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Varcoe reaches game 200

Varcoe bursts through for third Travis Varcoe began Collingwood's clash with Sydney magnificently, kicking three first quarter goals, including this beauty.

Two premierships, 17 finals and a winning percentage of 72.36 per cent would be enough to make any footballer feel fulfilled.

But Travis Varcoe never strikes you as the sort of player who is easily satisfied by his early success at Geelong.

Since crossing to Collingwood at the end of the 2014 season, he has been a fine performer in several roles, from the back flanks to the wings to the forward fifty.

This week marks Varcoe’s 200th senior game, making him the 15th product of the 2005 National Draft to reach the milestone.

It hasn’t all been flags and triumphs for the 30-year-old, though, for he spent his first 12 months at Geelong in the VFL and managed only one match in 2012 due to stress fractures in his feet.



Steele Sidebotton chases after Travis Varcoe during the latter's time as a Cat back in 2011.

He debuted alongside Tom Hawkins in a 78-point Geelong win over Carlton in round two, 2007, and was a member of the Cats’ Grand Final teams of 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Collingwood supporters will remember his contributions to the 2011 Grand Final for all the wrong reasons, for it was Varcoe who kicked the first two goals of the game, including the opener just 15 seconds into the match.

At the end of the 2014 season, a year in which he played all bar one match in the Blue and White hoops, Varcoe joined Collingwood in a trade that saw Heritier Lumumba join Melbourne and Mitch Clark head to Geelong.

"We will use Travis a bit more differently," Hine said shortly after the deal was completed.

"It will be more on the outside where he can use his wheels and give us some run.”

Those wheels have been of great value to his Collingwood teammates and coaches since his Magpie debut against Brisbane in round one, 2015, as have his hardness and courage, which have helped make him a favourite of all at the Holden Centre.



Levi Greenwood, Travis Varcoe and Jack Crisp. Not a bad trade period! Photo: Collingwood Media.