Liam Picken

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Liam Picken
Liam Picken 2017.2.jpg
Picken in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Liam Picken
Date of birth (1986-08-01) 1 August 1986 (age 30)
Original team(s) Williamstown (VFL)
Draft No. 30, 2009 rookie draft
Height / weight 183 cm / 83 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Number 42
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Western Bulldogs 177 (65)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2010 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 1, 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
Career highlights
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[edit]

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.

AFL career[edit]

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.[1]

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".[2]

Personal[edit]

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.[3] He and Annie then welcomed twin girls into their family as well, when both Delphi and Cheska were born two years later in 2013.[4]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[5]
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)
2009 Western Bulldogs 42 23 8 2 120 190 310 52 98 0.3 0.1 5.2 8.3 13.5 2.3 4.3
2010 Western Bulldogs 42 20 8 5 127 158 285 37 104 0.4 0.3 6.4 7.9 14.3 1.9 5.2
2011 Western Bulldogs 42 22 4 4 166 164 330 50 117 0.2 0.2 7.5 7.5 15.0 2.3 5.3
2012 Western Bulldogs 42 22 9 6 197 207 404 70 119 0.4 0.3 9.0 9.4 18.4 3.2 5.4
2013 Western Bulldogs 42 20 1 3 181 146 327 67 66 0.1 0.2 9.1 7.3 16.4 3.4 3.3
2014 Western Bulldogs 42 22 3 6 217 185 402 85 88 0.1 0.3 9.9 8.4 18.3 3.9 4.0
2015 Western Bulldogs 42 21 13 9 248 249 497 94 135 0.6 0.4 11.8 11.9 23.7 4.5 6.4
2016 Western Bulldogs 42 26 17 11 300 294 594 121 107 0.7 0.4 11.5 11.3 22.8 4.7 4.1
Career 176 63 46 1556 1593 3149 576 834 0.4 0.3 8.8 9.1 17.9 3.3 4.7

Honours and achievements[edit]

AFL

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jennifer Witham (6 April 2009). "Picken powers through debut". 
  2. ^ Phelan, Jennifer (6 April 2013). "Umpire clash a blur: Picken". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Quayle, Emma (1 May 2011). "Picken, winner". The Age. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Liam Picken Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

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