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Tom Boyd (Australian footballer)

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Full name  Thomas Boyd
Name  Tom Boyd
Original team  Eastern Ranges
Current club  Western Bulldogs
Career start  2011

Position(s)  Forward
Weight  102 kg
Height/Weight  200 cm / 104 kg
Height  2.01 m
Nominations  AFL Rising Star
Tom Boyd (Australian footballer) Greater Western Sydney Football Club
Date of birth  (1995-08-22) 22 August 1995 (age 20)
Draft  No. 1, 2013 National Draft
Role  Australian Rules Footballer
Similar People  Ryan Griffen, Marcus Bontempelli, Luke Beveridge, Josh Kelly, Mitch Honeychurch
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Thomas "Tom" Boyd (born 22 August 1995) is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 AFL draft by the Greater Western Sydney Giants, but was traded to the Bulldogs following the 2014 season. In 2016, he helped the Bulldogs win their first premiership since 1954.

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Early life

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Boyd attended Luther College in Croydon Hills, Victoria and played junior football for the Norwood Football Club.

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Playing for Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup from 2011 to 2013, Boyd was the competition's leading goal kicker in 2012 and later performed well for Vic Metro at the 2012 national carnival.

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In April 2013, Boyd visited Copenhagen in his mother's native Denmark for three days as part of the AIS-AFL Academy tour.

GWS Giants (2014)

Boyd was selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 AFL draft by the Greater Western Sydney Giants. In his reserves debut on 1 March 2014, Boyd kicked three goals and demonstrated his versatility with a stint in the ruck. He went on to make his senior debut on 20 April 2014 in the Giants' 137–72 loss to the Adelaide Crows; he managed just five disposals and didn't score. He finished the 2014 season with eight goals in nine games.

Trade request

On 13 October 2014, Boyd requested a trade to the Western Bulldogs. This development was made even more remarkable considering that only days prior, Bulldogs' captain Ryan Griffen had requested a trade away from the club and Brendan McCartney had resigned as Senior Coach. Despite the Giants initial stance claiming that Boyd would not be traded under any circumstances, two days after Boyd handed in his trade request, he was traded to the Bulldogs in exchange for Griffen and pick 6 in the 2014 AFL draft. He later signed a seven-year, $7 million contract with the Bulldogs.

2015 season

In his debut game for the Bulldogs on 4 April 2015, Boyd was well-held by Eagle Jeremy McGovern but managed to kick an important late goal to help his new club secure a Round 1 win over the West Coast Eagles. On 22 June 2015, he earned the AFL's Rising Star nomination for Round 12 after kicking four goals and recording eight marks in a win over the Brisbane Lions. Following a poor showing in the Bulldogs' Round 16 game against Geelong, Boyd was dropped from the senior squad and failed to be recalled to the AFL level for the rest of the season, playing out the year with the team's VFL side. He helped Footscray reach the VFL finals, kicking two goals in the team's semi-final loss to Essendon.

2016 season

Boyd spent the majority of the first half of the 2016 season with the Bulldogs' VFL side, Footscray. He was in line to receive a recall to the AFL side for Round 15, but a drunken, "violent" altercation with teammate Zaine Cordy set him back. He was suspended indefinitely by the club on 30 June 2016 and fined $5,000. Boyd responded with a four-goal haul in Footscray's 12-point loss to Coburg on July 2. He returned to the AFL side in Round 17 and remained there for the rest of the year. He showed promise when he kicked three goals in the Bulldogs' loss to Geelong in Round 19. He went on to help the Bulldogs reach their first VFL/AFL grand final since 1961. In the 2016 Grand Final, Boyd completed a coming-of-age finals series with his aerial work highly influential, finishing the match with six contested marks and three goals. His third goal late in the fourth quarter from the center square sealed the win for the Bulldogs, as they defeated the Sydney Swans by 22 points to become the first team to win a premiership from seventh on the ladder.

2017 season

Despite enjoying a breakthrough finals series in 2016, Boyd struggled to reproduce that form in 2017. Coach Luke Beveridge admitted he saw Boyd as a ruckman more than a key forward at this stage of his career. He kicked seven goals from 11 games, and averaged 20 hit-outs a game, before enduring a poor run of injury, missing round 12 with a back injury and rounds 14 and 15 with a calf injury. On 5 July 2017, Boyd was provided a leave of absence from the Bulldogs to receive treatment for clinical depression.

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season

Honours and achievements

AFL

  • Team
  • AFL premiership player: 2016
  • Individual
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2015
  • TAC Cup

  • Team
  • TAC Cup premiership player: 2013
  • Personal

    Boyd has an Australian father, Geoff, and a Danish mother, Anita.

    References

    Tom Boyd (Australian footballer) Wikipedia


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