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2014 in review: Mike Pyke

After a season marred at times by injury, Mike Pyke says he is looking to offer more around the ground in 2015

1:09pm  Oct 1, 2014

Pyke preparing for Hale storm

Mike Pyke is preparing to face who he describes as the most dangerous ruckman in the competition

11:34am  Sep 24, 2014

Mike backed against Mummy

Swans back their ruckman to fly solo against in-form Shane Mumford

11:54am  Jun 27, 2014

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Mike
Pyke

Height
201 cm
DOB
24-03-1984
Weight
104 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2014
19
Career
90
Goals
2014
3
Career
44
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1275
Avg
67
MikePyke

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: -
Debut: 2009
Recruited from: Canada
Brownlow Votes: -

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The Swans earned five nominations in last year’s 40-man All-Australian squad and most were surprised Pyke was not among them. 

Finishing second in the competition in contested marks and eighth in hit-outs, it was a stunning season from the Canadian, who played every game and emerged as a genuine threat in the ruck and up forward. 

After just 13 goals in his previous four years in the AFL, he produced 28.8 in 2013, proving to be one of the best set shots in the game.

Draft history: 2009 Rookie Draft selection (Sydney) No. 57; 2010 NAB AFL Draft rookie elevation (Sydney) selection No. 101.

2014 Coaches Call

His 2013 season was a solid year from Pykey. Obviously he was our ruckman at times with Shane Mumford, but he was also able to kick some important goals and at one point he was leading the competition for contested marks.

His pre-season has been a bit slow for Pykey because he had a slower start. Like a few of our players, we’re building him up for round one. We know he’s our most professional trainer, so we know he’s always doing the right things to get his body in the right condition for round one.

We hope in 2014 it’s a big year for Pykey. This year will be a great opportunity for him to be the main man in the ruck and to set the example there. We hope he provides us with a really physical contest in the ruck and can give the mids some really good use.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 4.6
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 9.5
    • Marks 2.2
    • Hit-Outs 27.6
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 67.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Collingwood Rd 2
Handballs 9 Essendon Rd 19
Disposals 16 Collingwood Rd 2
Marks 6 Collingwood Rd 2
Hit-outs 53 Carlton Rd 17
Tackles 6 Essendon Rd 19
Goals 1 Fremantle FW1
AFL Fantasy 119 Essendon Rd 19

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 99 - 67 8 2 10 3 34 3 2 4 0 0 84
2 Collingwood L 69 - 89 12 4 16 6 23 3 0 1 1 0 98
3 Adelaide Crows W 71 - 134 8 6 14 2 26 1 0 2 0 0 77
4 North Melbourne L 48 - 91 4 5 9 3 29 1 2 1 0 0 59
5 Fremantle W 92 - 75 5 3 8 1 12 1 2 4 0 2 49
6 Melbourne W 38 - 69 4 4 8 1 19 0 1 1 0 1 44
7 Brisbane Lions W 44 - 123 2 5 7 3 10 0 0 1 0 1 40
8 Hawthorn W 107 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Essendon W 64 - 114 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Geelong Cats W 148 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Gold Coast Suns W 74 - 109 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide W 98 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Richmond W 51 - 62 1 4 5 1 18 0 1 4 0 0 45
15 GWS Giants W 106 - 60 2 5 7 3 22 1 1 3 0 0 57
16 West Coast Eagles W 51 - 79 4 3 7 2 22 1 2 3 0 0 53
17 Carlton W 122 - 51 3 6 9 1 53 3 0 3 0 0 92
18 Hawthorn L 104 - 94 2 3 5 1 21 1 0 4 0 0 53
19 Essendon W 79 - 57 3 9 12 4 49 1 0 6 1 0 119
20 Port Adelaide W 58 - 84 2 3 5 0 27 1 0 2 0 0 48
21 St Kilda W 127 - 56 8 6 14 3 32 1 3 1 0 1 74
22 Western Bulldogs W 67 - 130 5 7 12 3 44 3 1 1 0 0 86
23 Richmond L 65 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 Fremantle W 93 - 69 6 8 14 2 22 1 2 3 1 1 76
PF North Melbourne W 136 - 65 5 5 10 1 30 1 1 1 0 0 60
GF Hawthorn L 74 - 137 4 5 9 2 32 1 0 0 0 0 61
TOTAL W: 19 - L: 6 88 93 181 42 525 24 18 45 3 6 1275

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 90
    • Kicks 3.8
    • Handballs 5.4
    • Disposals 9.2
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 20.8
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 61.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Collingwood Rd 2, 2014
Handballs 15 Adelaide Crows Rd 11, 2013
Disposals 18 Adelaide Crows Rd 11, 2013
Marks 7 St Kilda Rd 21, 2013
Hit-outs 53 Carlton Rd 17, 2014
Tackles 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2010
Goals 3 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2013
AFL Fantasy 119 Essendon Rd 19, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Sydney Swans 88 93 181 42 525 24 18 45 3 6 1275
2013 Sydney Swans 123 153 276 89 546 21 28 53 28 8 1813
2012 Sydney Swans 70 112 182 59 384 16 21 48 8 8 1196
2011 Sydney Swans 8 7 15 4 27 0 5 6 2 0 98
2010 Sydney Swans 49 86 135 43 292 21 18 55 3 2 947
2009 Sydney Swans 8 39 47 3 98 6 10 12 0 1 234

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 Debut – round 6, 2009 (Sydney Swans v Richmond)

50 games - round 4, 2013 (Sydney Swans v Geelong)

 

Awards

AFL Awards

Premiership side
2012

Club Awards

Most Improved
2010