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3:30pm  Apr 1, 2014

Fyfe, Dawson accept bans - Barlow out

Nat Fyfe and Zac Dawson won't play against Hawthorn on Friday night and neither will Michael Barlow

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Barlow's debut stunner

In round 1, 2010, an unknown mature-age recruit exploded onto the scene with a mesmerising debut performance. His name was Michael Barlow.

7:19pm  Mar 13, 2014

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Michael
Barlow

Height
189 cm
DOB
18-12-1987
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2014
2
Career
72
Goals
2014
3
Career
44
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
264
Avg
132
MichaelBarlow

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs:
Fremantle
Draft Information:
Rookie Draft 2009, pick 8 & National Draft 2010, pick 87 rookie promotion
Debut:
Rd 1 2010 v Adelaide
Recruited From:
Werribee
Brownlow Votes:
26

Outlook: There’s no doubt whatsoever Barlow is back to his ball-winning best after a terrific 2013. He’ll again get plenty of possession in the midfield this season as opposition taggers go to Mundy or Fyfe.

What the coach says (Mark Stone): A bit like Mundy, hasn’t missed any sessions. He’s running really strongly and his off-field recovery protocols are really professional these days. Mick’s very fit and you know he’ll be consistently performing well for us.

AFL Fantasy: Unquestionably a Fantasy star of the AFL and will likely be the most selected Fremantle Docker in 2014.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 15.5
    • Handballs 15.0
    • Disposals 30.5
    • Marks 7.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 6.5
    • Goals 1.5
    • AFL Fantasy 132.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Handballs 17 Collingwood Rd 1
Disposals 32 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Collingwood Rd 1
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 134 Collingwood Rd 1

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 12 17 29 7 0 1 0 9 1 0 134
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 19 13 32 7 0 0 1 4 2 1 130
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Sydney Swans D 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
7 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 1 - D: 1 31 30 61 14 0 1 1 13 3 1 264

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 72
    • Kicks 12.2
    • Handballs 13.7
    • Disposals 25.8
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 5.3
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 101.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2, 2014
Handballs 23 Collingwood Rd 14, 2012
Disposals 37 Collingwood Rd 14, 2012
Marks 9 Port Adelaide Rd 18, 2012
Hit-outs 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 12, 2013
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
2014 Fremantle 31 30 61 14 0 1 1 13 3 1 264
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
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D
Disposals
M
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HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50th game: Rd 4 2013 v Hawthorn

Awards

AFL Awards

AFLPA Best First Year Player 
2010

Club Awards

Beacon Award 
2010

Q&A

Which player is most likely to look at himself in the mirror after a weights session?
Tom Sheridan

What’s the funniest sledge you’ve heard on the field? Lee Spurr always tells people they have shocking tans  

Who would you least like to pair up with in the boxing ring during training? Aaron Sandilands

Who would you like to have kicking for goal after the siren if you are three points down in a Grand Final? Chris Mayne  

What is your coach’s favourite saying? It’s the chicken or the egg  

Which teammate is most likely to be invited to the coach’s place for dinner? Nat Fyfe

If you could draft any player into your team, who would it be? Scott Gumbleton – we’ve already done that.  

If you had the power, what is one thing you would change about the world? No more poverty or famine

Outside of footy, what would be your dream job? Working in the media  

If you could appear on any reality show, which one would you choose? The Block

Who has the best taste in music at the club and why? Zac Dawson he provides a good vibe in the gym  

Who has the worst and why? Alex Silvagni listens to really heavy metal music

What meal is your speciality to cook? Chicken risotto   

What is your favourite TV football show? The Freo Newsroom   

Who is the best-dressed teammate at the club? Tom Sheridan

Who is the worst dressed? Tom Sheridan, always matches his shoes with his shirts  

Who is the most skilful all-round sportsman at the club? Kepler Bradley  

What is your favourite way to spend a day off? Beach, breakfast, coffee, walk and meditation   

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? Denise Richards   

Which of your teammates fancies himself as a celebrity? Ryan Crowley  

Who is your funniest teammate at the club and why? Kepler Bradley

Which teammate is the most likely to tweet a comment while watching a game at home? Lachie Neale  

Which teammate would struggle to turn a computer on?  Aaron Sandilands  

Which teammate is most likely to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on Facebook? Hayden Crozier