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Freo lead 'Team of the Week'

Five fremantle players have been rewarded for their performances on Sunday

12:33pm  Apr 8, 2015

Last year's disappointment spurs Freo on

Matthew Pavlich believes the disappointment of a straight sets exit from last year’s finals series has motivated his team

10:49pm  Apr 5, 2015

Pavlich wants Freo to hit straps before season opener

Fremantle will use Sunday’s final NAB Challenge hit-out against West Coast as a dress rehearsal for round one, according to captain Matthew Pavlich

6:17pm  Mar 19, 2015

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Matthew
Pavlich

Height
192 cm
DOB
31-12-1981
Weight
99 kg
Debut
2000
Games
2015
2
Career
315
Goals
2015
6
Career
635
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
196
Avg
98
MatthewPavlich

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior clubs: Sacred Heart College (SA)
Recruited from: Woodville-West Torrens (SA)
Draft information: National Draft 1999 - pick 4
Debut: Round 5, 2000 v Melbourne
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 122

Outlook: In his 16th AFL season, the club’s greatest player will captain the team for a ninth straight year. He has trained very strongly and is looking fit for the start of the season.

What the coach says (Peter Sumich): Probably the best pre-season I’ve seen him do at the club. He’s had a little baby boy, so he had a few days off, but other than that, in real good nick and looking very sharp.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Freo’s inspirational captain played his 300th game in 2014 to become the first player from a WA-based AFL club to reach the mark. He had a number of vintage performances throughout the year and will play on into a 16th 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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 13.0
    • Handballs 5.5
    • Disposals 18.5
    • Marks 6.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 3.0
    • AFL Fantasy 98.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Handballs 6 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Disposals 19 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Marks 7 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 Geelong Cats Rd 2
Goals 4 Port Adelaide Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 103 Port Adelaide Rd 1

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 14 5 19 5 0 4 0 2 4 0 103
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 12 6 18 7 0 2 1 3 2 1 93
3 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
8 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 0 26 11 37 12 0 6 1 5 6 1 196

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 315
    • Kicks 11.9
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 17.5
    • Marks 5.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 85.5

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
2015 Fremantle 26 11 37 12 0 6 1 5 6 1 196
2014 Fremantle 204 123 327 123 2 21 17 30 46 26 1621
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
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 11, 2002 v Western Bulldogs

100 games: Round 16, 2004 v Adelaide

150 games: Round 22, 2006 v Port Adelaide

200 games: Round 6, 2009 v West Coast

250 games: Round 15, 2011 v Gold Coast

300 games: Round 9, 2014 v Geelong

Awards

Club Awards

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

Doig Medal Runner-up
2003, 2009

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

Club Captain
2007-present

Fremantle Dockers Life Member
Inducted in 2006

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
Inducted in 2013

Q & A

Your nickname: Pav or Maverick

One word to describe you: Stoic

Favourite player to watch growing up: Tony Modra

Who has had the most influence on your career: Dad

Toughest individual opponent: Dale Morris

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Matt Taberner

Thriftiest player at your club: David Mundy

The next big thing at your club: Michael Walters

The smartest thing you have been told: Failure cannot cope with perseverance

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Fremantle

Do you have any strange phobias: Nope

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Entourage, Suits and House of Cards

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: The Flintstones and The Simpsons

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Travel show host

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Museli

Your last meal would be: Mum’s lamb roast

Your favourite holiday destination: Barcelona

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Jonathon Lapaglia

What are your three essential items: Wife and two kids

Most useless thing you have bought: A cardigan from London I’ve never won

Best subject at school: English

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl