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Ryan primed for midfield return

The spread of midfield contributors at the Bulldogs has been a positive in recent weeks according to Ryan Griffen

9:30am  Apr 17, 2014

Captain returns, rookie upgraded

The Bulldogs have made three changes to their side that will face North Melbourne on Sunday

6:25pm  Mar 27, 2014

Griffen will play: McCartney

Ryan Griffen is set to be amongst a handful of changes for Sunday's home opener against North Melbourne.

10:48am  Mar 27, 2014

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Ryan
Griffen

Captain

Height
190 cm
DOB
27-07-1986
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
3
Career
186
Goals
2014
2
Career
122
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
175
Avg
58
RyanGriffen

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: South Adelaide
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 4 2005 (West Coast Eagles)
Recruited from: South Adelaide (SA)
Brownlow Votes: 34

Ryan Griffen has established himself as one of the elite midfielders in the competition in recent seasons, and 2013 was no exception after being named All Australian and winning his second Charles Sutton Medal. Griffen’s composure and outside run was complemented nicely by a more hardened edge under the tutelage of Coach Brendan McCartney – taking on more responsibility around the stoppages and attacking the contest with a new intensity. Griffen was drafted to the Bulldogs as a priority selection in the 2004 AFL National Draft (pick no. 3 overall). The classy midfielder was appointed captain ahead of season 2014 and beyond.

Season by Season

Season in short:

Griffen announced himself as one of the competition’s elite in 2013. The 27-year-old's elite endurance, sublime skills and appetite for the contest saw him ascend new heights, ultimately claiming his second Charles Sutton Medal and gaining All Australian selection for the first time. Throughout his 20 games, Griffen averaged the most inside 50s in the competition, ranking sixth in the AFL for disposals per game and seventh for average contested possessions and clearances. His team lifting displays, including a 40 disposal, nine tackle, one goal effort against Port Adelaide, demonstrated a new inside-edge to his game to complement a formidable suite of skills.

Stat that mattered:

It is Griffen’s ability to better his already lofty standards that impressed in season 2013, finding two extra disposals per game and two more effective disposals. Even more remarkable was Griffen averaged almost two extra contested possessions – showing he is not only being more efficient with his ball use but he is also finding more of the ball inside the contest.

What they said:

“He’s (Griffen) come a long way with his leadership this year and really stepped up. People in the public don’t really see what he does around the footy club. He’s not one that does say too much, not overly vocal, but what he does on the field and the way he trains and takes his teammates with him – he’s very inspiring.”

- Daniel Giansiracusa, round 10 2013

Capping off his exceptional season, Griffen broke the Club record for most disposals in a game (47) against Sydney in round 21. The midfield sensation also polled the most votes of any Bulldog player at the Brownlow Medal – a career best 11 votes . His influence on game day cannot be discounted with his ability create inspirational passages of play and drive the ball forward, while also pulling his weight around the contest.

Season by Season

The top-shelf athletic midfielder had another excellent season, winning the Gary Dempsey Medal for third in the best and fairest award. Played in 22 games for an average of 24 disposals and ranked second in the AFL for inside 50s (138). In his prime as one of the AFL’s major playmakers.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 7.3
    • Handballs 7.0
    • Disposals 14.3
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 58.3

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 GWS Giants Rd 4
Handballs 8 GWS Giants Rd 4
Disposals 20 GWS Giants Rd 4
Marks 5 GWS Giants Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 Richmond Rd 3
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 82 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 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 4 7 11 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 45
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 6 6 12 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 48
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 12 8 20 5 0 0 0 2 1 1 82
5 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 2 22 21 43 8 0 4 1 7 2 2 175

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 186
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 9.2
    • Disposals 21.5
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 82.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Port Adelaide Rd 10, 2013
Handballs 27 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
Disposals 47 Sydney Swans Rd 21, 2012
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 14, 2008
Hit-outs 4 Sydney Swans Rd 21, 2010
Tackles 12 Sydney Swans Rd 18, 2011
Goals 3 Melbourne Rd 14, 2013
AFL Fantasy 166 Port Adelaide Rd 10, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 22 21 43 8 0 4 1 7 2 2 175
2013 Western Bulldogs 304 275 579 63 4 41 24 98 14 10 2110
2012 Western Bulldogs 287 252 539 66 4 24 17 86 8 11 1943
2011 Western Bulldogs 341 187 528 75 13 23 21 102 24 17 2164
2010 Western Bulldogs 358 216 574 80 26 24 20 78 23 12 2198
2009 Western Bulldogs 271 213 484 70 11 17 20 80 17 9 1848
2008 Western Bulldogs 295 183 478 103 4 18 20 63 18 9 1891
2007 Western Bulldogs 78 65 143 31 0 8 15 29 2 4 552
2006 Western Bulldogs 209 202 411 87 6 19 19 69 7 9 1587
2005 Western Bulldogs 126 97 223 55 1 6 13 39 7 7 910

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: 163 games, 106 goals
 

Awards

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee
2005

Club Awards

AFL NAB Cup Western Bulldogs Premiership Side
2010

Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest

2010

Western Bulldogs Runner Up Best and Fairest
2012

Western Bulldogs Third Best and Fairest
2011