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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 GIANTS¹ 2012 draftees have opened up about the night they became AFL players.

11:20am  Nov 21, 2013

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Lachie
Whitfield

Height
187 cm
DOB
18-07-1994
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2019
18
Career
132
Goals
2019
11
Career
60
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1992
Avg
111
LachieWhitfield

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior Clubs: Mornington
Debut:
2012
Recruited from:
Dandenong Stingrays/Mornington
Brownlow votes:
 27
Community Ambassador: Queanbeyan Tigers

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Player Bio

Victorian Lachie Whitfield was selected by the GIANTS with pick number one in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft. 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. Whitfield has been a mainstay of the AFL side since his debut, playing key roles in the club’s three finals campaigns. A move to an unfamiliar backline position in 2018 saw the young star elevate his standing in the game, becoming one of the most fangerous half-backs in the competition, earning his first All Australian honours and taking home the Kevin Sheedy Medal as club champion.

One of the game’s most gifted wingman was shifted into defence at the start of last year when good mate Zac Williams ruptured his achilles and couldn’t have produced a better season in his new role. Used his elite running to provide brilliant drive from half back and was rewarded with his first best and fairest and All-Australian selection, after averaging a career-high 26.8 disposals without missing a match. Should move back to the wing this year, but Leon Cameron has the luxury of moving the young star into the midfield if need be. Is contracted until the end of the 2020 season, so the GIANTS will be keen to secure Whitfield’s signature this year.

Despite a delayed start to last year thanks to his AFL-imposed suspension, Whitfield returned in round eight and didn’t miss a game for the rest of the season on his way to a top-10 finish in the best and fairest. The hard-running wingman with brilliant foot skills on both sides of his body averaged a career-high 24 possessions a game and used his massive tank to work tirelessly up and down the ground to give his teammates options. Whitfield had a couple of quiet finals and will be keen to atone for that this year, but he is a significant part of the GIANTS’ midfield group and, with Tom Scully, gives coach Leon Cameron outstanding talent on the wing. Like a lot of his teammates, Whitfield rejected the interest of other clubs and signed a two-year contract extension during last year’s finals series that ties him to the GIANTS until the end of 2020.

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 17.2
    • Handballs 10.5
    • Disposals 27.7
    • Marks 7.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 110.7

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 West Coast Eagles Rd 2
Handballs 19 Carlton Rd 9
Disposals 42 Richmond Rd 3
Marks 18 Carlton Rd 9
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Western Bulldogs FW1
Goals 3 Carlton Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 190 Carlton Rd 9

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 19 11 30 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 109
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 26 7 33 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 133
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 23 19 42 12 0 3 0 4 0 0 162
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 20 11 31 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 124
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 14 11 25 10 0 0 1 3 0 1 104
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 4 4 8 3 0 0 2 1 2 0 39
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 21 19 40 18 0 0 0 4 3 1 190
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 17 12 29 8 0 1 0 2 2 0 120
11 Gold Coast Suns W 126 - 43 8 9 17 6 0 1 0 3 0 1 74
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 20 13 33 8 0 0 2 3 0 1 117
18 Collingwood W 122 - 75 18 11 29 4 0 1 0 5 0 0 109
19 Port Adelaide W 55 - 56 19 8 27 6 0 1 2 2 0 1 95
20 Sydney Swans W 83 - 81 18 8 26 9 0 0 0 3 1 0 115
21 Hawthorn L 29 - 85 21 8 29 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 102
22 Western Bulldogs L 65 - 126 17 13 30 6 0 0 1 2 1 1 107
23 Gold Coast Suns W 55 - 127 19 8 27 8 0 1 2 5 1 0 118
FW1 Western Bulldogs W 113 - 55 21 9 30 7 0 1 1 6 1 1 131
SF Brisbane Lions W 80 - 83 5 8 13 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 43
PF Collingwood L 6 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 15 - L: 10 310 189 499 143 0 13 13 52 11 7 1992

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 132
    • Kicks 13.4
    • Handballs 9.4
    • Disposals 22.9
    • Marks 6.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 90.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 West Coast Eagles Rd 2, 2019
Handballs 19 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Disposals 42 Richmond Rd 3, 2019
Marks 18 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Hit-outs 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 7, 2013
Tackles 8 Geelong Cats Rd 15, 2017
Goals 3 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
AFL Fantasy 190 Carlton Rd 9, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 310 189 499 143 0 13 13 52 11 7 1992
2018 GWS Giants 395 247 642 161 0 17 28 77 6 9 2448
2017 GWS Giants 246 186 432 109 0 17 15 60 10 7 1716
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

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Kicks
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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 (GIANTS) No.1 overall

Player Honours

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2013

All Australian 2018

Club Awards

Kevin Sheedy Medal 2018

Members Choice Award 2018

GIANTS Rising Star Award 2013