Chris Dawes (Australian footballer)
Dawes at training in July 2015
|Full name||Chris Dawes|
|Date of birth||16 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup) / Hampton Rovers (VAFA)|
|Draft||No. 28, 2006 National Draft|
|Debut||Round 19, 2008, Collingwood
vs. St Kilda, at MCG
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (223 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Raised in the bayside suburbs, Dawes attended Brighton Grammar and played junior football at the Hampton Rovers Football Club. He is the son of a history lecturer turned antiquarian bookshop owner and is 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.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted by Melbourne.
Dawes has signed for Sorrento in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League for the 2017 season.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 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.
- "Melbourne Delists Four More". Triple M. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
- McEvoy, Simon (9 December 2016). "Sorrento lands prized recruits Andrew Lovett and Chris Dawes". Mornington Peninsula Leader.
- "Chris Dawes". AFL Tables. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
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