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Three changes to Dogs squad

Shaun Higgins and Sam Darley have been named in the final team to add some defensive options, while Tom Campbell has also earned a recall

5:00pm  Aug 1, 2014

VFL form to be rewarded

Higgins’ strong VFL performance could see him recalled to the senior team to  take on Hawthorn

12:34pm  Jul 31, 2014

Stoppage success a vital ingredient

Success starts at the stoppage. It’s a key element of Brendan McCartney’s mantra at the Kennel, but also a stat that stacks up with success league wide.

12:01pm  Jul 4, 2014

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R19 - Higgins' slick snap

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4:09pm  Jun 29, 2014

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Shaun
Higgins

Height
186 cm
DOB
04-03-1988
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2006
Games
2014
19
Career
128
Goals
2014
9
Career
128
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1468
Avg
77
ShaunHiggins

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Newtown
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 9 2006 (Collingwood)
Recruited from: Geelong U18
Brownlow Votes: 14

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A vital cog in the Bulldogs forward line, Shaun Higgins is a smart footballer who adds class and composure in the attacking half of the ground. The highly touted utility is also capable of playing through the midfield and providing run and carry out of defence when required. Higgins was picked up in the 2005 AFL National Draft with the Bulldogs first round selection (pick 11 overall).

Season by Season

Season in short:

Higgins began the season in fine form, kicking three goals in the round one win against the Brisbane Lions, amid 22 classy disposals and ten inside 50s. Unfortunately for Higgins, a serious foot injury sustained in round three sidelined the polished performer for the rest of the year. He will look with great hope towards season 2014 and the prospect of a complete recovery.

What they said:

“Shaun is a resilient character and will leave no stone unturned in his recovery from this set-back.”

- Western Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Andrew McKenzie, after sustaining his injury in round three

Stat that mattered:

It may be a case of out of sight, out of mind, but Higgins’ influence in the forward line cannot be discredited when he is on the park. A three goal haul, three behinds and ten inside 50s marked the 25-year-old’s opening game of the year. By season’s end only Ryan Griffen (6) could average more inside 50s than Higgins did in three games (5.3).

Playing out 19 games for the season, the 24-year-old was a consistent contributor to the scoreboard bagging goals on 13 occasions. Despite playing only one extra game on last year, Higgins managed to kick ten more majors to place third in the Club’s goal kicking. A hamstring injury briefly interrupted his season but he returned in round 21 to play out the year. 

Season by Season

The skilful utility played 18 games for an average of 21 disposals, including a career-high 32 disposals and nine marks against the Suns in round three. Finished top 10 in the best and fairest and, with 87 games under his belt, will look to take another step forward this season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 10.9
    • Handballs 9.7
    • Disposals 20.6
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 77.3

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 GWS Giants Rd 4
Handballs 19 Essendon Rd 7
Disposals 36 Essendon Rd 7
Marks 12 GWS Giants Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Fremantle Rd 11
Goals 2 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 127 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 13 10 23 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 78
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 6 6 12 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 59
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 11 7 18 6 0 0 0 6 1 0 95
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 19 10 29 12 0 0 0 2 1 0 127
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 6 9 15 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 50
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 8 14 22 3 0 1 0 4 1 0 84
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 17 19 36 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 108
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 10 5 15 2 0 1 4 6 0 0 59
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 14 6 20 3 0 2 1 5 0 1 83
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 13 16 29 3 0 1 0 7 0 0 109
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 8 7 15 5 0 0 2 1 0 1 52
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 6 13 19 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 59
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 14 13 27 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 96
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 11 9 20 3 0 0 1 3 1 1 76
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 10 1 11 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 48
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn L 107 - 45 6 8 14 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 63
20 St Kilda W 99 - 122 10 16 26 2 0 1 2 3 1 0 81
21 North Melbourne L 111 - 61 14 9 23 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 75
22 Sydney Swans L 67 - 130 11 6 17 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 66
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 14 207 184 391 70 0 10 17 63 9 4 1468

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 128
    • Kicks 9.9
    • Handballs 8.3
    • Disposals 18.1
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 74.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Melbourne Rd 7, 2010
Handballs 20 Brisbane Lions SF, 2009
Disposals 36 Essendon Rd 7, 2014
Marks 12 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2014
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 13, 2009
Tackles 10 Sydney Swans Rd 18, 2011
Goals 5 Melbourne Rd 19, 2007
AFL Fantasy 127 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 207 184 391 70 0 10 17 63 9 4 1468
2013 Western Bulldogs 30 11 41 17 0 4 5 10 3 4 214
2012 Western Bulldogs 195 146 341 81 0 13 16 57 22 16 1461
2011 Western Bulldogs 205 173 378 80 0 9 20 70 12 16 1518
2010 Western Bulldogs 185 158 343 63 0 15 14 52 17 8 1351
2009 Western Bulldogs 231 191 422 105 4 13 15 52 32 18 1780
2008 Western Bulldogs 45 52 97 20 1 8 6 18 4 6 392
2007 Western Bulldogs 127 120 247 74 1 6 9 38 26 10 1141
2006 Western Bulldogs 36 24 60 14 0 1 1 9 3 3 253

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: 106 games, 116 goals

 

Awards

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee
2007

Club Awards

NAB Cup Premiership Side Western Bulldogs
2010