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The game that still burns

Ahead of his 100th game, Ryan Bastinac recalls one dark day in 2012.

10:35am  Aug 22, 2014

Bastinac strives for more

"North is home for me, coming into the club every day to hang out with all your mates, it can't get much better."

10:30pm  May 29, 2014

Road Trippin': Basty and Cunners

We caught up with Ryan Bastinac and Ben Cunnington separately to obtain some interesting insights.

2:57pm  Apr 25, 2014

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Ryan
Bastinac

Height
184 cm
DOB
22-06-1991
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2014
25
Career
104
Goals
2014
16
Career
58
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1740
Avg
70
RyanBastinac

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Rowville
Recruited from: Dandenong U18
Draft: #21, 2009 National
Debut: Round 1, 2010 v Port Adelaide
Brownlow votes: 8

2014 Player Sponsors

- Arthur & Ryan McGuiness
- Brian Volk
- Three Crowns Hotel

Background



Recruited from the Dandenong Stingrays in the 2009 National Draft, Ryan Bastinac is clean by foot off both sides of the body.

Bastinac also has outstanding endurance and can win his own ball in close.

2013

Mid season, from Darren Crocker

“Basti has shown this year that he can do some run-with roles if needed, he’s added that string to his bow.

“He’s done it in the past but this year we’ve assigned him to guys and he’s played really well. Not only can he go and win the footy, he can shut down the opposition midfielders.

End of season review

Bastinac hit the scoreboard with a flurry in the second half of the year. His 20 goals were enough to have him in the top five at the club, marked by seven across two consecutive weeks against Melbourne and then Geelong.

An often missed part of Bastinac's game was his sharp increase in winning the contested ball. Last season 27 per cent of his possessions were contested - this increased to 40.7 per cent in 2013.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Bastinac exploded out of the blocks with a remarkable 44 possession game against GWS in Round 2. He was the third youngest player to reach 40 possessions and tied Brent Harvey for the most possessions by a North player.

He added goal kicking to his armoury. After 10 goals in his first two seasons combined, he kicked 12 in 2012, including a bag of four against Geelong in Round 3.

The midfielder re-signed for a further two years in May, fending off interest from GWS. He reached double-figure kicks or handballs in all but one game, and collected 20 possessions or more in 14 of his 23 games for the season.

2011

After playing every game in his debut season, Bastinac suffered a knee injury in a training mishap in January. The lateral meniscal tear in his right knee kept him out of action for the first half of the year.

He quickly picked up where he left off by collecting 25 disposals in his first game back and played the last 12 games of the season. His 29 possessions against Brisbane in Round 18 was a career high and also saw him collect his first Brownlow votes.

At the end of the season he switched from number 28 to number 3, taking the jumper left vacant by Brady Rawlings.

2010

Bastinac made his debut in Round 1 against Port Adelaide and played every game in his first season.

He averaged close to 20 possessions while kicking seven goals.

After shutting down Daniel Kerr in Round 3 he earned a NAB Rising Star nomination. He finished fifth in the year-end voting, behind Daniel Hannebery, Tom Scully, Tom Rockliff and Jack Trengove.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 25
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 6.4
    • Disposals 16.4
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 69.6

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 GWS Giants Rd 20
Handballs 13 West Coast Eagles Rd 11
Disposals 28 GWS Giants Rd 20
Marks 9 GWS Giants Rd 20
Hit-outs 1 Hawthorn Rd 16
Tackles 9 St Kilda Rd 17
Goals 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 22
AFL Fantasy 124 St Kilda Rd 17

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 60 - 99 8 6 14 0 0 1 1 7 0 0 62
2 Western Bulldogs W 54 - 83 12 8 20 6 0 0 0 5 0 2 92
3 Port Adelaide W 97 - 90 19 7 26 8 0 0 1 5 0 1 113
4 Sydney Swans W 48 - 91 11 5 16 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 74
5 Collingwood L 93 - 58 7 9 16 5 0 0 0 4 2 0 82
6 Fremantle W 61 - 74 12 10 22 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 75
7 Gold Coast Suns L 77 - 120 9 3 12 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 54
9 Brisbane Lions W 125 - 38 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 13
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 11 4 15 2 0 0 2 3 2 2 67
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 14 13 27 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 106
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 11 6 17 3 0 0 2 3 2 0 72
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 11 4 15 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 62
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 11 7 18 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 74
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 9 10 19 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 65
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 12 7 19 3 1 1 0 4 1 1 84
17 St Kilda W 92 - 33 15 5 20 6 0 1 0 9 2 2 124
18 Carlton L 109 - 86 4 8 12 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 39
19 Geelong Cats L 79 - 111 11 10 21 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 82
20 GWS Giants W 51 - 126 19 9 28 9 0 2 2 3 1 1 117
21 Western Bulldogs W 111 - 61 10 10 20 5 0 0 1 3 1 0 80
22 Adelaide Crows W 101 - 94 13 9 22 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 86
23 Melbourne W 123 - 93 10 5 15 2 0 0 3 4 1 0 59
FW1 Essendon W 93 - 81 5 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
SF Geelong Cats W 92 - 98 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 13
PF Sydney Swans L 136 - 65 3 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 23
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 250 161 411 92 1 8 14 79 16 13 1740

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 104
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 9.4
    • Disposals 19.6
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 73.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 GWS Giants Rd 20, 2014
Handballs 28 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2012
Disposals 44 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2012
Marks 9 GWS Giants Rd 20, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2014
Tackles 9 St Kilda Rd 17, 2014
Goals 4 Melbourne Rd 18, 2013
AFL Fantasy 138 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 250 161 411 92 1 8 14 79 16 13 1740
2013 North Melbourne 264 204 468 95 1 14 12 70 20 16 1880
2012 North Melbourne 264 259 523 85 0 8 23 51 12 13 1793
2011 North Melbourne 103 131 234 27 0 6 8 33 3 3 787
2010 North Melbourne 193 220 413 54 0 11 9 56 7 10 1441

Legend

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Marks
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T
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Goals
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AFL Fantasy points