Ryan Griffen

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Ryan Griffen
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Personal information
Full name Ryan Leigh Griffen
Nickname(s) Griff, Gaz
Date of birth (1986-07-27) 27 July 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Goolwa, South Australia
Original team South Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft #3 (PP), 2004 National Draft, Western Bulldogs
Height/Weight 188cm / 86kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Number 16
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005– Western Bulldogs 196 (128)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Dream Team 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 16, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Ryan Griffen (born 27 July 1986) is an Australian rules footballer and the current captain of the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League. His explosive run-and-carry and long kicking make him one of the most important members of the team.

Griffen was born in Goolwa, a South Australian port town at the mouth of the Murray River and began his football career with South Adelaide. The Western Bulldogs chose Griffen in the 2004 National AFL Draft at number 3 as a priority pick. He managed 17 games in his debut season, perhaps the best debut season for a Bulldogs players since Nathan Brown in 1997 and came second in the AFL Rising Star Medal count.

The 2006 Record describes Griffen as a "defender, both in a man-marking role and as a launching pad for attacking moves". Griffen has already displayed a good deal of the latter at the midway point of the 2006 season and most football critics anticipate that he will have a long career.

He is an explosive but inconsistent midfielder but has time to stamp himself as one of the elite players of the game.

He suffered a jarring knee injury in Round 11 2007, where he dislocated his kneecap in the win over the Brisbane Lions. The extent of the injury, in itself, was not season threatening although he did suffer complications from a twisted bowel, which hampered his recovery and ruled him out for the rest of the season.

In 2008, Griffen played 24 games spending more time in the midfield, averaging career highs in disposals, contested and uncontested possessions, inside 50s and clearances. He covered plenty of territory and ranked number one at the Bulldogs in inside 50s and rebound 50s combined. He also ranked third in the AFL for running bounces and equal fourth at the Bulldogs for score assists during the H&A rounds. The speedy midfielder broke open a number of games in 2008, earning maximum Brownlow votes in consecutive matches against St Kilda and Essendon in rounds three and four. Finished second in the AFL for bounces and top 10 in the Bulldogs’ best and fairest. The South Australian is at the stage of his career where he could become an elite-level player.

In 2009, Griffen played well at times, winning three Brownlow Medal votes on multiple occasions, but many believe he hadn't reached his full potential.

Although quiet by nature, Griffen was one of the players who spoke out regarding Jason Akermanis' controversial sacking midway through 2010 season.[1] In the Round 14 match against Hawthorn, Griffen failed to make an effort to take a mark against Xavier Ellis 30 metres out late in the final quarter as the Hawks came from behind to win by 3 points, and he was widely criticized. Griffen made up for his mistake the following week when he was named among the Bulldogs' best in a 68-point thrashing of Carlton.[2][3] On the eve of the finals, Griffen was shifted from his customary position on the wing into the midfield to replace injured teammate Adam Cooney. Although the Bulldogs were again bundled out in the Preliminary Final, Griffen was one of the stand-outs, averaging 28 possessions across the three games.[1] At the end of the season he was proclaimed the winner of the 2010 Charlie Sutton Medal.

In 2011 Ryan Griffen has maintained his excellent form from 2010 and is a frontrunner to win another Charlie Sutton Medal along with Matthew Boyd

After another stellar season in 2012, Ryan Griffen amassed a club-record 47 possessions - 22 of which were contested in the round 21 match against the Sydney Swans. The record eclipsed the previous best of 46 set by Simon Atkins. Griffen picked up 16 touches in the first quarter. His previous best was 37 possessions.

Griffen produced possibly his best season in 2013, recording 30 or more possessions 11 times and taking out his second Charles Sutton Medal ahead of a fast-finishing Tom Liberatore. Griffen also finished 6th in the AFLPA MVP Award with 177 votes. While averaging 29 disposals per game he also achieved All-Australian honours. Ryan Griffen was also ranked #8 best player in the AFL in Mike Sheahan's Top 50 Players and the Official AFL Player Ratings.[4] On the 3rd of December 2013 Griffen was awarded the captaincy of the Bulldogs, taking over from skipper of 3 years Matthew Boyd.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct as of the end of 2013'[5]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Western Bulldogs 16 17 7 7 126 97 223 55 39 0.4 0.4 7.4 5.7 13.1 3.2 2.3
2006 Western Bulldogs 16 24 7 9 209 202 411 87 69 0.3 0.4 8.7 8.4 17.1 3.6 2.9
2007 Western Bulldogs 16 10 2 4 78 65 143 31 29 0.2 0.4 7.8 6.5 14.3 3.1 2.9
2008 Western Bulldogs 16 24 18 9 295 183 478 103 63 0.8 0.4 12.3 7.6 19.9 4.3 2.6
2009 Western Bulldogs 16 22 17 9 270 213 483 70 80 0.8 0.4 12.3 9.7 22.0 3.2 3.6
2010 Western Bulldogs 16 24 23 12 358 216 574 80 78 1.0 0.5 14.9 9.0 23.9 3.3 3.2
2011 Western Bulldogs 16 22 24 17 341 187 528 75 102 1.1 0.8 15.5 8.5 24.0 3.4 4.6
2012 Western Bulldogs 16 20 8 11 287 252 539 66 86 0.4 0.6 14.4 12.6 27.0 3.3 4.3
2013 Western Bulldogs 16 20 14 10 304 275 579 63 98 0.7 0.5 15.2 13.8 29.0 3.2 4.9
Career 183 120 88 2268 1690 3958 630 644 0.7 0.5 12.4 9.2 21.6 3.4 3.5
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  • AFL Record 2006 Season Preview, ed. Michael Lovett, AFL Publishing.

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