Travis Varcoe in 2011
|Full name||Travis Varcoe|
|Date of birth||10 April 1988|
|Place of birth||South Australia|
|Original team||Smithfield (SAAFL)
Central District (SANFL)
|Draft||15th overall, 2005
|Height/Weight||180cm / 80 kg|
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 11, 2014 season.
Varcoe debuted in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) for Central District Football Club in 2005 at the age of 17. A foot injury early in the season held him back from performing in front of prospective recruiters, before Geelong selected him at the end of the first round with the 15th overall pick in the 2005 National Draft.
Varcoe was given the honour of wearing Geelong's number five guernsey, previously worn by club legends Gary Ablett and Polly Farmer. Varcoe plays as a forward pocket but can also play as a midfielder if required, drawing comparisons to Melbourne speedster Aaron Davey, with his consistent forward line pressure and high-speed chase downs on the field. Varcoe is often referred to as "The Magician" with his quick, at times invisible handballs and tricky skills.
Varcoe played a key utility role for Geelong in 2009, which included a valuable contribution in the Grand Final as Geelong defeated St Kilda Football Club. Varcoe played a critical role in delivering a handball to Paul Chapman late in the game which resulted in a brilliant Chapman goal giving Geelong a six point lead. Shortly after, team mate Max Rooke scored a goal after the final siren to give Geelong a 12 point win.
Going in to the 2010 AFL season, Varcoe put in the most promising preseason of his career, only to succumb to a thumb injury to put him out for the first few weeks of the season. However, onhis return to the senior side, Varcoe played well enough to finish ninth in Geelong's 2010 Best and Fairest count.
Varcoe kicked the first goal of the 2011 AFL Grand Final inside the first 10 seconds of the match. He also kicked the second goal of the match. However his goal at the eight minute mark in the 4th quarter was possibly goal of the season. Before kicking the goal Varcoe took a mark in Geelong's backline whilst he was almost simultaneously bumped forcing the ball free, and the mark going unpaid. However Varcoe ran forward with the play gathering possessions and ultimately converted a goal from inside 50 moments later. He picked up his 2nd Premiership Medallion in 2011. As of Round 11, 2014, Varcoe had played 125 games and of those 125 games had won 105 of those games. He was also the quickest player to reach 100 wins, playing in his 100th win in his 113th game.
In August 2007, Varcoe caused controversy after concerns were raised about the racial and sexual content featured on his MySpace page. The site promoted the theme of black supremacy and contained several images of topless women in suggestive poses. The Geelong Football Club acted swiftly, removing the content immediately after it came to its attention.
- Statistics are correct as of 24 September 2011 (Preliminary Finals, 2011 season). Averages are in brackets.
|2007||Geelong||5||18||144 (8.0)||72 (4.0)||72 (4.0)||35 (1.9)||57 (3.2)||15 (0.8)||7 (0.4)|
|2008||Geelong||5||16||185 (11.6)||98 (6.1)||87 (5.4)||45 (2.8)||72 (4.5)||14 (0.9)||7 (0.4)|
|2009||Geelong||5||22||313 (14.2)||140 (6.4)||173 (7.9)||65 (3.0)||75 (3.4)||22 (1.0)||14 (0.6)|
|2010||Geelong||5||20||320 (16.0)||146 (7.3)||174 (8.7)||72 (3.6)||82 (4.1)||31 (1.6)||13 (0.6)|
|2011||Geelong||5||23||368 (16.0)||177 (7.7)||191 (8.3)||54 (2.4)||50 (2.2)||28 (1.1)||17 (0.6)|
|Career totals||99||1330 (13.4)||633 (6.4)||697 (7.0)||271 (2.7)||336 (3.4)||110 (1.1)||58 (0.6)|
- Varcoe to miss early rounds, The Age, Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
- "Selwood wins Geelong's Best and Fairest". Geelong Advertiser. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- Deery, Shannon (19 August 2007). "AFL club axes star's 'offensive' MySpace blog". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
- "Travis Varcoe statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "Travis Varcoe of the Geelong Cats Career AFL Stats". footywire.com. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- Travis Varcoe's profile on the official website of the Geelong Football Club
- Travis Varcoe's statistics from AFL Tables
|Geelong F.C. Community Champion Award
With: Nathan Djerrkura