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Pies still bullish: Toovey

Alan Toovey says Collingwood is still keeping the focus on its end-of-year goals.

2:33pm  Mar 26, 2014

Toovey's wait is almost over

By the time Sunday’s practice match against Gold Coast rolls around, it will have been 311 long days since Alan Toovey last kicked a football in anger.

9:58pm  Feb 28, 2014

Toovey named in Sunday's squad

Alan Toovey will make his return from a knee reconstruction in Collingwood’s final practice match of the pre-season against Gold Coast on Sunday.

2:01pm  Feb 28, 2014

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Alan
Toovey

Height
189 cm
DOB
23-03-1987
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2014
5
Career
119
Goals
2014
1
Career
9
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
288
Avg
58
AlanToovey

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Cranbrook (WA)
Clubs: Collingwood (2006-2014)
Debut: Round 3 2007 v Richmond
Recruited From: Claremont (WA)
Brownlow Votes: 0

Doubted by many during his early years, Toovey has become one of the first players picked each week. He is a reliable performer in the back pocket, putting the clamps on small forwards the calibre of Betts, Chapman and Rioli. He has also developed a penchant for backing himself to run off his man and create from half back where his underrated pace and ability to evade onto his left foot makes him tricky to stop. The respect that Toovey's style of play commands from his fans is illustrated by the 'Tooooves' chant that echoes around the MCG whenever he is in possession.
 

Season By Season

Season By Season

If the football public didn’t comprehend Toovey’s importance to the Collingwood machine before 2013, they quickly picked up the threads as the year progressed. Sadly, it was his injury-enforced absence that brought his value into the spotlight. For four years, Collingwood fans could take Toovey’s role to the bank. Each week, he would lock down on one of the opposition’s gun forwards and regularly render them ineffective. The Magpies sorely missed their dependable half back’s discipline and dash after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the dying stages of the ANZAC Day loss to Essendon. Up until that point, Toovey had been in fine form, laying five tackles in three of his four full games, and appeared to be in for another solid season on the back flank. Players, coaches and fans alike are hoping they will see the No. 34 in the Black and White jumper again post-haste.

Season By Season

It was another consistent season from the versatile defender. Missed three games with injury but was still relied on to perform roles on a range of different sized players. Won the Darren Millane Memorial Trophy for best clubman and is contracted for another season.

Started the year where he left off in 2010, featuring in the NAB Cup premiership team and playing steadily in the early weeks. Was named as a substitute in round four against Richmond, but was on track for another strong season when he suffered a bruised lung and chest contusion in a heavy collision with Geelong’s Tom Hawkins in round eight. Toovey was widely lauded for his courage in fearlessly running back with the flight of the ball, completely oblivious to the man mountain that was about to cross his path.

He remarkably missed only one match, underlining his toughness. Was again struck down by injury in round 17 when he broke his finger against the Blues. Missed a month and returned on the eve of the finals. Wasn’t able to regain his touch during the finals, but still laid 10 tackles in the Grand Final loss.

Had a super season, not missing a game and featuring in the premiership victory and ending the year as a key player in the all conquering Collingwood outfit. Started the year slowly on field, but by Anzac Day in round five he had become a regular weekly contributor. Again registered 22 disposals against the Western Bulldogs in round 11, and reached an amazing 124 tackles for the season and only went without a tackle in one game.

His importance to the side was recognised by the fans, who began to chant ‘Tooooves’ whenever he went near the ball (and when he received his premiership medallion). Was a reliable figure in all four finals and never once lowered his colours.  Laid 11 tackles in the preliminary final onslaught against Geelong, and was one of the few four quarter players in the Grand Final draw. Backed it up with another solid performance in the replay victory, and thoroughly deserved his premiership medal.

Established himself as a fixture in the senior side. Missed only one senior game when omitted for round three, but steadily remodelled his reputation from battler to critical to the team’s success. As his confidence grew, so did his possession count (peaking at 22 disposals against West Coast in round nine in front of his home crowd in Western Australia).

Was consistent during the finals series, and one of Collingwood’s best in the loss to St Kilda in the qualifying final when some bigger name teammates failed to fire. Helped get the Magpies back into the semi final against the Crows the following week through his run and ability to back himself to burn off an opponent.

His pace was illustrated famously against the Western Bulldogs in round 15 when he took on Jason Akermanis and left the Brownlow Medalist in his wake.

Bobbed up in the senior team in rounds three and four but dipped back into the VFL side and played only once more (round 13) between rounds four and 18 mainly due to a shoulder injury. Began to settle in the senior team late in the year, playing every match between rounds 18 and 21 but suffered a broken foot in round 21 against Sydney. Courageously played on despite his injury, but was forced to sit out the remainder of the season.

Had been used mainly as a tagger or defender and rarely spent time on the bench when selected. Was in the match committee’s thinking throughout the year as he was named as an emergency on six occasions.

 

Promoted to the senior list over the pre-season, and took over Jason Cloke's No. 34. Was given a run in the NAB Cup and practice match fixtures and was subsequently named as an emergency in the first two rounds.

Made his senior debut alongside fellow Western Australians Brad Dick and Shannon Cox at the MCG in round three against Richmond. Enjoy an extremely impressive debut, kicking 3.2 for the night despite a nervous start in front of goal, and winning 12 disposals. Played the next eight matches, primarily as a wingman-cum-tagger, and was a useful contributor along the way. Began to struggle by the midway point of the season and fell out of favour after the Queen’s Birthday in round 11.

Returned only once more in round 19, again against Richmond. This time the tables were turned, as Brett Deledio got hold of him and helped see the Tigers to an upset 20 point win.

Spent the entire year wear the No. 41 for Williamstown in the VFL. Split his time between the Seagulls seniors (nine games) and reserves (six games), and played in one senior final.

Made his debut for the Claremont seniors, performing well in the finals, and again represented Western Australia at the U18 National Championships. Selected in the WAFL Colts Team of the Year, but again missed the boat in the National Draft. Trained with Collingwood over the summer and was granted an AFL lifeline when he was drafted with selection No. 2 in the Rookie Draft.

Played for the Claremont Colts in the WAFL. Represented Western Australia at the U18 National Championships. Was tipped by many to be taken in the National Draft but was overlooked.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 7.2
    • Handballs 5.2
    • Disposals 12.4
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.8
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 57.6

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 North Melbourne Rd 5
Handballs 6 Richmond Rd 4
Disposals 17 North Melbourne Rd 5
Marks 7 North Melbourne Rd 5
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Richmond Rd 4
Goals 1 Geelong Cats Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 79 North Melbourne Rd 5

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 46 - 116 1 4 5 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 20
2 Sydney Swans W 69 - 89 8 5 13 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 64
3 Geelong Cats L 76 - 87 8 6 14 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 58
4 Richmond W 72 - 110 7 6 13 3 0 1 0 6 0 0 67
5 North Melbourne W 93 - 58 12 5 17 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 79
6 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
10 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
11 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 2 36 26 62 16 0 1 1 19 1 0 288

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 119
    • Kicks 6.6
    • Handballs 5.7
    • Disposals 12.4
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 54.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Essendon Rd 5, 2012
Handballs 13 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2010
Disposals 22 Western Bulldogs Rd 11, 2010
Marks 7 North Melbourne Rd 5, 2014
Hit-outs 3 Western Bulldogs Rd 8, 2007
Tackles 11 Geelong Cats PF, 2010
Goals 3 Richmond Rd 3, 2007
AFL Fantasy 95 St Kilda GF2, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Collingwood 36 26 62 16 0 1 1 19 1 0 288
2013 Collingwood 43 15 58 10 0 8 2 17 0 0 259
2012 Collingwood 157 106 263 60 0 16 13 89 0 2 1198
2011 Collingwood 143 99 242 40 0 17 9 81 0 2 1063
2010 Collingwood 154 187 341 68 1 14 6 124 2 3 1548
2009 Collingwood 164 170 334 60 12 15 10 90 2 2 1383
2008 Collingwood 36 30 66 12 0 3 2 26 0 0 305
2007 Collingwood 57 49 106 25 7 9 14 27 4 2 452

Legend

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D
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M
Marks
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Frees Against
T
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G
Goals
B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

Collingwood: 114 games, 8 goals

NAB Cup: 14 games, 2 goals

VFL: 31 games, 0 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v Richmond, Round 3 2007 at the MCG

50 AFL Games: Collingwood v Geelong, Round 9 2010 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Geelong v Collingwood, Round 16 2012 at the MCG

Collingwood VFL Debut: Collingwood v Port Melbourne, Round 1 2008 at MC Labor Park

Draft History

Selected at No. 2 in the 2006 Rookie Draft

Elevated onto Collingwood's senior list at the end of the 2006 season

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 
2010

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side
2011

Club Awards

Darren Millane Perpetual Memorial Trophy
2012