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Michael
Barlow

Height
189 cm
DOB
18-12-1987
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2016
13
Career
126
Goals
2016
6
Career
81
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1255
Avg
96
MichaelBarlow

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Shepparton United (VIC)
Recruited from:
Werribee (VIC)
Draft information:
Rookie Draft 2009 - pick 8, National Draft 2010 - pick 87 rookie promotion
Debut:
Round 1, 2010 v Adelaide
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes:
45

OUTLOOK
For a man who has set such a high benchmark, 2015 could be considered a down year for Barlow, even though he averaged over 22 disposals a game. A relentless competitor, he should continue to be a key contributor in a strong midfield

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Simon Eastaugh)
Had a really good build up before Christmas and since then has been a really strong performer in our match simulation training. He continues to build his game toward an improved 2016.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Barlow was among Freo’s leading ball winners in 2015 and averaged just under 23 disposals per game.

Barlow was at his prolific best in 2014, although his season
was hampered initially by a knee injury and later a broken
thumb. The resilient midfielder battled through and was
a strong contributor.

Barlow has enjoyed a superb season. His performance in Fremantle's qualifying final win against Geelong, where he had 32 disposals and three goals, was simply awesome. He's proved that he's now back to his ball-winning best.

Michael Barlow showed in 2012 that he had returned as an elite midfielder of the competition, playing a vital role at the coalface as Fremantle returned to finals action.

He led the club in disposals with 24.4 per game, as well as loose-ball gets (3.2) and uncontested possessions (13.7). Barlow also ranked top four at Freo in contested possessions (10.5), hard-ball gets (5), clearances (3.9) and tackles (5.2).

After a slow start to 2012, Barlow and fellow on-baller David Mundy gained fitness and wielded an increasingly substantial influence as the season aged.

With a full season in the rear-view mirror, Barlow can focus on hitting the 2013 pre-season head-on.

Barlow made his eagerly anticipated comeback from a broken leg in round 13 this year and instantly found his way back to the top of Freo’s disposals list. The ball-magnet missed the next two games, but played the last eight fixtures and showed improvement with every outing. He averaged 24 disposals per game in his nine appearances but didn’t have the same impact he had in his stunning debut season in 2010. With a full pre-season behind him, expect Barlow to hit the ground running in 2012 and re-establish himself as a premier midfielder of the competition.

Rarely has a first-year player impacted the competition the way Barlow did in 2010. He gained 33 disposals and kicked two goals on debut against Adelaide in round 1 and was Fremantle's leading possession-getter for the year until injury ended his season in round 14. He capped off his wonderful debut year by taking out the AFLPA’s Best First Year Player Award in September, and he won the Beacon Award as the club's best first-year player.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 14.2
    • Disposals 24.5
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 6.1
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 96.5

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Port Adelaide Rd 13
Handballs 24 Port Adelaide Rd 13
Disposals 43 Port Adelaide Rd 13
Marks 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 12
Hit-outs 3 Western Bulldogs Rd 1
Tackles 14 Carlton Rd 5
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 159 Port Adelaide Rd 13

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 13 9 22 6 3 1 1 2 0 0 84
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 3 13 16 1 0 1 1 4 1 1 59
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 11 11 22 5 0 0 0 7 0 1 99
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 4 10 14 2 1 0 2 9 1 0 75
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 12 20 32 2 2 1 1 14 0 0 138
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 16 17 33 2 1 3 0 8 0 0 124
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 3 12 15 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 59
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 13 11 24 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 88
11 Essendon W 126 - 47 12 14 26 6 0 1 0 6 1 0 113
12 Brisbane Lions W 64 - 147 11 12 23 8 0 1 0 2 0 0 90
13 Port Adelaide W 86 - 69 19 24 43 3 0 1 0 8 2 0 159
14 Collingwood L 85 - 37 11 20 31 4 1 0 1 6 0 0 107
16 Melbourne L 87 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats L 61 - 78 5 12 17 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 60
18 Gold Coast Suns L 105 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans L 47 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows L 70 - 142 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants L 129 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 18 133 185 318 45 8 10 7 79 6 2 1255

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 126
    • Kicks 11.8
    • Handballs 13.4
    • Disposals 25.2
    • Marks 4.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 5.1
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 100.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Geelong Cats Rd 20, 2014
Handballs 24 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2016
Disposals 43 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2016
Marks 13 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2015
Hit-outs 3 Western Bulldogs Rd 1, 2016
Tackles 14 Carlton Rd 5, 2016
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 13, 2010
AFL Fantasy 159 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 133 185 318 45 8 10 7 79 6 2 1255
2015 Fremantle 253 297 550 116 8 20 13 103 16 9 2207
2014 Fremantle 255 250 505 111 13 17 7 97 18 9 2112
2013 Fremantle 302 334 636 100 27 17 21 142 14 13 2520
2012 Fremantle 310 275 585 103 12 15 14 124 8 14 2332
2011 Fremantle 83 134 217 32 1 12 11 37 4 8 773
2010 Fremantle 150 212 362 66 4 16 7 66 15 3 1428

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 4, 2013 v Hawthorn

100 games: Round 11, 2015 v Gold Coast

Awards

Club Awards

Best First Year Player (Beacon Award)
2010

AFL Awards

AFL Players' Association Best First Year Player 
2010

Q & A

Nickname: Barls

Best holiday: Queenstown in New Zealand

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Always be true to yourself

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Not a coach

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: It’s not about what you have, its who you have to share it with

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Brian Taylor

Morning or evening person, why: Morning – I like to go to the beach when there’s not too many people down there

Favourite timeslot to play in, why: Nights - atmosphere is phenomenal

Favourite footy journalist: Mark Robinson

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Brian Taylor

Worst injury: Broken leg

How many text messages do you send a day: Ten

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Freo Dockers App, Snapchat & Instagram

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: Even though I’m a Woman by Seeker Lover Keeper

Best concert you’ve been to: Jimmy Buffet in Vegas

Where did you holiday after last season: Thaliand

Favourite sport other than football: NFL

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

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Yes

Favourite restaurant: Squires Loft

Do you believe in UFOs: No

What three items would you take to a desert island: A picture of family, tennis ball and pet dog

Any special hobbies or interests: Reading books

Three famous people you would like to meet: Nicholas Cage, Fredrik Eklund, Boeta Dippenaar

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: Stuffed dinosaur from when I was born.