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Dangerfield’s incredible compliment to ‘Pav’

The Adelaide superstar has heaped high praise on Freo’s skipper

3:03pm  Jul 9, 2014

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1:34pm  Jul 9, 2014

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Matthew Pavlich has signed a contract extension with Fremantle.

12:43pm  Jul 8, 2014

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Matthew
Pavlich

Height
192 cm
DOB
31-12-1981
Weight
99 kg
Debut
2000
Games
2014
16
Career
307
Goals
2014
35
Career
618
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1218
Avg
76
MatthewPavlich

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Sacred Heart College (SA)
Clubs: Fremantle
Draft information: National Draft 1999, pick 4
Debut: Round 5 2000 v Melbourne
Recruited from: Woodville-West Torrens (SA)
Brownlow Votes: 107

Outlook: The captain is enjoying an injury-free run in the pre-season, which he hasn’t had for years. Should hit 2014 in top shape.

What the coach says (Peter Sumich): Going really well, probably one of the best pre-seasons, if not, one of the best since I’ve been here. Looking in good shape and hopefully he can bounce into round 1 raring to go.

AFL Fantasy: Given his strong pre-season, Pavlich could be an excellent choice in your forward line.

Season by Season

Season by Season

The captain sat out rounds 4-14 through injury and was suspended from rounds 17-19. He was pivotal at the end of the year, booting 18 goals in the last seven games.

Fremantle’s greatest player enjoyed yet another outstanding season in 2012. Playing permanently in attack again, Pavlich was clearly the best forward in the AFL in the second half of the season. From round 10, right up until the Semi Final in Adelaide, Freo’s skipper booted 58 goals.

He ended the season with 69, tied for second place in the Coleman Medal, which was won by Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt.

Pavlich had some memorable performances, including six goals in wet conditions against the Tigers at the MCG in round 11, and a stunning eight majors that sunk the West Coast Eagles in round 19’s Carlton Mid Derby. But there were none better than the six-goals Pavlich kicked against reigning premiers Geelong in an Elimination Final at the MCG. Three came in Freo’s withering opening quarter burst. The rest of his goals were kicked at periods of the game when the Cats were making their challenge.

As well as winning the club’s goal kicking for an eight time, Pavlich passed former Eagles’ greats Peter Sumich and Glen Jakovich for the most goals and games, respectively, by a WA-based AFL player during the 2012 season. He also kicked his 500th career major in round 7 and looms as a clear favourite to win his seventh Doig Medal.

A sixth Doig Medal was reward for consistency for Freo’s brilliant skipper who rarely, if ever, put in a bad game in 2011. He started the year brilliantly, gaining 20 or more disposals in each of the first 10 rounds. In fact, he averaged 28.5 possessions per game from rounds 1-7 in which Freo built up a 4-2 win-loss record. Pav’s most dominant game of the season came when the side was struggling with injuries sustained during the round 14 match against Brisbane at Patersons Stadium. He lifted his team over the line with 29 disposals and five goals. Pavlich topped Freo for total kicks (272), effective kicks (167), clearances (87), inside 50s (83) and score assists (27). He was also top three in total disposals (471), contested (212) and uncontested (255) possessions, handballs (199), hard ball gets (77) and tackles (86). After playing predominantly midfield in 2011, the full-time return of Mundy, Barlow and Morabito in 2012 should see Pavlich return to the forward line as Freo’s focal point in attack.

Fremantle’s captain was at his inspirational best in 2010, helping his side get off to its best ever start with a string of brilliant performances. He kicked 36 goals in the first 11 games despite spending a lot of time in the midfield. Pavlich ended up with 61 goals for the year, topping the club’s goalkicking for a seventh time. His performance against reigning premiers Geelong in round 3 was one of the best individual games by any player in the AFL this year. Twenty-six possessions and five goals helped Freo trump the Cats at Subiaco Oval. Freo fans can rest easy knowing the five-time Doig Medallist is now a Docker for life, after signing on for a further four years. Pavlich is also only two games away from equalling Shane Parker's club record of 238 games.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 16
    • Kicks 9.5
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 15.1
    • Marks 5.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 2.2
    • AFL Fantasy 76.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Essendon Rd 4
Handballs 9 North Melbourne Rd 6
Disposals 22 Sydney Swans Rd 5
Marks 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 12
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 14
Goals 4 Sydney Swans Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 113 Adelaide Crows Rd 12

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 10 5 15 7 0 1 0 3 1 4 84
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 7 5 12 3 0 1 2 2 0 1 44
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 10 6 16 5 0 2 0 1 4 1 88
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 14 6 20 8 0 2 0 2 3 1 107
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 13 9 22 9 0 1 2 2 4 1 112
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 74 11 9 20 5 0 1 1 0 2 1 77
7 West Coast Eagles W 54 - 73 8 6 14 6 0 2 0 2 0 0 64
8 Port Adelaide L 94 - 76 4 8 12 4 0 0 0 3 1 1 59
9 Geelong Cats W 96 - 64 11 5 16 6 0 1 1 0 3 3 80
11 Western Bulldogs W 51 - 89 10 2 12 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 70
12 Adelaide Crows W 90 - 50 13 4 17 12 0 1 0 2 3 3 113
13 Richmond W 85 - 105 8 5 13 5 0 1 1 0 3 0 65
14 Brisbane Lions W 105 - 22 9 2 11 2 0 1 2 3 3 2 64
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 81 5 6 11 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 40
16 Melbourne W 34 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants W 136 - 60 12 8 20 6 0 2 2 2 3 1 93
18 St Kilda L 118 - 60 7 3 10 6 0 1 0 0 2 0 58
19 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 5 152 89 241 95 0 18 12 22 35 19 1218

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 307
    • Kicks 12.2
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 17.8
    • Marks 6.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 86.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Essendon Rd 21, 2002
Handballs 21 West Coast Eagles Rd 17, 2009
Disposals 36 West Coast Eagles Rd 17, 2009
Marks 18 Carlton Rd 5, 2005
Hit-outs 8 West Coast Eagles Rd 5, 2003
Tackles 8 Sydney Swans Rd 17, 2011
Goals 9 Carlton Rd 16, 2005
AFL Fantasy 168 Essendon Rd 19, 2007

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Fremantle 152 89 241 95 0 18 12 22 35 19 1218
2013 Fremantle 108 62 170 69 2 16 10 24 25 19 908
2012 Fremantle 257 143 400 145 3 23 22 66 69 32 2162
2011 Fremantle 272 199 471 73 8 29 25 86 21 20 1885
2010 Fremantle 277 158 435 110 2 33 26 77 61 35 2143
2009 Fremantle 237 176 413 78 9 19 16 72 28 16 1749
2008 Fremantle 263 83 346 138 3 25 26 32 67 35 1884
2007 Fremantle 298 83 381 203 2 25 20 32 72 48 2244
2006 Fremantle 306 89 395 195 11 26 27 36 71 37 2244
2005 Fremantle 271 101 372 177 4 25 21 25 61 25 2003
2004 Fremantle 306 160 466 118 6 7 23 67 19 23 1941
2003 Fremantle 330 119 449 112 28 19 25 58 37 30 2020
2002 Fremantle 308 104 412 124 20 15 21 49 10 10 1742
2001 Fremantle 218 73 291 114 20 11 7 29 28 17 1453

Legend

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

Milestones

Fremantle Dockers: 279 games, 558 goals

50th game: Rd 11 2002 v Western Bulldogs

100th game: Rd 16 2004 v Adelaide

150th game: Rd 22 2006 v Port Adelaide

200th game: Rd 6 2009 v West Coast

250th game: Rd 15 2011 v Gold Coast

Awards

AFL Awards

All-Australian
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Coleman Medal
Runner-up 2012

International Rules Series 
2002, 2003

Hall of Fame tribute Match Representative
2008

AFL Life Member

Club Awards

Doig Medal
2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; 2011

Doig Medal runner-up
2009, 2003

Leading Goalkicker
2001 (equal), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; 2009, 2010, 2012

Club Captain
2007-present

Fremantle Dockers Life Member

Q&A

Which player is most likely to look at himself in the mirror after a weights session? Ryan Crowley   

What’s the funniest sledge you’ve heard on the field? I can’t think of any 

Who would you least like to pair up with in the boxing ring during training? Michael Walters

Who would you like to have kicking for goal after the siren if you are three points down in a Grand Final? Michael Walters 

What is your coaches favourite saying? We’re all good people, but…. 

Which teammate is most likely to be invited to the coach’s place for dinner? Nat Fyfe

If you could draft any player into your team, who would it be? Gary Ablett 

If you had the power, what is one thing you would change about the world? Equal opportunity for all

Outside of footy, what would be your dream job? Australian Cricket Coach

If you could appear on any reality show, which one would you choose? Survivor 

Who has the best taste in music at the club and why? Luke McPharlin

Who has the worst and why? Alex Silvagni, it’s too heavy for me 

What meal is your speciality to cook? Lamb roast   

What is your favourite TV football show? I don’t watch any 

Who is the best-dressed teammate at the club? Hayden Crozier     

Who is the worst dressed? Kepler Bradley 

Who is the most skilful all-round sportsman at the club? Tendai Mzungu              

What is your favourite way to spend a day off? At the beach with my family

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? Jennifer Aniston

Which of your teammates fancies himself as a celebrity? Ryan Crowley            

Who is your funniest teammate at the club and why? Kepler Bradley

Which teammate is the most likely to tweet a comment while watching a game at home? Ryan Crowley  

Which teammate would struggle to turn a computer on? Aaron Sandilands          

Which teammate is most likely to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on Facebook? Any of the players aged under 25