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James
Gwilt

Height
188 cm
DOB
11-08-1986
Weight
96 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
13
Career
122
Goals
2014
2
Career
21
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
962
Avg
74
JamesGwilt

Player Bio

AT A Glance

Junior Clubs:-
Clubs:-
Debut: Round 22, 2005 v Brisbane Lions
Recruited From: Noble Park
Brownlow Votes: 1

Season by season

Season by season

A steadfast and reliable defender, Gwilt was picked at No. 63 in the 2004 National Draft and debuted late the following year.

2013 was a frustrating season for the left-footer, who had issues with his previously reconstructed left knee and was limited to just 13 senior games.

In many of these matches he was forced to play on oversized opponents with a string of injuries crippling many of his backline teammates.

Nevertheless, Gwilt reached his 100th game milestone in round nine and remained a crucial part of the Saints defensive structure.

He underwent knee surgery at season’s end that delayed the start to his pre-season, although the arrivals of Josh Bruce and Luke Delaney are sure to free up the ever-reliable boy from Noble Park.

A reliable and hard-running defender, Gwilt was taken by St Kilda in the 2004 National AFL Draft at pick 63.

He made a late start to the 2012 season, returning to the senior side in Round 9 vs Sydney after a knee reconstruction. He played every game from then until the end of the year, often going head-to-head with some of the competitions best forwards.

2012 was also his first year on the Saints leadership group, and 2013 shapes as another crucial season.

Player Sponsor: The Angels

James began his career in suburban football instead of participating in the TAC Cup. He played for Noble Park in the Eastern Football League and was best on ground in the league’s grand final in 2004.

 Of Papua New Guinean and Welsh descent, he was recruited to St Kilda in 2004 as the Club’s fourth round pick, #63 overall.

James burst onto the AFL scene in 2005 in the Qualifying final against Adelaide, impressing with two goals. He then spent most of 2006 playing for St Kilda’s former affiliate VFL side, Casey Scorpions.

In 2011, James was arguably St Kilda’s most reliable key defender, beginning the season in fantastic form, until he was unfortunately struck down with a season ending knee injury in Round 17 against West Coast.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 11.8
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 16.5
    • Marks 6.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 74.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Essendon Rd 5
Handballs 9 Richmond Rd 15
Disposals 24 Essendon Rd 5
Marks 13 Fremantle Rd 18
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Fremantle Rd 18
Goals 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 114 Fremantle Rd 18

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne W 68 - 51 15 3 18 11 0 0 0 2 1 0 98
2 GWS Giants W 95 - 88 13 7 20 6 0 1 4 2 0 0 68
3 West Coast Eagles L 83 - 58 6 8 14 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 63
4 Adelaide Crows L 50 - 136 8 6 14 4 0 1 0 3 1 1 68
5 Essendon W 65 - 81 21 3 24 11 0 2 1 0 0 0 101
6 Brisbane Lions L 79 - 82 15 6 21 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 94
7 Hawthorn L 175 - 30 7 2 9 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 39
8 Carlton L 69 - 101 9 4 13 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 49
9 Gold Coast Suns L 87 - 125 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Collingwood L 54 - 140 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Port Adelaide L 129 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Geelong Cats L 133 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 103 9 2 11 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 42
15 Richmond L 73 - 117 11 9 20 11 0 0 1 1 0 0 85
16 Carlton L 151 - 66 12 3 15 4 0 0 1 5 0 0 71
17 North Melbourne L 92 - 33 9 8 17 7 0 0 2 3 0 0 70
18 Fremantle W 118 - 60 18 1 19 13 0 2 1 5 0 0 114
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 13 153 62 215 90 0 8 12 31 2 1 962

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 122
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 5.5
    • Disposals 15.7
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 62.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Essendon Rd 5, 2014
Handballs 15 West Coast Eagles Rd 3, 2009
Disposals 28 North Melbourne Rd 2, 2010
Marks 13 Fremantle Rd 18, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Geelong Cats Rd 18, 2013
Tackles 6 Western Bulldogs PF, 2010
Goals 2 Western Bulldogs Rd 17, 2009
AFL Fantasy 119 Western Bulldogs PF, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 St Kilda 153 62 215 90 0 8 12 31 2 1 962
2013 St Kilda 119 75 194 54 2 5 11 14 0 0 699
2012 St Kilda 143 63 206 44 0 2 14 21 0 1 732
2011 St Kilda 201 82 283 82 1 15 13 18 0 0 1062
2010 St Kilda 336 174 510 150 1 14 27 40 5 1 1931
2009 St Kilda 97 98 195 55 0 13 9 40 8 6 852
2008 St Kilda 84 67 151 51 0 4 7 24 3 3 639
2007 St Kilda 82 33 115 44 0 10 9 11 1 0 477
2006 St Kilda 5 12 17 2 0 1 1 8 0 0 75
2005 St Kilda 25 6 31 10 0 0 3 5 2 2 142

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

National Draft from Noble Park (EFL): Pick #63, 2004 

AFL St Kilda: 96 games, 19 goals

Facts

  • Didn’t cut his hair for 3 years when forming his famous ‘fro
  • Allergic to nuts