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Ahern ready to fire

Paul Ahern admits he had things to work on in the VFL in order to win back his spot in the senior side.

4:07pm Apr 12, 2019

Ahern’s steady climb

Paul Ahern has taken another step forward in his quest to secure a regular spot in North Melbourne’s side.

5:47pm Mar 10, 2019

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Paul
Ahern

Height
183 cm
DOB
01-08-1996
Weight
85 kg
Debut
-
Games
2019
2
Career
13
Goals
2019
1
Career
4
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
98
Avg
49
PaulAhern

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior clubs: Keilor
Recruited from: GWS Giants
Draft: #7, 2014 National
Debut: Yet to debut

Strengths

- Great balance
- Mix of speed and endurance
- Can play inside or outside

Jumper Club Members

- Big Footy NMFC Supporters
- Shinboners Utd
- Kangaroos Kourt

Background: Pre-NMFC

 

Ahern was selected in the NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian team after some strong performances for Vic Metro in 2014.

The hard-running midfielder impressed with the Giants' NEAFL side in 2015, and was a close to making a debut.

A knee injury sidelined Ahern for six months at the start of 2016, and he underwent a second reconstruction in September. 

Ahern is expected to miss much of the 2017 season, but began running in January. 

Season by season

Season by season

It was a long time coming, but after three seasons and two ACL injuries, Paul Ahern made his long awaited debut in Round 11.

Ahern took little time settling in, showing the hard edge and impressive disposal which had fans excited about his potential since he arrived at the end of 2016. 

In Round 19, the midfielder collected an impressive 37 disposals against the Eagles, which is a testament to the hard work and determination he’s exhibited since being drafted in 2014. 

The 22-year-old made such an impression on the club, the Roos decided to offer Ahern a fresh contract until the end of 2020.

2017

Pick 7 for the GWS Giants in 2014, Paul Ahern is still waiting to make his AFL debut after two separate knee re-constructions.

Traded to North for pick 69 at the end of 2016, 2018 will be Ahern’s second season with the club.

2017 was largely interrupted for Ahern as a result of his knee problems, with the 21-year-old not managing a game at any level.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 8.0
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 12.0
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 49.0

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
Handballs 4 Essendon Rd 5
Disposals 15 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
Marks 5 Essendon Rd 5
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
Goals 1 Essendon Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 60 Adelaide Crows Rd 4

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 141 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 107 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Hawthorn L 87 - 71 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Adelaide Crows W 71 - 59 11 4 15 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 60
5 Essendon L 58 - 116 5 4 9 5 0 0 2 0 1 0 38
6 Port Adelaide L 88 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Carlton W 62 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats L 80 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Sydney Swans L 72 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 115 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond W 99 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Gold Coast Suns W 72 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GWS Giants L 68 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
16 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 8 16 8 24 7 0 0 2 3 1 1 98

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 9.6
    • Disposals 19.8
    • Marks 2.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 65.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 West Coast Eagles Rd 19, 2018
Handballs 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2018
Disposals 37 West Coast Eagles Rd 19, 2018
Marks 5 Essendon Rd 5, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Sydney Swans Rd 17, 2018
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 16, 2018
AFL Fantasy 118 West Coast Eagles Rd 19, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 North Melbourne 16 8 24 7 0 0 2 3 1 1 98
2018 North Melbourne 116 117 233 23 0 8 10 26 3 3 754

Legend

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