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Sandi's "easy decision"

Aaron Sandilands says he has no doubt in his ability to contribute at an elite level

11:30am  Jun 13, 2017

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Freo have moved to secure their ruck stocks with Aaron Sandilands and Sean Darcy signing contract extensions

11:22am  Jun 13, 2017

Sandilands late withdrawal

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3:51pm  Jun 4, 2017

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Aaron
Sandilands

Height
211 cm
DOB
06-12-1982
Weight
118 kg
Debut
2003
Games
2017
9
Career
253
Goals
2017
0
Career
92
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
750
Avg
83
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

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SUMMARY
A calf injury has interrupted what has been another impressive pre-season for Sandilands. Freo’s lead ruckman is hopeful of being ready for the start of the home and away season.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Simon Eastaugh)
Aaron has got himself into good condition off the back of missing a fair bit of football in 2016. An injury early in 2017 interrupted his pre-season, however Aaron has made his return to AFL.

Season by Season

Season by 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

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 2.8
    • Handballs 9.2
    • Disposals 12.0
    • Marks 2.3
    • Hit-Outs 45.7
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 83.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 5 Carlton Rd 9
Handballs 12 Melbourne Rd 4
Disposals 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 3
Marks 5 Melbourne Rd 4
Hit-outs 55 North Melbourne Rd 5
Tackles 3 Carlton Rd 9
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 95 Melbourne Rd 4

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Geelong Cats L 73 - 115 4 11 15 1 48 1 0 0 0 0 86
2 Port Adelaide L 145 - 56 2 10 12 1 36 0 3 2 0 0 64
3 Western Bulldogs W 89 - 73 3 12 15 3 42 2 1 2 0 0 91
4 Melbourne W 104 - 106 2 12 14 5 53 1 4 2 0 0 95
5 North Melbourne W 67 - 62 4 6 10 3 55 0 4 3 0 0 88
6 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 62 1 8 9 4 52 2 0 1 0 0 89
7 Essendon W 116 - 79 0 9 9 1 51 1 0 1 0 0 77
8 Richmond W 70 - 72 4 9 13 3 35 0 1 3 0 0 83
9 Carlton W 86 - 51 5 6 11 0 39 2 1 3 0 0 77
10 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 43 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Collingwood L 85 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 121 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Geelong Cats L 74 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
16 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
19 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 7 25 83 108 21 411 9 14 17 0 0 750

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 253
    • Kicks 4.5
    • Handballs 8.3
    • Disposals 12.8
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 31.1
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 78.0

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
2017 Fremantle 25 83 108 21 411 9 14 17 0 0 750
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

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

AFL club supported as a kid: Geelong

Best moment in junior footy: Winning a premiership with Mount Barker

Before a game I always: Have spaghetti on toast

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Consistent

The player from another club you most like to watch: Gary Ablett

All-time favourite player: Billy Brownless

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Closed

What do you like to do on your days off: Spend time with the family

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: Sit next to Hayden Ballantyne

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: AC/DC

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Hayden Crozier

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: I’m pretty happy with my job at the moment 

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: A boat

Favourite city in the world to visit: Miami 

What’s next on your travel bucket list: Disneyland with the kids

Childhood hero: Billy Brownless

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: A family man

What is your worst trait: Probably leaving clothes around the house

Least preferred household chore: Doing the dishes

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Morgan Freeman…I don’t really have anyone else at the moment but I’ll be happy to meet Morgan Freeman

Your most treasured possession: My watch

Favourite professional sporting team: Go the Perth Wildcats

Favourite sporting hero: Billy Brownless

Favourite food: Italian

Favourite movie and movie star: Morgan Freeman and Shawshank Redemption

Favourite TV show: I’m watching House of Cards at the moment

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Travel, get a job and buy a boat