"To have to find some form under a heavy tag was good for my football."
2:45pm Jun 22, 2015
Jack Ziebell is tipping midfield counterpart Ryan Bastinac to have a big impact in 2015.
8:25am Mar 17, 2015
Junior club: Rowville
Recruited from: Dandenong U18
Draft: #21, 2009 National
Debut: Round 1, 2010 v Port Adelaide
- Elite endurance
- Dual sided, quality disposal
- Arthur & Ryan McGuiness
- Brian Volk
- Gordon Family
Ryan Bastinac was regarded as a smart inside midfielder with the ability to win his own ball when North Melbourne drafted him with pick 21 in 2009.
Possessing elite endurance, Bastinac notched a 15.1 beep test result at the 2009 draft camp. It placed him in the top five among AFL players who had tested at the camp to that point, equal with Carlton star Chris Judd.
Bastinac co-captained the Dandenong Stingrays in 2009 alongside future GWS Giant Tom Scully. The soon-to-be-Roo averaged 22 disposals and four tackles in his 15 appearances.
It was an up and down season for Bastinac in 2014. Although he played every game for the third consecutive year, he was the substitute on five occasions – the first instances of his career.
The addition of Nick Dal Santo and inside play of Levi Greenwood meant Bastinac had to adjust both his role and style of play.
Used more as an outside midfielder during the year, 65 per cent of Bastinac’s possessions were uncontested, a jump from 59 the previous year.
The number three still had some impressive outings, important in the final term of North’s win over Adelaide in Round 22, and collecting a Brownlow vote in Round 20 against the Giants.
However, he’ll no doubt be looking for further improvement in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Disposals: 23
- Inside 50's: 4
- Tackles: 3
- Time on Ground: 69%
- Disposals: 29
- Inside 50's: 11
- Goal Assists: 2
- Time on Ground: 87%
- Disposals: 22
- Goals: 2
- Inside 50's: 3
- Time on Ground: 76%
Round 1, 2010 v Port Adelaide
Venue: AAMI Stadium
North Melbourne: 2.1.13, 4.2.26, 7.5.47, 12.10.82
Port Adelaide: 5.4.34, 10.10.70, 11.15.81, 13.18.96
Round 17, 2012 v Richmond
North Melbourne: 3.5.23, 7.9.51, 9.11.65, 15.13.103
Richmond: 2.3.15, 5.9.39, 10.12.72, 14.15.99
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