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Ben
Reid

Height
196 cm
DOB
29-04-1989
Weight
98 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2018
6
Career
142
Goals
2018
8
Career
59
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
380
Avg
63
BenReid

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Wangaratta Rovers (VIC)
Clubs: Collingwood (2007-2015)
Debut: Round 13 2007 v Hawthorn
Recruited From: Murray U18
Brownlow Votes: 9

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Junior Clubs: Wangaratta Rovers (VIC)
Clubs: Collingwood (2007-2015)
Debut: Round 13 2007 v Hawthorn
Recruited From: Murray U18
Brownlow Votes: 9

Bio

From nervous beginnings at full forward, Reid has emerged in recent years as one of the finest centre half backs in the AFL. Ten years after his debut, Reid is now a reliable option at either end of the ground. His aerial work is a delight to watch as he regularly chops off opposition entries into attack. He possesses a lethal left foot and can change the flow of play with some pinpoint passing at half back. Reid has been plagued by soft tissue injuries during his time in the AFL, however regularly shows an ability to fight through adversity and quickly return to his best football.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Ben Reid the defender, or Ben Reid the forward? It was the dilemma which had many talking in 2017 as the versatile swingman was regularly required at both ends of the ground. Injuries were largely kept at bay, with the exception of a quad complaint keeping him out of the team between rounds nine and 14.

After starting the season playing against the competition’s best tall forward, Reid’s best work of the season came as one himself upon returning from injury. He found the scoreboard in seven of nine games as a forward, climaxing in a four-goal performance on the road against Port Adelaide. Three came in the second half as the Magpies nearly overcame the finals-bound Power. After working strongly in tandem with Darcy Moore and Collingwood’s contingent of small forwards, Reid may be once against tasked with a role as a forward line target in 2018.

Season By Season

The Ben Reid we've come to rely upon in defence returned with success in 2016. After so many disruptions, the key swingman finally got a free run at joining his teammates on the MCG surface. Reid made his season debut in round two's thriller against Richmond, and remained in the team for 17 of the remaining 21 home and away games.

He read the ball with authority, taking 136 marks for the season at an average of 5.1 per game. A 22-disposal, 13-mark game against the Western Bulldogs in round 10 led AFL commentators to ponder whether the form of Reid rivalled what he acheived in his 2011 All Australian year. Making the form even more impressive was the revelation late in the season that the 27-year-old had spent numerous weeks carrying a knee injury.

With Collingwood's slim finals chances ruled out in round 20, Reid finished the season three weeks short and underwent surgery on his PCL. A full recovery by the beginning of the 2017 season is the aim as the defender will look to once again stand tall as a leader of Collingwood's defensive stocks.

Season By Season

When your season starts in Germany, you know that you’ve strayed from the conventional path of training.

Reid was clearly determined to rid his body of soft tissue injuries in 2015, and by the conclusion of the season, it appears the 195cm swingman can finally declare himself fully fit. It was a bumpy road, with Reid’s recovery in the VFL being interrupted twice with recurrences of hamstring and quad injuries. He eventually proved his fitness and returned to the AFL side to play his 100th game against Carlton in round 19.

Far from easing himself back into senior duties, Reid was dominant in attack in the Magpies’ 18-point victory. In the absence of Travis Cloke and Jesse White, he kicked four goals in an emphatic return to the big stage. In addition to his forward presence, Reid once again showed his versatility as he returned to defence in the final stages of the year.

It is this flexibility, in addition to a fully fit body, that will no doubt allow Reid to assume a regular place in the Collingwood team in 2016 and beyond.

Season By Season

A year of total frustration for both player and club alike.

Reid endured a wretched run of soft tissue injuries that had its origins in the final match of the NAB Challenge when he tweaked a calf during Collingwood’s win over Gold Coast.

It was only days earlier that he had kicked five goals in a loss to Richmond in Wangaratta and in doing so had supporters and the media musing over a multi-pronged attacking set up that comprised Reid, Travis Cloke and new face Jesse White.

Unfortunately, it would be another 67 days until he would appear in a Black and White jumper.

In that time, a series of calf and quad injuries (and not to mention a car crash) left Reid a frustrated onlooker as the Magpies nudged their way towards the top four in the early stages of the season.

He finally made his return on 7 June with the VFL Magpies on a rain soaked Casey Fields. Reid kicked two goals from seven disposals, but, importantly, got through the game unscathed.

But even then his body still refused to give him a clear run.

Reid left the field during the first half of Collingwood’s clash with the Northern Blues after receiving a corked calf, but the football Gods finally smiled on him, allowing him to play against Werribee the following week.

Two goals and three marks in windy conditions were enough to convince the match committee that he was ready to return against Adelaide in round 18, 146 days after he originally injured his calf on the Gold Coast.

Understandably rusty, Reid battled to find his rhythm, kicking only one goal in his first three games before being returned to defence for the meeting with the Lions in round 21.

It was there that Reid tore his hamstring in the opening minutes, thus ending a season that never got off the ground.

The esteem in which he is held by his coaches was underlined when he signed a four-year contract extension early in the season.

Season By Season

A player who holds a lower profile than his talents deserve, 2013 was the fourth consecutive year in which Reid played more than 20 senior games. His campaign began with a bang, but not the sort he’d have envisioned for he found himself in the way of a Lindsay Thomas hip and shoulder that left him badly concussed. Fortunately for Collingwood’s defence, he recovered in time to take the field against Carlton seven days later but was back in the wars when he jarred his knee after landing awkwardly in the loss to Hawthorn. Although he held a season-high 12 marks in the losses to Essendon and Fremantle, it was a curious free kick for a push in the back paid to Bomber opponent Tom Bellchambers on ANZAC Day that caught the public’s attention. The Magpies’ difficulty sharing Travis Cloke’s workload up front meant that Reid was posted to centre half forward against the Lions in round 10 to alleviate some of the pressure, but perhaps even Nathan Buckley didn’t foresee his All-Australian centre half back becoming as potent as he did. Reid bagged 25 goals in his final 13 games, a haul that included two returns of four majors and five against the Roos in round 23. Many forget that Reid in fact arrived at the club as a 17-year-old key forward from Wangaratta but he still managed to catch his opponents on the hop with his long reach, pace off the mark and his ability to win one-on-one contests overhead. His experience as a defender meant he was adept at marking from behind and his laser-like left boot ensured that he was generally a safe choice in front of goals. Like many of his teammates, Reid lowered his colours in the Elimination Final loss but approaches 2014 as one of Buckley’s biggest x-factors with his ability to damage the opposition at either end of the ground.

Season by Season

The left-footed defender lacked continuity in the first half of the 2012 season, with a quad injury rearing its head twice and keeping him from five games. Returned to the field in round 13 and played out the season, and his confidence gradually returned to the point where he took the type of marks he lapped up in 2011. Finished second at the club for contested marks behind Travis Cloke and equal 10th in the Copeland Trophy after a solid finals campaign highlighted by his performance against West Coast. Signed a two-year extension in August.

Season By Season

Improved on his remarkable 2010 with an outstanding 24 game season, winning All-Australian selection (at centre half back) for the first time at age 22. Averaged 15.4 disposals and 6.7 marks per game to finish seventh in the Copeland Trophy. Played in the NAB Cup premiership side in the pre-season, and kicked his first goal in over two years against the Hawks in round 15 when he gathered 31 disposals. Went into the Grand Final under an injury cloud, and lowered his colours to Tom Hawkins on the day.

A breakout season in every sense of the word. Played only one of the first four games but was reintroduced to the side along with fellow 2006 draftees Nathan Brown and Chris Dawes on Anzac Day and never looked back. Made rapid improvement and by mid-season had established himself as a fixture in the senior side at centre half back.

Received an AFL Rising Star nomination for his 22 disposals and nine marks in the draw with Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday, and was regularly plucking seven or more marks per game. A quad injury sidelined him for two weeks late in the home and away season, but he returned to enjoy a fine September.

Beat Justin Koschitzke in the drawn Grand Final and was on track to repeat the dose the following week until he broke his leg in the shadows of half time. Made it back onto the field late in the game, and felt no pain that night as he celebrated his part in the club’s 15th premiership. Received one vote in the NAB AFL Rising Star Award in September.

Reid began his third season in the seniors, but was omitted after the unexpected loss to the Crows in round one and only reappeared once more when Carlton restricted the Pies to only seven goals in round eight. Was named to play the following week, but withdrew with illness meaning he was confined to the VFL for the rest of the year.

Named as an emergency for eight matches, illustrating how close he was to a regular senior berth. Dominated the VFL competition from centre half back, developing a penchant for intercepting opposition inside 50ms, and setting up the play with his renowned left boot. Named in the best in nine of his 20 VFL matches.

 

Could only manage three games owing to injury and opportunity. His season was most memorable for his stuttering approach when lining up for goal against Carlton in round 12. He missed 11 matches through injury, and was named as an emergency five times.

Reid’s career underwent a sizeable change in the final round of the VFL season against the Casey Scorpions at Princes Park, when VFL coach Gavin Brown moved him to centre half back as he returned from a broken foot. Reid looked comfortable in defence, and it laid the groundwork for his future success.

Was the youngest player in the AFL (18 years, 2 months) when he made his debut against Hawthorn in round 13. It was amid an injury crisis for the club when several youngsters seized their chance.

Reid impressed early against Hawthorn but was dropped a fortnight later. He made a brief appearance in round 22 as a late inclusion for Sean Rusling, but was omitted for the finals. Played 16 games for Williamstown in the VFL, and was twice an emergency.

Played for the Murray Bushrangers U18s in the TAC Cup as a bottom-age player. Represented Australia against Ireland while playing for the Academy in the U17 International Rules Series. Was drafted to Collingwood with pick 8 in the National Draft – the selection the Magpies received from Fremantle in exchange for Chris Tarrant.

Was a member of the AIS-AFL Academy intake.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 8.7
    • Handballs 2.8
    • Disposals 11.5
    • Marks 5.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 1.2
    • Goals 1.3
    • AFL Fantasy 63.3

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Richmond Rd 6
Handballs 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
Disposals 15 Adelaide Crows Rd 4
Marks 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 10
Hit-outs 1 Essendon Rd 5
Tackles 3 Hawthorn Rd 1
Goals 3 Carlton Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 80 Carlton Rd 3

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 101 - 67 8 3 11 6 0 2 0 3 1 0 68
2 GWS Giants L 79 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Carlton W 76 - 100 10 2 12 7 1 2 0 1 3 0 80
4 Adelaide Crows W 58 - 106 10 5 15 4 0 2 0 1 1 3 67
5 Essendon W 101 - 52 6 3 9 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 47
6 Richmond L 70 - 113 10 1 11 6 0 3 2 1 2 1 64
7 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 121 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats L 45 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 St Kilda W 72 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 55 8 3 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 54
11 Fremantle W 138 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne W 91 - 133 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Carlton W 79 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns W 60 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Essendon W 62 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 West Coast Eagles L 67 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 North Melbourne W 130 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Richmond L 105 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans L 73 - 71 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions W 104 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Port Adelaide W 115 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle W 67 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
W1 West Coast Eagles L 86 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
SF GWS Giants W 69 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
PF Richmond W 58 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
GF West Coast Eagles L 79 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 9 52 17 69 34 2 10 2 7 8 6 380

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 142
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 14.2
    • Marks 6.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.2
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 62.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Carlton Rd 7, 2017
Handballs 12 Richmond Rd 21, 2015
Disposals 31 Hawthorn Rd 15, 2011
Marks 13 Western Bulldogs Rd 10, 2016
Hit-outs 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 18, 2017
Tackles 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 19, 2017
Goals 5 North Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
AFL Fantasy 121 Hawthorn Rd 15, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Collingwood 52 17 69 34 2 10 2 7 8 6 380
2017 Collingwood 155 53 208 94 5 25 4 18 14 13 1040
2016 Collingwood 209 87 296 136 0 13 13 16 0 0 1247
2015 Collingwood 42 28 70 24 2 4 3 7 6 2 317
2014 Collingwood 19 9 28 9 0 1 0 4 1 1 126
2013 Collingwood 201 129 330 135 0 17 14 34 25 11 1538
2012 Collingwood 181 103 284 110 3 17 12 29 1 1 1186
2011 Collingwood 241 129 370 161 3 19 12 24 1 0 1552
2010 Collingwood 193 105 298 119 2 10 15 26 0 0 1217
2009 Collingwood 10 5 15 5 1 1 1 4 1 1 77
2008 Collingwood 14 9 23 9 1 3 1 4 0 2 106
2007 Collingwood 20 3 23 15 0 5 1 2 2 4 137

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 136 games, 51 goals

VFL: 55 games, 38 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 17 games, 6 goals

Milestone Games

AFL Debut: Collingwood v Hawthorn, Round 13 2007 at Docklands

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

50 AFL Games: Fremantle v Collingwood, Round 23 2011 at Patersons Stadium

100 AFL Games: Collingwood v Carlton, Round 19 2015 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 8 (by Collingwood) in the 2006 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 
2010

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side
2011

All Australian
2011

AFL Rising Star Nomination
Round 12 2010 v Melbourne