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Freo legends to present player numbers to 2017 draftees

Shaun McManus and Garrick Ibbotson will present the player numbers to Freo's 2017 draftees

2:22pm  Dec 1, 2017

Fremantle list update

The Fremantle Dockers have confirmed the first changes to the club’s playing list following the 2017 season

4:11pm  Oct 6, 2017

Emotional send-off for Ibbo

Garrick Ibbotson said farewelling football with a premiership win didn’t make retiring from the game he loved any easier

9:38pm  Sep 24, 2017

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186 cm
84 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Bullcreek-Leeming (WA)
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
Draft information: National Draft 2005 - pick 26
Debut: Round 11, 2007 v Richmond
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 5

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Ibbotson saved his best for last as one of Fremantle’s best on ground in their round 23 win against the Bulldogs. The addition of key back Joel Hamling in the off-season will allow the chance for the 186cm player to play more of an intercept and rebounding defender role in 2017.

Garrick has had a really good summer and he ran well in the 3km time trial. He’s been working with some of our younger defenders and his experience has helped those players. Overall he hasn’t put a foot out of place this pre-season so he’s put himself in a good position for a solid year ahead.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Solid in defence, ranking third at the club for marks per game (5.9). Instrumental in Fremantle’s round 23 win against the Western Bulldogs, earning two Brownlow votes.

Ibbotson enjoyed one his best seasons in 2015 playing on tall and small opponents in the absence of more experienced defenders. His marking ability and drive from the back-50 were crucial in Freo's rise up the ladder.

Ibbotson endured an injury-interrupted season, managing just 12 games. He did return to the team at the tail end of the year and was among the club’s best performers in the finals, including an excellent effort against Sydney.

Ibbotson has been tremendous on Fremantle's half-back line in 2013, often as the loose man in defence. He's enjoyed his best season of AFL yet, however a troublesome Achilles injury that forced him to withdraw from round 19 kept him sidelined in the finals.

Garrick Ibbotson played 23 of a possible 24 games in 2012 and reached his 100-game milestone in round 23 against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium.

Finished 2012 ranked top 10 per game in kicks (11.3), marks (5), uncontested possessions (11) and rebound 50s (2.3).

Ibbotson used the ball well by foot with 7.9 effective kicks per game – the sixth best average at Freo.

An incredible athlete, he has been a mainstay in the Freo side for the past five seasons and will look to add to his games tally in 2013 and beyond.

Charity partner ambassador: Starlight Children’s Foundation

Ibbotson played 18 games in 2011 after missing the first three matches of the season. He played mainly off half back and was serviceable, averaging 17 disposals per game. He was fifth at the club for total effective kicks (97) and uncontested marks (71). Ibbotson was also top five for loose ball gets (43), spoils (42) and rebound 50s (61). An incredible athlete, Ibbotson is entering the stage of his career when he will be expected to start hitting his peak, so look for him to have a big 2012 season.

Ibbotson continued to improve in 2010, spending time in midfield and defence primarily in a run-with role. An injury sustained in round 2 prevented him from getting his season going, but after returning in round 8, Ibbotson regained form to average almost 15 disposals and four marks per game for the season.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 177
    • Kicks 10.8
    • Handballs 6.2
    • Disposals 17.0
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 68.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2016
Handballs 13 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2009
Disposals 29 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2016
Marks 15 Hawthorn PF, 2015
Hit-outs 2 Port Adelaide SF, 2014
Tackles 7 Collingwood Rd 14, 2012
Goals 1 Melbourne Rd 22, 2015
AFL Fantasy 136 Collingwood Rd 7, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


50 games: Round 13, 2010 v Carlton

100 games: Round 23, 2012 v Melbourne 

150 games: Qualifying Final, 2015 v Sydney


Club Awards

Fremantle Dockers Life Membership
Inducted in 2015

Q & A

Nickname: Ibbo

AFL club supported as a kid: Carlton

Best moment in junior footy: Played in a few grand finals as a junior

Before a game I always: Always go for a swim at the beach and have a coffee with Lee Spurr

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Someone who looks after his teammates and does everything he can for the team

The player from another club you most like to watch: Patrick Dangerfield

All-time favourite player: Anthony Koutoufides

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Shut

What do you like to do on your days off: Take my dog to the beach

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: Playing Uno with a couple of boys

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

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

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Tom Brady

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: New Car

Favourite city in the world to visit: New York

What’s next on your travel bucket list: Somewhere I can go snowboarding

Childhood hero: Anthony Koutoufides

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Laid-back

What is your worst trait: Messy at home

Least preferred household chore: Doing the dishes

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Jeremy Clarkson, Denzel Washington and Tom Brady

Your most treasured possession: My wedding ring

Favourite professional sporting team: Seattle Seahawks

Favourite sporting hero: Tom Brady

Favourite food: Burger

Favourite movie and movie star: Snatch and Denzel Washington

Favourite TV show: Seinfield or Top Gear

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Ski, drive a race car around a track and travel