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Andrew
Swallow

Height
182 cm
DOB
02-06-1987
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2006
Games
2014
18
Career
164
Goals
2014
5
Career
72
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1568
Avg
87
AndrewSwallow

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Ross Moyne (WA)
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
Draft: #43, 2005 National
Debut: Round 8, 2006 v Fremantle

2014 Player Sponsors

- Greg, Brenda & Nicole Nugent
- Jason Jeans
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Background

Originally recruited from East Fremantle in the 2005 National Draft, Andrew Swallow came onto the scene as a clearance and tackling machine.

He regularly is around the top of the league in both statistics, and has captained the club since the beginning of 2012.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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.

2013

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.

2012

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

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.

2010

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

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 10.8
    • Handballs 11.1
    • Disposals 21.9
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 87.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Western Bulldogs Rd 21
Handballs 17 St Kilda Rd 17
Disposals 29 Western Bulldogs Rd 21
Marks 5 Essendon FW1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 11 Western Bulldogs Rd 21
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 15
AFL Fantasy 129 Western Bulldogs Rd 21

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 60 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Western Bulldogs W 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Port Adelaide W 97 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans W 48 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Collingwood L 93 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Fremantle W 61 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Gold Coast Suns L 77 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Brisbane Lions W 125 - 38 9 9 18 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 62
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 7 8 15 4 0 0 2 7 0 1 72
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 12 9 21 4 0 2 3 9 1 1 102
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 14 15 29 3 0 4 1 7 0 1 111
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 15 11 26 2 0 3 2 2 0 0 78
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 6 11 17 1 0 3 0 8 1 0 84
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 13 10 23 0 0 0 1 9 2 0 104
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 14 8 22 5 0 3 0 6 1 0 106
17 St Kilda W 92 - 33 8 17 25 2 0 2 2 7 0 0 88
18 Carlton L 109 - 86 11 14 25 5 0 2 2 6 0 0 96
19 Geelong Cats L 79 - 111 8 8 16 4 0 2 0 3 0 0 66
20 GWS Giants W 51 - 126 8 14 22 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 75
21 Western Bulldogs W 111 - 61 16 13 29 4 0 2 1 11 0 0 129
22 Adelaide Crows W 101 - 94 12 12 24 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 83
23 Melbourne W 123 - 93 14 7 21 1 0 3 2 8 0 1 89
FW1 Essendon W 93 - 81 9 14 23 5 0 0 2 3 0 1 77
SF Geelong Cats W 92 - 98 9 12 21 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 70
PF Sydney Swans L 136 - 65 10 8 18 4 0 0 2 6 0 0 76
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 195 200 395 54 0 29 24 107 5 6 1568

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 164
    • Kicks 9.8
    • Handballs 10.8
    • Disposals 20.6
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 6.4
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 87.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Fremantle Rd 13, 2013
Handballs 22 Adelaide Crows Rd 11, 2011
Disposals 39 Adelaide Crows Rd 11, 2011
Marks 9 St Kilda Rd 10, 2013
Hit-outs 2 Melbourne Rd 16, 2007
Tackles 17 Melbourne Rd 18, 2012
Goals 3 West Coast Eagles Rd 21, 2010
AFL Fantasy 160 Melbourne Rd 18, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 195 200 395 54 0 29 24 107 5 6 1568
2013 North Melbourne 210 194 404 56 0 38 22 107 2 8 1606
2012 North Melbourne 278 316 594 74 3 57 34 164 9 12 2368
2011 North Melbourne 268 294 562 69 2 49 39 145 11 7 2186
2010 North Melbourne 206 261 467 68 1 52 23 183 16 11 2167
2009 North Melbourne 187 224 411 85 2 52 20 152 17 8 1976
2008 North Melbourne 18 23 41 6 0 4 8 14 0 0 154
2007 North Melbourne 169 198 367 74 4 34 18 128 10 4 1685
2006 North Melbourne 87 63 150 34 0 19 8 45 2 5 681

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

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 10
- Tackles: 6
- Clearances: 3
- Time on Ground: 67%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 21
- Tackles: 14
- Clearances: 6
- Time on Ground: 80%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 36
- Clearances: 9
- Inside 50's: 8
- Time on Ground: 82%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 29
- Clearances: 9
- Tackles: 7
- Time on Ground: 82%

NMFC Debut

Round 8, 2006 v Fremantle
Venue:
Patersons Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.5.11, 5.7.37, 5.9.39, 6.13.49
Fremantle: 2.3.15, 5.4.34, 9.4.58, 13.6.84

50th Game

Round 10, 2009 v Brisbane
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.3.21, 6.5.41, 9.7.61, 12.9.81
Brisbane: 4.2.26, 8.6.54, 12.8.80, 15.9.99

100th Game

Round 17, 2011 v Western Bulldogs
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.3.21, 11.7.73, 13.11.89, 21.16.142
Western Bulldogs: 5.3.33, 7.4.46, 13.6.84, 17.9.111

150th Game

Round 12, 2014 v Richmond
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.3.21, 4.7.31, 12.11.83, 17.14.116
Richmond: 3.4.22, 10.6.66, 11.8.74, 13.10.88