Lewis Roberts-Thomson

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Lewis Roberts-Thomson
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Roberts-Thomson says farewell after announcing his retirement
Personal information
Full name Lewis Roberts-Thomson
Nickname(s) L.R.T.
Date of birth (1983-09-08) 8 September 1983 (age 31)
Original team NSW/ACT Rams (TAC Cup)
Draft #29, 2001 National Draft
Height/Weight 194cm / 92kg
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2014 Sydney 179 (54)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 6, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Lewis Roberts-Thomson (born 8 September 1983 in Sydney) is an Australian rules football player with the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League. He is colloquially known to fans and commentators as either "LRT" or the "Hyphenator".[1]

Roberts-Thomson was drafted by the Swans from the NSW-ACT U18s with the 29th selection in the 2001 AFL Draft.

AFL career[edit]

After being injured for most of the 2002 season,[1] in 2003 he was awarded an AFL Rising Star nomination in his tenth game, after making his debut in Round 8.[2] He was then injured again for most of the 2004 season with thumb and Achilles injuries.[3]

Often criticised for poor performances early in his career,[1] his performance as a key defender in 2005,[4] including his exceptional performance in that year's Grand Final against the West Coast Eagles, Roberts-Thomson has secured a permanent position in the Swans' players list.[1]

After an injury riddled 2008 season, Roberts-Thomson not only re-solidified his place at CHB in the Swans' defence in 2009, he improved vastly through the season playing on some of the best forwards in the AFL. .

In 2010, Roberts-Thomson continued his strong form and with Craig Bolton suffering a serious achilles injury early in the year, he and Grundy stepped up manfully to take on the brunt of the defensive work. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring about halfway through the year and was forced to sit out the rest of the season.

2011 was an up and down year for Roberts-Thomson as injury and the rapid improvement from Ted Richards and Alex Johnson didn't allow for him to take up his normal position as a tall defender. Consequently, he was used mostly as a 2nd ruckman and tall forward when in the senior side. Illness to Grundy allowed LRT to take up a position in the backline late in the year however, a role that he would fill well for the Swans' run into the finals.

Personal life[edit]

Roberts-Thomson is a rarity in AFL as he grew up playing rugby union as a contemporary of Wallaby Phil Waugh at Sydney Church of England Grammar School.[4][5] Having only taken up Australian rules football at age 14, he had played less than 40 Aussie rules matches when he was drafted in 2001,[6] although he had already been named in the 2001 under-18 All-Australian team.

His father Barry has played in the Victorian Football Association for Sandringham and also captained the Queensland representative side.[7] He became engaged to girlfriend Zoe Stenmark in 2011, they married at Shore Chapel in 2013.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Sydney 30 16 5 4 46 44 90 29 12 0.3 0.3 2.9 2.8 5.6 1.8 0.8
2004 Sydney 30 7 0 1 12 22 34 7 4 0.0 0.1 1.7 3.1 4.9 1.0 0.6
2005 Sydney 30 25 0 3 95 103 198 58 37 0.0 0.1 3.8 4.1 7.9 2.3 1.5
2006 Sydney 30 24 3 1 129 116 245 87 30 0.1 0.0 5.4 4.8 10.2 3.6 1.3
2007 Sydney 30 2 0 0 14 15 29 13 3 0.0 0.0 7.0 7.5 14.5 6.5 1.5
2008 Sydney 30 24 4 1 152 134 286 108 48 0.2 0.0 6.3 5.6 11.9 4.5 2.0
2009 Sydney 30 21 2 0 175 156 331 144 28 0.1 0.0 8.3 7.4 15.8 6.9 1.3
2010 Sydney 30 14 0 2 114 80 194 87 34 0.0 0.1 8.1 5.7 13.9 6.2 2.4
2011 Sydney 30 15 12 5 71 44 115 42 39 0.8 0.3 4.7 2.9 7.7 2.8 2.6
2012 Sydney 30 22 25 10 125 98 223 76 47 1.1 0.5 5.7 4.5 10.1 3.5 2.1
2013 Sydney 30 4 1 1 22 14 36 7 6 0.3 0.3 5.5 3.5 9.0 1.8 1.5
2014 Sydney 30 5 2 1 21 12 33 13 9 0.4 0.2 4.2 2.4 6.6 2.6 1.8
Career 179 54 29 976 838 1814 671 297 0.3 0.2 5.5 4.7 10.1 3.7 1.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sygall, David (9 April 2006). "Hyphen joins big names". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Roberts-Thomson earns nomination". The Age (Melbourne: Fairfax Media). 4 August 2003. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL Record Guide to Season 2005. Melbourne: AFL Publishing. pp. 284–285. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5. 
  4. ^ a b Cowley, Michael (2 July 2005). "Roberts-Thomson climbs AFL's stairway to heaven". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  5. ^ Brown, Alex (15 May 2003). "Joining Swans spells success for The Hyphen". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  6. ^ Tugwell, Nikki (31 August 2007). "Welcome return for LRT". Fox Sports Australia (News Corp). Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  7. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 724. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  8. ^ Lewis Roberts-Thomson's player profile at AFL Tables

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