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Power trio in Rucci's Top 50

Justin Westhoff slips into Michelangelo Rucci's top 50 AFL players along with fellow Power heroes Travis Boak and Chad Wingard.

7:42am  Mar 8, 2014

Four key players extend contracts

An emerging star, a versatile utility and two running defenders have committed to Port Adelaide in a significant vote of confidence for Ken Hinkley's football program.

7:00pm  Mar 7, 2014

State of the List: Justin Westhoff

2014 will be much of the same for Justin Westhoff with the swingman set to ramp up his on-field leadership next year.

11:07am  Nov 15, 2013

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Justin
Westhoff

Height
199 cm
DOB
01-10-1986
Weight
94 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2014
4
Career
138
Goals
2014
10
Career
185
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
382
Avg
96
JustinWesthoff

Player Bio

AT A Glance

Junior Clubs:Tanunda
Clubs: Port Adelaide (2006 National Draft, pick 71)
Debut: Rd 10, 2007 v Hawthorn
Recruited from: Central District
Brownlow Votes: 4

Westhoff debuted in Round 10 of the Power’s 2007 grand final year and quickly rose to cult status as the gangly ‘Hoff’ booted goal after goal. Maturing over the last five years, Westhoff has become more than just a key forward and often rotates through the ruck and defence. A versatile player with a good football brain.

Background

  • Westhoff was drafted late in the 2006 National Draft from SA-based club Central District.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Missing just one game (through suspension) Westhoff became one of the top 50 players in the competition and arguably the best 'swingman' going around. It was thanks to resounding performances including a game-saver against St Kilda in Round 17 that his high-flying long-distance game became known around the nation.

Westhoff finished the year by winning Port Adelaide's Coaches' Award as the player who best upheld the team values.

  • Westhoff played every game in 2012 and was employed as a hybrid forward all year – often drifting back into defence and rotating as a ruck support with his powerful running ability allowing to playmore game time than any player of the senior list.
  • He kicked 28 goals having spent increasing time in the forward fifty during the last four rounds of the season.
  • Westhoff played 20 games for the season and put in several noteworthy performances, despite hitting patches of inconsistency at times.
  • Forced to play in different positions including on the wing, in the ruck and down back, Westhoff spent much of the year adapting to his new multi-role tasks sheet.
  • He led the club for contested marks in a year where he kicked 23 goals.
  • Dropped to the SANFL midway through the season, Westhoff returned to the Power in career best form as a roaming forward under caretaker coach Matt Primus.
  • His ability to mark the ball in contested situations proved critical to the side’s late-season resurrection of fortune.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 12.7
    • Handballs 4.5
    • Disposals 17.2
    • Marks 8.5
    • Hit-Outs 1.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 2.5
    • AFL Fantasy 95.5

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 North Melbourne Rd 3
Handballs 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
Disposals 20 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
Hit-outs 4 North Melbourne Rd 3
Tackles 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 2
Goals 5 Carlton Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 113 Carlton Rd 1

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Carlton W 87 - 120 13 7 20 8 0 2 0 1 5 0 113
2 Adelaide Crows W 127 - 73 11 1 12 6 0 0 0 4 1 0 75
3 North Melbourne L 97 - 90 14 3 17 10 4 0 2 1 1 1 87
4 Brisbane Lions W 159 - 46 13 7 20 10 0 1 0 1 3 1 107
5 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
12 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 1 51 18 69 34 4 3 2 7 10 2 382

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 138
    • Kicks 9.5
    • Handballs 4.7
    • Disposals 14.2
    • Marks 5.4
    • Hit-Outs 1.9
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 1.3
    • AFL Fantasy 73.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2013
Handballs 13 Western Bulldogs Rd 22, 2011
Disposals 27 West Coast Eagles Rd 2, 2010
Marks 14 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2013
Hit-outs 14 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2012
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 10, 2013
Goals 5 Carlton Rd 1, 2014
AFL Fantasy 154 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Port Adelaide 51 18 69 34 4 3 2 7 10 2 382
2013 Port Adelaide 253 153 406 136 62 21 18 72 31 26 2002
2012 Port Adelaide 213 134 347 116 61 27 23 58 28 10 1684
2011 Port Adelaide 215 102 317 114 61 36 15 50 23 11 1592
2010 Port Adelaide 202 86 288 90 55 33 11 42 17 10 1383
2009 Port Adelaide 109 50 159 68 13 11 8 20 20 8 839
2008 Port Adelaide 162 75 237 119 10 20 11 51 22 15 1341
2007 Port Adelaide 107 36 143 72 0 16 8 39 34 15 976

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

Draft history
2006 National Draft, Pick 71 – Port Adelaide

Recruited from
Central District

Aligned SANFL Club
Central District

Previous Clubs
Central District

Club
Tanunda

AFL Debut
Rd 10, 2007 v Hawthorn

PAFC (AFL) cap number
101

Games

AFL Games
111

 

Awards

AFL Awards

Brownlow Medal
4 votes

NAB Rising Star
2007, Rd 15 nominee

Showdown Medal
2011, Showdown XXX

Club Awards

Best First Year Player
2007

Gavin Wanganeen Medal
2007

Coaches' Award
2013