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Class of 2012 arrives

Saturday's clash with Brisbane will mark the first time Collingwood's top three selections from the 2012 National Draft will play alongside each other in the Black and White stripes.

2:34pm  Aug 15, 2014

Ball in Brodie's court

Nathan Buckley says the ball is back in Brodie Grundy's court if he wants to reclaim the No.1 ruck role from teammate Jarrod Witts.

2:17pm  Jul 30, 2014

Selection: Three fledgling Pies return

Three emerging young stars have been added to Collingwood's squad to take on Gold Coast on Saturday evening.

6:25pm  Jul 3, 2014

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Brodie
Grundy

Height
203 cm
DOB
15-04-1994
Weight
101 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2014
15
Career
22
Goals
2014
3
Career
4
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
911
Avg
61
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

2014 Player Sponsors

- Michael Webb and Jim Korfiatis
- Collingwood Supporters Group, South East of SA
- Ros Casey and Michelle O'Brien
- Peninsula Magpies Supporters Group
- Dolly Grays

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 praise 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. His progress will be keenly noted as he enters his third season in 2015 as he and Jarrod Witts develop into a formidable ruck combination.

Season By Season

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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 4.9
    • Handballs 5.3
    • Disposals 10.1
    • Marks 2.4
    • Hit-Outs 18.1
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 60.7

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Melbourne Rd 12
Handballs 10 Fremantle Rd 1
Disposals 16 Melbourne Rd 12
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 12
Hit-outs 32 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Tackles 9 Fremantle Rd 1
Goals 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 10
AFL Fantasy 89 Melbourne Rd 12

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 46 - 116 4 10 14 2 13 0 0 9 0 1 88
2 Sydney Swans W 69 - 89 5 8 13 3 30 1 5 5 0 1 77
3 Geelong Cats L 76 - 87 3 3 6 0 24 0 3 3 0 0 42
4 Richmond W 72 - 110 1 3 4 0 24 1 2 0 0 1 29
5 North Melbourne W 93 - 58 4 7 11 0 14 2 2 7 0 0 64
6 Essendon W 83 - 60 4 8 12 5 25 0 8 6 1 0 74
7 Carlton W 70 - 104 5 6 11 1 16 0 2 4 1 0 62
9 Adelaide Crows L 76 - 55 7 5 12 3 32 1 2 1 0 0 71
10 West Coast Eagles W 109 - 101 7 5 12 2 9 0 2 4 1 1 63
11 St Kilda W 54 - 140 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne W 28 - 61 10 6 16 8 16 1 0 1 0 2 89
13 Western Bulldogs L 98 - 106 2 2 4 1 14 0 0 2 0 0 35
14 Hawthorn L 115 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Carlton W 91 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns L 80 - 75 3 4 7 1 10 1 0 3 0 0 43
17 Essendon L 103 - 39 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide W 76 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 126 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions L 56 - 123 8 4 12 7 16 1 0 2 0 2 80
22 GWS Giants W 67 - 75 6 5 11 1 23 2 2 1 0 0 54
23 Hawthorn L 56 - 121 4 3 7 2 6 1 1 3 0 0 40
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 73 79 152 36 272 11 29 51 3 8 911

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 4.9
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 10.9
    • Marks 2.5
    • Hit-Outs 19.2
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 62.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Melbourne Rd 12, 2014
Handballs 13 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2013
Disposals 20 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2013
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 12, 2014
Hit-outs 32 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2014
Tackles 9 Fremantle Rd 1, 2014
Goals 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 10, 2014
AFL Fantasy 92 GWS Giants Rd 18, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
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: 22 games, 4 goals

VFL: 13 games, 11 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 3 games, 0 goals

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

Other

All-Australian (Under 18) Team
2012