Liam Shiels

Liam Shiels (born 29 April 1991) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Shiels is a midfielder and has developed into a key member of the Hawthorn midfield.

Liam Shiels
Shiels playing for Hawthorn in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Liam Shiels
Date of birth (1991-04-29) 29 April 1991
Original team(s) The Basin / Eastern Ranges
Draft No. 34, 2008 national draft
Debut Round 10, 2009, Hawthorn
vs. Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 26
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009 Hawthorn 205 (75)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

After Hawthorn won the 2008 premiership the Hawthorn recruitment officer concentrated on the younger players in the 2008 AFL Draft. Shiels was a 2nd round selection (Hawthorn) No. 34 overall. He was the youngest player chosen that year. Shiels was still a high school student when he joined the Hawks; as a result, Hawthorn needed to obtain special dispensation from Shiels' high school in order to enable him to train during periods where training clashed with his afternoon classes.[1]

Not expected to play in his first year, Shiels was training part-time and competing his schooling at Aquinas College Melbourne but after performances playing for Box Hill, Shiels was promoted to play against Adelaide. [2] He played eleven games in his debut season.

Shiels and Josh Gibson were the only Hawthorn players to play every game in 2011.


Statistics are correct to the end of 2019. [3]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Hawthorn 261113658515025490.
2010 Hawthorn 2660037276425260.
2011 Hawthorn 262511143442215651381500.40.613.88.822.65.56.0
2012 Hawthorn 262277243177420741060.30.311.
2013 Hawthorn 2617381649626061540.
2014 Hawthorn 2621811292184476791290.40.513.98.822.73.86.1
2015 Hawthorn 2622139248229477791290.60.411.310.421.73.67.4
2016 Hawthorn 261848191124315411530.20.410.66.917.52.38.5
2017 Hawthorn 2621910239216455761290.40.511.410.321.73.66.1
2018 Hawthorn 262393332200532851490.
2019 Hawthorn 26191012249192441651260.50.613.
Career 205758524041750415474812330.40.411.78.520.33.66.0

Honours and achievements



Cited references

  1. Sebastiani, Paul. "Hawthorn hope to keep Shaun Burgoyne despite Suns' interest". The Australian. News Corp. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Liam Shiels' player profile at AFL Tables
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