Season by Season
• One of only two players in 2016 to play every senior match, Ryan Bastinac tried to make the most of his move up north.
• Bastinac averaged 10.5 kicks and 21 disposals.
This year was a tough year for midfielder Ryan Bastinac was one of three players dropped following North Melbourne’s opening game against the Adelaide Crows.
Round 2, 2015 was the first time in Bastinac’s career that he missed a game through omission, and his first game missed since 2011.
After earning a recall in Round 3 and playing nine consecutive senior games, Bastinac was sent back to the VFL and was a star, showing he was a cut above the lower level.
Bastinac was again reinstated to the senior side for Round 15 against the Geelong Cats and collected 27 possessions, won four clearances and had five inside-50’s.
The following week, Round 16 against Essendon, he was influential with two majors, before starring against Brisbane with 22 touches and a goal.
However, Bastinac's four-week burst came to end, after struggling against Carlton in Round 18.
Once again, he went to the VFL, amassing 44 disposals, taking 10 marks, winning seven clearances and kicking a goal against Collingwood. He came back to the senior side in Round 21 against Fremantle, starting as the sub. In an impressive win, Bastinac managed to have an impact in the final quarter.
Despite featuring in the final two games of the home and away season, Bastinac was dropped for North's Elimination Final against Richmond, and was unable to break back into the senior side.
In 2014, Bastinac celebrated his 100th game in Round 22 against Adelaide and collected a Brownlow vote in Round 20 against the Giants.
During the second half of 2013, Bastinac hit the scoreboard with a flurry recording 20 goals and have him in the top five at the Club.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, Bastinac admitted it was a difficult year as he tried to adapt to an outside midfield role.
“This pre-season I’ve played every role and I’ve got a good understanding of it, so when I do play on a wing of forward I know what I have to do.
“I’ve spent the majority (of summer) with the midfield, but I’ve played everywhere.”
In 2012, Bastinac exploded out of the blocks with a remarkable 44-possession game against GWS in Round 2. He was the third youngest player to reach 40 possessions and tied Brent Harvey for the most possessions by a North player.
In 2011, Bastinac tallied 29 possessions against Brisbane in Round 18, which was a career high (at the time), and saw him collect his first Brownlow votes.
Bastinac made his debut in Round 1, 2010 v Port Adelaide and averaged close to 20 possessions while kicking seven goals.
The same year, he earned a NAB Rising Star nomination and finished fifth in the year-end voting, behind Daniel Hannebery, Tom Scully, Tom Rockliff and Jack Trengove.