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Positive signs from Sandilands' recovery

The star ruckman's return draws nearer with a strong start to his recovery

3:06pm  May 4, 2016

Sandilands signs on

Aaron Sandilands will be a Freo Docker through to the end of the 2017 season

11:20am  May 4, 2016

Sandilands happy to be back

Freo big man back on the bike and happy to be around the club again after his injury

2:23pm  Apr 22, 2016

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Aaron
Sandilands

Height
211 cm
DOB
06-12-1982
Weight
119 kg
Debut
2003
Games
2016
2
Career
241
Goals
2016
0
Career
92
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
87
Avg
44
AaronSandilands

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Mt Barker (WA)
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
Draft information: Rookie Draft 2001 - pick 33
Debut: Round 1, 2003 v Adelaide
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 82

OUTLOOK
Won his second Doig Medal following the
2015 season and was unlucky to miss out on
All Australian selection despite averaging a career-high 43 hit outs a game. He’s had an injury free pre-season and is in good condition to remain one of the game’s dominant ruckmen.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS
(Simon Eastaugh)
Has continued to improve his fitness base and has been working on his role within our forward structure as well as the midfield.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Another outstanding year for Sandilands. Unluckily overlooked for the All Australian team but went on to win the club’s Doig Medal. Dominated the ruck, set new records for hit-outs and regularly provided first-use to Freo’s midfielders.

It was an outstanding year for Sandilands which saw him honoured with a fourth All Australian jumper. He missed just one game and easily led the league for hitouts and hitouts to advantage.

Sandilands returned from injury in the second half of the season and worked his way into form. Exploded into form in the finals series, including a monstering of Geelong and a brilliant ruck display in the Grand Final.

The champion ruckman began 2012 in typically dominant fashion with a great performance to help Freo knock off Geelong in round 1.

Another toe injury, sustained in round 11, kept him out until round 21, when he made an unexpected return following a warm-up injury to Jon Griffin.

Sandilands stepped up and delivered an 33-hitout, 18-disposal effort against form Richmond ruckman Ivan Maric.

The three-time All Australian was supreme in the ruck from that point on, as Freo sailed into the finals. He averaged 37.7 hitouts, of which 7.9 were to advantage.

Including players who had played at least five games in 2012, Sandilands led the club per game in clearances (4.3), hard-ball gets (5.2), contested marks (1.8), and was second in contested possessions (10.5).

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At his best, Sandilands is as dominant as any player in the competition. Unfortunately, the ruck champ spent considerable time on the sidelines in 2011 because of a toe injury and could only manage to make 13 appearances. He still led the club for total hitouts (432), and placed top four in contested possessions (147), contested marks (36), clearances (62), hard ball gets (64) and Dream Team average (95). While missing a player of his stature hurt the team’s chances of winning, Sandilands’ absence gave Jon Griffin and Zac Clarke the opportunity to shine, which means the three-time All-Australian will go into 2012 with an excellent back-up brigade, something he hasn’t had for a long time.

The 2009 Doig Medallist had another magnificent season, being named All Australian for the third-straight year. Sandilands’ dominance at the stoppages was profound, regularly giving Fremantle’s midfielders first use of the ball. He averaged a staggering 35 hit-outs per game, with almost 10 going to advantage. In round 13 he accumulated an AFL season-high 49 hitouts against Calton. Sandilands also averaged 16 possessions and kicked 13 goals. He was Fremantle’s highest vote-getter on Brownlow Medal night, too, polling 20 votes to cap off his brilliant season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 0.5
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 4.5
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 29.5
    • Tackles 1.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 43.5

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Handballs 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Disposals 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Marks 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Hit-outs 48 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Tackles 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 72 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 1 5 6 2 48 0 1 2 0 0 72
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 0 3 3 0 11 1 1 0 0 0 15
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Essendon W 126 - 47 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions W 64 - 147 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide W 86 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood L 85 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 11 1 8 9 2 59 1 2 2 0 0 87

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 241
    • Kicks 4.6
    • Handballs 8.2
    • Disposals 12.8
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 30.6
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 77.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Richmond Rd 7, 2011
Handballs 22 West Coast Eagles Rd 17, 2009
Disposals 30 West Coast Eagles Rd 17, 2009
Marks 10 Hawthorn Rd 1, 2006
Hit-outs 70 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11, 2015
Tackles 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2, 2014
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 21, 2015
AFL Fantasy 139 Carlton Rd 7, 2009

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 1 8 9 2 59 1 2 2 0 0 87
2015 Fremantle 51 241 292 79 998 22 25 34 9 4 2011
2014 Fremantle 75 218 293 85 890 23 19 44 8 6 2002
2013 Fremantle 18 74 92 22 278 3 6 7 3 1 578
2012 Fremantle 71 135 206 48 528 18 14 16 6 0 1231
2011 Fremantle 82 143 225 54 432 26 18 24 6 2 1232
2010 Fremantle 123 220 343 89 732 27 22 34 13 6 1989
2009 Fremantle 143 205 348 80 659 35 29 34 13 8 1908
2008 Fremantle 122 208 330 77 646 29 21 29 8 11 1800
2007 Fremantle 82 108 190 55 404 17 7 13 6 4 1119
2006 Fremantle 123 145 268 96 516 27 13 15 7 6 1559
2005 Fremantle 81 106 187 74 414 22 12 19 5 1 1184
2004 Fremantle 74 98 172 61 473 20 15 21 3 1 1152
2003 Fremantle 61 76 137 56 353 14 10 15 5 1 931

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 15, 2005 v Western Bulldogs

100 games: Round 7, 2008 v Melbourne

150 games: Round 15, 2010 v Richmond

200 games: Round 7, 2014 v West Coast

Awards

Club Awards

Doig Medal
2009, 2015

Fremantle Dockers Life Member
Inducted in 2010

AFL Awards

All Australian
2008, 2009, 2010, 2014

Q & A

Nickname: S or Spider

Best holiday: Early days when on a trip to the US with Matthew Pavlich, Troy Simmonds and Paul Hasleby. I was only young at the time but have very good memories.

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Marry someone who can cook

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Lawn mowing contractor

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Be good to your mother

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: My father or Simon Eastaugh

Morning or evening person, why: All-day person, love getting up in the morning and going to sleep at night

Favourite timeslot to play in, why: Friday night

Favourite footy journalist: Dennis Cometti

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Dennis Cometti

Worst injury: I’ve been pretty good on the injury front

How many text messages do you send a day: Minimal

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Are there 3 phone apps are there?

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Don’t have Twitter

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: A couple of Madonna songs in there

Best concert you’ve been to: U2

Where did you holiday after last season: Nice family holiday to Bali

Favourite sport other than football: Tennis

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: Shotput

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Yes

Favourite restaurant: No favourite

Do you believe in UFOs: No

What three items would you take to a desert island: Food, water and shelter

Any special hobbies or interests: No

Three famous people you would like to meet: None spring to mind

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: Not a lot