Jordie McKenzie

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Jordie McKenzie
Personal information
Full name Jordie McKenzie
Date of birth (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Terang, Victoria
Original team Geelong Falcons
Draft 1st overall, 2008 Rookie Draft
Melbourne
Height/Weight 186 cm / 71 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 13
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Melbourne 78 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.

Jordie McKenzie (born 21 June 1990) is an Australian rules footballer, who plays for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

McKenzie grew up in the rural Victorian town of Terang.[1] As a youth he supported the West Coast Eagles.[1] McKenzie played for TAC Cup team, the Geelong Falcons,[2] a team well known for producing many AFL players. He had an injury interrupted two seasons for the Falcons, due to corrective hip surgery,[1] not playing at all in 2007 and playing only 10 games in 2008.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Draft[edit]

McKenzie was overlooked in the 2008 AFL Draft, but after being invited to train with the Melbourne Football Club for two weeks he was taken by the Demons with the first selection in the 2009 Rookie Draft.[1]

Season 2009[edit]

After playing well for the Demons' VFL affiliate side, the Casey Scorpions, for the first half of the 2009 season, McKenzie was rewarded by being promoted to the club's senior list on 23 July 2009.[3] McKenzie made his debut for Melbourne in Round 17, 2009 against the Sydney Swans in Canberra at Manuka Oval.[1] He played two more games for the Dees in 2009, in Rounds 21 and 22, with his best game coming against Carlton, when he amassed 16 disposals and laid eight tackles.

Season 2010[edit]

During the offseason McKenzie was the subject of interest from Adelaide. Adelaide coach, Neil Craig, offered him a spot on the Crows' senior list, whereas Melbourne could only offer McKenzie a spot on their rookie list, with the chance that he might be promoted to the senior list during the year. McKenzie, however, chose to repay the Demons for the faith they had put in him, by recruiting him originally, and he stayed with Melbourne, despite the possibility of reduced opportunities.[4]

The fear that Mckenzie would have a lack of opportunities was soon relieved as he was promoted to the senior list prior to the beginning of the 2010 season, due to Max Gawn's long term injury. McKenzie has become a mainstay of the Melbourne midfield during the season and, along with other young players, such as Jack Watts, Jordan Gysberts and Jack Trengove, is considered to be the future of the club. He has also been noted for his stoppage work, particularly his clearances and tackling ability.

Despite not receiving a Rising Star nomination throughout the year, McKenzie finished the 2010 season by winning Melbourne's Coach's Award.[5] As a reward for his performance during the season, McKenzie was elevated to Melbourne's senior list with the 81st selection in the 2010 AFL Draft.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [7]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Melbourne 49 3 0 0 17 25 42 8 11 0.0 0.0 5.7 8.3 14.0 2.7 3.7
2010 Melbourne 13 19 2 1 126 224 350 46 128 0.1 0.1 6.6 11.8 18.4 2.4 6.7
2011 Melbourne 13 15 2 0 83 217 300 24 100 0.1 0.0 5.5 14.5 20.0 1.6 6.7
2012 Melbourne 13 20 3 2 167 174 341 30 116 0.2 0.1 8.4 8.7 17.1 1.5 5.8
2013 Melbourne 13 12 3 1 60 133 193 20 50 0.3 0.1 5.0 11.1 16.1 1.7 4.2
2014 Melbourne 13 9 0 2 40 81 121 10 27 0.0 0.2 4.4 9.0 13.4 1.1 3.0
Career 78 10 6 493 854 1347 138 432 0.1 0.1 6.3 10.9 17.3 1.8 5.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e (28 July 2009) "The adventures of Jordie McKenzie" Melbourne FC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Jordie McKenzie". AFL. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ (23 July 2010) "Jordie McKenzie elevated to Senior List". Melbourne FC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ Clark, Jay. (20 February 2010) "Melbourne rookie Jordie McKenzie repays faith". Herald Sun. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ Clark, Jay (3 September 2010). "Brad Green wins Keith "Bluey" Truscott gong". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Burgan, Matt (11 November 2010). "Melbourne to have four ‘live’ draft picks". Official AFL Website of the Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Jordie McKenzie's player profile at AFL Tables

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