Clinton Young

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Clinton Young
Dasher training.jpg
Young training with Collingwood in 2014
Personal information
Full name Clinton Young
Nickname(s) "Dasher"
Date of birth (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 31)
Original team(s) Minyip-Murtoa (WFL)
North Ballarat Rebels (TAC Cup)
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2012 Hawthorn 116 (60)
2013–2015 Collingwood 021 0(9)
Total 137 (69)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Clinton Young (born 16 February 1986) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club and Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Young is widely considered to be one of the best left foot kicks on the run in the AFL, often kicking in excess of 50 metres.[1]

Hawthorn[edit]

Young with Hawthorn in 2008

He was recruited from Minyip-Murtoa and North Ballarat U18's. Young started the 2005 season on the rookie list, he was promoted to the senior list later that year. Young made his debut at AFL level in Round 16, 2005 for the Hawthorn Football Club. He finished the season with seven games of experience where he showed a lot of potential. In 2006 he played the first 7 games of the season, his performance was reasonably consistent during this period. After being out of the side several weeks, Young made a return in Round 12 against Richmond at Aurora Stadium in Launceston. This was to be his best game for the season as he recorded then career highs of 21 kicks, 24 disposals and 13 marks as his team defeated Richmond comfortably. His 13 marks was equal best on his team.

Young can play on the wing or up forward. His speed and ball skills make him a good wingman whilst his height and kicking ability make him a versatile forward.

He played an important role in the Hawks 2008 Grand Final victory over Geelong where he was the Hawks leading possession getter in the first half before succumbing to an ankle injury early in the third quarter.[2]

Young missed most of the 2009 season with a hip injury.

After a lean couple of seasons, in 2012 Young was able to maintain his spot in the Hawthorn team.[3] His last game for the club was in the 2012 AFL Grand Final.

Collingwood[edit]

Young became a Collingwood player after leaving the Hawks as an unrestricted free agent. It was the opportunity to play a key role on the wing at Collingwood that saw Young make his decision, he has signed a three-year contract.[4] His first season with the Magpies was ruined by injury. He managed two games in an injury interrupted year. In his second season at Collingwood Young has not lived up to his expectation. He has been up and down and towards the end of the season was playing in the VFL. Young was delisted by Collingwood In September 2015,[5] and announced his official retirement on 29 October.[6]

Statistics[edit]

[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)
2005 Hawthorn 45 7 4 2 44 14 58 23 16 0.6 0.3 6.3 2.0 8.3 3.3 2.3
2006 Hawthorn 45 14 1 4 141 39 180 84 26 0.1 0.3 10.1 2.8 12.9 6.0 1.9
2007 Hawthorn 45 23 8 11 303 145 448 166 58 0.3 0.5 13.2 6.3 19.5 7.2 2.5
2008 Hawthorn 11 20 14 6 251 104 355 172 48 0.7 0.3 12.6 5.2 17.8 8.6 2.4
2009 Hawthorn 11 5 0 4 39 32 71 23 22 0.0 0.8 7.8 6.4 14.2 4.6 4.4
2010 Hawthorn 11 17 15 10 152 67 219 68 57 0.9 0.6 8.9 3.9 12.9 4.0 3.4
2011 Hawthorn 11 10 5 10 110 42 152 51 14 0.5 1.0 11.0 4.2 15.2 5.1 1.4
2012 Hawthorn 11 20 13 16 267 92 359 98 64 0.7 0.8 13.4 4.6 18.0 4.9 3.2
2013 Collingwood 14 2 0 0 17 12 29 8 3 0.0 0.0 8.5 6.0 14.5 4.0 1.5
2014 Collingwood 14 19 9 8 210 95 305 99 52 0.5 0.4 11.7 5.3 16.9 5.5 2.9
2015 Collingwood 14 0
Career 137 69 71 1534 642 2176 792 360 0.5 0.5 11.3 4.7 16.0 5.8 2.6

Family[edit]

His cousin, Ross Young, is the current captain of the Richmond reserves team in the Victorian Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baum, Greg (22 April 2007) Young Hawks fly onto radar
  2. ^ Horan, Michael (29 September 2008) Long break for Trent Croad
  3. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/afl/clinton-young-revival-out-of-left-field-as-his-long-kicking-is-a-key-factor-in-hawthorn-resurgence/story-e6frepf6-1226474800804
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  5. ^ Reilly, Stephen (14 September 2015). "List changes: Six Magpies to depart". CollingwoodFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Delisted Magpie Announces His Retirement—Clinton Young has hung up his boots". Triple M Footy. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Clinton Young". AFL Tables. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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