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Cloke's milestone career

March 30, 2012 7:28 AM

Flashback: Preliminary Final 2011 Relive the roller coaster that was the 2011 Preliminary Final, ranging from Leon Davis' last goal in Collingwood colours, Travis Cloke's towering mark and goal, Luke Ball's match winner and Dale Thomas' match-saving tackle.

Travis Cloke has always been familiar with the big stage.

Debuting in front of 70,003 spectators on Anzac Day 2005, Cloke has gone on to play in 15 finals and three Grand Finals in only seven seasons.

With this in mind, it's only fitting that Cloke will play his 150th game in front of a near capacity crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday night against Hawthorn.

The recently turned 25-year-old has carved our a brilliant career in the black and white since his first game in 2005. Three years into his career, he received the E.W. Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest at the tender age of 21.

Two modest years followed, but Cloke hit back with a powerful 2010 that culminated in a crucial role in Collingwood's 15th premiership.

Last season, the 196cm big man came of age, kicking 69 goals to lead the club for the first time in his career, earn his first All-Australian guernsey and reach the top echelon of footballers in the country.

In fact, Cloke's 2011 was so imposing that it prompted several pundits to rank him alongside other stars such as Lance Franklin, Chris Judd and Gary Ablett for his skill and ability to influence the course of a match.

Cloke has played 149 of a possible 166 matches since his debut and has continued to maintain his family's proud tradition at the club as he follows in the footsteps of his father David and older brothers Jason and Cameron with whom he played in his first two seasons.

Travis Cloke

Number: 32
Height: 196cm
Weight: 103kg
Games: 149
Goals: 224
Finals: 15
Debut: Round 5 2005 v Essendon at the MCG.
Honors: Premiership side 2010, pre-season premiership side 2011, All-Australian 2011, AFL Rising Star nomination 2005 (round 10), E.W. Copeland Trophy 2007, 3rd Best and Fairest 2011, Bob Rose Award (Best Finals Player) 2007, Gordon Coventry (leading goal kicker) 2011.