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I don't own no.29: Pavlich

Fremantle legend Matthew Pavlich said it was time to see the no.29 back on the Freo list

5:51pm  Nov 28, 2018

A new name for 29 as jumper numbers revealed

The famous no.29 will return to Fremantle in 2019 under a new name

3:52pm  Nov 28, 2018

Pav honoured by City of Fremantle

The plaudits keep coming in for retired Fremantle legend Matthew Pavlich

7:40pm  Nov 9, 2016

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192 cm
99 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

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: 126

Much to the joy of the Fremantle faithful, the club’s greatest player decided to play on in 2016. Pavlich remains one of the best-conditioned players at the club and will look to overcome a nagging Achilles injury that hampered the second half of last season. He will look to improve his goal tally, after finishing with 40 in 2015.

(Mark Stone)

He’s very fit and looks refreshed both physically and mentally. Although he handed over the captaincy it hasn’t diminished the leadership he provides in any way. Looks set for yet another really good season.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Pavlich was instrumental on the field as both a player and a leader in 2015. The second half of the year was hampered by achilles tendon soreness.

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.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 353
    • Kicks 11.7
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 17.3
    • Marks 5.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 2.0
    • AFL Fantasy 84.4

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 10 Carlton Rd 5, 2016
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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


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

350 games: Round 19, 2016 v Sydney


Club Awards

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

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

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

AFL Life Member
Inducted in 2013

Q & A

Nickname: Pav and Maverick

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Be good to your mother

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Australian cricket coach

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Variety is the spice of life

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Adam Gilchrist

Morning or evening person, why: Morning, get up and get moving

Favourite timeslot to play in, why: Friday night because you get the weekend off

Favourite footy journalist: Mark Duffield

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Dennis Cometti

Worst injury: Shoulder reconstruction

How many text messages do you send a day: Not that many, a couple to my wife

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Weather, Twitter, Instagram

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Titus O’Reilly

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: Kate Bush - Wuthering heights

Best concert you’ve been to: Pearl Jam

Where did you holiday after last season: Noosa, LA, Adelaide

Favourite sport other than football: Golf

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: I’d like to compete in the 100m sprint, but I think I’m suited to Greco Roman Wrestling

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Yes

Favourite restaurant: Amuse

Do you believe in UFOs: No

What three items would you take to a desert island: Boat, clean water, fresh food

Any special hobbies or interests: Golf and have collected wine for some time now

Three famous people you would like to meet: Eddie Vedder, Mother Teresa, Genghis Khan

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: My kids