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Ward Honoured with Life Membership

On the eve of his 150th game for the GIANTS, inaugural co-captain Callan Ward has become the first playing Life Member of the club.

11:10am  Jul 27, 2018

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Callan
Ward

Height
187 cm
DOB
10-04-1990
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2019
1
Career
217
Goals
2019
0
Career
107
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
3
Avg
3
CallanWard

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Spotswood 
Debut: 2008
Recruited from: Spotswood/Western U18/Western Bulldogs
Brownlow Votes: 72
Community Ambassador: Emu Plains/Glenmore Park Lions

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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’ club champion in 2012. One of the club’s most consistent players, Ward was named the most Courageous Player in the competition by his fellow players in 2018. He married long-time love Ruby in January, 2019.‚Äč

Last year was another consistent season from the co-captain who again proved himself to be an outstanding leader and one of the competition’s best midfielders. Ward topped the GIANTS for clearances and contested possessions and finished just one behind Stephen Coniglio in disposals. Could have had even more of an impact if he’d kicked straight, finishing with 8.15 for the year. Universally respected for the way he goes about his footy, Ward stands as one of the game’s best captains and, along with Phil Davis, gives his club enormous direction. The hard nut has helped develop Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto as inside midfielders over the past few seasons and the team should see the results of that work this year and beyond.

The tough co-captain was at his consistent best last year and incredibly finished in the top three of the best and fairest for the fifth time in his six seasons with the GIANTS, after being runner-up to Josh Kelly. Ward led the club for contested possessions and clearances and was second for total disposals, and inspired his teammates on a weekly basis with his attack on the contest and the opposition. Averaged a career-high 27.1 disposals a game and polled 11 votes in the Brownlow Medal, the fourth successive season he has reached double figures. Ward is the perfect leader for the GIANTS alongside fellow skipper Phil Davis and the pair have formed an outstanding partnership, providing the club with an excellent foundation to build their list.

The co-captain had another consistent season last year, but failed to finish in the top three of the club champion for the first time in the GIANTS' five seasons in the League. Ward set the standard for his teammates with his ferocious attack on the ball and the opposition, was ranked second at GWS for contested possessions and clearances and third for tackles. The 26-year-old polled 12 Brownlow votes after averaging 23.3 touches in 24 appearances and was a huge loss when he was knocked out early in the preliminary final loss to the Western Bulldogs. Ward is the driving force of the GIANTS' midfield and an outstanding leader.

Another stellar season from the co-captain saw him finish third in the best and fairest behind Heath Shaw and Adam Treloar, meaning he has finished in the top three in all four of the GIANTS' seasons in the AFL. The hard nut is an inspirational leader and led his side in contested possessions, no surprise given his attack on the footy and the opposition. Has played 20-plus games in all four of his seasons at the GIANTS and averaged more than 23 possessions a game. Polled 19 votes in last year's Brownlow Medal and was unlucky to miss out on a nomination for the 2015 All Australian squad.

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 1.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 1.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 3.0

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 1 Geelong Cats Rd 4
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 1 Geelong Cats Rd 4
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 3 Geelong Cats Rd 4

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Gold Coast Suns W 126 - 43 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 North Melbourne W 68 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Essendon L 77 - 71 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Brisbane Lions L 74 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond L 94 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood W 122 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide W 55 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans W 83 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn L 29 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs L 65 - 126 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Gold Coast Suns W 55 - 127 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 Western Bulldogs W 113 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
SF Brisbane Lions W 80 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
PF Collingwood W 20 - 43 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 217
    • Kicks 11.3
    • Handballs 11.6
    • Disposals 22.9
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 1.0
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 88.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Adelaide Crows W1, 2017
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
2019 GWS Giants 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2018 GWS Giants 318 324 642 92 10 41 25 95 8 15 2297
2017 GWS Giants 354 324 678 90 0 33 26 98 14 10 2421
2016 GWS Giants 272 287 559 82 49 45 20 109 16 12 2214
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

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History

Draft History

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

Previous AFL Club

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

Player Honours

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2009

Pre-season Premiership Western Bulldogs (2010)

International Rules series 2011

All Australian nominee 2014, 2016, 2018

CLUB AWARDS

Club Captain 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

GIANTS Life Member 2018

Kevin Sheedy Medallist 2012

Kevin Sheedy Medal 2nd Place 2013, 2014 (equal), 2017, 2018

Kevin Sheedy Medal 3rd Place 2015