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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
2019
16
Career
60
Goals
2019
5
Career
24
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1467
Avg
92
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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Social Media

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@JacobHopper02

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@jacobmhopper

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. A bright midfielder with excellent composure with the ball in hand, Hopper makes smart decisions. A former captain of the NSW/ACT Rams at the 2015 Under-18 National Championships, Hopper is part of the club's emerging leaders program. 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 young midfielder had a consistent season averaging 21 possessions in 21 appearances and kicked 10 goals when resting forward. Hopper is one of the GIANTS’ best inside ball-winners and will only get better as he develops his game alongside co-captain Callan Ward. Will take on more responsibility this season with Dylan Shiel and Tom Scully no longer at the club, but he’s a highly rated member of the GIANTS’ team and will relish that opportunity. He can also take a grab for his size which makes him a tough match-up when he floats forward.

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 16
    • Kicks 13.4
    • Handballs 12.8
    • Disposals 26.3
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 91.7

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Sydney Swans Rd 6
Handballs 18 Essendon Rd 15
Disposals 33 Richmond Rd 17
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 North Melbourne Rd 13
Goals 2 Richmond Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 120 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 17 11 28 6 0 3 0 3 0 2 108
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 12 9 21 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 78
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 11 18 29 2 0 1 5 2 2 0 81
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 15 16 31 3 0 1 1 6 0 0 108
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 7 12 19 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 55
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 23 10 33 7 0 1 2 3 0 1 118
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 15 8 23 4 0 3 0 5 0 1 97
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 9 12 21 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 57
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 7 14 21 1 0 3 0 6 0 1 80
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 9 14 23 2 0 3 0 3 0 0 76
11 Gold Coast Suns W 126 - 43 19 12 31 7 0 1 3 5 1 0 120
12 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 61 13 9 22 4 0 0 1 3 1 2 86
13 North Melbourne W 68 - 91 15 14 29 2 0 3 1 8 1 1 118
15 Essendon L 77 - 71 10 18 28 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 77
16 Brisbane Lions L 74 - 94 16 12 28 4 0 3 3 7 0 0 106
17 Richmond L 94 - 67 17 16 33 4 0 1 2 3 0 0 102
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 7 215 205 420 54 0 29 22 62 5 9 1467

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 60
    • Kicks 9.7
    • Handballs 11.2
    • Disposals 20.9
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 78.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2019
Handballs 20 Richmond PF, 2017
Disposals 33 Richmond Rd 17, 2019
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Adelaide Crows W1, 2017
Goals 2 Richmond Rd 3, 2019
AFL Fantasy 120 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 215 205 420 54 0 29 22 62 5 9 1467
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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AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2015 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Gold Coast; matched by 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