Analysis breakdown for this season:
Adelaide: 14 Games
Collingwood: 15 + GF pending
Gold Coast: 12
North Melbourne: 12
Port Adelaide: 13
St Kilda: 12
West Coast: 15 + GF pending
Western Bulldogs: 12
Industry Trends: The AFL is largely a copycat industry, even down to their coverage of their state league players. A few years back the general trend was to be open and let supporters know what role they were playing and how they played (though couched in general terms). Unfortunately for this process, that has flipped back the other way to tossing out a game report, some give wrap-ups to the top 2 or 3 guys, but only Richmond & Hawthorn still provide the individual player breakdowns. Together with the loss of the AFL Player Ratings that were very useful for obscure players, this means I’ll probably have to change things up next year, as even the seasonal reviews for players I was unsure about were vague.
Guys who I’m aware played other positions during the year - some of these may be worth a nomination as guys have been successful before without hitting 7 games in a position, particularly if they’re playing there in finals:
The Beveridge Obsession with Flexibility:
Zaine Cordy - 3 games as a forward-ruck
Caleb Daniel - trialled as a back to end the year
Josh Dunkley - The only time he attended a centre bounce in the first half of the year was in his short-lived stint as 2nd ruck
Jason Johannissen - Started the year as a forward
Brad Lynch - Played the final 5 games forward
Aaron Naughton - 3 games forward
Ed Richards - Trialled as a wing for 2 games, before predominantly playing the second half of the season as a forward
Josh Schache - 2 games as back-up ruck
Bailey Williams - After Macrae’s injury he played 2 games as an inside mid before being injured himself
Easton Wood - Started the year as a forward
Paul Ahern - Started the season as a back at VFL to ease him back into things
Brayden Ainsworth: forward-mid in his 3 AFL games but played inside mid at WAFL level
Jacob Allison - At least 1 of his 3 AFL games was played as a back. He played the NEAFL finals as a wing and Brisbane’s end of season review for him was vague as to his predominant position for the season. Didn’t have time at the end of the season to wade through 2,000 replies in Brisbane’s BigFooty NEAFL thread to see whether I could find enough matches.
James Aish - Has played all 3 finals as a back, with a 4th coming tomorrow. Played the opening round as a forward (may’ve played as many as 5 games there).
David Armitage - aside from the 7 games forward, was trialled as a back for 2 games at the end of the season
Bailey Banfield - had a couple tagging as a back
Shaun Burgoyne: Used occasionally as a forward-mid across the year
Darcy Byrne-Jones: Port played 8 defenders for 2 games late in the season, which pushed Darcy to playing as a defensive forward - notably on Whitfield
Adam Cerra - 5 games back
Allen Christensen - played the last couple as a back
Hunter Clark - started the season as a forward
Stephen Coniglio - 4 games including 2 of their last 3 as a forward-mid. Possible he got to 7 as there was no trend/consistency from game-to-game as to when he played more forward
James Cousins - Forward-mid at AFL level, but not enough to qualify given he was always inside mid at VFL level
Patrick Dangerfield - 2 games as a forward-mid.
Bailey Fritsch - Final 5 games of the season (4 AFL + VFL GF) as a back
Jack Graham - At least 4 games forward. Potentially got there.
Aaron Hall - Started 3 games as a back, in 2 he switched positions after half time (to inside mid and forward respectively), in the 3rd he didn’t last long before injury
Jacob Heron - At least 3 of his last 5 AFL games were as a back, his first 3 AFL games were as a defensive forward and he was forward in the NEAFL before the call-up. Couldn’t find enough detailed information about his position between being dropped and being recalled to ascertain when the switch happened.
Jake Kelly - When Atkins was dropped, he was tried in his wing spot.
Jake Kolodjashnij - Played the EF as a wing.
Chris Masten - Replaced Sheppard as the Eagles 7th back once Sheppard was injured in the QF
Cam McCarthy - Tried replicating the Kersten experiment for a game or 2 in the WAFL before abandoning it
Mitch McGovern - Was swung back in the 2nd half of 2-3 games when he was struggling to impact as a forward.
Connor Menadue - Spent the first half of the season in the VFL playing as a back flanker, called up for Richmond and played 3 games as a defensive forward before being dropped. Was recalled late in the season to play 2 games as a HBF, dropped again and then resumed playing wing in the VFL.
Dave Mirra - 3 games as a forward at VFL
Conor Nash - Mainly played forward at VFL level but was also trialled on the wing
Lachie Neale - Played the Rd 11 Collingwood match as a forward-mid
Nic Newman - 4 games mid-season as a defensive forward
Ryan Nyhuis - Ross again pulled out the defensive forward card for a game
Jaegar O’Meara - 1 game late in the season as a forward
Jono O’Rourke - Tried as a back in the VFL. Forward-mid at AFL level
Ben Paton - All AFL games as a forward
Marc Pittonet - Forward-ruck at AFL level
Sam J. Reid - Plugged gaps and bounced around - played at least 2 games on the wing and 2 down back
Jarryd Roughead - Had the odd game as the 2nd ruck
Scott Selwood - Played the EF as a defensive forward
Nick Shipley - Both AFL games as a forward.
Steele Sidebottom - 5 games forward. May’ve got there, but given how his forward games were truly random, I’m not nominating based on possibilities.
Jack Silvagni - Experimented with him in different positions at the end of the season - 2 games as an inside mid, 4 as a back.
Jack Sinclair - 3 games as a forward - not enough over a 2 year period to retain his F status.
Ryley Stoddart - Both AFL games were as a defensive forward
Cam Sutcliffe - Aside from the opening match, his other AFL games were as a forward-mid.
Dean Towers - back-up ruck
Adam Treloar - 2 games forward
Patrick Wilson - sole AFL game was as a forward. Inside mid at SANFL level