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Hopper Returns for Sydney Derby XIV

Midfielder Jacob Hopper will play his first game of 2018 for the GIANTS in Sydney Derby XIV on Saturday night at the SCG as one of two changes to the side that beat Collingwood last weekend.

3:48pm  Apr 5, 2018

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Jacob
Hopper

Height
187 cm
DOB
06-02-1997
Weight
87 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2018
21
Career
44
Goals
2018
10
Career
19
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1672
Avg
80
JacobHopper

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Leeton-Whitton
Debut: 2016
Recruited From: North Ballarat Rebels (VIC)
Brownlow Votes:
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Community Ambassador: Campbelltown Swans JFC

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Player Bio

Jacob Hopper is a medium midfielder with an excellent work ethic who has the ability to win the football both on the inside and outside. He shows excellent composure with the ball in hand, making smart decisions and executing well. He won the NSW/ACT MVP and was a member of the NAB AFL Academy. He also captained the NSW/ACT Rams at the 2015 Under-18 National Championships. Hopper played 10 games in his first season, earning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination on debut. He also featured in both of the GIANTS' finals in 2016 and after overcoming injuries in 2017 starred in the club's finals campaign. 

The GIANTS had big hopes for their young midfielder last year, but he was one of many to have his season ruined by injury. Hopper had off-season heart surgery and struggled with lower back issues over the pre-season, but after playing six games early in the year, he broke a finger against St Kilda in round seven and required an operation. He injured his ankle while training to make another comeback, but the positive to take from the season was that he returned in round 20 and played the final seven games. Hopper’s 27 possessions in the preliminary final loss to the Tigers was his season-best and showcased his inside ball-winning ability. The GIANTS were ecstatic to re-sign the young gun alongside good mate Josh Kelly last September.

The highly regarded midfielder was the club's top draft selection in 2015 and lived up to the hype with a brilliant debut in round 8 last season, when he racked up 32 possessions against Gold Coast and earned himself a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. A back injury cost him seven games mid-season, but he made it back for the last four games of the year. Had a quiet finals series, but averaged 17.2 touches in his 10 games for the year, with 8.6 of those contested. He looked comortable and classy at stoppages and should be set for a massive second season in the competition.

The GIANTS' Academy star captained NSW/ACT in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships last year and was named All-Australian after the carnival. The impressive on-baller has a physique ready-made to step up to senior level this season and can win plenty of the ball inside and out, while possessing the ability to drift forward and kick goals.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 10.8
    • Disposals 21.0
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 79.6

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Sydney Swans W1
Handballs 17 Carlton Rd 20
Disposals 31 Carlton Rd 20
Marks 6 Carlton Rd 20
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 St Kilda Rd 19
Goals 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 112 Carlton Rd 20

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs W 133 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Collingwood W 79 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Sydney Swans L 103 - 87 9 10 19 3 0 0 1 4 1 0 75
4 Fremantle W 82 - 51 12 13 25 3 0 1 0 2 1 2 88
5 St Kilda D 73 - 73 8 13 21 5 0 1 0 4 0 2 84
6 Brisbane Lions W 77 - 43 5 9 14 4 0 0 1 3 1 1 61
7 Geelong Cats L 93 - 32 5 12 17 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 56
8 West Coast Eagles L 61 - 86 6 12 18 2 0 2 1 7 0 0 75
9 North Melbourne L 112 - 69 12 12 24 2 0 1 1 5 0 2 86
10 Essendon L 60 - 95 14 13 27 4 0 1 0 7 0 0 109
11 Adelaide Crows W 81 - 97 5 16 21 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 68
12 Gold Coast Suns W 134 - 26 14 15 29 0 0 4 2 4 0 1 87
14 Brisbane Lions W 82 - 109 11 6 17 3 0 2 2 3 1 0 68
15 Hawthorn W 95 - 84 11 9 20 1 0 1 3 8 1 1 85
16 West Coast Eagles L 86 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond W 79 - 77 10 7 17 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 70
18 Port Adelaide W 58 - 80 15 13 28 5 0 0 2 2 2 0 100
19 St Kilda W 86 - 61 7 16 23 2 0 2 0 8 0 0 93
20 Carlton W 46 - 151 14 17 31 6 0 0 3 5 1 1 112
21 Adelaide Crows W 106 - 92 12 5 17 2 0 1 2 6 2 0 83
22 Sydney Swans L 60 - 80 9 11 20 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 50
23 Melbourne L 102 - 57 6 5 11 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 38
W1 Sydney Swans W 30 - 79 18 8 26 5 0 2 1 5 0 3 107
SF Collingwood L 69 - 59 11 5 16 2 0 2 1 7 0 1 77
TOTAL W: 14 - L: 9 - D: 1 214 227 441 55 0 23 26 98 10 14 1672

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 44
    • Kicks 8.4
    • Handballs 10.6
    • Disposals 19.0
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 73.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Sydney Swans W1, 2018
Handballs 20 Richmond PF, 2017
Disposals 32 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2016
Marks 6 Carlton Rd 20, 2018
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Adelaide Crows W1, 2017
Goals 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2018
AFL Fantasy 112 Carlton Rd 20, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 GWS Giants 214 227 441 55 0 23 26 98 10 14 1672
2017 GWS Giants 89 133 222 35 0 5 25 74 4 4 892
2016 GWS Giants 65 107 172 32 0 6 10 33 5 3 646

Legend

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FF
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B
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AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2015 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Gold Coast; matched by GWS GIANTS as Academy selection) No.7 overall

Player Honours

AFL AWARDS

2016 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2016

CLUB AWARDS

GIANTS Rising Star Award 2016

GIANTS Academy Player of the Year 2015