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2014 Review: Kieran Harper

It was a second successive tricky season for Kieran Harper in 2014.

2:27pm  Oct 29, 2014

Believe and succeed

A road full of injuries, time on the sidelines and VFL spells has curtailed a promising career for Kieran Harper.

1:47pm  May 30, 2014

Werribee Report Card: Rd 4

Kieran Harper has had a tough start to the year, but showed significant improvement on Saturday night.

2:10pm  Apr 28, 2014

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Kieran
Harper

Height
187 cm
DOB
15-06-1992
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
0
Career
40
Goals
2014
0
Career
37
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
0
Avg
0
KieranHarper

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Lilydale
Recruited from: Eastern Ranges
Draft: #27, 2010 National
Debut: Round 6, 2011 v Port Adelaide

2014 Player Sponsors

- Fred and Fay Sands
- Gordon Family
- Chris Guz - Hardware Supply

Background

 

From Eastern Ranges, Kieran Harper was selected by North Melbourne with pick 27 in the 2010 National Draft.

With explosive pace off the mark, Harper can play both forward and through the middle.

Season by Season

Season by Season

It was a second successive tricky season for Kieran Harper in 2014.

An ankle injury meant the number 23 had a delayed start to the season, meaning he was unable to get too many miles in his legs.

On his return, Harper resumed in his high half-forward role for Werribee, also pushing slightly further up the ground in an attempt to find form and touch.

As Harper continued to build his match time in the VFL, he was shuffled around in a handful of different roles. He spent some time in the middle before playing a couple of games off half-back.

Unfortunately another ankle problem prematurely ended his 2014. He then had a further cleanout of his ankle following the season, and should resume full training shortly before Christmas.

2013

Mid-season, from Brett Allison

“For Harps it’s about consistency and being able to impact the game for four quarters. We see the brilliant stuff he can do and we know he’s going to be an important player for us going forward.

“The small mid-forward role is not an easy role to play. The ball is directed to the taller forwards most of the time so you’re relying on spilt marks or crumbs on the ground. Then you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time to make it happen.”

End of season review

It was a disappointing second half of the year for Harper as he was unable to break back into the senior side.

A succession of niggling injuries prevented the youngster from putting together a string of consecutive games for Werribee. Contracted until the end of 2015, Harper will look to Utah as the beginning of a big pre-season.

2012

Now with added size to his frame, Harper maintained his trademark explosiveness to feature in the majority of North's highlight packages.

Frequently used as the substitute, he provided an instant spark when he was on the ground. It was typified by his four goals after starting with the green vest in Round 23 against the GWS Giants.

His 25 goals ranked him fourth at the club, behind Brent Harvey, Lindsay Thomas and Drew Petrie.

2011

Coming to the club as a slightly built teenager, the consensus was that Harper would take time to adjust to the physicality of AFL football.

However after making his debut in Round 6, he provided a touch of class, pace and that X-factor while also working hard defensively. He only missed four more games for the rest of the year.

His defensive side was perhaps the most impressive aspect of his first year. He frequently placed emphasis on tackling and running without the ball, a rare commodity with most young players.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 0
    • Kicks 0.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 0.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 0.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

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 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 St Kilda W 92 - 33 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Carlton L 109 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Geelong Cats L 79 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GWS Giants W 51 - 126 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs W 111 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Adelaide Crows W 101 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne W 123 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 Essendon W 93 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
SF Geelong Cats W 92 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
PF Sydney Swans L 136 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 40
    • Kicks 5.5
    • Handballs 3.3
    • Disposals 8.8
    • Marks 2.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 47.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Gold Coast Suns Rd 5, 2012
Handballs 7 Port Adelaide Rd 8, 2012
Disposals 16 Port Adelaide Rd 8, 2012
Marks 5 St Kilda Rd 23, 2011
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 17, 2012
Tackles 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 18, 2011
Goals 4 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
AFL Fantasy 83 Gold Coast Suns Rd 5, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 North Melbourne 10 5 15 3 0 3 4 18 0 1 113
2012 North Melbourne 133 69 202 48 1 18 14 69 25 18 1102
2011 North Melbourne 80 59 139 30 1 6 8 49 12 4 703

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: 12
- Inside 50's: 5
- Goals: 1
- Time on Ground: 84%

NMFC Debut

Round 6, 2011 v Port Adelaide
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.5.29, 7.12.54, 13.20.98, 18.25.133
Port Adelaide: 2.4.16, 4.6.30, 8.9.57, 10.13.73