|Full name||Scott Pendlebury|
|Date of birth||7 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Sale, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Gippsland Power (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 5, 2005 national draft|
Round 10, 2006, Collingwood|
vs. Brisbane, at the MCG
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
|2008, 2020||Victoria||2 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2022 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2020.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Scott Pendlebury (born 7 January 1988) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He has served as the Collingwood captain since the 2014 season.
In round 18 of the 2020 season, he broke the Collingwood record for most VFL/AFL games played, as well as most games as captain.
Originally from Sale in the Gippsland Region of Victoria, Pendlebury began his sporting career playing basketball and accepted a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, however, after 3 weeks at the AIS, he decided to quit the Under 18's squad and return to Victoria to pursue professional football with the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup. Pendlebury's vacated place in the AIS squad was taken by Patty Mills, who went on to win an NBA Championship in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. Growing up, Pendlebury supported the Melbourne Football Club.
Pendlebury was selected for the 2005 Under-18 Vic Country team. He played two of the three games and had an average of 17 possessions.
He was selected to play for eventual 2005 TAC Cup premiers Gippsland Power. He played 19 games, kicked 11 goals and averaged 22 possessions a game. Collingwood became aware of Pendlebury after Gippsland Power manager Peter Francis recommended both Pendlebury and his older brother Kristopher. Collingwood drafted Scott Pendlebury with pick five in the 2005 AFL Draft, and Collingwood's number two pick overall, whereas Kris did not play in the AFL but did captain the Collingwood side in the Victorian Football League.
Pendlebury began his career wearing number 16 on his guernsey and changed to number 10 at the start of the 2007 season. He is a natural left-footer, rarely wastes a possession, and has excellent vision that has been attributed to his years playing basketball.
Pendlebury's 2006 pre-season was hampered by glandular fever, but he made a successful comeback with Collingwood's VFL affiliate, Williamstown. He made his AFL debut in Round 10 against the Brisbane Lions, and became part of a select group of footballers known for kicking their first goal with their first kick in league football. He played eight more games in the 2006 season.
Pendlebury switched to the number 10 guernsey previously worn by Blake Caracella, and gave the number 16 guernsey to newcomer Nathan Brown. Following his nine games in 2006, Pendlebury broke into the Collingwood midfield on a regular basis, averaging 18 disposals a game before he was nominated for the NAB Rising Star in Round 4. He collected a season-high 26 possessions in the 2007 Semi-Final against the West Coast Eagles in Perth, and kicked a crucial goal during extra time.
Throughout the 2007 season, he was compared with Geelong rookie midfielder Joel Selwood.[by whom?] Both were close favourites for the 2007 NAB Rising Star with Selwood eventually winning by seven votes.
Pendlebury was voted into Collingwood's five-man leadership group as deputy vice-captain preceding the 2008 season.
On 9 May 2008, Pendlebury was selected in the Victorian Squad for the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match, with teammates Josh Fraser and Heath Shaw. Despite playing only half of the match, he collected 19 disposals with a 79% efficiency rating.
Pendlebury played his 50th game on 9 August 2008 against St Kilda in Round 19. He finished third in Collingwood's 2008 Best and Fairest count.
Pendlebury became more prominent in 2009. He collected a career high 39 disposals against Melbourne Football Club on the Queens Birthday and won the Women's Round medal. He had a career high 22 kicks against the West Coast Eagles and another career high 20 handballs against the Richmond Football Club. Despite missing a few games due to injuries, he was still shortlisted for selection as an All-Australian. He had an average of 26 disposals a game (13 kicks and 13 handballs)and averaged 2 goals per 5 games. His season ended with a cracked fibula bone injury in the Qualifying final.
Pendlebury polled 13 votes in the 2009 Brownlow Medal, the top ranked Collingwood player.
In 2010 Pendlebury won a spot in the All-Australian team and won the ANZAC Medal. He polled 21 votes in the 2010 Brownlow Medal, to finish in fourth position. He won the 2010 Norm Smith medal when Collingwood won the premiership.
In 2011 Pendlebury won his second ANZAC Day Medal as best-on-ground in Collingwood's 30-point win over Essendon. Three weeks later, against Geelong, he was controversially denied a goal from a free kick that would have won Collingwood the game. Ultimately, the Magpies lost by three points.
Pendlebury finished the season with 15 brownlow votes, down on his 24 from the previous year and helped the Magpies to a Preliminary Final, where they eventually lost to the Sydney Swans. He finished second in the Copeland Trophy to winner Dayne Beams and in front of three-time champion Dane Swan. He was also included in the All Australian for the 3rd year running alongside teammates Swan and Dayne Beams.
Pendlebury improved on his 2012 season, having arguably his best and most consistent season to date. Already touted as future captain of the Collingwood Football Club, Pendlebury helped lead the club brilliantly in 2013 and although Collingwood lost the Elimination final loss to Port Adelaide, Pendlebury won his second Copeland Trophy beating former champion Dane Swan. He also had 21 votes in the Brownlow, only losing out to teammate Dane Swan for the highest votes for the Magpies. Pendlebury once again was included in the All Australian Squad being named on the wing. This was his fourth consecutive inclusion in the team.
On 29 January, Pendlebury was appointed as captain replacing Nick Maxwell. Pendlebury has thrived as captain having one of his best seasons.
At the end of the season, Pendlebury was selected for the fifth consecutive time as part of the All Australian team and was awarded the Lou Richards Medal. He also won his third Copeland Trophy, the Magpie Army Player of the Year award and the Gavin Brown Award.
During the 2015 Copeland Trophy event, Eddie McGuire announced that Pendlebury had re-signed with Collingwood until the end of 2020. Pendlebury said at event "The direction the club is taking really excites me. We have a solid group of young players who have got a taste of senior footy and we have the right program and people in place to take this group to the next level. I’m proud to captain this club and want to be part of what the future holds." The same night, he won his third consecutive Copeland Trophy and fourth overall.
Pendlebury battled injury early in the season as well as filled in as a half-back instead of his regular role in the midfield, and despite this maintained his consistency. His professionalism and inspiration caused his peers to vote for him as the winner of the Gavin Brown Award for demonstrating the team values throughout the season. He was further rewarded with his fourth consecutive Copeland Trophy and fifth overall.
Pendlebury had a consistent 2017 season until he sustained a broken finger in Round 17 against the Gold Coast Suns. He had successful surgery on the finger, and was hopeful to return the next week, but his return was delayed for a month and it was said to be unlikely that he would play again until Round 22 or 23. However, did not return again for the season. In the 2017 season, he averaged a career high tackles per game (6.4).
Pendlebury was born and raised in Sale, Victoria. He attended Catholic College Sale. He played alongside former Collingwood players Dale Thomas, Tyson Goldsack and Brent Macaffer at the Gippsland Power before all getting drafted to Collingwood. He has two brothers who have both played football in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Older brother Kris has won the Joseph Wren Memorial Trophy and captained the Collingwood VFL Football Club and younger brother Ryan has played for three teams in the VFL. Scott Pendlebury married his long-term girlfriend, Alex Pendlebury (née Davis), in 2016. The couple's first son was born in 2017, and welcomed a daughter in November 2019.
Updated to the end of the 2022 season.
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|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)||Votes|
- The 2020 season was played with 17 home-and-away matches per team (down from 22) and 16-minute quarters with time on (down from 20-minute quarters with time on) due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Honours and achievements
- Collingwood captain: 2014–present
- Norm Smith Medal: 2010
- Collingwood games record holder
- AFLCA champion player of the year: 2013
- 6× All-Australian team: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019
- 5× Copeland Trophy: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- 2× AFLPA best captain: 2020, 2022
- AFLCA best young player: 2007
- 3× Anzac Medal: 2010, 2011, 2019
- Lou Richards Medal: 2014
- AFL Rising Star nominee: 2007
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- NAB. "Joel Selwood wins the NAB AFL Rising Star Award".
- CTV (12 May 2008). "Pendles, Leo lap up Tribute Match".
- Grandstand Radio (23 May 2008). "Cats tamed by defensive heroics, says Magpies".
- Hayes left out of All-Oz team
- Judd charges to medal No.2
- Robinson, Mark (26 April 2011). "Scott Pendlebury claims another Anzac Day medal". Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
- Epstein, Jackie (14 May 2011). "Rules confusion after critical decision denies goal". Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
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- "Pendlebury signs until 2020". collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond. 9 October 2015.
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- Mason, Luke (7 October 2016). "Gavin Brown Award: Scott Pendlebury". collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond.
- Ryan, Peter (7 October 2016). "Pies skipper Pendlebury wins fourth-straight Copeland Trophy". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Cherny, Daniel (7 October 2016). "Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury wins record fourth straight Copeland Trophy". The Age.
- "10 things about Scott Pendlebury". 31 January 2014.
- Epstein, Jackie (16 May 2017). "Collingwood star Scott Pendlebury and wife Alex welcome baby boy Jax". Herald Sun.
- "New addition to Magpie's nest". 22 November 2019.
- "Scott Pendlebury". AFL Tables. Retrieved 18 March 2022.