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Thomas’ life membership

Lindsay Thomas' heartfelt speech was one of the highlights of Syd Barker Medal night.

10:12am Oct 10, 2016

2016 Review: Thomas

Another 37 goals took Lindsay Thomas past 300 for his career and nudging the all-time top 10 at North.

11:55am Oct 6, 2016

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Syd Barker, 2016: Thomas speech

10:54pm  Oct 7, 2016

Rd 19, 2016: Thomas post-match

12:25am  Jul 31, 2016

Rd 18, 2016: Thomas makes them pay

10:01pm  Jul 22, 2016

Rd 14, 2016: Thomas magic

9:23pm  Jun 23, 2016

Rd 13, 2016: Thomas finds a way

9:01pm  Jun 17, 2016

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Lindsay
Thomas

Height
180 cm
DOB
29-02-1988
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2016
22
Career
196
Goals
2016
37
Career
320
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1339
Avg
61
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

Strengths

- Accurate kick
- Strong overhead and at ground

Jumper Club Members

- Julie Allen & John Schwager
- William White

Background: Pre-NMFC



From Port Lincoln in South Australia, Lindsay Thomas came from the same junior football club that produced such stars as the Burgoyne brothers, Graham Johncock and Eddie Betts.

Moving to Adelaide at the age of 16, Thomas played for Port Adelaide in the SANFL, winning the 2005 McCallum Medal, awarded to the best and fairest in the under 17’s.

The following year Thomas made the South Australian Under 18 side as a small forward while playing six senior SANFL games for Port Adelaide. It was enough to catch the eye of North Melbourne, who drafted him with pick 53 in the 2006 National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Forwards Coach, Leigh Tudor

“Lindsay had a good year. He kicked 37 goals and he was disappointed personally that he didn’t kick 50 because he had the opportunities to.

“He played a few different roles for us this year, where he came off the back of the centre square at centre bounces and played a little bit in the midfield at times.

“He’s just so exciting when he’s around the ball, and he made an impact straight away.

“Lindsay had a fantastic pre-season, he did a lot of stuff away from the club above and beyond and it set him up for a good year.

“He’s really keen to do that again, so we think that Lindsay’s going to come back in good shape again and maybe he can do a little bit more next year through the midfield.

“If he does spend time up around the ball, we have to make sure other guys can play his forward role, like (Kayne) Turner and (Taylor) Garner and (Corey) Wagner, guys who can be a crumbing forward.

“The more versatility Lindsay has, the better it’s going to be for the team and it gives more opportunities for other guys.”

2015

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

"He's averaging two goals a game which isn't bad, but he's been a bit quieter in recent weeks.

"His first eight games were pretty consistent but we've seen a little bit of a drop off in the last month.

"If he goes the way he's going, he'll end up kicking over 40 goals and he's done that for the last two years. He wants to try and average two goals a game and be consistent."

Second half of 2015, from Shane Watson

“He was averaging two goals a game the first half of the year, he just lost a bit of form and then his foot didn’t help because he couldn’t always train.

“But he was still able to contribute in the finals as the sub, coming on and kicking crucial goals. He’s still very important going forward to us once he gets back to full fitness and completes a full pre-season.”

2014

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 8.1
    • Handballs 3.9
    • Disposals 12.0
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 1.7
    • AFL Fantasy 60.9

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Sydney Swans Rd 22
Handballs 8 Hawthorn Rd 21
Disposals 16 Hawthorn Rd 21
Marks 5 Western Bulldogs Rd 20
Hit-outs 1 Geelong Cats Rd 12
Tackles 7 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Goals 5 Collingwood Rd 18
AFL Fantasy 94 Collingwood Rd 18

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 107 - 97 10 4 14 4 0 2 1 3 1 2 69
2 Brisbane Lions W 83 - 117 10 6 16 4 0 1 2 4 0 2 67
3 Melbourne W 136 - 131 5 8 13 3 0 0 1 3 0 2 51
4 Fremantle W 132 - 101 4 5 9 3 0 1 1 3 1 1 48
5 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 119 7 2 9 2 0 1 2 2 2 1 47
6 Western Bulldogs W 61 - 45 9 2 11 5 0 0 3 7 1 0 71
7 St Kilda W 75 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon W 60 - 74 9 4 13 5 0 2 2 3 1 1 65
9 Carlton W 113 - 46 7 4 11 4 0 2 2 1 3 3 62
10 Sydney Swans L 91 - 65 7 2 9 1 0 2 1 4 3 1 62
11 Richmond W 124 - 54 9 2 11 5 0 0 0 2 2 2 68
12 Geelong Cats L 105 - 74 10 3 13 4 1 0 1 3 1 1 65
13 Hawthorn L 84 - 93 7 5 12 2 0 2 2 4 3 1 68
14 Adelaide Crows L 100 - 67 7 4 11 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 55
16 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 72 7 2 9 1 0 0 4 4 2 0 44
17 Port Adelaide L 77 - 105 9 5 14 5 0 3 0 2 3 3 84
18 Collingwood W 84 - 124 11 4 15 2 0 3 0 3 5 2 94
19 St Kilda W 85 - 62 7 1 8 2 0 1 3 3 1 2 41
20 Western Bulldogs L 61 - 47 7 4 11 5 0 0 3 3 1 0 53
21 Hawthorn L 96 - 57 8 8 16 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 51
22 Sydney Swans L 76 - 85 12 3 15 1 0 0 2 4 0 2 57
23 GWS Giants L 63 - 100 6 4 10 2 0 4 0 4 0 1 53
W1 Adelaide Crows L 141 - 79 10 4 14 3 0 2 1 1 3 1 69
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 11 178 85 263 65 1 27 34 66 37 28 1339

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 196
    • Kicks 8.2
    • Handballs 3.1
    • Disposals 11.3
    • Marks 2.9
    • 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 Geelong Cats Rd 12, 2016
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
2016 North Melbourne 178 85 263 65 1 27 34 66 37 28 1339
2015 North Melbourne 153 65 218 49 0 28 31 59 34 19 1130
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