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Michael Johnson to miss finals

Fremantle defender Michael Johnson has been ruled out of the club's finals' campaign

6:46pm  Sep 1, 2014

Johnson in All Australian form: Lyon

Ross Lyon tips Michael Johnson as Freo’s most likely All Australian at the midway point of the season

1:24pm  Jun 12, 2014

Ready to refresh: Johnson

Michael Johnson has indicated the players will use the time off during the bye as a chance to have a mental break

5:39pm  May 19, 2014

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Michael
Johnson

Height
195 cm
DOB
20-10-1984
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
18
Career
190
Goals
2014
3
Career
62
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1396
Avg
78
MichaelJohnson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Belmont (WA)
Clubs: Fremantle
Draft information: Pre-Season Draft 2003, pick 8
Debut: Round 4 2005 v Richmond
Recruited from: Perth
Brownlow Votes: 11

Outlook: A brilliant 2013 from this warrior of the club. He ranked number one out of all defenders in the AFL for metres gained last year. Expect another strong season in 2014

What the coach says (Michael Prior): It’s been a really good summer from Michael. He is going really well and we expect him to be running and rebounding well off half-back, which he does really well. He’s one of the best in the competition, hence his All Australian selection last year.

AFL Fantasy: Johnson is an excellent choice for your backline as he gathers plenty of uncontested possessions across half-back.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Johnson has been a rock in Fremantle's AFL-leading defence in 2013. His cool play off half-back and his uncompromising courage was a highlight. Johnson also chalked up his 150th Freo game in the round 1 win over West Coast, leaving him eligible for life membership.

Johnson relished the opportunity to return to a permanent role on the half-back line in 2012 and was the club’s best rebound 50 player. Along with Luke McPharlin, he helped form the foundations of a Fremantle defence that ranked second in the AFL for fewest points conceded (behind Sydney).

He thrived as a loose man in the backline, winning the second-most marks in the competition in 2012 with 166 grabs. Only McPharlin finished ahead of him with 171. The majority of Johnson’s marks were uncontested, a category he led the entire AFL in with 149. He used the ball well, ranking 10th in the AFL for effective kicks (244). Most of these were short kicks, as he finished third overall in the competition for this statistic with 170.

Still well in his prime, Johnson has laid the foundations to go on with it in 2013 and will be a vital cog in Freo’s uncompromising backline again. 

Charity partner ambassador: Diabetes WA

Johnson played every game of the season for the first time since 2006 and looked comfortable in a variety of roles. While he didn’t set the world on fire, he was serviceable throughout as a key defender or forward, and a backup ruckman. Johnson finished second overall at Freo for short kicks (98), third for total marks (98) and uncontested marks (79), fourth for contested marks (19) and fifth for hitouts (16). Played a blinder in round 24 with 30 disposals and 11 marks and Freo will be hoping for more of that in 2012.

Johnson was Freo’s Mr fix-it in 2010, playing a variety of roles that included backing up Aaron Sandilands in the ruck and key defensive and forward jobs. The only low point of his year was a club-imposed six-week suspension in the middle of the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 13.4
    • Handballs 6.3
    • Disposals 19.7
    • Marks 6.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 77.6

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Essendon Rd 4
Handballs 11 Hawthorn Rd 21
Disposals 29 Hawthorn Rd 21
Marks 11 North Melbourne Rd 6
Hit-outs 2 Geelong Cats Rd 20
Tackles 3 Sydney Swans Rd 5
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 112 North Melbourne Rd 6

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 18 5 23 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 87
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 15 5 20 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 85
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 12 8 20 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 71
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 19 8 27 9 0 2 0 2 0 0 110
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 15 3 18 7 0 0 0 3 2 0 96
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 74 17 10 27 11 0 2 1 2 0 1 112
7 West Coast Eagles W 54 - 73 15 7 22 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 87
8 Port Adelaide L 94 - 76 11 7 18 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 77
9 Geelong Cats W 96 - 64 13 9 22 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 77
11 Western Bulldogs W 51 - 89 13 8 21 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 81
12 Adelaide Crows W 90 - 50 7 6 13 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 56
13 Richmond W 85 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions W 105 - 22 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne W 34 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants W 136 - 60 13 6 19 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 86
18 St Kilda L 118 - 60 13 5 18 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 62
19 Carlton W 83 - 78 15 2 17 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 62
20 Geelong Cats L 81 - 79 7 6 13 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 41
21 Hawthorn W 110 - 91 18 11 29 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 106
22 Brisbane Lions W 48 - 106 13 2 15 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 62
23 Port Adelaide W 105 - 97 8 5 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 38
FW1 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 6 242 113 355 110 2 8 4 24 3 2 1396

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 190
    • Kicks 11.0
    • Handballs 6.1
    • Disposals 17.1
    • Marks 5.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.8
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 15, 2008
Disposals 30 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Marks 15 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2008
Hit-outs 10 Hawthorn W1, 2010
Tackles 7 Melbourne Rd 16, 2008
Goals 3 Melbourne Rd 13, 2011
AFL Fantasy 141 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2008

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Fremantle 242 113 355 110 2 8 4 24 3 2 1396
2013 Fremantle 321 126 447 159 5 18 11 44 5 2 1890
2012 Fremantle 316 150 466 166 4 21 14 52 3 1 1956
2011 Fremantle 201 118 319 98 16 10 13 52 13 10 1416
2010 Fremantle 199 120 319 117 54 20 24 33 17 8 1432
2009 Fremantle 122 47 169 52 14 9 3 18 8 7 757
2008 Fremantle 204 172 376 125 9 10 18 30 5 4 1450
2007 Fremantle 183 130 313 100 13 7 13 36 2 1 1247
2006 Fremantle 270 155 425 154 13 18 16 41 5 4 1763
2005 Fremantle 46 36 82 23 18 4 8 11 1 0 327

Legend

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Hit-outs
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G
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Life Membership: 2013

50th Game: Rd 18 2007 v West Coast

100th Game:  Rd 21 2010 v Hawthorn

150th Game:  Rd 1 2013 v West Coast

Awards

Club Awards

Best Clubman
2009

Doig Medal runner-up
2006

AFL Awards

All Australian
2013

Q&A

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

What’s the funniest sledge you’ve heard on the field? I don’t really get sledged

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

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

What is your coaches favourite saying? Is that reasonable?   

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? Gary Ablett     

If you had the power, what is one thing you would change about the world? Racism

Outside of footy, what would be your dream job? Retired millionaire    

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’s got a huge range of music

Who has the worst and why? Jon Griffin

What meal is your speciality to cook? Chicken risotto

What is your favourite TV football show? On The Couch     

Who is the best-dressed teammate at the club? Ryan Crowley    

Who is the worst dressed? Michael Wood   

Who is the most skilful all-round sportsman at the club? Garrick Ibbotson      

What is your favourite way to spend a day off? Spending it with my partner and kids     

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? Anna Kournikova       

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

Who is your funniest teammate at the club and why? Kepler Bradley, he just brings out the best one liners

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

Which teammate would struggle to turn a computer on? Michael Walters    

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