.5) and ranked fifth at the Club in average metres gained per contest.

 

What they said.

“My season was a bit up and down.

“I thought I started really well, then I missed a month with injury. 

"After that it’s been a bit hot and cold, and it was probably mainly due to the achilles.  Since about round 14 it’s been a real battle, but I’ve loved every minute so far here and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Matthew Suckling, October, 2015.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 13.4
    • Handballs 7.7
    • Disposals 21.1
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 81.8

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Fremantle Rd 3
Handballs 11 Brisbane Lions Rd 5
Disposals 30 Fremantle Rd 3
Marks 11 Collingwood Rd 1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 106 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 17 2 19 11 0 0 2 2 0 0 90
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 10 10 20 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 70
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 19 11 30 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 106
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 17 9 26 6 0 0 4 3 2 2 101
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 11 11 22 5 0 1 1 2 0 2 78
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 15 7 22 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 87
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 16 4 20 7 0 2 0 4 0 2 97
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 12 9 21 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 70
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 7 5 12 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 52
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 9 8 17 1 0 1 1 3 1 0 62
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 11 9 20 6 0 1 1 1 0 0 71
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 16 9 25 6 0 1 1 4 0 1 99
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 15 6 21 6 0 1 0 0 1 1 83
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: 6 174 100 274 65 0 10 10 30 6 10 1063

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 132
    • Kicks 13.3
    • Handballs 6.9
    • Disposals 20.1
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 78.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 St Kilda Rd 7, 2014
Handballs 14 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2012
Disposals 35 GWS Giants Rd 15, 2012
Marks 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 10, 2011
Hit-outs 1 Fremantle Rd 8, 2012
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2017
Goals 4 Essendon Rd 18, 2012
AFL Fantasy 141 Melbourne Rd 2, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 174 100 274 65 0 10 10 30 6 10 1063
2016 Western Bulldogs 218 128 346 79 0 12 10 30 7 9 1300
2015 Hawthorn 323 160 483 143 0 10 13 43 15 15 1966
2014 Hawthorn 306 173 479 113 0 8 18 32 12 8 1765
2013 Hawthorn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Hawthorn 333 166 499 140 2 13 10 40 16 11 2003
2011 Hawthorn 351 140 491 138 0 9 19 45 8 11 1938
2010 Hawthorn 42 31 73 16 0 1 2 6 0 1 256
2009 Hawthorn 5 9 14 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 36

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