Season by Season
Mid-season, from Leigh Tudor
“He missed a couple of games (in rounds eight and nine) with his broken thumb but he got straight back into it.
"In his comeback game from injury, he had 13 tackles so it was a really courageous performance.
"He's another one that's really stood up in the last few weeks when we needed him to. His inside work has been really good and his tackles and defensive pressure have been first-class."
Second half of 2015, from Darren Crocker
“He worked through a knee issue in the second half of the year. It was a real credit to him that he was able to continue getting through good games and still being important at the pointy end of the year.
“His ability to win the contested footy, get hands on it in the stoppage and his tackling pressure in close was really important to us.”
Returning from a torn Achilles suffered late in 2013, not many people would have predicted how smoothly Andrew Swallow fit back in to the North line-up.
After two scratchy outings to begin with, the captain picked up 21 disposals and 9 tackles against West Coast in Round 11 to get the ball rolling.
Swallow averaged almost seven clearances a game in his 18 appearances, a number good for third in the entire AFL. It was behind only Gary Ablett and Tom Liberatore.
To close the regular season, the captain had a three week stretch of 10, 11 and 10 clearances against Western Bulldogs, Adelaide and Melbourne respectively, showing just how valuable he is at the bottom of packs.
Swallow passed the 150 game milestone during 2014, and will prepare for his fourth season as captain in 2015.
Mid-season, from Darren Crocker
“He just keeps on keeping on; he’s unbelievable. In and under, contested footy, clearance work, tackling pressure, he does it all.
“For Andrew he’s continually working on his hands. He sometimes feels that if he goes away from that he’s not as clean as he’d like to be.
“He got overlooked by a lot of clubs in the draft because of his kicking, and we believe it’s nowhere near the issue that others thought it would be when he first got drafted.”
End of season review
The captain looked on his way to another high-possession game against Melbourne in Round 18 before rupturing his achilles. It was a disappointing way to finish another consistent season.
As always, Swallow was North’s main man in the middle when fit, and continued his good work, extracting the ball with clearances and winning it back with high tackle numbers.
Swallow was appointed captain of North in the pre-season, replacing Brent Harvey. He responded with an even better season than 2011 to be named in the All-Australian squad of 40 at season's end.
In Round 18 he was only two tackles off the AFL all-time high after laying 17 against Melbourne. That afternoon he also collected 32 disposals to make it one of his best games of the season.
Swallow's penchant for being at the bottom of the pack was rewarded by earning 57 free kicks, bettering his previous high of 52 in 2009 and 2010.
2011 saw Swallow raise his game to the point where he was considered one of the best midfielders in the competition. Increasing his average disposals from 21 to 25 and with improved kicking skills, he was now the focal point of the North midfield.
He had his two highest disposal games in his career to date with 39 and 36 against Adelaide and the Bulldogs respectively. In particular it was his first quarter against Adelaide that stood out with an astounding 17 possessions and 10 clearances.
His consecutive games streak continued, playing all 22 for the third season in a row.
He tied for the Syd Barker medal (his second) with Daniel Wells.
Building off his first Syd Barker Medal the previous year, Swallow took some time to hit his straps under Brad Scott. Four of his first five games resulted in less than 17 possessions, but from there, it was full steam ahead.
While he was finding his feet in terms of getting the ball, Swallow's tackling went from strength to strength. He had an incredible 13 games where he laid eight tackles or more and ended up averaging close to nine per game.
His efforts almost earned him a second consecutive Syd Barker Medal, but Swallow had to be content with a second placing. He finished runner up to Brent Harvey and Brady Rawlings for the by just one vote