Ryan Harwood

Ryan Harwood (born 7 August 1991) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ryan Harwood
Harwood in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Ryan Harwood
Nickname(s) Harzy
Date of birth (1991-08-07) 7 August 1991
Original team(s) Glenorchy (TFL)
Draft No. 47, 2009 national draft
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Defence / midfield
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010–2017 Brisbane Lions 81 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

Harwood played for Glenorchy Football Club in his junior years.[1] In 2009 he played for the Tassie Mariners at the 2009 AFL National Under 18 Championships, where he recorded the most clearances of any player, showing promise as an inside midfielder.[2] At the 2009 AFL Draft Camp, he recorded one of the best scores in the new kicking test, devised by Nathan Buckley,[3] and he was then selected with the Brisbane Lions' second selection (pick 47 overall) in the 2009 National Draft.[4]

AFL career

Early career (2010–2011)

In 2010 Harwood started his career playing for Brisbane's reserves team in the NEAFL. He injured his ankle in his first game for the reserves, but returned to the side in Round 3. He consistently played well throughout the season,[5] and was rewarded when, in round 17, he made his debut against Geelong. He picked up 18 possessions[1] and cemented his place in Brisbane's midfield, playing in the AFL for the final six games of the season.[5]

Harwood was unable to maintain his spot in the AFL side in 2011, and was instead rotated through a few different positions while playing in the NEAFL. He only played seven AFL games for the season, just one more than in his debut season, but he still signed a two-year contract extension at the end of the season.[5]

Move to the backline (2012–2014)

Harwood continued to struggle to stay in Brisbane's AFL side, only managing to play four of the first ten matches in 2012, still being rotated through different positions. He finally found his place as a running defender and made his way back into the AFL side, stringing together twelve consecutive matches at the end of the season, including one of the performances of his career against Melbourne, when he had 29 possessions and took 12 marks.[5]

In spite of his good form in 2012, Harwood was again dropped from the AFL side at the beginning of 2013. Though he only played one AFL game in the first nine rounds of the season, he pushed through and once again established himself as part of the senior side, playing twelve of the final thirteen games. In round 21 he had his best match for the season, collecting 27 possessions against Greater Western Sydney.[5]

In 2014 Harwood faced more setbacks as he had to adjust to a new coach and game plan. He struggled to get into the team early in the season, but went on to play twelve matches in a row before he had another ankle injury against Geelong. He played 14 games for the season and had the best year of his career, averaging 18.5 disposals per game and finishing equal 14th in the club champion voting.[5]

Injury woes (2015–2017)

During the 2015 pre-season, Harwood needed surgery to address abdominal and groin pain, then spent the first part of the season playing in the NEAFL trying to regain match fitness. He made his return to the AFL in round 9 against St Kilda, but received a heavy knock and had to be subbed out of the game with concussion. He spent most of the rest of the season sidelined with more injuries, only managing to play in three AFL games, the least of his career.[5]

Harwood returned to form and fitness in 2016 and played in the first thirteen games in a row, the longest streak of his career.[6] Unfortunately, he was injured again and moved to Brisbane's long-term injury list when scans showed he had ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament.[5]

In 2017 Harwood struggled again, only playing nine matches for the season.[7] He was delisted at the conclusion of the 2017 season,[8] but remains a free agent and can be signed by other AFL clubs.[7]

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[6]
Legend
 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)
2010 Brisbane Lions 2663027608715220.50.04.510.014.52.53.7
2011 Brisbane Lions 2671141569715250.10.15.98.013.92.13.6
2012 Brisbane Lions 2160213111224360360.00.18.27.015.23.82.3
2013 Brisbane Lions 213001169320949390.00.08.97.216.13.83.0
2014 Brisbane Lions 2142214311726058430.10.110.28.418.64.13.1
2015 Brisbane Lions 2301221234870.00.37.34.011.32.72.3
2016 Brisbane Lions 21301968518141350.00.17.46.513.93.22.7
2017 Brisbane Lions 2900486411234250.00.05.37.112.43.82.8
Career 81 6 7 624 599 1223 280 232 0.1 0.1 7.7 7.4 15.1 3.5 2.9

References

  1. Smith, Adam (30 July 2010). "Harwood relishes AFL debut". The Mercury. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. "Tassie under AFL spotlight". The Mercury. 27 August 2009. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. Quayle, Emma (2 October 2009). "Buckley's kicking test sorts out draft camp". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. "2009 AFL draft picks round-by-round". The Herald Sun. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  5. "Ryan Harwood". lions.com.au. Brisbane Lions. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  6. "Ryan Harwood". AFLTables.com. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  7. Whiting, Michael (12 September 2017). "Lions axe free agent among five delistings". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  8. "5 Players Delisted From The Lions". Triple M. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
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