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Tendai
Mzungu

Height
182 cm
DOB
28-02-1986
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2015
1
Career
87
Goals
2015
0
Career
52
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
22
Avg
22
TendaiMzungu

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Trinity Aquinas (WA)
Recruited from: Perth (WA)
Draft information: National Draft 2010, traded by Gold Coast for pick 39
Debut: Round 9, 2011 v Port Adelaide
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 9

Outlook: One of the best runners in the league, Mzungu has only missed one game in the past three seasons. Underrated outside of Freo, he is important to the team’s structure.

What the coach says (Mark Stone): Tendai is extremely fit, as he always is. His ability to cover the ground at training is elite. After having a taste at half-back last year, he’s a player we think can play a number of roles for us, from half-back, through the wings and stints up forward. He’s set himself for a big year.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Mzungu has become one of the most reliable players in the side, capable of performing a number of roles. He enjoyed another strong season, missing just the one game.

Played every game and was incredibly consistent all season long. Mzungu kicked 16 goals playing from the midfield.

Tendai Mzungu consolidated his auspicious debut 2011 season with another fine year in 2012.

On top of averaging 17 disposals per game, he was one of Fremantle’s best pressure acts players – a statistic Ross Lyon rates highly.

Mzungu had 20 pressure acts per game, just 0.2 behind the relentless Matt de Boer. Of these, 13.5 were implied pressure acts, which include corralling an opponent and chasing from behind to put opposition players with the ball under the pump. This ranked seventh overall in the AFL last season.

One of the best endurance athletes in the AFL, Mzungu was also named Best Clubman at Freo in 2012 – a richly deserved Award for a player who did as much off the field for the club as he did on it.

Charity partner ambassador: Redkite

Mzungu deservedly won the Beacon Award as Fremantle’s best first year player in 2011, playing in a variety of roles. The mature-age recruit had to wait until round 9 to debut following a pre-season knee injury, but he made every one of his 14 matches count from that point on. He still managed to finish 11th at the club for total disposals (267), 10th for uncontested possessions (172) and effective kicks (99), and ninth for total goals (11). Mzungu will be looking forward to playing an entire season in 2012 and can really make his mark on the competition.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 3.0
    • Handballs 1.0
    • Disposals 4.0
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 22.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 3 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Handballs 1 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Disposals 4 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Marks 1 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 2 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 22 Sydney Swans Rd 4

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 22
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: 4 - L: 0 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 22

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 87
    • Kicks 11.3
    • Handballs 6.6
    • Disposals 17.9
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 76.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Sydney Swans FW1, 2014
Handballs 16 Hawthorn Rd 19, 2011
Disposals 30 St Kilda Rd 20, 2011
Marks 11 GWS Giants Rd 17, 2014
Hit-outs 2 Sydney Swans FW1, 2014
Tackles 11 Carlton Rd 21, 2011
Goals 3 Richmond Rd 17, 2013
AFL Fantasy 133 Melbourne Rd 9, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 22
2014 Fremantle 276 149 425 106 6 12 15 71 12 9 1782
2013 Fremantle 287 169 456 127 9 19 25 71 16 5 1918
2012 Fremantle 266 143 409 85 5 16 20 103 13 13 1803
2011 Fremantle 151 116 267 63 0 12 10 52 11 3 1133

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 13, 2013 v North Melbourne

Awards

Club Awards

Best Clubman
2012

Beacon Award
2011

 

Q & A

Your nickname: Zoong

One word to describe you: Lackadaisical

Favourite player to watch growing up: Matthew Richardson

Who has had the most influence on your career: Mum

Toughest individual opponent: Chris Judd

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

Thriftiest player at your club: Craig Moller

The next big thing at your club: Cam Sutcliffe

The smartest thing you have been told: Don’t eat lollies before bed

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

Do you have any strange phobias: Sleeping in

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Homeland

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Super Ted

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Teaching or Astronaut

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Porridge

Your last meal would be: Porridge

Your favourite holiday destination: America

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Denzel Washington

What are your three essential items: Clothes, family and a nice hat

Most useless thing you have bought: XBOX

Best subject at school: Physical education and maths

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: World Chess championships