Season review: Bryce Gibbs

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 04: Bryce Gibbs of the Crows with his son Charlie before his 250th match during the 2018 AFL round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at the Adelaide Oval on August 04, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

New arrival Bryce Gibbs was quick to make his mark at Adelaide, playing all 22 games to finish fourth in the Club Champion in his first season at West Lakes.

The former Blue topped the Crows’ clearance numbers with 113 and provided a consistent presence, averaging 25.9 disposals per game, ranked third at the Club behind ball magnets Matt Crouch and Rory Laird.

Gibbs added polish to the side’s engine room, leading Adelaide for inside 50s (99). He also averaged 10.7 contested possessions and 5.4 tackles per game.

NEXT: Season review: Matt Crouch

In the season opener against Essendon, Gibbs highlighted his value with 35 disposals, eight inside 50s, seven clearances and two goals.

He was a gutsy competitor in Adelaide’s Round 11 loss to Greater Western Sydney.

Gibbs racked up 250 AFL games in the Crows’ nail-biting victory over Port Adelaide in Showdown 45.

He collected 29 disposals and nine inside 50s in the side’s three-point win.

At a glance:

Games: 22
Goals: 13
Disposals per game: 25.9
Clearances per game: 5.1
Inside 50s per game: 4.5
Tackles per game: 5.4

Best game:

Round Three v St Kilda

Gibbs stood up in Adelaide’s 49-point victory over the Saints at Etihad Stadium, collecting 26 disposals, 10 tackles and eight clearances.

Post-match, coach Don Pyke said Gibbs had proved her was a high-quality player in his first three games of 2018.

“We had expected that of him, he’s got 200+ game experience and he’s adapting to how we play now… he’s a quality player and person,” he said.

Source: Adelaide Crows website

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