Chris Dawes (Australian footballer)
|Full name||Chris Dawes|
|Date of birth||16 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Victoria|
|Original team||Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||#28, 2006 National Draft|
|Height/Weight||193 cm / 105 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Chris Dawes (born 16 May 1988) is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was traded to Melbourne during the 2012 trade week from the Collingwood Football Club.
Raised in the bayside suburbs, Dawes attended Brighton Grammar. He is the son of a history lecturer turned antiquarian bookshop owner and is presently studying law at Victoria University in Melbourne (but with only passing interest in practising it).
Dawes was drafted by Collingwood with the 28th selection in the 2006 AFL Draft from Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup, having attended Brighton Grammar School. He is a strongly built forward who missed the majority of 2007 due to a knee injury after playing well for the Magpies' then VFL-affiliate, Williamstown.
Dawes' first game was a win against the in-form St Kilda in round 19, 2008. He joined the list of players who have kicked a goal with their first kick in league football. He was selected to play in the first game after the club imposed suspensions on Alan Didak and Heath Shaw.
After strong performances in the VFL, Dawes was selected for the Anzac Day clash against Essendon in round 5. He played in all but two matches for the rest of the year, including both the drawn and replayed Grand Finals against St Kilda. In the Grand Final replay, Dawes kicked two goals in Collingwood's 56 point win. Dawes finished the season with a total of 30 goals from 20 games.
Dawes started the 2011 season well, kicking 21 goals from his first 13 games, before missing seven games from a broken knuckle. He struggled to regain his form when he returned late in the season, only kicking six goals from the last five games.
In 2012, Dawes struggled to have a major impact, only kicking 16 goals from 23 games. His position as the backup ruckman and second tall forward was questioned going into the finals series, but he held his position in the team. At the end of the season, Dawes requested that he be traded to another club, and Collingwood agreed to a deal with Melbourne during trade week.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season 
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Dawes opens up". The Age (Melbourne).
- Barrett, Damian (29 January 2008). "Chris Dawes and Nathan Brown to start from the back". Herald Sun.
- Matthews, Bruce (10 August 2008). "Chris Dawes and John McCarthy save Pies' week". Herald Sun.
- "Magpies topple the Crows". AAP. 6 September 2008.
- Gleeson, Michael (5 July 2011). "Dawes to knuckle down". The Age (Melbourne).
- "Plan B for the Pies if Dawes is out". The Age (Melbourne). 19 September 2012.
- Paton, Al; Landsberger, Sam (12 October 2012). "Collingwood forward Chris Dawes requests a trade to Melbourne after four clubs chased his services". Herald Sun.
- "Melbourne Demons secure Collingwood key forward Chris Dawes in exchange for a first round draft pick". FOX SPORTS. 16 October 2012.
- Chris Dawes' player profile at AFL Tables
- Chris Dawes's profile on the official website of the Melbourne Football Club
- Chris Dawes's statistics from AFL Tables