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2014 Review: Lindsay Thomas

Thomas cemented his standing as one of the best small forwards in the AFL with another prolific season.

10:05am  Oct 18, 2014

Thomas hurt reputation

"My concern is that umpires are going to think he's accentuating every (bit of) contact."

8:45am  Sep 16, 2014

Aiming for finals glory

Lindsay Thomas agrees, reputations are made in finals and he can't wait to step onto the big stage.

10:27am  Sep 4, 2014

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Lindsay
Thomas

Height
180 cm
DOB
29-02-1988
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2014
23
Career
153
Goals
2014
45
Career
249
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1380
Avg
60
LindsayThomas

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Mallee Park (SA)
Recruited from: Port Adelaide (SA)
Draft: #53, 2006 National
Debut: Round 1, 2007 v Collingwood

2014 Player Sponsors

- Julie Allen & John Schwager

Background

Lindsay Thomas was recruited from Port Adelaide in the SANFL in the 2006 National Draft.

A small forward who is also strong in the air, Thomas reads the play extremely well and is a vital member of North's forward line.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Thomas cemented his standing as one of the best small forwards in the AFL with another prolific season in front of goals.

Not only did the left-footer average almost two goals a game, he led the club in goal assists with 23 – a career-high.

The 23 games Thomas played for the year also equalled his season-high, set back in 2008. The only two matches he missed were in Round 12 against Richmond and Round 23 against Melbourne.

The forward was often a lone shining light in losses. He kicked four goals in a game on four occasions, with three of them coming in a defeat.

Thomas’ first goal in 2015 will take him to the 250 mark, a feat only 16 other Kangaroos have achieved in the club’s history.

2013

Mid-season, from Brett Allison

“Lindsay put a lot of work into improving his fitness and work rate over pre-season. The pleasing part is not only has he got himself fit but he’s been able to transfer it into the game. He’s been able to get himself to more contests and he’s getting rewards for it.

“The easy part for forwards to forget is the defensive side of their game. When Lindsay’s on he’s as good as there is in hassling the opposition and forcing them to make rushed decisions. It’s about making the defensive side of the game the foundation.

End of season review

Thomas ended with 53 goals in his 20 games, a career-high and an effort that saw him named in the 40-man All Australian squad. In the end he was regarded as incredibly unlucky to miss the final 22.

With seven games of four or more goals during 2013, he was a consistent threat in front of the big sticks.

2012

In Round 4 Thomas was reported for an incident which broke Gary Rohan's leg. It ignited debate about 'sliding', yet Thomas was able to walk free from the Tribunal without suspension.

Thomas demonstrated a new found consistency to his game in the second half of the season. On his recall to the senior side in Round 12, he managed to fly under the radar for arguably the first time in his career and string together a series of quality performances.

His 38 goals was a career high and he also averaged two goals a game for the first time.

2011

It appeared Thomas was on course for a career year with six goals in the first two rounds. He was vital in North's close loss in the season opener and was one of the few who could hold their head high after a heavy loss to Collingwood.

However the yips hit. Over the next three weeks Thomas kicked a staggering 1.15, tallying six behinds in both Rounds 4 and 6. It clearly affected his confidence and while his off-the-ball work was still good, his work in front of goals suffered.

He was dropped after Round 16 and spent three weeks in the VFL. On his return for the final three matches of the season, Thomas played further up the ground collecting more of the ball while still finding his name on the score-sheet.

2010

After a relatively consistent 2009 with no real form slumps or highs, Thomas showed what he was capable of at times in 2010.

He hit an incredible vein of form through the middle of the season. In Rounds 10 through 12, Thomas kicked 14 goals 13, including 7.5 against Carlton on Friday night in Round 12.

A knee injury sustained early in the Carlton game limited his output in the following weeks and it was ultimately decided to book Thomas in for knee surgery following Round 20.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 23
    • Kicks 8.1
    • Handballs 3.7
    • Disposals 11.9
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 60.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 St Kilda Rd 17
Handballs 9 Sydney Swans PF
Disposals 19 Brisbane Lions Rd 9
Marks 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 13
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Melbourne Rd 14
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 18
AFL Fantasy 99 Brisbane Lions Rd 9

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 60 - 99 7 6 13 6 0 0 0 3 4 0 87
2 Western Bulldogs W 54 - 83 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 26
3 Port Adelaide W 97 - 90 10 2 12 0 0 3 3 3 3 1 59
4 Sydney Swans W 48 - 91 4 2 6 0 0 0 3 3 1 2 27
5 Collingwood L 93 - 58 9 4 13 2 0 1 0 3 2 1 67
6 Fremantle W 61 - 74 6 4 10 1 0 2 0 5 1 1 58
7 Gold Coast Suns L 77 - 120 8 3 11 3 0 2 4 5 1 0 55
9 Brisbane Lions W 125 - 38 14 5 19 6 0 1 2 2 4 2 99
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 8 3 11 2 0 1 1 1 3 2 58
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 36
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 9 1 10 6 0 1 1 1 4 1 74
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 9 0 9 4 0 0 0 5 2 0 71
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 10 4 14 2 0 4 1 2 1 0 59
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 5 9 14 2 0 2 2 3 1 0 53
17 St Kilda W 92 - 33 15 2 17 4 0 1 0 3 2 4 90
18 Carlton L 109 - 86 6 3 9 2 0 2 1 2 4 0 61
19 Geelong Cats L 79 - 111 12 1 13 1 0 4 2 1 3 1 62
20 GWS Giants W 51 - 126 9 6 15 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 54
21 Western Bulldogs W 111 - 61 9 7 16 4 0 1 1 2 1 2 67
22 Adelaide Crows W 101 - 94 9 7 16 3 0 1 3 0 1 2 50
23 Melbourne W 123 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 Essendon W 93 - 81 8 2 10 2 0 2 1 2 3 1 60
SF Geelong Cats W 92 - 98 8 1 9 3 0 0 2 1 3 3 54
PF Sydney Swans L 136 - 65 6 9 15 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 53
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 187 86 273 60 0 29 29 58 45 23 1380

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 153
    • Kicks 8.2
    • Handballs 2.9
    • Disposals 11.2
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 1.6
    • AFL Fantasy 59.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Carlton Rd 12, 2010
Handballs 12 West Coast Eagles Rd 6, 2012
Disposals 21 Western Bulldogs Rd 9, 2010
Marks 8 Fremantle Rd 22, 2011
Hit-outs 1 St Kilda Rd 2, 2010
Tackles 8 Richmond Rd 24, 2011
Goals 7 Carlton Rd 12, 2010
AFL Fantasy 165 Carlton Rd 12, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 187 86 273 60 0 29 29 58 45 23 1380
2013 North Melbourne 168 43 211 53 0 33 22 53 53 23 1269
2012 North Melbourne 177 56 233 61 0 25 33 65 38 19 1259
2011 North Melbourne 162 54 216 56 0 17 28 66 21 36 1121
2010 North Melbourne 157 44 201 55 2 9 28 58 29 26 1083
2009 North Melbourne 169 65 234 65 0 12 26 61 21 23 1159
2008 North Melbourne 183 78 261 73 0 22 30 64 32 14 1318
2007 North Melbourne 78 25 103 32 0 12 11 26 10 19 542

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: 11
- Tackles: 3
- One percenters: 3
- Time on Ground: 81%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 17
- Goals: 2
- Inside 50's: 5
- Time on Ground: 80%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 16
- Goals: 2
- Tackles: 7
- Time on Ground: 74%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 16
- Contested disposals: 10
- Goals: 1
- Time on Ground: 92%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2007 v Collingwood
Venue:
MCG

North Melbourne: 3.4.22, 7.10.52, 8.15.63, 10.19.79
Collingwood: 2.1.13, 5.5.35, 5.8.38, 12.10.82

50th Game

Round 17, 2009 v Brisbane
Venue:
Gabba

North Melbourne: 3.2.20, 5.4.34, 8.6.54, 11.9.75
Brisbane: 5.2.32, 7.8.50, 14.9.93, 17.14.116

100th Game

Round 12, 2012 v Gold Coast
Venue:
Metricon Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.5.11, 3.12.30, 7.17.59, 11.21.87
Gold Coast: 1.3.9, 4.3.27, 7.5.47, 12.8.80

150th Game

Round 22, 2014 v Adelaide
Venue:
Blundstone Arena

North Melbourne: 4.3.27, 5.6.36, 9.12.66, 14.17.101
Adelaide: 2.3.15, 5.7.37, 10.11.71, 13.16.94