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Tendai Mzungu 2013 Season Review

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6:35pm  Oct 28, 2013

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Tendai
Mzungu

Height
182 cm
DOB
28-02-1986
Weight
84 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
5
Career
68
Goals
2014
5
Career
45
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
391
Avg
78
TendaiMzungu

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Belmont
Clubs: Fremantle
Draft Information: National Draft 2010, traded by Gold Coast for pick 39
Debut: Round 9 2011 v Port Adelaide
Recruited from: Perth
Brownlow Votes: 4

Outlook: Expect a defensive midfield role, often tagging the opposition’s dangerous outside players. Mzungu has played every game in the past two seasons.

What the coach says (Mark Stone): He had another really consistent strong pre-season with his running, which is his strength. He’s put on a little bit of weight on his body through the weights room, which is good for him. Tendai is going to look to expand his versatility this year to be a bit more inside as well as outside, a bit more contested ball.

AFL Fantasy: His role is not akin to high scoring in AFL Fantasy, but he does pop up with the odd big game.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 13.2
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 19.0
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 78.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Collingwood Rd 1
Handballs 7 Essendon Rd 4
Disposals 27 Collingwood Rd 1
Marks 6 Essendon Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Essendon Rd 4
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 105 Collingwood Rd 1

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 20 7 27 4 0 1 0 3 1 0 105
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 14 4 18 2 0 0 0 3 2 0 80
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 8 5 13 1 0 0 3 3 0 1 41
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 13 7 20 6 0 1 0 4 1 0 94
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 11 6 17 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 71
6 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
7 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 2 66 29 95 17 0 2 3 15 5 1 391

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 68
    • Kicks 11.3
    • Handballs 6.7
    • Disposals 18.0
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 77.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Collingwood Rd 1, 2014
Handballs 16 Hawthorn Rd 19, 2011
Disposals 30 St Kilda Rd 20, 2011
Marks 10 Melbourne Rd 9, 2013
Hit-outs 1 Sydney Swans PF, 2013
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
2014 Fremantle 66 29 95 17 0 2 3 15 5 1 391
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
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FF
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Rnd 13 2013 v North Melbourne

Awards

Club Awards

Beacon Award
2011

Best Clubman
2012

Q&A

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

 

What’s the funniest sledge you’ve heard on the field? I’m too exhausted to hear them

 

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

 

Who would you like to have kicking for goal after the siren if you are three points down in a Grand Final? I think you’d want to kick it yourself and have no one else to blame.  

 

What is your coaches favourite saying? Save it

 

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

 

If you could draft any player into your team, who would it be? I’m pretty happy with our team at the moment

 

If you had the power, what is one thing you would change about the world? Stop king hits

 

Outside of footy, what would be your dream job? Be a stay at home dad, but without the kids

 

If you could appear on any reality show, which one would you choose? The Amazing Race

 

Who has the best taste in music at the club and why? Zac Dawson, he has a good mix  

 

Who has the worst and why? Alex Silvagni, he makes you get a migraine and you hate yourself after you listen to his music  

 

What meal is your speciality to cook? Rogan Josh  

 

What is your favourite TV football show? Docker TV

 

Who is the best-dressed teammate at the club? Luke McPharlin    

 

Who is the worst dressed? Craig Moller

 

Who is the most skilful all-round sportsman at the club? Paul Duffield            

 

What is your favourite way to spend a day off? I like heading to the beach, and maybe a massage and an afternoon sleep    

 

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? Anna Kournikova              

 

Which of your teammates fancies himself as a celebrity? Michael Barlow            

 

Who is your funniest teammate at the club and why? Kepler Bradley, he always lifts the mood

 

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

 

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? Hayden Crozier