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Aaron
Sandilands

Height
211 cm
DOB
06-12-1982
Weight
118 kg
Debut
2003
Games
2018
11
Career
265
Goals
2018
6
Career
98
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
849
Avg
77
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: 83

SUMMARY
Sandilands has shown age is just a number at pre-season training, with no signs of being held back by the hamstring injuries that hampered his 2017 campaign. If fit, the ruckman will walk back into the Freo side but may share ruck duties with the emerging Sean Darcy.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Simon Eastaugh)
Aaron was managed through the pre-Christmas period so he could be available for the season. He’s as strong in the gym as he ever has been and is running exceptionally well. He is in good condition, looking forward to having an impact early in the season.

Season by Season

Season by Season

The veteran ruckman was at his dominant best during the first half of 2017, collecting more than 50 hit outs on four occasions. After missing four games due to a hamstring injury in the middle of the season, Sandilands injured his hamstring against St Kilda in round 15 and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

A punctured lung in round 3 saw Sandilands spend the bulk of 2016 on the sidelines. Was awarded Best Clubman at the end of season for his outstanding on-field contribution.

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

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 11
    • Kicks 3.5
    • Handballs 7.7
    • Disposals 11.3
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 40.5
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 77.2

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 St Kilda Rd 8
Handballs 11 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Disposals 16 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Marks 5 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Hit-outs 53 Western Bulldogs Rd 5
Tackles 2 North Melbourne Rd 10
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 111 Port Adelaide Rd 1

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide L 110 - 60 5 11 16 5 52 2 3 2 1 0 111
2 Essendon W 106 - 90 1 9 10 1 32 1 3 0 0 0 48
3 Gold Coast Suns W 68 - 96 5 9 14 4 33 0 5 0 1 1 70
4 GWS Giants L 82 - 51 5 10 15 4 40 0 0 1 1 0 97
5 Western Bulldogs W 108 - 54 3 6 9 1 53 1 2 2 0 0 80
6 West Coast Eagles L 81 - 89 6 4 10 3 33 3 1 2 0 0 76
7 Richmond L 110 - 33 2 9 11 1 49 2 0 0 0 0 78
8 St Kilda W 89 - 59 7 6 13 4 41 2 2 2 1 0 96
9 Sydney Swans L 111 - 52 2 4 6 2 37 0 2 1 2 0 67
10 North Melbourne L 58 - 86 0 7 7 0 35 2 1 2 0 0 56
11 Collingwood L 138 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows W 71 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Carlton W 46 - 103 3 10 13 1 41 0 1 0 0 0 70
15 Brisbane Lions L 64 - 119 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Melbourne L 102 - 48 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide W 59 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 99 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn L 53 - 112 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 142 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Carlton W 101 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Geelong Cats L 158 - 25 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 13 39 85 124 26 446 13 20 12 6 1 849

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 265
    • Kicks 4.5
    • Handballs 8.2
    • Disposals 12.7
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 31.4
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 77.7

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 Sydney Swans Rd 9, 2018
AFL Fantasy 139 Carlton Rd 7, 2009

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Fremantle 39 85 124 26 446 13 20 12 6 1 849
2017 Fremantle 27 83 110 22 411 10 14 18 0 1 765
2016 Fremantle 9 32 41 10 145 5 9 8 0 1 277
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

250 games: Round 6, 2017 v West Coast 

Awards

Club Awards

Best Clubman
2016

Doig Medal

2009, 2015

Fremantle Dockers Life Member
Inducted in 2010

AFL Awards

All Australian
2008, 2009, 2010, 2014

Q & A

Nickname: Sandi

Best set shot at your club? David Mundy

My coach often says … A lot of things

Best advice you’ve received? Enjoy it, because it goes very quickly

Least-preferred teammate on road trips and why? Everyone says Ballas, but I like him because he is always on my side

Funniest teammate? Tommy Sheridan

Which teammates pick themselves in AFL Fantasy? Sean Darcy

If you could enter a teammate for My Kitchen Rules, who would it be and why? Sean Darcy – because he can’t cook

Favourite café AND what do you order? I prefer to cook at home

Guilty pleasure? Chocolate

Most inspiring movie? Remember the Titans

Best concert attended? U2

Passion outside of football? Fishing

Best trait? Tall

Favourite movie character? Morgan Freeman

Grand Final – day, twilight or night? Night

Bounce – yes or no? Yes

Favourite AFLW player? Lisa Webb

Most under rated AFL player? Lachie Neale

Team barracked or as a kid? Geelong

Three apps you cant live without? Not an app man

Twitter or instagram? Don’t have either

Life motto? Respect your elders

Do you have any pets? Two dogs

Favourite holiday spot? Miami and Mexico