Picken playing for the Western Bulldogs in June 2017
|Full name||Liam Picken|
|Date of birth||1 August 1986|
|Original team(s)||Williamstown (VFL)|
|Draft||No. 30, 2009 rookie draft|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Current club||Western Bulldogs|
|2009–||Western Bulldogs||198 (87)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Liam Picken (born 1 August 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). In 2016 he played in the Bulldogs' premiership team (the club's first since 1954). He hails originally from the western Victorian town of Hamilton.
Early playing career
Before being drafted he completed a pre-season with Collingwood and two with the Bulldogs. In 2008 he was the Williamstown Seagulls best and fairest player in the Victorian Football League (VFL), earning his position on the Bulldogs rookie list.
Picken made his debut against North Melbourne on 5 April 2009, collecting 9 possessions in a traditional tagging role against Kangaroos stalwart Brent Harvey, in which he kept his opponent goalless and largely ineffective.
Since his brilliant debut, he has since played on other key players to great effect including Andrew McLeod, Leigh Montagna and Brett Deledio. He played on Deledio twice in 2009 and restricted the star player to just 16 and 13 disposals respectively, the only two times during the season that Deledio had fewer than 20 touches.
During a match against Fremantle in 2013, Picken accidentally collided with goal umpire Courtney Lai in the third quarter, when he was attempting to smother a point-blank shot at goal by Michael Walters; the result was that Lai, a qualified doctor, suffered what was a self-diagnosed an ACL tear. Picken recalled the clash as being "an accident".
Picken played in the 2016 AFL Grand Final Premiership team, The Western Bulldogs. In the Grand Final he kicked 3 goals. He was awarded the Best Finals Player by the Western Bulldogs.
While playing in a pre-season game against Hawthorn in Ballarat, Picken received an accidental knock to the head and suffered severe concussion and because of side effects missed the entire 2018 season.
Picken is the son of former Collingwood and Sydney footballer: Billy Picken, who's a member of the Collingwood Team of the Century and played across both clubs from 1973 to 1986. Picken's older brother, Marcus Picken, also played for the Brisbane Lions, as did their cousin, former captain and Coleman Medal winner Jonathan Brown.
He and his partner Annie have a son named Malachy, who was born in 2011. He and Annie then welcomed twin girls into their family as well, when both Delphi and Cheska were born two years later in 2013.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
- Best Finals Player: 2016
- Gerry Callahan Medal: 2008
- Jennifer Witham (6 April 2009). "Picken powers through debut".
- Phelan, Jennifer (6 April 2013). "Umpire clash a blur: Picken". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
- Quayle, Emma (1 May 2011). "Picken, winner". The Age. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "Liam Picken Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
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