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Whitfield Ready

Lachie Whitfield is hoping to follow up the "best moment of his footy life" with some more success when the GIANTS take on St Kilda on Saturday.

11:28am  Mar 28, 2014

GIANT Draft Memories

With the childhood dreams of many teenagers set to come true at the NAB AFL Draft tonight, two of the GIANTSĀ¹ 2012 draftees have opened up about the night they became AFL players.

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Lachie
Whitfield

Height
187 cm
DOB
18-07-1994
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2017
6
Career
78
Goals
2017
3
Career
36
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
626
Avg
104
LachieWhitfield

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior Clubs: Mornington
Debut:
2012
Recruited from:
Dandenong Stingrays/Mornington
Brownlow votes:
6
Community Ambassador: Central West

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Player Bio

Victorian Lachie Whitfield was selected by the GIANTS with pick number one in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft. He is a classy medium midfielder with rare awareness and decision-making ability complemented by skills either side with hands and feet. The former Dandenong Stingray is naturally gifted with speed and endurance and is strong overhead. Whitfield made his AFL debut in round one, 2013 and was nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star award in his first season.
 

The young star was suspended for six months last November for breaching AFL rules and will not be eligible to return until round eight this year. Whitfield had a fine season in 2016, gathering 433 possessions at an average of 20.6 in 21 games. In the club's first finals campaign, he starred in the win over the Sydney Swans, with his foot skills and hard running as a standout.

Had 30-plus possessions in three of his first eight appearances and looked set for a big year in 2015, but his form dropped away significantly after the mid-season break. Always uses the ball beautifully by hand or foot and will no doubt be a stronger player this year after another pre-season in the weights room. Spent most of 2015 on the wing and will be looking for more opportunities through the midfield is his inside game continues to develop. Needs to find the scoreboard more often to make use of his brilliant foot skills.

Lighting up the GIANTS with his skill and disposal efficiency in his rookie campaign, injuries made for a more difficult follow-up in 2014. After playing the opening two games, he spent a month on the sidelines with a foot issue. Showing an improved ability to get forward, he kicked three goals against Fremantle in round 17 before a shoulder injury ended his year. Despite his fitness troubles, averaged 21 touches and six marks in his 11 games.

By any estimation Whitfield lived up to his tag as the competition’s No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, lining up in round one and making 19 appearances in his rookie campaign in 2013. Showing a toughness that belied his slight frame, Whitfield’s pinpoint kicking was a highlight of the GIANTS’ season. He ended the year averaging 17.5 touches and better than five marks.

GWS was armed with the No. 1 overall pick for the second consecutive year and classy midfielder Whitfield was the unanimous choice. Blessed with speed, endurance and plenty of skill, the teenager will add some extra polish to the GIANTS' talent-laden midfield. Also strong overhead, Whitfield appears tailor-made for senior action in 2013.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 13.2
    • Handballs 14.5
    • Disposals 27.7
    • Marks 7.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 104.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Brisbane Lions Rd 14
Handballs 18 Carlton Rd 12
Disposals 31 Essendon Rd 11
Marks 10 Carlton Rd 12
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Carlton Rd 12
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 12
AFL Fantasy 125 Carlton Rd 12

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows L 147 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Gold Coast Suns W 160 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 North Melbourne W 67 - 109 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Port Adelaide W 112 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Sydney Swans W 63 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Western Bulldogs W 75 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 St Kilda L 108 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Collingwood W 102 - 99 11 14 25 6 0 1 0 4 0 1 97
9 Richmond W 78 - 75 13 17 30 7 0 1 2 4 0 0 105
10 West Coast Eagles W 90 - 98 15 7 22 7 0 0 2 0 1 0 80
11 Essendon W 117 - 101 14 17 31 10 0 0 0 1 1 0 116
12 Carlton L 71 - 70 11 18 29 10 0 2 1 5 1 1 125
14 Brisbane Lions W 86 - 146 15 14 29 5 0 2 1 4 0 0 103
15 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 10 - L: 3 79 87 166 45 0 6 6 18 3 2 626

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 78
    • Kicks 11.6
    • Handballs 9.1
    • Disposals 20.7
    • Marks 6.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 81.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Collingwood Rd 11, 2015
Handballs 18 Carlton Rd 12, 2017
Disposals 37 Sydney Swans Rd 3, 2015
Marks 12 Collingwood Rd 11, 2015
Hit-outs 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 7, 2013
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 9, 2016
Goals 3 Geelong Cats Rd 11, 2016
AFL Fantasy 128 Sydney Swans Rd 3, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 GWS Giants 79 87 166 45 0 6 6 18 3 2 626
2016 GWS Giants 246 187 433 123 0 12 21 73 11 5 1793
2015 GWS Giants 270 185 455 137 0 13 17 38 6 7 1748
2014 GWS Giants 133 92 225 64 0 5 13 19 8 6 871
2013 GWS Giants 174 158 332 103 1 13 10 42 8 4 1351

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

2012 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (GWS GIANTS) No.1 overall

Player Honours

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2013

Club Awards

GIANTS Rising Star Award 2013