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Out of the blocks: the AFL players who have surprised with their form in 2014

Surprise packets of the season.

Surprise packets of the season.

The 10 Victorian teams have all produced surprise packets this season. Matt Murnane selects the players who have had a breakout year so far for their respective clubs.

CARLTON: DYLAN BUCKLEY

Age: 21, Season: 3rd, Games: 7

It's hard to believe there were good judges who thought he wouldn't make it. In his six games this year, the son of triple-premiership great Jim Buckley has begun to put some punch behind his pedigree and emerge as a Mick Malthouse success story. Having spent his key development season last year in the VFL as a forward, Buckley has provided line-breaking speed off half-back, not only winning turnovers in defence but then launching effective counter-attacks. Buckley has also added more polish and has the second-highest disposal efficiency rate at the club. He earned a Rising Star nomination in round two against Richmond, sparking the Blues' strong but unsuccessful comeback with 18 disposals and six tackles.

COLLINGWOOD: TOM LANGDON

Age: 19, Season: 1st, Games: 8

The ultimate surprise packet. Langdon, taken at No. 65 in last year's draft, has been the right man for the right time at Collingwood in his eight games. Indeed, injuries to a raft of the Magpies' best defensive options forced the Pies to turn to Langdon earlier than they might have. But we are now at round nine, Nathan Buckley has most of his best players available, and Langdon is still in the team. What's more, he is also in Matthew Lloyd's rolling All-Australian team, and is emerging as a defensive general for Collingwood.

The young gun with the cool head leads the club for rebound 50s, disposals in the back 50 and intercept possessions – a category in which he sits third in the league. He plays far bigger than his 189 centimetres, leading the Pies for marks and intercept marks and has won 20 or more disposals in five games. Against Carlton – his rising star nomination – he took eight marks to go with 23 disposals floating across half-back.

ESSENDON: JACKSON MERRETT

Age: 21, Season: 3rd, Games: 23

Merrett kind of snuck up on everyone early in the season. He has tapered off lately, but there were a couple of standout of performances in the first five rounds that made the opposition stand up and take notice. When the Bombers were flying early, Merrett was as valuable as any contributor, especially in round three when he had a career-high 35 disposals and eight inside 50s against Carlton and also in round one, when he had 24 disposals and six inside 50s, displaying his happy knack for pushing up the ground, losing his opponent in traffic, and then linking the ball between defence and attack.

GEELONG: JARED RIVERS

Age: 29, Season: 12, Games: 167

The former Demon has been around for quite a while and there were some who feared his time might be up. But he has regenerated his career, and we are understanding the thought process behind Geelong's investment. His numbers haven't skyrocketed, but it is the flexibility and stability he has given the Cats defence that the coaching staff value most. Holding down one of the key defensive posts, he has allowed the likes of Andrew Mackie and Corey Enright to have more impact further up the ground. And Rivers has rediscovered his knack for taking intercept marks, helping out his defenders by floating across the front of packs and taking marks. In that way, he's taken on some of the role Jimmy Bartel performed at times last year. In fact, Rivers has wound the clock all the way back to 2004, averaging the same number of intercept marks as when he first announced himself by winning the Rising Star award. On top of the counter-attacks that springboard from his intercept marks, Rivers has also helped stop countless attacking drives by being "third man up" in marking contests deep inside 50, ranking third at the club for spoils. To show just how important he has become, only four Geelong players spend more time on the ground than Rivers.

HAWTHORN: BRAD HILL

Age: 20, Season: 3rd, Games: 37

The running machine is fast becoming as popular with Hawthorn supporters as he is internally. There is scope to fast-track your game at Hawthorn if you're good enough, such is the quality of players around you, but Hill has been impressive with how quickly he has been able to step into a more prominent midfield role. There has never been any question over his talent or speed, but he is now using his elite running ability to find more of the ball. He is averaging 23.9 disposals a game – up from 16.1 last year – and had 30 possessions for the first time against Fremantle in round three. With that amount of ball in his hands, and with his turn of foot, it is not hard to see why the Hawks have managed to break games open and stay in the premiership hunt this year. Hill is second at the club for score involvements and score assists, underlining his importance as the Hawks' best midfield link player, and he is also second for uncontested possessions and handball receives. Already a premiership player at 20, the next step for Hill this year was to help ease the midfield burden on frontline stars such as Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis. So far, so good.

MELBOURNE: DOM TYSON

Age: 20, Season: 3rd, Games: 22

He is one of many at Melbourne – special mentions to Jay Kennedy-Harris, Jeremy Howe (the defender) and James Frawley (the forward) and others. But when you speak to people inside Melbourne, Tyson seems to be the one. Yes, the Demons did rate him highly, hence the reason they chose to involve the No. 2 pick in the deal that brought him to the club. But when you consider what Tyson has achieved under Paul Roos so far, you have to remind yourself that he has played only 22 games. From averaging 13.3 disposals for GWS last season, the hard midfielder has exploded that figure to 23.6, and has been crucial in the team's last two wins over Adelaide (29 disposals and one goal) and on Saturday over Richmond (23 disposals and two goals). His numbers in a variety of different categories are comparable after 22 games to some of the modern-day greats. That he came to the club with pressure to perform is a reason to admire the fact he has been able to live up to those expectations at such a young age. Always comfortable inside – he ranks second at the club for contested possessions and disposals – the No. 3 draft pick is expanding his game to also rank as one of the Demons' most effective outside players, recording the second greatest scoreboard impact of any of the midfielders.

NORTH MELBOURNE: SAM GIBSON

Age: 28, Season: 3rd, Games: 43

We expected North's midfield to bat deeper this year, and maybe find another match-winner or two. But how many thought that Gibson would be going this close to adding the same on-field impact as Nick Dal Santo? The former Saint is probably one of the reasons Gibson has elevated his game. With Dal Santo, Jack Ziebell, Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey, Ben Cunnington and now Andrew Swallow for opposition teams to attend to, Gibson has slipped under the radar and made his opponents pay. Gibson has always been a big ball-winner and he has continued that in 2014, gathering another 35 disposals against Brisbane on Saturday for his fifth 30-plus possession game for the year. He ranks second in the AFL for uncontested possessions, and third for handball receives – an indicator of his exhaustive commitment to keep spreading from the contest. But if accumulating the ball is one thing, then inflicting enough damage on your opponent to be classed as a match-winner is another step up. And that is where the former rookie draft selection has emerged as a surprise packet, showing he can take that step in the club's biggest victory in years – the round six triumph against Fremantle. Gibson helped silence the hostile Perth crowd with the best game of his career, kicking two crucial goals to go with his 31 disposals.

RICHMOND: DAVID ASTBURY

Age: 23, Season: 5th, Games: 37

It is symptomatic of Richmond's season that its most improved player is now out with a long-term injury. Before Astbury dislocated his kneecap again on Saturday against Melbourne, the injury-ravaged key defender had probably been the Tigers' most consistent player. Astbury was starting to establish himself in defence, stringing together seven games for the first time since 2010. An emotional Damien Hardwick seemed on the verge of tears when talking about how shattered he was for the athletic big man. He would also be shattered for his team, given Astbury had kept a number of high-quality key forwards goalless this year. As bleak as it seems for Richmond at 2-6, it might have been worse had Astbury not shaken off his injury troubles and filled the void so manfully while Alex Rance was out. Astbury ranks first at the club for spoils and third for intercept marks, an indicator of how he has finally managed to sync body, mind and skill together. A quiet achiever, Tiger fans and teammates know how much he will be missed from now on.

ST KILDA: LUKE DUNSTAN

Age: 19, Season: 1st, Games: 22

Similar to Dom Tyson. Even when a teenager comes in with a ready-made body for senior football like Dunstan, it is always a surprise to see a first-year player live up to high expectations. And it can be too easily underestimated. Dunstan looks like he could be a frontline midfielder for the Saints for many years to come and, just eight games into what has been a topsy-turvy season, that is a good result for Alan Richardson and his team – considering he arrived with one of the draft picks collected in the Ben McEvoy trade. Dunstan ranks equal sixth at the club for score involvements, showing he can be effective with his skills and decision-making on the outside but, more importantly for a young player, he can also win his own ball, ranking in the top five at the Saints for contested possessions, clearances and tackles. Clearly he has the body and mind for the hard stuff, but Dunstan is also developing his engine, getting to enough contests to gather at least 15 disposals in every game (prior to Sunday's match against Gold Coast), and averaging 20 possessions across the season. Although the left-footer had a season-high 29 disposals against West Coast in round three – he made his first splash two weeks before that, earning the Rising Star nomination on debut in the win over Melbourne in round one.

W BULLDOGS: EASTON WOOD

Age: 24, Season: 6th, Games: 55

Teammate Jack Macrae would have also been a worthy choice. But the re-emergence of Wood seems to have come out of the blue, and not before too long, for Dogs supporters. It's not that many thought Wood's career was over (he is only 24), it's more that he had simply become a forgotten man. This year, the dynamic half-back is reminding supporters why they got so excited about his talent in the first place. Seemingly free from the injuries that halted his development over the past few seasons, Wood is back doing what he does best, beating his opponent deep in defence and then kick-starting the Dogs attack with his next possession and line-breaking run. Most importantly, he is making available the weapon his coaches have always wanted access to – versatility. At 186 centimetres, Wood is stopping the opposition in the air and on the ground, ranking first at the Dogs for ground-ball gets and intercept possessions in the defensive 50, but also sitting No. 1 for intercept marks and No. 2 for spoils. He is on track for a "career" year, averaging 16 disposals across the first eight rounds.

13 comments

  • Oh, so these are the players from VICTORIAN teams that have surprised us this year. At least you're honest about your disinterest in anything more than an hour's drive from Melbourne.

    I guess that's why hardly anyone in the AFL/Melbourne football media tipped the current ladder leader to make the eight. When you've got to fit Collingwood and Essendon and Carlton and Richmond into your list because, well, you know, they're big Melbourne clubs, someone has to dip out.

    And I guess that's why Matthew Pavlich would have been a champion – if he'd have only played for a big Melbourne club.

    Commenter
    David
    Location
    Perth
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 11:48AM
    • @David

      settle down mate - whilst the media might portray a bias toward Vic only, the true Vic supporters know only too well about the talent across the land.

      The media will spend a month reporting on drugs, rule changes, buddy, contract talks etc - and none of this is discussed by the watercooler. They are in the business of making the news rather than reporting it.

      But, considering the AFL and each of the larger papers has their own AFL reporting dept, they need something to write about i guess.

      Pav is a gun, and everyone knows it, and in WA they saturate on 2 teams for 80% of the media, at least in Vic they spread it over 10 teams...

      Commenter
      matt
      Location
      melb
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 12:59PM
    • @David, Having lived in and followed the AFL in both WA and Vic. I find that parochialism
      is alive and well in both states. But WA takes the crown when you compare the articles in the WestAustralian with The Age and Sun. The Age gave Pavlich a good write up and deservedly so.

      Commenter
      Davep
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 1:20PM
    • It was funny hearing all the Melbourne media saying last week how Pavlich has gone under the radar these past 14 years but it's just they don't show any interest covering the national competition in a national way. By the way who is Fairfax's Perth based AFL writer?

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 1:31PM
    • David, im an ex Victorian living in WA. The coverage of Victorian based and other interstate teams in WA is pathetic. The bias towards Freo and West Coadt embarrassing. Fairfax news has always had good coverage o VFL/AFL and I assure you covers the interstate teams better than the West Australian. A weekly page with questions and answers from the coaches of Eagles and Dockers. No other teams of coaches. Do I complain, no its a WA Paper. Stop being insecure

      Commenter
      Go Blues
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 1:57PM
    • David, do you recall a Footy show on 10 Perth only dedicated to Eagles and Dockers. People were asked to make a W at games. Don't talk bias without considering this. 9s Footy show covers and respects players from all over Aus. So does 7 and Marngrook. As for tipping who finishes where the pick on last years finish recruiting. So it was wrong to tip Tigers to improve and play finals again? It was wrong to pick Carlton to finish at least 8th having won a final last year after finishing 9th. I've read most had the Dockers playing of this year against the Hawks, many had Sydney top 4. How is that bias to Victoria?

      Commenter
      Go Blues
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 2:05PM
    • ABC Radio in Perth has an award that is only open to Eagles and Dockers players, called the Geoff Christian Medal. A media award that is barely more than a club B & F. Don't lecture anyone else about media parochialism.

      Commenter
      Stephen
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 4:25PM
  • Funny how dunstan has played 22 games in his first season after round 9.

    Perhaps he is getting extra credit for when the rest of the team doesn't show up to play.

    Commenter
    ben
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    May 19, 2014, 1:34PM
    • well you have to feel sorry for the local media, only 4 Vic teams in the top ten!

      Commenter
      PAM
      Date and time
      May 19, 2014, 1:45PM
      • Great article thanks, would love to see a similar one on the interstate teams as well. I rely on the Age for AFL as the NSW press is rugby/soccer centric with only a little comment on the Sydney teams.

        Commenter
        chris
        Date and time
        May 19, 2014, 1:57PM

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