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westernbulldogs.com.au catches up with the players in the off-season.

3:31pm  Oct 26, 2017

Season Review: Tory Dickson

westernbulldogs.com.au reviews Tory Dickson's 2017 season.

4:41pm  Oct 6, 2017

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Tory
Dickson

Height
184 cm
DOB
26-09-1987
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2017
9
Career
88
Goals
2017
11
Career
149
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
489
Avg
54
ToryDickson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 1 2012 (West Coast Eagles)
Recruited from: Bendigo Bombers
Brownlow Votes: 3

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The medium forward may have been given a late call up to the AFL ranks but Dickson has made an immediate impact at the Bulldogs. Dickson plays taller than he is, often out marking his opponents in one-on-one situations and adds a different dynamic as a small forward. Dickson joined the Bulldogs with the Club’s third round draft selection in 2011 (pick 57 overall).

Dickson kicked a career-high 50 goals in season 2016, from 23 games, becoming renowned as a sharp-shooter around goal.

Playing 22 games and kicking 40 goals in season 2016, Dickson was an integral part of the club's AFL Premiership win, kicking three goals in the season decider.
 

Season by Season

Season in short

30-year-old forward Tory Dickson played a total of 9 games for the Club in 2017 after an interrupted preseason kept him out of the side for the opening month of the season.

Returned via the VFL where successive three goal performances had him in line for a senior debut in Round 9 against the Cats where he kicked two goals from seven kicks.  

Collected over 70% of his possessions in the midfield in 2017, up from 56 the year before according to Champion Data.

Stat that mattered:

Laid a season high seven tackles against Geelong in Round 9 in his return to senior football.

What they said:

“It was frustrating. I had surgery in the off-season and it took me a little while to get going.

“There were a lot of niggles back and forth. I didn’t get going until round 7 or 8 and I still found myself struggling a bit and taking a while to pick up the 8-ball and I never got going to be honest.

“I’m not blaming it all on the body, but I feel that’s the first stepping stone and I can get back to my best as soon as my body feels 100% right.”

- Tory Dickson, September 2017

Despite missing the first five games of the season through injury, the unheralded Dickson was again dangerous around goal, kicking forty goals, just two shy of Club leader Jake Stringer.

Grew in importance as the year wore on and found form when it mattered most.  Struggled for accuracy against Hawthorn in the semi final, missing an uncharacteristic three of four shots on goal before responding with bags of four against the Giants in the preliminary final and three from seven kicks in the Grand Final.

More than just a goal kicker, defensive pressure is a key feature of Tory Dickson’s game. 

According to Champion Data he commits a pressure act every nine minutes, ranking him third at the Club among players who’ve played 20 games or more.

Will likely benefit from the return of Stewart Crameri to the Bulldogs forward set-up in 2017.

 

The stat that mattered

Has now won premierships at three different levels. Local (Noble Park), VFL (Footscray 2014), AFL (2016.

 

What they said

“It was a little bit frustrating at the start.  I had a little bit of an ab issue which continued through the year, so that’s going to be a big focus for me, to try and get myself right for the start of next year.

“Didn’t kick as many goals but I still felt that I contributed, and my work rate and defensive pressure were at a level that was consistent. 

“I look back on it and I’m pretty happy with my season, I think I played 20,22 games, and we won a premiership so you can’t complain about that.” 

 

Season in short:

Tory Dickson enjoyed career-best form in 2015, kicking 50 goals and reaching his 50th AFL game.

The 28-year-old combined with Jake Stringer, Stewart Crameri, Jack Redpath and Tom Boyd to share forward target responsibilities, with Dickson enjoying personal bests in rounds seven and in the side’s elimination final.

In round seven, Dickson kicked a career-high seven goals, while in the final against Adelaide – where he kicked five goals – he was one of the standout performers on the night.

The 28-year-old was awarded the Best Team Player at the Sutton Medal, recognising his outstanding work rate to bring his teammates into the game.

Dickson was one of only two players (the other Luke Dahlhaus) to play every game in season 2015.

 

Stat that mattered:

Dickson’s 50-goal year saw him finish 10th on the league leader board.

 

What they said:

“It was a massive year for Tory. It’s obviously well-documented that he hit the scoreboard and we know he can do that but the most pleasing thing for the match committee was his ability to put pressure on the opposition. He, along with Mitch (Honeychurch) and Dahl (Luke Dahlhaus) really led the way in that area, it was a real strength of ours in the first half of the year…” – Daniel Giansiracusa (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

After playing the first round of the season, and then returning to the senior side in rounds 6, 7 and 8, Dickson was sidelined by a pectoral injury for two months.

Dickson managed two goals on his VFL return from injury and provided an important option up forward for the Footscray side.

Dickson displayed a strong work rate and managed 25 goals in the VFL, despite missing more than half the season.

Injury-free, Dickson will be looking to work hard over the off-season and push for more chances in the senior side in 2015 and add to his career tally of 34 games.

 

The stat that mattered:

Dickson kicked three goals in his second AFL match of the season, showing he is an accurate, goal scoring option at the level.

 

What they said:

“I watched a lot of AFL games in my rehab and watched specific players and just the unselfishness of a lot of them.

“I took a bit out of that – the workrate, team defence, just do everything I can for the team so the team plays better… and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.” – Dickson following his return from injury.

Season in short:

Bursting into 2013 with 18 disposals, eight tackles and two goals against Brisbane in round one, Dickson showed his mettle throughout his second season on the big stage. Forced to contend with a ruptured ankle ligament for a big part of the season, Dickson found some impressive form on return. Dickson played in the Club’s last 10 matches, booting 20 goals and proving instrumental in the Bulldogs’ late season revival. A memorable six goal haul against Adelaide in round 21 marked a standout display. Despite playing just 13 matches, Dickson finished equal third on the Bulldogs goal kicking table.

Stat that mattered:

Averaging 2.6 goals per game in the final seven rounds, Dickson enjoyed a purple-patch of form to end his second season. After spending half of the year on the sidelines through injury, his ability to hit the scoreboard in the second half of the year was crucial – including five multiple game goals.

What they said:

“It’s hard work – you’ve got to be on your game at all times and just care about everything you do [like] a pure professional. I’ve tried to be more professional in terms of recovery, more ice baths, more treatments – that’s one of the main things I have taken out of my first year.”

- Tory Dickson in March 2013

Not many AFL players can boast coming second in the goal scoring tally in their debut year at a football Club but Dickson’s 23 goals gives him that honour. In his first season he amounted some impressive numbers with a personal best eight tackles, seven marks, four goals, four marks inside 50, five inside 50s, three goal assists, 19 possessions and 10 contested possessions.

Season by Season

Dickson comes to the Whitten Oval from the Bendigo Bombers, where he kicked 48 goals in 19 games for the VFL side in season 2011. The 24 year-old is a hard bodied hit-up forward that can also play through the midfield. Dickson proved his goal-kicking ability, slotting 112 majors for reputed suburban club Noble Park in 2010. In addition to his stint at Bendigo, Dickson has previously played at the VFL level for Frankston where he won the club's best and fairest award in 2009.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 4.9
    • Handballs 5.3
    • Disposals 10.2
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 54.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 St Kilda Rd 10
Handballs 8 Sydney Swans Rd 12
Disposals 14 St Kilda Rd 10
Marks 7 GWS Giants Rd 21
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Goals 3 Essendon Rd 19
AFL Fantasy 88 Geelong Cats Rd 9

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 86 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Sydney Swans W 110 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Fremantle L 89 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 North Melbourne W 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Brisbane Lions W 122 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 GWS Giants L 75 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond W 80 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats L 104 - 81 7 4 11 6 0 1 0 7 2 0 88
10 St Kilda W 90 - 50 8 6 14 5 0 0 0 4 1 0 73
12 Sydney Swans L 88 - 42 4 8 12 2 0 0 0 5 1 1 61
13 Melbourne L 56 - 113 6 5 11 1 0 3 1 2 1 0 45
14 North Melbourne W 107 - 106 2 4 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 25
15 West Coast Eagles L 80 - 87 4 6 10 4 0 0 2 0 1 0 36
16 Adelaide Crows L 104 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Carlton W 62 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon W 127 - 97 6 3 9 6 0 0 0 0 3 1 61
20 Brisbane Lions W 89 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants L 57 - 105 6 6 12 7 0 2 1 3 2 1 75
22 Port Adelaide L 79 - 96 1 6 7 0 0 2 4 5 0 0 25
23 Hawthorn L 99 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 44 48 92 33 0 9 8 27 11 3 489

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 88
    • Kicks 7.1
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 1.7
    • AFL Fantasy 66.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 West Coast Eagles W1, 2016
Handballs 13 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2015
Disposals 23 St Kilda Rd 6, 2015
Marks 8 Richmond Rd 16, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Sydney Swans Rd 5, 2015
Goals 7 Fremantle Rd 7, 2015
AFL Fantasy 115 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Western Bulldogs 44 48 92 33 0 9 8 27 11 3 489
2016 Western Bulldogs 166 132 298 92 0 14 16 57 40 17 1489
2015 Western Bulldogs 172 126 298 71 0 25 6 72 50 12 1588
2014 Western Bulldogs 18 21 39 9 0 2 1 9 3 1 177
2013 Western Bulldogs 108 75 183 48 0 19 4 39 22 10 923
2012 Western Bulldogs 119 118 237 56 0 19 10 64 23 9 1153

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

Awards

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Best First Year Player
2012

Western Bulldogs Brad Johnson Best Team Player:
2015

Footscray Bulldogs VFL Premiership Side
2014