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2014 in review: Craig Bird

A purple patch mid-year had Craig Bird primed for a big finals campaign until injury struck late in the season

2:17pm  Oct 10, 2014

Bird looks to get past Roos

Midfielder Craig Bird talks about his experience in Sydney leading up to Friday night's final against North

8:55am  Sep 18, 2014

Kennedy, Bird to miss

Josh Kennedy and Craig Bird have been ruled out of Sunday's match against the Western Bulldogs

6:25pm  Aug 21, 2014

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Craig
Bird

Height
180 cm
DOB
21-01-1989
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2008
Games
157
Goals
59
CraigBird

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Nelson Bay
Debut:
2008
Recruited from:
NSW/ACT U18
Brownlow Votes: 5

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Spending more time in the midfield in 2014, Bird responded by averaging a career-high 20 possessions per game, along with five tackles and almost four clearances.

A knee injury forced him out of the final two home and away matches, although he returned as a sub throughout the finals series.

Bird was on a limited pre-season program until Christmas but has had a strong start to his 2015 pre-season campaign.


Draft history: 2007 NAB AFL Draft 4th round selection (Sydney) No. 59 overall as NSW scholarship holder.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 9.5
    • Handballs 11.0
    • Disposals 20.5
    • Marks 2.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 73.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Handballs 11 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Disposals 23 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Marks 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 80 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn W 116 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Brisbane Lions W 84 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Carlton L 57 - 42 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Adelaide Crows L 153 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Collingwood W 100 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Melbourne L 74 - 112 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Fremantle L 116 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats W 110 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 West Coast Eagles W 125 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Richmond L 81 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 GWS Giants L 117 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Port Adelaide W 131 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Sydney Swans L 86 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Brisbane Lions L 82 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Collingwood W 80 - 117 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 St Kilda W 57 - 118 7 11 18 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 66
18 North Melbourne W 132 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Western Bulldogs L 127 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Carlton W 84 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows L 80 - 123 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Gold Coast Suns W 57 - 90 12 11 23 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 80
23 Fremantle W 107 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
W1 Sydney Swans L 121 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 11 19 22 41 4 0 1 0 8 0 0 146

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 157
    • Kicks 8.8
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 17.3
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.2
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 68.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Carlton Rd 14, 2013
Handballs 20 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2016
Disposals 33 Geelong Cats Rd 11, 2014
Marks 8 GWS Giants Rd 1, 2012
Hit-outs 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 3, 2009
Tackles 11 North Melbourne Rd 4, 2012
Goals 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 18, 2011
AFL Fantasy 134 Essendon Rd 9, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Essendon 19 22 41 4 0 1 0 8 0 0 146
2016 Essendon 140 232 372 44 0 16 11 116 3 3 1484
2015 Sydney Swans 50 49 99 17 0 5 4 21 3 1 395
2014 Sydney Swans 206 209 415 58 0 12 21 105 6 5 1620
2013 Sydney Swans 269 152 421 53 0 9 12 84 10 5 1644
2012 Sydney Swans 220 207 427 69 0 16 21 105 12 12 1738
2011 Sydney Swans 184 170 354 43 0 16 19 113 11 9 1507
2010 Sydney Swans 35 34 69 14 0 2 2 11 1 0 261
2009 Sydney Swans 108 130 238 41 1 8 6 48 5 3 923
2008 Sydney Swans 144 144 288 62 1 10 17 47 8 3 1105

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 1, 2008 (Sydney Swans v St Kilda)

50 games – round 12, 2011 (Sydney Swans v Richmond)

100 games - round 16, 2013 (Sydney Swans v GWS)

Awards

AFL Awards

Premiership Side
2012

Club Awards

Swans Rising Star award
2008

Brownlow Medal

2014 votes 2; career votes 5.