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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
179 cm
DOB
21-01-1989
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2015
6
Career
137
Goals
2015
3
Career
56
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
395
Avg
66
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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 8.3
    • Handballs 8.2
    • Disposals 16.5
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 65.8

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 GWS Giants Rd 3
Handballs 12 Fremantle Rd 4
Disposals 22 GWS Giants Rd 3
Marks 4 GWS Giants Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Port Adelaide Rd 2
Goals 2 Essendon Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 95 GWS Giants Rd 3

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 72 - 60 11 9 20 3 0 2 2 3 2 0 80
2 Port Adelaide W 44 - 92 11 9 20 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 78
3 GWS Giants W 111 - 90 11 11 22 4 0 2 0 5 1 0 95
4 Fremantle L 74 - 60 9 12 21 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 70
5 Western Bulldogs L 73 - 77 6 8 14 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 52
6 Melbourne W 50 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Geelong Cats W 120 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn W 69 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Carlton W 122 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns W 41 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 North Melbourne W 75 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Richmond L 77 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide W 94 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Brisbane Lions W 49 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Hawthorn L 57 - 146 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 20
17 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows W 117 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Geelong Cats L 95 - 63 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Collingwood W 87 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GWS Giants W 44 - 133 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 St Kilda W 38 - 135 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 15 - L: 6 50 49 99 17 0 5 4 21 3 1 395

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 137
    • Kicks 8.9
    • Handballs 8.0
    • Disposals 16.9
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.9
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 67.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Carlton Rd 14, 2013
Handballs 16 Hawthorn Rd 22, 2012
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
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.