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The new generation of Magpies continues to gain recognition from the wider football public.

11:21am  Sep 16, 2015

VFL: Grundy returns in ten point victory

Brodie Grundy has made a successful return from injury as the VFL Magpies overcame Sandringham by 10 points at Victoria Park.

6:56pm  Jul 4, 2015

Grundy to wear brace for fortnight

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy will be in a neck brace for another fortnight as he recovers from the injury he sustained last Friday.

5:34pm  Jun 15, 2015

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Grundy turns the momentum

5:20pm  May 21, 2016

Grundy kicks the match winner

11:51pm  Apr 1, 2016

Grundy beats the siren

8:38pm  Feb 26, 2016

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Brodie
Grundy

Height
203 cm
DOB
15-04-1994
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2016
8
Career
49
Goals
2016
5
Career
17
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
723
Avg
90
BrodieGrundy

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Unley (SA)
Clubs: Collingwood (2013-2014)
Debut: Round 18 2013 v Greater Western Sydney
Recruited from: Sturt (SANFL)
Brownlow Votes: 0

2016 Player Sponsors

- Peter and Renee Roberts

A ruckman who imposes himself on games with his physical presence, Grundy excels in directing the ball at stoppages and can be a dangerous marking target up forward. He should be praised for the way he handled the No. 1 ruck role during the tail end of his debut season, keeping Darren Jolly out of the side and improving with each passing week. He has a wonderful leap and a fierce drive to improve with each week. Despite strong competition from fellow ruckman Jarrod Witts, Grundy held down the starting ruck role for the majority of the 2015 season, at times forming a dangerous two-pronged combination with the 209cm Witts.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Grundy entered the third season of his career with the weight of Collingwood’s ruck hopes on his shoulders. While the task was slightly lessened by the presence of partner-in-crime Jarrod Witts, it was eventually established that the 21-year-old South Australian would be the Magpies' leading ruckman in 2015.

The responsibility failed to phase Grundy, who averaged an impressive 29.5 hit outs per game in the opening month of the season. In round six he was joined by Witts and together the pair dominated Geelong’s duo of Rhys Stanley and Mark Blicavs.

With the season seemingly going to plan, Grundy became the centre of dramatic scenes in June when he was placed in a neck brace and taken from the Holden Centre in an ambulance after an unfortunate training injury. He spent the night in hospital before facing an extended period of time on the sidelines.

“I don’t have any pain, I just have a bit of soreness around my neck but besides that I am able to do anything that doesn’t aggravate my neck,” Grundy told Collingwood Media upon return to the club.

After a month of recovery, the sight of Grundy in a Collingwood VFL jumper provided relief to fans at Victoria Park as the 203cm ruckman returned against Sandringham. He had 24 hit outs to go with 19 disposals in an impressive display which proved his fitness ahead of a trip home to South Australia to take on Port Adelaide.

From this 15 match onwards, Grundy maintained his place in a Collingwood side which fell from finals contention.

He had a career-high 37 hit outs against Carlton in round 19, before following it up with a more rounded effort against Sydney which produced 20 disposals and five tackles.

Now sitting on a career total of 41 games, Grundy completed arguably the best season of his career in 2015. He achieved career-high averages in kicks, marks, disposals, goals, hit outs and tackles and played more games than he has in any previous year.

Season By Season

Such were the wraps on Grundy as he entered his second season in the big league that many punters almost forgot he was just a teenager with only seven games to his name.

The South Australian made his presence felt during the NAB Challenge with his aggression noted by opponents and umpires alike.

He rucked in tandem with Jarrod Witts for much of the first half of the year, opening with 13 hitouts and nine tackles in the heavy loss to Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.

He clearly benefited from the experience, winning 30 hitouts and laying five tackles in his next appearance against Sydney a fortnight later.

Substituted out of the round four clash with Richmond early in the third quarter, Grundy put in arguably his best performance of the season a week later, recording 25 hitouts, laying six tackles and kicking the sealer against Essendon on ANZAC Day.

Grundy’s goal was particularly memorable, as he roosted the ball from a good 50 metres out on the MCC Members flank.

As the season reached its midway point, coach Nathan Buckley began to use Grundy as a key forward by way of taking the pressure off Travis Cloke. He took a career-high eight marks against Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday but was unable to convert, kicking two behinds from 16 disposals.

He returned to the VFL for his first match in almost twelve months when the Magpies met Footscray at Victoria Park in round 11. Grundy played six of his next seven games in the state league, averaging 31.5 hitouts and 17.5 disposals.

His spell in the VFL was most notable for his 47 hitouts against Werribee in round 14.

Four weeks later, after recording 24 disposals, 10 clearances and 30 hitouts against Essendon, Grundy was recalled to the senior side for the clash with Brisbane in round 21.

He remained in the seniors for the remainder of the year, winning 23 hitouts against Greater Western Sydney’s Shane Mumford in round 22, before being substituted out of the loss to Hawthorn at half time.

Season By Season

Grundy arrived at the club as one of its most precocious recruits for at least a decade but it took him several months to overcome the back injury that plagued him during the pre-season.

The club took a softly-softly approach to his rehabilitation and introduced him into the VFL against Essendon at Victoria Park in round seven. He made a quiet start, winning seven hitouts and seven disposals as well as kicking two behinds in a narrow win.

His basketball nous came to the fore in the final quarter of the win over the Northern Blues seven days later and by his third game against the Casey Scorpions he had well and truly acclimatised to life in the VFL. He won 22 hitouts and made his presence felt with his physicality.

Three weeks later, Grundy showcased his unique talents at Box Hill City Oval, gathering 24 possessions, winning 39 hitouts, winning six clearances and laying six tackles. He also kicked two of the best goals of the day and after another strong showing against the Cats at Kardinia Park, the match committee could wait no longer.

Grundy made his AFL debut in the No. 35 against Greater Western Sydney in a twilight fixture at the MCG and put in an accomplished 14 touch, 12 hitout, seven possession performance.

He made rapid improvement as the weeks passed and was playing well enough to keep dual premiership ruckman Darren Jolly out of the side.

Grundy’s best performance at senior level came in the loss to Hawthorn in round 20 when he had 20 possessions, 28 hitouts and six clearances.

He rucked solo against Port Adelaide in the Elimination Final and while he had only six possessions, he managed to win 25 hitouts and four tackles.

Season By Season

The physically advanced young ruckman played seniors for Sturt in the SANFL last year and was highly touted heading into the draft, despite the fact he only switched from basketball to football ahead of the under-16 championships last year. Has impressive mobility and skills for his size and ranked equal fifth in the Draft Combine clean hands test.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 8
    • Kicks 9.0
    • Handballs 8.0
    • Disposals 17.0
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 20.4
    • Tackles 4.4
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 90.4

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Handballs 15 Melbourne Rd 4
Disposals 23 Melbourne Rd 4
Marks 4 Geelong Cats Rd 9
Hit-outs 29 Essendon Rd 5
Tackles 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 8
Goals 2 Geelong Cats Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 106 Geelong Cats Rd 9

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans L 133 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Richmond W 87 - 86 6 11 17 3 16 4 2 4 2 0 91
3 St Kilda L 119 - 90 11 5 16 2 22 3 0 4 0 1 91
4 Melbourne L 67 - 102 8 15 23 4 25 3 3 5 0 0 105
5 Essendon W 142 - 73 10 6 16 4 29 2 2 3 0 1 92
6 West Coast Eagles L 124 - 62 10 11 21 4 15 3 7 5 0 1 82
7 Carlton L 84 - 99 2 4 6 1 24 0 1 4 0 0 54
8 Brisbane Lions W 65 - 143 10 7 17 4 19 3 4 7 1 2 102
9 Geelong Cats W 104 - 80 15 5 20 4 13 2 0 3 2 0 106
10 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
16 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
18 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 5 72 64 136 26 163 20 19 35 5 5 723

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 49
    • Kicks 6.9
    • Handballs 6.8
    • Disposals 13.7
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 21.4
    • Tackles 3.9
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 78.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2016
Handballs 15 Melbourne Rd 4, 2016
Disposals 23 Melbourne Rd 4, 2016
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 12, 2014
Hit-outs 37 Carlton Rd 19, 2015
Tackles 9 Carlton Rd 19, 2015
Goals 2 Geelong Cats Rd 9, 2016
AFL Fantasy 122 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Collingwood 72 64 136 26 163 20 19 35 5 5 723
2015 Collingwood 156 137 293 66 462 28 30 85 8 3 1731
2014 Collingwood 73 79 152 36 272 11 29 51 3 8 911
2013 Collingwood 35 53 88 18 151 8 16 22 1 3 473

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: 41 games, 12 goals

VFL: 14 games, 11 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 6 games, 1 goal

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v Greater Western Sydney, Round 18 2013 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 18 (by Collingwood) in the 2012 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination
Round 22 2013 v West Coast

Club Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination
Round 22 2013 v West Coast

Other

All-Australian (Under 18) Team
2012