Matthew Primus

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Matthew Primus
Personal information
Full name Matthew Richard Primus
Date of birth (1975-01-12) 12 January 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Geelong, Victoria
Original team Geelong falcons
Draft #2, 1995 National Draft, Fitzroy
Height/Weight 198cm / 109kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996
1997–2005
Total
Fitzroy
Port Adelaide
020 0(5)
137 (76)
157 (81)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2002 Australia 2
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2010–2012 Port Adelaide 47 (13–34–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2012.
Career highlights

Matthew Richard Primus (born 12 January 1975) is a former coach of the Port Adelaide Football Club and Australian rules footballer, captain and All Australian ruckman. He is currently an assistant coach at the Gold Coast Football Club. He went to Doncaster Secondary College (formerly known as Doncaster High School).

AFL career[edit]

Fitzroy career[edit]

Early career (1996)[edit]

Primus began his career with the Fitzroy Football Club in what was to be their final season in the AFL. At the end of the season, He had played 20 games and kicked five goals, becoming one of their key players. Primus signed with the Port Adelaide Football Club as an uncontracted zone player during their AFL establishment in 1996.

Port Adelaide career[edit]

Career high (1997–2002)[edit]

After finishing second in Fitzroy’s 1996 Best and Fairest and in the same position in Port Adelaide's 1997 Best and Fairest, Primus had established himself as one of the game's top ruckmen, but his close losses in the Best and Fairest counts would be a pointer to the bad luck he would face later in his career. 1999 saw Primus play only two games before a serious knee injury ruled him out for the year, yet the Power managed to improve on their combined record of 19-23-2 to reach seventh position. As his star rose as a player, Primus was also getting noticed off the field, being voted Cleo Magazine's ”Most Eligible Bachelor” in 1998. After the Power had a disappointing season in 2000, Primus was promoted to captain of the club in 2001, and led the team to a minor premiership in 2002 with only two losses in their last twenty home-and-away games before lack of finals experience told.

Injuries (2003–2004)[edit]

In 2003 Primus was hampered by hamstring and knee injuries, and only played nine games. The worst was yet to come, however, and 2004 would be the ultimate heartbreak for Primus. In his return game in Round 3, he suffered an ACL rupture after his left knee bent the wrong way, requiring a knee reconstruction and putting him out of the game for the rest of the 2004 season. Warren Tredrea took over the captaincy, and after plenty of near-misses in the finals, Port Adelaide would go on to win the premiership that year, with Primus missing out.

Final season (2005)[edit]

In 2005, Primus made another return to the AFL. His form was not indicative of the Primus of old, however, and it seemed Port were playing Primus out of respect that he was the captain. Not only that, but Port Adelaide were not the same strong side they were just a year earlier. While they eventually had a few results go their way and managed to scrape into the finals, Primus injured his knee again in the final round of the home-and-away season. He was expected to miss only the finals series at first, but later scans revealed that he would require a third knee reconstruction. The likelihood that he would not be able to play until 2007 meant Primus announced his retirement from the AFL at the age of 30.

Coaching career[edit]

Port Adelaide (2006–2012)[edit]

Primus was the assistant coach to Mark Williams from December 2005 to July 2010.[1]

Just over midway through the 2010 season, with the Power’s record getting worst week by week, Williams stepped down as coach after Round 15, and Primus was appointed the caretaker coach for the remainder of the 2010 season.[2] As caretaker coach, Primus won his first game in the showdown against the in-form Adelaide Crows and followed it up a week later with a win over the also in-form Hawthorn Hawks.[3] Primus finished the 2010 season with 5 wins out of 7 games as the caretaker coach and earned numerous praises from players, staff and supporters for the job in 2011. The club administration had started the search for a new coach and it was believed that the Power would appoint someone who had never been associated with the club before.[4] Nevertheless, Primus was appointed as the senior coach of the club for three years.[5]

In 2011, Primus' first full season as the full time Port Adelaide senior coach, the side won only three games, finishing second-last, and only missing out on the wooden spoon with a win on the final round of the season against Melbourne, at the expense of Gold Coast. He finished 2011 with a 3-19 win-loss record. In 2012, he coached the team to a 5–13 record after nineteen rounds, but in the aftermath of the team's 34-point Round 19 loss to struggling expansion team Greater Western Sydney, Primus was informed that his contract would be terminated one year early at the end of the season; he opted to step down as coach immediately, on 6 August 2012, rather than coach out the remaining four matches, and he was replaced by Port Adelaide assistant coach Garry Hocking as caretaker.[6] He left Port Adelaide with a winning percentage of 27.7%.[7]

Gold Coast (2013)[edit]

On September 25, Primus was announced as an assistant coach of the Gold Coast Suns.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Primus married Melissa Tucker in January 2007. They have three daughters together, Skye Isabella (born April 2006) and Holly Jessica (born July 2007). They had their third child Georgia Emily in August 2008. He is also the grandson of former Geelong Football Club player, captain and coach Reg Hickey.

Honours and achievements[edit]

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References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gavin Wanganeen
Port Adelaide Captain
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Warren Tredrea
Preceded by
Warren Tredrea
Port Adelaide Captain
2005
Succeeded by
Warren Tredrea
Preceded by
Mark Williams
Port Adelaide Football Club coach
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Garry Hocking (caretaker)
Awards
Preceded by
Warren Tredrea
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
2002
Succeeded by
Gavin Wanganeen