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Tom
Boyd

Height
200 cm
DOB
22-08-1995
Weight
103 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2018
12
Career
61
Goals
2018
6
Career
50
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
760
Avg
63
TomBoyd

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Eastern Ranges (U18)/Norwood (VMFL)
Clubs: GWS Giants
Debut: Rd 5 (Adelaide) 2013
Recruited from: Eastern Ranges (U18)/Norwood (VMFL)
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Power-forward Tom Boyd arrived at the Kennel during the 2014 NAB AFL Trade Period from the GWS Giants.

The 200-centimetre forward was the number one draft pick in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, and was the undisputed top draft pick throughout the year.

Boyd's size, speed, leap and marking have long been regarded as close to the complete package in a key forward, also exhibiting strong leadership traits throughout his junior career.

He was also the TAC Cup’s leading goal-kicker in his bottom age year in 2012, and the youngest member of Vic Metro’s 2012 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships division one winning side.

While a shoulder injury saw him spend part of the 2016 season on the sideline, Boyd played a career high 15 senior games, including the last 11 straight.

Boyd was a member of the Western Bulldogs' 2016 AFL Premiership win, kicking three goals along with eight marks and 14 disposals to be one of the most influential players on the ground.

Season in short

Forward Tom Boyd played 11 matches in 2017.

Boyd had a presence around the ground with 17 disposals against Fremantle in Round 3. In Round 9, the big-man threatened with 33 hit outs and 2 goals in the 23-point loss to Geelong.

It was revealed in July that Boyd would take an indefinite break from football due to mental health issues.

He returned in the VFL against Essendon at Windy Hill in Round 22, kicking three goals.

Stat that mattered:

Influential when in the ruck, Boyd had a career high 36 hit outs against Melbourne in Round 13.

Season in short

It’s impossible to talk about Tom Boyd’s season without mentioning his 60m goal late in the Grand Final that effectively iced the Dogs’ first premiership in 62 years.

It symbolised a coming of age of sorts for the 21-year-old who had shown steady signs of improvement all season.

As he continued to increase his aerobic capacity, 2016 saw Boyd spend more time in the ruck than ever before, going from 11.4% in 2015 to 45.6% this season, while forming a strong on-field relationship with Jordan Roughead in the back half of the season.

His performance in the preliminary final as the Dogs’ sole ruckman was a highlight, as was his near best afield performance against Sydney on Grand Final day.

With another pre-season under his belt, the only way is up for Boyd.

 

The stat that mattered

Boyd recorded career high numbers in games played, disposals, marks, tackles and clearances.

 

What they said

“Obviously this season threw a few different things at me but I suppose from a consistency point of view it’s probably been my best year.

"I’m not 100% sure how many games I ended up getting out but it would be close to the most games I’ve played in a season, so there were a lot of improvements and obviously it was great to cap off the season with a Grand Final win.

“I feel like physically and aerobically I’m starting to match it with the players that I’ve got to deal with, [and] that was the main [goal] this year, getting myself to a level physically where I could compete week to week. 

“[I’ll look to] increase my running power and finding a way to be strong enough and mobile enough to be able to play ruck and forward.”

Season in short:

After moving to the Bulldogs at the end of 2015, Boyd handled immense pressure for a second-year player.

Boyd played 14 games and pleased his coaches with his endeavour and attack on the football.

At just 20 years of age, Boyd would regularly take the opposition’s best defender, while facing multiple defenders at any contest.

After three goals in Tasmania, Boyd was awarded a Rising Star nomination in round three against Hawthorn.

Boyd finished second among rising stars for hitouts, fourth for contested marks and sixth for goals – kicking 16 for the year.

While he spent the latter stages of the season in the VFL, Boyd showed significant promise and with another full pre-season under his belt is set to develop into an integral part of the Bulldogs future.

 

Stat that mattered:

Boyd kicked a career high four goals in the Dogs clash with Brisbane in round 12.

 

What they said:

“It’s obviously been quite an exciting year for the Club and similar to the team’s trajectory, I’ve had some good games and some bad ones… I felt like I definitely held my own and had a couple of good ones through the middle of the year. I achieved some things this year that I set out to achieve and in the future just looking for that consistency over 22 games of the year.” – Tom Boyd, September 2015

“It was a real growth year for Tom… He competed extremely hard especially in the first half of the year and he probably tired in the second half but we saw great growth in him and again another one with a big pre-season in place, really getting his body right to play a season against men, I think he’ll only improve as the seasons go on.” ­– Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 5.3
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 11.1
    • Marks 2.3
    • Hit-Outs 17.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 63.3

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 7
Handballs 12 Geelong Cats Rd 15
Disposals 17 Geelong Cats Rd 15
Marks 6 Carlton Rd 6
Hit-outs 31 Geelong Cats Rd 15
Tackles 4 Hawthorn Rd 16
Goals 2 Fremantle Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 86 Brisbane Lions Rd 8

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 133 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 121 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Essendon W 104 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans L 79 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Fremantle L 108 - 54 6 1 7 4 3 3 0 1 2 0 54
6 Carlton W 80 - 59 7 6 13 6 7 1 0 1 1 3 72
7 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 72 10 5 15 4 11 1 1 3 0 0 73
8 Brisbane Lions W 107 - 93 9 6 15 3 17 3 0 3 1 0 86
9 Adelaide Crows L 63 - 26 3 6 9 1 23 0 0 4 0 0 63
10 Collingwood L 90 - 55 5 5 10 4 9 3 1 3 1 1 65
11 Melbourne L 51 - 100 1 3 4 1 13 1 1 2 0 0 31
13 Port Adelaide L 132 - 75 4 5 9 1 31 1 1 1 0 0 58
14 North Melbourne L 75 - 77 5 9 14 2 22 0 2 2 1 0 69
15 Geelong Cats W 103 - 101 5 12 17 1 31 3 1 3 0 0 85
16 Hawthorn L 59 - 122 3 6 9 0 24 2 1 4 0 0 60
17 Melbourne L 119 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 West Coast Eagles L 100 - 46 6 5 11 0 13 1 2 2 0 0 44
19 Port Adelaide L 34 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda W 68 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne W 85 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Carlton W 49 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Richmond L 98 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 64 69 133 27 204 19 10 29 6 4 760

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 61
    • Kicks 4.9
    • Handballs 5.0
    • Disposals 10.0
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 10.1
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 56.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 7, 2018
Handballs 15 Hawthorn SF, 2016
Disposals 20 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2017
Marks 8 Sydney Swans GF, 2016
Hit-outs 36 Melbourne Rd 13, 2017
Tackles 6 Geelong Cats Rd 16, 2015
Goals 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2015
AFL Fantasy 117 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Western Bulldogs 64 69 133 27 204 19 10 29 6 4 760
2017 Western Bulldogs 49 76 125 26 220 10 16 25 7 3 704
2016 Western Bulldogs 82 98 180 49 127 24 13 39 13 12 947
2015 Western Bulldogs 74 41 115 47 41 13 8 33 16 6 709
2014 GWS Giants 31 24 55 23 26 7 5 9 8 3 315

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