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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
84 kg
Debut
2008
Games
155
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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 12.9
    • Disposals 20.7
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 6.4
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 82.4

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 West Coast Eagles Rd 15
Handballs 20 North Melbourne Rd 8
Disposals 27 North Melbourne Rd 8
Marks 5 Carlton Rd 23
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Goals 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 113 West Coast Eagles Rd 15

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns L 121 - 60 4 7 11 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 53
2 Melbourne W 80 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Port Adelaide L 112 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Geelong Cats L 42 - 72 8 16 24 4 0 2 2 4 0 1 81
5 Collingwood L 142 - 73 8 17 25 2 0 3 0 7 0 0 95
6 Carlton L 72 - 57 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Sydney Swans L 135 - 54 11 9 20 3 0 0 1 4 1 0 79
8 North Melbourne L 60 - 74 7 20 27 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 84
9 St Kilda L 109 - 63 6 14 20 4 0 0 0 6 0 0 82
10 Richmond L 67 - 105 6 13 19 2 0 1 0 7 0 0 79
11 Fremantle L 126 - 47 8 14 22 3 0 1 0 9 0 0 98
12 Hawthorn L 43 - 151 4 12 16 0 0 1 2 5 1 0 57
13 GWS Giants L 90 - 117 4 8 12 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 59
15 West Coast Eagles L 130 - 52 12 14 26 5 0 2 0 8 0 0 113
16 St Kilda L 98 - 109 10 9 19 1 0 0 1 6 0 1 73
17 Richmond L 102 - 83 9 15 24 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 94
18 Brisbane Lions L 91 - 128 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 61 11 10 21 5 0 3 0 9 0 0 107
20 Geelong Cats L 100 - 34 7 12 19 1 0 1 2 5 0 0 63
21 Gold Coast Suns W 75 - 69 8 17 25 1 0 0 1 9 1 0 100
22 Western Bulldogs L 53 - 93 7 12 19 2 0 1 2 7 0 0 74
23 Carlton W 103 - 79 10 12 22 5 0 1 0 5 0 1 91
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 19 140 232 372 44 0 16 11 116 3 3 1484

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 155
    • Kicks 8.7
    • Handballs 8.5
    • 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
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.