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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
156
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 1
    • Kicks 7.0
    • Handballs 11.0
    • Disposals 18.0
    • Marks 2.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 66.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 St Kilda Rd 17
Handballs 11 St Kilda Rd 17
Disposals 18 St Kilda Rd 17
Marks 2 St Kilda Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 St Kilda Rd 17
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 66 St Kilda Rd 17

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 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 10 - L: 10 7 11 18 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 66

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 156
    • Kicks 8.7
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 17.3
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.2
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 68.8

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 7 11 18 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 66
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.