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Coach still marvelling at milestone man

Griffen’s highlights reel is littered with showstoppers, and as he prepares for his 200th game, the star midfielder has no plans to stop.

11:59am  Aug 14, 2014

Dogs confident Captain fit to play

THE Western Bulldogs are confident Ryan Griffen will be fit to play in Saturday's twilight clash with Gold Coast in Cairns

1:28pm  Jul 11, 2014

Libba holds in top ten for AFLCA Award

Liberatore continues to hold firm inside the top ten of the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year award after claiming another five votes for his performance against Geelong

3:31pm  Jul 8, 2014

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R21 - Griff warms up before 200th

1:00pm  Aug 17, 2014

Ryan Griffen's Career Highlights

12:00pm  Aug 16, 2014

Bob chats to Griff ahead of 200th

5:26pm  Aug 14, 2014

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Ryan
Griffen

Captain

Height
190 cm
DOB
27-07-1986
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
19
Career
202
Goals
2014
10
Career
130
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1626
Avg
86
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 19
    • Kicks 11.5
    • Handballs 11.4
    • Disposals 22.9
    • Marks 1.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.2
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 85.6

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 GWS Giants Rd 23
Handballs 19 North Melbourne Rd 21
Disposals 38 GWS Giants Rd 23
Marks 6 GWS Giants Rd 23
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 15 Melbourne Rd 8
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 144 GWS Giants Rd 23

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 L 91 - 119 14 18 32 0 0 2 2 3 0 1 87
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 11 11 22 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 60
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 15 11 26 1 0 2 0 4 0 0 88
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 12 8 20 0 0 0 2 15 1 1 113
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 15 13 28 1 0 2 0 8 1 1 115
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 3 7 10 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 48
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 7 14 21 2 0 1 1 10 1 1 100
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 19 8 27 1 0 1 3 6 2 0 104
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 5 9 14 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 41
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 17 15 32 0 0 2 1 6 1 0 110
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 12 16 28 0 0 1 2 6 0 1 88
19 Hawthorn L 107 - 45 16 13 29 6 0 1 2 4 0 0 103
20 St Kilda W 99 - 122 9 11 20 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 71
21 North Melbourne L 111 - 61 11 19 30 0 0 3 2 5 0 1 89
22 Sydney Swans L 67 - 130 9 7 16 4 0 2 1 8 1 0 90
23 GWS Giants L 109 - 115 22 16 38 6 0 1 0 5 1 1 144
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 15 219 217 436 35 0 24 20 99 10 10 1626

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 202
    • Kicks 12.1
    • Handballs 9.4
    • Disposals 21.5
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 82.6

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 15 Melbourne Rd 8, 2014
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 219 217 436 35 0 24 20 99 10 10 1626
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