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Callan
Ward

Height
186 cm
DOB
10-04-1990
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2015
22
Career
143
Goals
2015
10
Career
69
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2208
Avg
100
CallanWard

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Spotswood 
Debut: 2008
Recruited from: Spotswood/Western U18/Western Bulldogs
Brownlow Votes: 49
Community Ambassador: Quakers Hill Bombers

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Player Bio

After joining the club as an uncontracted player from the Western Bulldogs, Callan Ward became one of the inaugural co-captains of the GIANTS in 2012. Ward is a hard-running midfielder from Spotswood in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. His grandfather, Bill Gunn, played for South Melbourne from 1952 to 1959 and captained the team in 1955. Ward was drafted to the Bulldogs with pick 19 in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft. Ward won the inaugural Kevin Sheedy Medal for the GIANTS’ Best and Fairest in 2012.
 

Having grown into his leadership role, the co-captain continued to excel and improve in 2014, resulting in his first selection in the 40-man All-Australian squad. Featuring in the club’s opening 20 games, a calf problem ruled him out of the final two matches. That may have cost him a second best and fairest in three years with GWS, overtaken by Shane Mumford in the run home. But more awards are only a matter of time for the tough, talented midfielder.

The co-captain continues to lead from the front, compiling a second successive top-shelf season since moving north from the Western Bulldogs. In his 21 appearances he averaged more than 23 possessions and laid a club-best 94 tackles, leading to a runner-up finish in the best and fairest. His stunning year was capped by a 31-disposal, four-goal effort in the win over Melbourne in round 19.

The former Western Bulldog entered 2012 with a reputation for his toughness and hard running and billed as a player with leadership potential. By the end of the year, he had earned those plaudits and much more. An inaugural GWS co-captain, Ward had an outstanding season, leading the young GIANTS impressively from the midfield. He kicked the club's first ever goal in round one and would end the year as GWS' well-deserved first best and fairest winner.

Pick No.19 in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft, Ward spent four years with the Western Bulldogs before joining GWS. The hard-running midfielder has terrific leadership potential. Played 60 games with the Bulldogs and also made his International Rules debut in 2011.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 11.5
    • Handballs 13.8
    • Disposals 25.3
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 2.2
    • Tackles 5.2
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 100.4

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 16
Handballs 22 Melbourne Rd 23
Disposals 32 Melbourne Rd 23
Marks 8 Gold Coast Suns Rd 16
Hit-outs 7 Richmond Rd 14
Tackles 12 Brisbane Lions Rd 10
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 16
AFL Fantasy 149 Brisbane Lions Rd 10

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 St Kilda W 78 - 87 9 13 22 4 0 1 2 5 1 0 86
2 Melbourne W 101 - 56 17 10 27 5 2 3 1 4 0 1 105
3 Sydney Swans L 111 - 90 11 12 23 4 1 3 0 5 1 1 100
4 Gold Coast Suns W 119 - 53 16 13 29 7 4 2 1 7 0 0 126
5 West Coast Eagles L 120 - 33 9 14 23 6 1 1 2 8 0 0 101
6 Hawthorn W 108 - 98 16 15 31 5 3 1 0 7 0 0 125
7 Carlton W 57 - 135 10 17 27 3 1 1 1 3 0 1 85
8 Adelaide Crows W 108 - 84 13 13 26 8 1 0 2 4 1 0 106
9 Western Bulldogs L 113 - 68 6 13 19 2 2 2 0 4 0 0 70
10 Brisbane Lions W 97 - 67 15 17 32 5 2 2 1 12 1 0 149
11 Collingwood L 119 - 77 13 17 30 6 2 0 1 3 1 0 108
12 North Melbourne L 61 - 117 8 11 19 6 5 0 1 5 0 0 86
14 Richmond L 78 - 69 12 6 18 4 7 0 1 3 1 0 82
15 St Kilda W 84 - 49 13 18 31 5 2 4 3 5 0 0 107
16 Gold Coast Suns W 79 - 94 17 13 30 8 5 1 1 5 2 2 138
17 Geelong Cats L 42 - 69 10 6 16 4 3 1 0 3 1 0 76
18 Fremantle L 84 - 63 10 11 21 6 1 1 1 4 0 0 85
19 Essendon W 93 - 61 8 13 21 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 70
20 Port Adelaide L 111 - 90 13 17 30 1 3 3 1 4 0 1 96
21 Sydney Swans L 44 - 133 8 18 26 4 2 1 1 5 0 0 92
22 Carlton W 132 - 51 9 14 23 3 0 2 1 7 0 1 92
23 Melbourne L 103 - 77 10 22 32 6 1 2 2 7 1 0 123
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 253 303 556 103 48 31 24 115 10 7 2208

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 143
    • Kicks 10.5
    • Handballs 11.0
    • Disposals 21.6
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 1.1
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 86.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Brisbane Lions Rd 13, 2014
Handballs 22 Melbourne Rd 23, 2015
Disposals 40 Port Adelaide Rd 7, 2014
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 7, 2014
Hit-outs 7 Richmond Rd 14, 2015
Tackles 13 Hawthorn Rd 11, 2014
Goals 4 Melbourne Rd 19, 2013
AFL Fantasy 162 Port Adelaide Rd 7, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 GWS Giants 253 303 556 103 48 31 24 115 10 7 2208
2014 GWS Giants 240 258 498 75 38 27 19 115 7 10 1981
2013 GWS Giants 247 242 489 95 39 28 16 94 11 6 1977
2012 GWS Giants 278 210 488 86 26 33 28 100 8 11 1946
2011 Western Bulldogs 204 253 457 74 4 35 16 96 12 11 1798
2010 Western Bulldogs 76 97 173 36 3 16 11 34 1 4 662
2009 Western Bulldogs 178 184 362 70 2 24 19 86 18 13 1546
2008 Western Bulldogs 28 32 60 18 0 1 3 10 2 0 246

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

History

Draft History

2007 NAB AFL Draft 2nd round selection (Western Bulldogs) No.19 overall; 2011 uncontracted player selection (GWS GIANTS)

Previous AFL Club

Western Bulldogs (2008-11: 60 games, 33 goals)

Player Honours

AFL AWARDS

2009 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2009

All Australian nominee 2014

Pre-Season

Pre-season premiership Western Bulldogs 2010

International Rules series 2011

CLUB AWARDS

Club Captain 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Kevin Sheedy Medallist 2012

Kevin Sheedy Medal Runner Up 2013, 2014 (equal)