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Barlow proud of 'revolutionary' alliance

Michael Barlow was on hand on Monday to help launch the Fremantle Dockers’ new alliance with Curtin University

4:48pm  Apr 20, 2015

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Michael Barlow believes Freo’s midfield brigade can match it with any in the competition

4:08pm  Apr 20, 2015

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Michael
Barlow

Height
189 cm
DOB
18-12-1987
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2015
4
Career
93
Goals
2015
3
Career
62
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
345
Avg
86
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:
40

Outlook: A reliable ball-winner in the midfield, Barlow has enjoyed a trouble-free pre-season and should be fit for the start of 2015.

What the coach says (Mark Stone): Very fit once again. Michael has had a good pre-season in terms of his condition and running. Our indicators suggest he’s at an elite level once again and he’s looking to improve his versatility around the ground.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 11.0
    • Disposals 21.0
    • Marks 7.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 86.2

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Handballs 16 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Disposals 31 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Marks 13 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Hit-outs 1 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Tackles 2 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Goals 3 Geelong Cats Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 145 Geelong Cats Rd 2

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 15 10 25 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 101
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 15 16 31 13 1 1 0 2 3 1 145
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 7 11 18 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 55
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 3 7 10 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 44
5 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
8 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 0 40 44 84 28 1 4 1 8 3 1 345

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 93
    • Kicks 12.2
    • Handballs 13.4
    • Disposals 25.6
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 5.1
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 101.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Geelong Cats Rd 20, 2014
Handballs 23 Collingwood Rd 14, 2012
Disposals 37 Collingwood Rd 14, 2012
Marks 13 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2015
Hit-outs 3 Carlton Rd 19, 2014
Tackles 14 Collingwood Rd 8, 2010
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 13, 2010
AFL Fantasy 149 Melbourne Rd 9, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 40 44 84 28 1 4 1 8 3 1 345
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

Awards

Club Awards

Beacon Award 
2010

AFL Awards

AFLPA Best First Year Player 
2010

Q & A

Your nickname: Bender

One word to describe you: Cheeky

Favourite player to watch growing up: James Hird

Who has had the most influence on your career: Parents

Toughest individual opponent: Brett Kirk

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Zac Clarke

Thriftiest player at your club: Tommy Sheridan

The next big thing at your club: Cockburn facility development

The smartest thing you have been told: Save your money

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Baldivis

Do you have any strange phobias: I’m afraid of mess

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Entourage

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Road Runner

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: News anchor

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Banana

Your last meal would be: Pizza

Your favourite holiday destination: New York

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Bradley Cooper

What are your three essential items: Jocks, socks and gumboots

Most useless thing you have bought: Bed sheets

Best subject at school: English

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl