Read the Brisbane Lions' statement on Ryan Harwood
4:41pm Apr 10, 2013
The Brisbane Lions will include three young midfielders in an attempt to improve their speed in the lead-up to their clash with Essendon
2:18pm May 13, 2011
Junior Clubs: Glenorchy
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut:Rd 17 2010
Recruited from: Tasmania U18 (TAS)
Brownlow Votes: -
Tasmanian 'tough-nut' Ryan Harwood was initially recruited to the Lions as a genuine inside midfielder, but has since developed into a creative half-back. He is now an important part of the Lions' back six.
• Harwood began his football journey with local Tasmanian club Glenorchy and represented his State in the U18 National Championships.
• He proved a valuable inside midfielder and was the leading clearance winner at the 2009 U18 Championships. He averaged over 21 disposals, 5.6 clearances and 4 tackles per game which earned him selection in the U18 All-Australian side.
• He impressed during October's Draft Camp and came equal second in the new kicking test designed by former Collingwood Captain Nathan Buckley with a score of 22/30 (73%). He also finished among the Camp's leaders in the agility testing.
• He also graduated from the esteemed AIS-AFL Academy in 2009.
• Harwood became the Lions' fifth senior listed Tasmanian for 2010 when they selected him with pick number 47 at the National Draft.
• After finishing the 2012 season on a high – playing the last 12 games of the year – Harwood had an interrupted pre-season campaign which put him on the back foot early.
• He failed to make a single appearance in the Lions’ premiership-winning pre-season campaign, and managed just one senior call-up in the Club’s opening nine games of the regular season.
• He returned to the side for the Lions’ Round 10 Friday night blockbuster against Collingwood and was one of the team’s best across half-back in an otherwise forgettable evening.
• He quickly established himself as part of the back six, and went on to play in 12 of the team’s final 13 matches – finishing 18th in the Club Champion award.
• Arguably Harwood's finest performance was against GWS in Round 21 when he collected a career-high 27 possessions.
• Despite being a pre-season standout, Harwood struggled to find a regular spot in the senior side during the first half of the 2012 season, playing in just four of the side’s first 10 matches.
• After being trialled across half-back in the Reserves, he was recalled after the team’s Bye and held his place in the Lions’ backline for the remainder of the season. In fact, he managed to string a personal-best 12 games together to finish the season.
• Harwood’s finest performance came against Melbourne in Round 14 at the Gabba, when he collected 29 disposals and took 12 marks in a breakthrough display.
• Despite a solid summer which saw him feature in two of the Lions' pre-season matches, Harwood managed just one senior game in the first half of the season.
• He was a regular performer with the Lions Reserves where he stood out with his impressive inside game. But the Club were keen to develop his outside skills and rotate him through a few different positions.
• He earned another senior call-up in Round 13 and three weeks later collected a career-high 22 disposals against Port Adelaide. But a quiet match against Geelong in Round 17 saw him relegated back to the Reserves.
• Harwood was one of a handful of young Lions players who re-committed to the Club late in the season by signing a two year extension on his contract.
• He finished his second season with a total of seven games (one more than his debut year) and averaged 13.8 disposals per match.
• Newcomer Ryan Harwood started his season in the Reserves and proved himself quickly to be a highly skilled, tough midfielder.
• He injured his ankle in round 1 for the Reserves against the NT Thunder and left the match on crutches. However, it wasn’t enough to take down the steely young gun and he returned for the reserves in round 3, throwing himself fearlessly into packs and showing no sign of weakness.
• Harwood regularly found himself to be amongst the best on ground, and he was rewarded for his consistency and attitude with a senior call-up to make his debut against Geelong in round 17, where he collected 18 disposals.
• Harwood remained on the senior side for the rest of the season and was consistent in the Lions’ midfield with three goals, 22 tackles and 87 disposals over these six games.
|Kicks||9||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|Handballs||9||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|Disposals||18||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|Marks||5||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|Tackles||2||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|AFL Fantasy||68||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|1||Hawthorn||L 139 - 91||3||3||6||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||22|
|2||Geelong Cats||L 68 - 93||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3||Gold Coast Suns||L 114 - 61||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4||Port Adelaide||L 159 - 46||9||9||18||5||0||3||1||2||0||0||68|
|5||Richmond||L 63 - 106||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|17||West Coast Eagles||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|18||Gold Coast Suns||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|TOTAL||W: 0 - L: 5||12||12||24||6||0||3||1||3||0||0||90|
|Kicks||17||Melbourne||Rd 14, 2012|
|Handballs||15||Geelong Cats||Rd 17, 2010|
|Disposals||29||Melbourne||Rd 14, 2012|
|Marks||12||Melbourne||Rd 14, 2012|
|Hit-outs||1||Port Adelaide||Rd 15, 2011|
|Tackles||10||Melbourne||Rd 18, 2010|
|Goals||1||Richmond||Rd 13, 2011|
|AFL Fantasy||127||Melbourne||Rd 14, 2012|
AFL Brisbane Lions: 29 games, 4 goals
AIS/AFL Academy Graduate
Tasmanian U18 Representative
All Australian U18