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Season review: Bryce Gibbs

Danielle Balales, Carlton Media  September 17, 2016 10:01 AM

Best of 2016 | Gibbs, Cripps destroy the Dees Bryce Gibbs and Patrick Cripps produce a midfield masterclass to steer the Blues to victory over Melbourne.

The Carlton Football Club began the first leg of its journey under senior coach Brendon Bolton in 2016.

After notching up seven wins for the season – three more than last year – the Blues ended up finishing 14th on the ladder.

With the team now on a break, we’re taking a look back at each player’s year in statistics. Here's the review for Carlton’s No. 4, Bryce Gibbs: 

GAMES

Season 2016: 22

Career: 209

GOALS

Season 2016: 18

Career: 120

KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets)

Disposals: 590 (26.82)

Kicks: 320 (14.55)

Marks 77 (3.50)

Contested possessions: 210 (9.55)

Uncontested possessions: 375 (17.05)

Tackles: 114 (5.18)

OVERVIEW

For the second time in three years, Bryce Gibbs ran out for every game in a season.

With fellow midfielder Marc Murphy injured for the second half of the year, Gibbs stepped up in the middle and led from the front – arguably having his career-best season.

Averaging nearly 27 disposals for the entire year, Gibbs finished the season ranked first at the Blues for AFL Fantasy points, third for disposals and third for kicks.

In a testament to his durability, the 27-year-old became the third youngest Carlton player to reach 200 games. Gibbs reached the milestone in Round 14 against GWS.


Bryce Gibbs with son Charlie ahead of his 200th AFL game. (Photo: AFL Media)

HE SAID IT

“Now that I am starting to get a little older, realising that I am more at the end of my career than the start, you need to start making every day count at the club because it doesn’t last forever. We only have a short time in the game to get the most out of it.”

– Gibbs talks openly to the media heading into his 200th AFL game. 

THEY SAID IT

"Bryce Gibbs has really pushed himself in the conditioning side of things, he's been running with an elite runner in Ed Curnow. He's probably in the best physical condition he's been in for a long time, so he's been really impressive.” 

– Senior coach Brendon Bolton was impressed with Gibbs’ work ethic over the pre-season. 

SEASON HIGHLIGHT

The midfielder pushed himself so hard in the win against Geelong he threw up on the field after the game. With Murphy off injured, Gibbs helped carry the midfield, notching up 34 disposals, including nine clearances, seven tackles and kicking two goals.