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Draft Flashbacks: Lindsay Thomas

A pick 53 has turned into a consistent goal-scorer while also setting up his teammates on a regular basis.

10:33am  Nov 16, 2013

2013 Review: Lindsay Thomas

Lindsay Thomas ended with 53 goals in his 20 games and was named in the 40-man All Australian squad.

3:51pm  Sep 29, 2013

ET: Hawks earmark Thomas

Cyril Rioli and Grant Birchall have highlighted Lindsay Thomas as one of the main threats.

1:57pm  Aug 22, 2013

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Lindsay
Thomas

Height
180 cm
DOB
29-02-1988
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2014
4
Career
134
Goals
2014
8
Career
212
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
199
Avg
50
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
Brownlow votes: 8

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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.

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.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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 5
    • Kicks 6.4
    • Handballs 3.2
    • Disposals 9.6
    • Marks 1.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 53.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Port Adelaide Rd 3
Handballs 6 Essendon Rd 1
Disposals 13 Collingwood Rd 5
Marks 6 Essendon Rd 1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 2
Goals 4 Essendon Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 87 Essendon Rd 1

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 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
11 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
17 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 2 32 16 48 9 0 4 7 16 10 4 266

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 135
    • Kicks 8.3
    • Handballs 2.8
    • Disposals 11.2
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 1.6
    • AFL Fantasy 59.4

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 32 16 48 9 0 4 7 16 10 4 266
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

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Kicks
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Marks
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Tackles
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Goals
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