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Ryan
Harwood

Height
184 cm
DOB
07-08-1991
Weight
87 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2017
9
Career
81
Goals
2017
0
Career
6
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
461
Avg
51
RyanHarwood

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Glenorchy
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut:Rd 17 2010
Recruited from: Tasmania U18 (TAS)
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

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.

Background

• 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.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Defender Ryan Harwood played 13 games for 2016 and totalled 181 disposals with an average of 13.9.

• Mid-season injury put a halt to Harwood’s season when the 25-year-old was transferred to the long-term injury list in June after scans confirmed he had ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament. 

 

2015

• Defender Ryan Harwood had to wait until Round Nine against the Saints for his first taste of Senior football in 2015. 

• The 24-year-old had surgery in mid-February to address abdominal and groin pain and spent time playing for the Reserves in the NEAFL to regain match fitness.

• Indicative of the Lions’ bad run of luck with injury, Harwood was subbed out with concussion after receiving a heavy knock.  It was the first of just three games for the Tasmanian this season, who struggled to find consistency after spending the bulk of 2015 on the sidelines with injury.

• When fully fit, Harwood is a damaging runner with creative and clean disposal, and, after signing a contract extension in August, will be keen to see more game time in 2016.

2014

• With a regular position in the side's back six up for grabs, Harwood started the season slowly and played in just two of the team's first nine senior matches as he adapted to a new Senior Coach and new game style.

• He was recalled for the Lions' Round 11 match against Carlton at the Gabba, and went on to play a key role in each of the team's next 12 matches, before an ankle injury sidelined him for the final match of the season against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

• He finished the season with 14 senior matches, taking his overall tally to 56, and averaged a career best 18.5 disposals. 

• His finest performance was probably against West Coast in Round 17 at the Gabba, when he collected a season-high 28 disposals at an incredibly efficiency rate of 92%.

• He finished equal 14th in the Club Champion voting - which bettered his previous best finish of 18th from the previous year.

2013

• 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.

 

2012

• 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.

2011

• 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.

2010

• 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.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 5.3
    • Handballs 7.1
    • Disposals 12.4
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 51.2

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Handballs 14 Port Adelaide Rd 6
Disposals 20 Port Adelaide Rd 6
Marks 8 Sydney Swans Rd 7
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Western Bulldogs Rd 5
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 75 Hawthorn Rd 8

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 98 2 6 8 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 22
2 Essendon L 84 - 111 2 5 7 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 27
3 St Kilda L 107 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Richmond L 67 - 119 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Western Bulldogs L 122 - 90 6 7 13 3 0 0 0 7 0 0 69
6 Port Adelaide L 67 - 150 6 14 20 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 58
7 Sydney Swans L 135 - 81 9 8 17 8 0 1 1 2 0 0 73
8 Hawthorn L 113 - 75 8 8 16 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 75
9 Adelaide Crows L 60 - 140 9 4 13 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 58
10 Collingwood L 129 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Fremantle W 121 - 64 5 6 11 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 53
13 Port Adelaide L 121 - 81 1 6 7 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 26
14 GWS Giants L 86 - 146 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Essendon W 82 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 78 - 163 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond L 112 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Carlton W 112 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles L 113 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs L 89 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Gold Coast Suns W 142 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne L 104 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 16 48 64 112 34 0 2 5 25 0 0 461

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 81
    • Kicks 7.7
    • Handballs 7.4
    • Disposals 15.1
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 58.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Melbourne Rd 14, 2012
Handballs 16 West Coast Eagles Rd 17, 2014
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 Melbourne Rd 19, 2014
AFL Fantasy 127 Melbourne Rd 14, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Brisbane Lions 48 64 112 34 0 2 5 25 0 0 461
2016 Brisbane Lions 96 85 181 41 0 7 11 35 0 1 696
2015 Brisbane Lions 22 12 34 8 0 2 3 7 0 1 136
2014 Brisbane Lions 143 117 260 58 0 13 7 43 2 2 1015
2013 Brisbane Lions 116 93 209 49 0 8 6 39 0 0 827
2012 Brisbane Lions 131 112 243 60 0 12 13 36 0 2 916
2011 Brisbane Lions 41 56 97 15 1 5 2 25 1 1 387
2010 Brisbane Lions 27 60 87 15 0 5 9 22 3 0 330

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Milestone Matches

50 GAMES
Brisbane Lions v Richmond 
Round 16, 2014 @ MCG
 

Awards

AIS/AFL Academy Graduate
2009

Tasmanian U18 Representative
2009

All Australian U18
2009