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Liam
Picken

Height
184 cm
DOB
01-08-1986
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2016
25
Career
175
Goals
2016
14
Career
60
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2239
Avg
90
LiamPicken

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs: Western Bulldogs
Debut: Rd 2 2009 (North Melbourne)
Recruited from: Hamilton/North Ballarat U18/Williamstown
Brownlow Votes: 4

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Tenacious and unselfish, Liam Picken continues to win admirers with his approach to football, becoming one of the most well respected taggers in the competition. Picken’s persistence has never been questioned, transitioning from a mature aged rookie in 2009 (selection 30 overall) to polling third in the Best and Fairest in 2012.

Season By Season

Season in short:

Perhaps the ultimate beneficiary of Luke Beveridge’s attacking game style, Liam Picken was given a new role in 2015.

The former tagger developed into a more offensive midfielder, winning his own football and finishing the year with 497 disposals – his best output from seven seasons.

Most impressively, Picken didn’t compromise his hard-edged defensive style, averaging four tackles – 10th in the league.

One of the most consistent performers, Picken finished 10th in the Sutton Medal count.

The 29-year-old’s best performance came in the gritty round five win, suited to Picken’s strengths.

He gathered 33 disposals, four marks, 12 tackles and two Brownlow votes, guiding the Dogs to arguably their best win of the year.

 

Stat that mattered:

Picken notched up a career-high 36 disposals in round 15 against the Suns.

 

What they said:

“It was really exciting, it was a really good opportunity to do something different from what I’ve been doing, playing as a defender or a run-with player. The new role was great, to be able to fit in and contribute was great. I’m happy to play wherever, it was a great role this year, football’s always changing though so it throws up different things, you’ve got to keep an open mind.” ­– Liam Picken, September 2015

 “He’s probably the older statesman of our mid group and just to see him, and see Bevo set him challenges about the type of player he thought he could be and things that he could do for us offensively. We just love Picko’s competitiveness, his hardness and his athleticism, I think how good he is as an athlete gets understated…

“He’s so strong above his head in the air, you saw him go forward, take grabs and actually be a goal-kicking mid for us as well. He’s been super impressive from a coaching point of view about his improved leadership. You can just tell he really cares about his teammates and his Club.” – Steven King (Western Bulldogs Assistant Coach), September 2015

Season in short:

Picken has established himself as one of the most feared taggers in the game. With a close-checking style, Picken built on those skills in 2014 shutting down some of the game’s best.

Playing all 22 games in 2014 and overcoming Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett and North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas – Picken put in a consistent season.

Most impressive was Picken’s ability to win his own ball, averaging 18 disposals for the year, including a pleasing performance in the Dogs 63-point loss to Sydney in round 22. Picken amassed 25 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles. 

 

The stat that mattered:

Although stopping some of the game’s best in 2014, Picken managed to average 18 disposals, showing he has the ability to hurt sides on the attack.

 

What they said:

“He just plays it as hard and as tight as he possibly can and that’s not always the case with people playing that position.

“He’s a very important part of our side. He’s a lot more versatile than people give him credit for.” – Bulldogs senior assistant coach Brett Montgomery on Picken in August 2014.

Season in short:

The tough-nut midfield stopper put in some fine performances in the early part of the season. At his typical tenacious best, Picken frustrated opposition midfielders while gathering plenty of contested ball from aerial and ground contests. In addition to containing the likes of Cyril Rioli, Jeff Garlett and Tom Mitchell, Picken averaged 22 disposals of his own. His 27 touches, five inside-50s and a goal against Carlton in round 20 provided a memorable highlight.

Stat that mattered:

At the end of round 21 only two shut down players had kept their direct opponent (of 30 minutes +) to under 16 touches on average per 100 minutes – Picken and North Melbourne’s Taylor Hine. The Bulldogs hard nut’s feat was even more impressive as he accumulated over 15 possessions himself over the same time period. From 18 games he had 12 run with assignments, claiming the scalps of some of the competition’s most damaging players.

What they said:

““I actually trained a lot with Picko (Liam Picken) – tried to mimic the way he trains, how professional he is. That is one of the things I identified at the start of the pre-season, that I want to train harder and more consistently and so I just latched onto him.”

- Christian Howard ahead of round two

Going from strength to strength, Picken executed his role in season 2012 with skill. Ranking third in the Charlie Sutton Medal he also took out the Brad Johnson Best Team Player Award, a special honour given that both players and coaches influence its appointment. One of Picken’s main strengths is his tackling pressure which sees him rank first at the Club for tackles (119) – with 32 tackles more than the 2nd placed Matthew Boyd. He also saw a career best in disposals (28) and equalled his personal record with 13 tackles on multiple occasions this season.

Season By Season

The hard-at-it tagger had a standout season, playing all 22 games in a variety of defensive roles and finishing eighth in the best and fairest. Had a career-high 27 possessions and laid eight tackles against St Kilda in round 12. His uncompromising, fearless attack on the ball makes him one of the first players picked each week.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 25
    • Kicks 11.5
    • Handballs 11.2
    • Disposals 22.8
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 4.1
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 89.6

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Melbourne Rd 8
Handballs 22 Geelong Cats Rd 19
Disposals 33 Essendon Rd 22
Marks 9 West Coast Eagles W1
Hit-outs 1 Essendon Rd 22
Tackles 9 Collingwood Rd 21
Goals 3 Hawthorn SF
AFL Fantasy 137 Essendon Rd 22

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle W 103 - 38 11 12 23 5 0 2 0 3 0 1 87
2 St Kilda W 36 - 93 17 9 26 5 0 0 1 3 2 1 106
3 Hawthorn L 90 - 93 9 9 18 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 72
4 Carlton W 49 - 85 12 6 18 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 77
5 Brisbane Lions W 120 - 67 12 10 22 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 77
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 45 17 8 25 3 0 4 1 4 0 0 93
7 Adelaide Crows W 123 - 108 7 15 22 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 70
8 Melbourne W 82 - 114 19 11 30 5 0 0 0 5 2 1 127
9 GWS Giants L 98 - 73 12 10 22 5 1 3 1 9 0 0 108
10 Collingwood W 53 - 74 10 9 19 6 0 1 2 2 0 1 70
11 West Coast Eagles W 83 - 75 12 11 23 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 99
12 Port Adelaide W 97 - 100 9 16 25 1 0 0 3 5 0 0 73
13 Geelong Cats L 43 - 100 8 10 18 4 0 0 1 3 1 1 72
15 Sydney Swans W 79 - 83 13 15 28 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 111
16 Richmond W 85 - 75 8 8 16 4 0 2 1 5 0 0 71
17 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 59 11 10 21 5 0 1 2 2 2 2 85
18 St Kilda L 60 - 75 10 10 20 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 71
19 Geelong Cats L 103 - 78 4 22 26 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 72
20 North Melbourne W 61 - 47 10 8 18 1 0 2 2 7 0 0 73
21 Collingwood W 95 - 92 15 5 20 6 0 1 2 9 0 1 105
22 Essendon W 53 - 93 15 18 33 7 1 2 2 8 1 0 137
23 Fremantle L 69 - 49 7 21 28 0 0 1 3 4 0 1 72
W1 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 99 14 9 23 9 0 0 0 3 2 0 111
SF Hawthorn W 84 - 107 14 10 24 8 0 3 0 1 3 0 111
PF GWS Giants W 83 - 89 12 9 21 4 0 2 1 6 0 0 89
GF Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 18 - L: 7 288 281 569 118 2 28 26 103 14 11 2239

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 175
    • Kicks 8.8
    • Handballs 9.0
    • Disposals 17.8
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 73.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015
Handballs 22 Geelong Cats Rd 19, 2016
Disposals 36 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015
Marks 10 Sydney Swans Rd 22, 2014
Hit-outs 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 4, 2015
Tackles 13 Carlton Rd 17, 2012
Goals 3 Hawthorn SF, 2016
AFL Fantasy 151 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Western Bulldogs 288 281 569 118 2 28 26 103 14 11 2239
2015 Western Bulldogs 248 249 497 94 2 25 14 135 13 9 2136
2014 Western Bulldogs 217 185 402 85 0 22 21 88 3 6 1611
2013 Western Bulldogs 181 146 327 67 2 16 14 66 1 3 1285
2012 Western Bulldogs 197 207 404 70 1 17 33 119 9 6 1670
2011 Western Bulldogs 166 164 330 50 1 29 27 117 4 4 1421
2010 Western Bulldogs 127 158 285 37 1 34 25 104 8 5 1237
2009 Western Bulldogs 120 190 310 52 0 35 22 98 8 2 1307

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Awards

AFL Awards

International Rules Series
2010

Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Third Best and Fairest
2012

Western Bulldogs Best Team Player
2012

AFL NAB Cup Western Bulldogs Premiership Side
2010