Chris Dawes (Australian footballer)

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Chris Dawes
Chris Dawes 2015.JPG
Dawes at training in July 2015
Personal information
Full name Chris Dawes
Date of birth (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 28)
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)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008–2012 Collingwood 071 0(83)
2013–2016 Melbourne 050 0(47)
Total 121 (130)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Chris Dawes (born 16 May 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early career[edit]

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).[1]

AFL career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

After making his debut, Dawes played the remainder of Collingwood's 2008 season including an elimination final against the Adelaide Crows in which he kicked three goals.[4]

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.[5] 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,[6] but he held his position in the team. At the end of the season, Dawes requested that he be traded to another club,[7] and Collingwood agreed to a deal with Melbourne during trade week.[8]

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted by Melbourne.[9]

Post AFL[edit]

Dawes has signed for Sorrento in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League for the 2017 season.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[11]
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)
2008 Collingwood 31 6 5 3 35 16 51 29 5 0.8 0.5 5.8 2.7 8.5 8.5 0.8
2009 Collingwood 31 4 5 3 20 33 53 18 10 1.3 0.6 5.0 6.6 11.6 4.5 2.5
2010 Collingwood 31 20 30 16 136 111 247 111 51 1.5 1.3 6.8 5.6 12.4 5.6 2.6
2011 Collingwood 31 18 27 15 122 121 243 81 58 1.5 0.9 6.8 6.8 13.6 4.5 3.2
2012 Collingwood 31 23 16 20 158 134 292 110 59 0.7 0.9 6.9 5.8 12.7 4.8 2.7
2013 Melbourne 6 12 12 6 82 28 110 63 22 1.0 0.5 6.8 2.3 9.1 5.3 1.8
2014 Melbourne 6 18 20 15 136 86 222 81 54 1.1 0.8 7.6 4.8 12.3 4.5 3.0
2015 Melbourne 6 14 11 12 100 67 167 60 21 0.8 0.9 7.1 4.8 11.9 4.3 1.5
2016 Melbourne 6 6 4 2 36 36 72 17 19 0.7 0.3 6.0 6.0 12.0 2.8 3.2
Career 121 130 92 825 632 1457 570 299 1.1 0.8 6.8 5.2 12.0 4.7 2.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dawes opens up". The Age. Melbourne. 
  2. ^ Barrett, Damian (29 January 2008). "Chris Dawes and Nathan Brown to start from the back". Herald Sun. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Bruce (10 August 2008). "Chris Dawes and John McCarthy save Pies' week". Herald Sun. 
  4. ^ "Magpies topple the Crows". AAP. 6 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Gleeson, Michael (5 July 2011). "Dawes to knuckle down". The Age. Melbourne. 
  6. ^ "Plan B for the Pies if Dawes is out". The Age. Melbourne. 19 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Paton, Al; Landsberger, Sam (12 October 2012). "Collingwood forward Chris Dawes requests a trade to Melbourne after four clubs chased his services". Herald Sun. 
  8. ^ "Melbourne Demons secure Collingwood key forward Chris Dawes in exchange for a first round draft pick". FOX SPORTS. 16 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Melbourne Delists Four More". Triple M. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  10. ^ McEvoy, Simon (9 December 2016). "Sorrento lands prized recruits Andrew Lovett and Chris Dawes". Mornington Peninsula Leader. 
  11. ^ "Chris Dawes". AFL Tables. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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