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Shaun
Atley

Height
189 cm
DOB
13-09-1992
Weight
86 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2017
22
Career
154
Goals
2017
11
Career
27
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1458
Avg
66
ShaunAtley

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Wodonga Raiders
Recruited from: Murray Bushrangers
Draft: #17, 2010 National
Debut: Round 1, 2011 v West Coast

Strengths

- Line-breaking speed
- Endurance

Jumper Club Members

- Atley's Crew - Turton, Armour, Rendell and Wardell
- ANZ Mobile Lending - Essendon

Background: Pre-NMFC



A star at junior level, Shaun Atley captained the Murray Bushrangers in 2010.

Playing in the midfield for Vic Country in 2010, he was regarded as a big reason why his side won the Division 1 Championship.

He earned All-Australian selection for his performances in the Championships, averaging 19 disposals and six tackles a game. North Melbourne selected Atley with its first pick in the 2010 National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Defensive Coach, Brad Green

“It was a pretty consistent year for Ats, he’s certainly got great strengths.

“Everyone knows about his speed and he loves to learn and get better.

“We gave Ats a tough task on Eddie Betts in the final, and Betts kicked three goals on him. That was his year, he had some good games and others that he’ll take back and look at.

“He’s at the age now where I can sense that he wants to start dominating games.

“For him to do that there may be a little change in position over pre-season where he can push further up the ground potentially.

“That might be a little change in mindset for him, to go and train with the mids.

“He’ll come back, know what he has to work on and get into it.”

2015

Mid-season, from Josh Drummond

“He had to find that balance between the different positions (playing wing and back) which is part of modern footy.

“He started the year ok and then hit a little bit of a rough patch which led to him taking the step back to the VFL. From his own admission he was better for being able to go back there and just being able to play footy without necessarily having the pressure on him.

“His game against the Giants was probably the best of the year. I’m expecting a big second half of the year – we need players like him to take the next step to help us as a team.”

Second half of 2015, from Josh Drummond

“Settling him in defence after he came back into the side helped.

“When he lost his place it was a bit of a wake-up call. His ability to respond from that was really impressive.

“As the year wore on he got better every single week.

“We know his run and carry is elite and we keep trying to get him into the game as much as we can. Even though he’s played over 100 games now, his best footy is still ahead of him.

“With the defence, we rely on the unit as opposed to individuals, so we don’t necessarily need him getting the ball 25 times a game, we just want him to contribute.”

2014

For the third consecutive season, Shaun Atley was able to play every game for North Melbourne. Averaging a career-high for disposals, the number 18 continued to provide his trademark drive out of the defensive half of the ground.

At times during 2014, Atley spent slightly more time further up the ground, playing as an outside midfielder. This was reflected with the change in the type of his disposals.

Atley won 70 per cent of his disposals in the middle of the ground, an increase from 66 in 2013. Even with the slightly added time in the middle, he retained his consistency.

Only once did Atley finish a game with single figure disposals, the only time it had happened since late in 2011.

With the variety of choice across half back for North, Atley will likely continue to impress as he passes the 100 game milestone during the 2015 season.

2013

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

“He’s still been effective for us and in the last few weeks you’ve seen the running, bouncing and creating which we know he can do. Teams are keen to limit his effectiveness.

“Usually with the better rebounding players, whether that be Ats or anyone else in the competition, coaches will try to take them out of the play. There are a lot of defensive forwards for that role.

End of season review

It was a season of adjustment for Atley.  After a breakout 2012, opposition teams put more time and effort into restricting his run and carry. It was reflected in his decrease of inside 50's - down from 50 in 2012 to 37.

However in an extremely promising sign, even with the additional defensive responsibility, Atley conceded fewer goals, dropping to 23 from 29 last season.

2012

A move to the half-back line in the pre-season paved the way for Atley to showcase his blistering speed and improved foot skills.

Atley doubled his possession output from his debut season and played all 23 games. His pace gave the North back six a different look as speed was perhaps the one area in which it lacked.

He also improved his defensive side of his game as the year went on, restricting Steven Milne in North's round 14 win over St Kilda.

2011

Atley was North's first pick in the 2010 National Draft and made his debut at the first possible opportunity in the 2011 season opener. Playing through the midfield, Atley held his place for the first 13 games of the season.

He then suffered from knee soreness and fatigue from the rigors of a rookie season and only played three further games out of the last nine.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 8.4
    • Handballs 9.1
    • Disposals 17.5
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 66.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Handballs 15 Melbourne Rd 19
Disposals 25 Essendon Rd 18
Marks 8 Essendon Rd 18
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 GWS Giants Rd 3
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 17
AFL Fantasy 99 Essendon Rd 18

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 7 10 17 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 51
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 12 8 20 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 69
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 8 10 18 2 0 2 2 6 0 0 70
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 7 8 15 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 55
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 10 10 20 5 0 0 0 3 1 0 83
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 5 8 13 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 41
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 7 8 15 2 0 1 1 2 1 0 55
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 11 6 17 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 67
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 4 11 15 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 55
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 10 7 17 2 0 2 2 5 1 2 74
11 Richmond L 66 - 101 8 8 16 2 0 0 1 3 2 0 67
13 St Kilda L 72 - 89 10 10 20 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 69
14 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 106 8 6 14 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 58
15 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 99 12 6 18 4 0 1 0 2 1 1 76
16 Fremantle L 82 - 86 8 11 19 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 78
17 Port Adelaide L 127 - 57 7 11 18 4 0 0 0 3 2 0 79
18 Essendon L 132 - 105 11 14 25 8 0 1 0 3 0 1 99
19 Melbourne W 76 - 72 4 15 19 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 57
20 Collingwood L 57 - 111 6 13 19 4 0 0 2 2 0 2 60
21 Hawthorn L 116 - 89 7 10 17 5 0 0 1 2 1 1 68
22 St Kilda L 127 - 78 11 6 17 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 62
23 Brisbane Lions W 79 - 130 12 4 16 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 65
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 16 185 200 385 76 0 12 14 57 11 11 1458

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 154
    • Kicks 8.5
    • Handballs 8.7
    • Disposals 17.2
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 61.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Essendon W1, 2014
Handballs 21 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2014
Disposals 27 Hawthorn Rd 16, 2014
Marks 11 GWS Giants Rd 14, 2013
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Adelaide Crows Rd 1, 2015
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 17, 2017
AFL Fantasy 99 Essendon Rd 18, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 North Melbourne 185 200 385 76 0 12 14 57 11 11 1458
2016 North Melbourne 191 205 396 81 0 11 16 34 1 2 1333
2015 North Melbourne 195 191 386 76 0 14 13 61 4 1 1439
2014 North Melbourne 218 246 464 95 0 8 10 52 4 2 1643
2013 North Melbourne 225 162 387 106 0 14 20 50 2 2 1485
2012 North Melbourne 199 223 422 67 0 18 18 38 2 2 1374
2011 North Melbourne 96 115 211 22 0 7 9 46 3 4 770

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: 13
- Rebound 50's: 3
- Tackles: 2
- Time on Ground: 76%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 13
- Tackles: 3
- Marks: 2
- Time on Ground: 78%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 17
- Inside 50's: 6
- Tackles: 4
- Time on Ground: 89%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2011 v West Coast
Venue:
Patersons Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.3.27, 6.5.41, 10.8.68, 13.10.88
West Coast: 3.7.25, 6.10.46, 9.12.66, 13.14.92

50th Game

Round 11, 2013 v Gold Coast
Venue:
Metricon Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.2.26, 5.2.32, 6.2.38, 8.3.51
Gold Coast: 0.1.1, 5.6.36, 7.7.49, 9.12.66

100th game

Round 17, 2015 v Brisbane
Venue:
Gabba

North Melbourne: 5.5.35, 7.7.49, 9.11.65, 16.14.110
Brisbane: 1.1.7, 4.4.28, 4.5.29, 5.8.38