Dyson Stevens enjoyed a career-best season in 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Heidrich)
A pivotal member of both the VFL and Development sides this season, Dyson Stevens has his year looked at in the 2017 Regency Windows player review series.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
A breakthrough year in 2016 was the springboard for a career-best year for Dyson Stevens in 2017, which began when he was inducted into the leadership group.
The reigning Development best-and-fairest winner, Stevens was called up to the senior side in Round 2 against Williamstown, where he enjoyed his first senior win in three years at the club.
Alternating his time between the VFL and Development sides, Stevens added nine senior games to his tally — and the last seven of the year uninterrupted — where he proved to be a valued asset in midfield.
He averaged 15 disposals a game in the VFL, while his Development form was once again among the best for the Blues (26 disposals per game).
The season ended on somewhat of a sour note, with a strain to his rotator cuff in the final game against Box Hill seeing him taken from the ground in the first quarter.
On what was otherwise a difficult day at Mars Stadium, Stevens’ individual performance against North Ballarat was a shining light for the Blues.
The midfielder collected 27 disposals, 10 clearances and eight tackles to be one of the team’s best on a day where the side lamented a lack of contributors across the board.
His maiden win in Northern Blues’ colours was a memorable one personally, collecting 14 disposals and a goal against arguably the competition’s best midfield.
For the Development side, his coaches acknowledges as best-on-ground in consecutive weeks against Casey (Round 5) and Sandringham (Round 6).
Stevens collected 32 disposals and six clearances in Northern’s first win of the season, before backing it up the next week against the Zebras with 27 disposals and nine tackles.
BY THE NUMBERS
15 VFL disposals per game
32 total VFL clearances (#5 at club)
26 Development disposals per game (#2 at club)
6.3 Development tackles per game (#1 at club)
5.1 Development clearances per game (#3 at club)