Dustin Martin

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Dustin Martin
Personal information
Full name Dustin Martin
Date of birth (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Castlemaine, Victoria
Original team(s) Castlemaine (BFL)
Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 3, 2009 National Draft
Height / weight 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
93 kg (205 lb; 14 st 9 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Richmond
Number 4
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010– Richmond 153 (150)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights

Dustin Martin (born 26 June 1991) is an Australian rules football player who plays for Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Castlemaine, Victoria to a Maori father, Shane and an Australian mother, Kathy Knight.[1] He played football for Castlemaine in the Bendigo Football League before leaving school after year 9 and moving to Sydney with his father, Shane. In Sydney he played for the Campbelltown Blues under 18's for the majority of the season and for the senior team on one occasion. Meanwhile, he worked at his father's transport business and his father's girlfriend's sports apparel business.[1]

Junior career[edit]

At the end of 2007 Martin moved back to Castlemaine where he played for the Castlemaine Football Club senior side.[1] In 2008 he played four games for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup. He returned to the Pioneers side the following year and played exceptionally well, placing second in the club's best-and-fairest award. Across 11 games with Bendigo, Martin would average 24.7 disposals and 9.7 contested possessions. He also ranked 1st at the club for disposals, contested possessions, clearances, inside 50s and score assists.

Martin went on to play for the Victorian Country side in the 2009 Under 18s championships, averaging 21.4 touches and 7.2 contested possessions in the five games he played. In the final match of the competition he recorded 28 disposals and five clearances against Western Australia. He was rewarded for his stellar efforts at the championships with a selection in the tournament's All-Australian team.[1]

Martin entered the AFL draft camp at the AIS in Canberra in October of that year. He recorded impressive results, finishing equal second in the kicking efficiency test and ran the 20 m sprint in 2.89 seconds, the second fastest at the camp.[1][2]

AFL career[edit]

Martin's AFL career began in November 2009 when he was drafted to Richmond with the third overall pick in the 2009 AFL Draft.[3] He debuted in the season's opening match of the following year, a 56 point Richmond loss against traditional rivals Carlton. Martin impressed, recording the sixth most disposals of any Tiger (18) to go along with four marks, three tackles and three clearances.[4] In Round 10 of the same season he was nominated for the 2010 AFL Rising Star after a 21 disposal and 11 clearance match against Port Adelaide.[3][4] Due to a rough conduct charge received in Round 3 however, Martin was ruled ineligible for the award and thus did not officially place in the end of season award's points tally.[5] He missed only one game in his debut season, and finished the year ranked second at Richmond for clearances and inside 50s and third for both contested possessions and disposals.[3]

In Round 5, 2011 against North Melbourne, Martin had what was described by Richmond coach, Damien Hardwick, as his "coming of age" game, kicking four goals and recording 33 disposals.[6] Later that season he would have his greatest single game goalkicking performance, booting five majors against Brisbane in a Round 13 victory at The Gabba.[7] He finished the 2011 season ranked 3rd at the club for goals with a career best 33 kicked across 22 games.[8]

2012 represented a step backwards for Martin both on the field and off. On 3 July 2012, Martin and teammate Daniel Connors missed a mandatory training session at the club. According to a statement release by Richmond, the pair had taken prescription sleeping medication the night prior and had overslept. Martin had also been drinking that night and had the medication prescribed. The club said both had failed to uphold team standards and Martin was suspended for two weeks for the incident. Meanwhile Connors, who was on a final warning under coach Hardwick, was sacked.[9] After fourth and third place finishes in the club's best-and-fairest the years prior, Martin would only manage 10th spot in 2012. He ranked sixth at the club for contested possessions and disposals as well as fifth in clearances.[10]

In 2013 Martin would play a complete slate of games, including his first career final and the club's first in 12 years. He was second to only captain Trent Cotchin in disposals that season and was selected in the inaugural AFL Players Association 22under22 team, an annual award recognising the best young talent in the AFL. He was at the same time chosen to the retrospectively selected 2012 team.[11] In addition he recorded his best finish yet in the club's best-and-fairest, securing second place. Following the conclusion of Richmond's season, Martin began a highly publicised test of the market for his services. At one stage, Martin was filmed meeting with Greater Western Sydney officials and touring the club's training and administration facilities. Ultimately, Martin would make the decision to stay, signing a two year deal on September 30 2013.[12][13]

Though he did not make the final team, Martin received his first nomination to the All-Australian squad of 40 players following a strong 2014 season.[14] He set a career best mark for disposals for the second year running and finished second at the club for inside 50s.[15] He also received the second highest number of Brownlow Medal votes at Richmond and placed third in the club's best and fairest.[16]

Martin placed 7th in the Brownlow medal tally in 2015, the best result of any Tiger that year.[17] He was again nominated to the All-Australian squad of 40 but would fail to make final selection for the second-straight season. [18] Martin topped the club for disposals and inside 50's in 2015 and again placed second in the club's Best-and-Fairest.[19][20]

In the 2016 Dreamtime at the 'G match, Martin was awarded best on ground and presented with the Yiooken Award for the first time in his career.[21] In the Round 17 re-match against Essendon, Martin recorded a career high 43 disposals, placing him 3rd on the club's single game disposals record tally.[22] The same year, he would be selected to his first All-Australian team after breaking the club record for disposals in a single season.[22] He also topped the club for inside 50s and contested possessions and placed only behind captain Trent Cotchin for clearances.[23] However, his 113 clangers topped the league, and set a league record for clangers recorded in a single home and away season.[24] At the end of the season, Martin was awarded the Jack Dyer medal as Richmond's best and fairest player.[25] He was also the club's highest placed player at the Brownlow Medal and third overall.[26]

Martin remains contracted to Richmond until the end of the 2017 season.[27]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[28]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2010 Richmond 36 21 11 6 210 215 425 50 70 0.5 0.3 10.0 10.2 20.2 2.4 3.3
2011 Richmond 4 22 33 14 311 175 486 78 73 1.5 0.6 14.1 8.0 22.1 3.5 3.3
2012 Richmond 4 20 23 23 257 190 447 63 60 1.2 1.2 12.9 9.6 22.4 3.2 3.0
2013 Richmond 4 23 23 32 382 175 557 110 63 1.0 1.4 16.6 7.6 24.2 4.8 2.7
2014 Richmond 4 22 27 15 385 108 560 175 56 1.2 0.7 16.7 7.6 24.3 4.7 2.4
2015 Richmond 4 23 24 13 400 197 597 103 89 1.0 0.6 17.4 8.6 25.9 4.8 3.7
2016 Richmond 4 22 9 9 427 257 684 99 80 0.4 0.4 19.4 11.7 31.1 4.5 3.6
Career 153 150 112 2372 1384 3756 611 491 1.0 0.7 15.5 9.0 24.5 4.0 3.2

Personal life[edit]

Off-field, Martin is close personal friends with Brownlow Medalist and former Collingwood midfielder, Dane Swan.[29]

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2010 6
2011 12
2012 5
2013 16
2014 13
2015 21
2016 25
Total 98
Green / Bold = Won


  1. ^ a b c d e Robinson, Mark (7 November 2009). "Dustin Martin's born to play AFL". Herald Sun. 
  2. ^ "Emma Quayle's draft camp latest". The Age. Melbourne. 2 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Quayle, Emma (1 August 2010). "He's strong and he's bold". The Age. Melbourne. 
  4. ^ a b "Richmond v Carlton 2010". AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Match review panel: round 3". AFL.com.au. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  6. ^ Buckle, Greg (24 April 2011). "Martin fires Tigers to win over North". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Round 13, 2011 – Ric vs Bri". AFL Tables. 
  8. ^ "2011 Stats". 
  9. ^ Wilson, Caroline (4 July 2012). "Tigers sack Connors, suspend Martin". The Age. Melbourne. 
  10. ^ "2012 Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  11. ^ McInerney, Sam. "22under22 Team Announced". AFL Players' Association. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Richmond star Martin open to offers, AFL.com.au, 16 September 2013
  13. ^ "Dustin Martin re-signs with Richmond". The Age. Melbourne. 
  14. ^ Nathan Schmook and Adam McNicol (2 September 2014). "Fresh faces aplenty as AFL names 40-man All Australian squad". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "2014 Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  16. ^ Greenberg, Tony (30 September 2014). "Cotchin's Jack Dyer Medal treble". Richmond FC. Bigpond. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "2015 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Twomey, Callum (22 September 2015). "Bulldog Murphy captains 11 new All Australians as Walker, Kennedy miss out". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  19. ^ "2015 Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  20. ^ Greenberg, Tony (6 October 2015). "Rance reigns". Richmond FC. Bigpond. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  21. ^ Greenberg, Tony (31 May 2016). "Dazzling Dusty". Richmond FC. Bigpond. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "Richmond Season and Game Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Richmond 2016 Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "Season and Game Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  25. ^ Greenberg, Tony (9 September 2016). "Dusty's Jack triumph". Richmond FC. Bigpond. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  26. ^ Schmook, Nathan (26 September 2016). "Patrick Dangerfield breaks all-time votes record to seal Brownlow Medal". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  27. ^ Warner, Michael (17 February 2015). "Dustin Martin signs two-year contract extension to remain at Richmond until end of 2017". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Dustin Martin". AFL Tables. 
  29. ^ "AFL players on holidays: Dustin Martin and Dane Swan in Las Vegas". Herald Sun. News Ltd. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 

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