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Lachlan
Keeffe

Height
204 cm
DOB
14-04-1990
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
13
Career
35
Goals
2014
1
Career
7
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
614
Avg
47
LachlanKeeffe

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Nil
Clubs: Collingwood (2011-2013)
Debut: Round 16 2011 v North Melbourne
Recruited From: Marist College, Brisbane (QLD)
Brownlow Votes: 0

Should he cement himself as a senior player, Keeffe may represent General Manager of List Management Derek Hine's greatest success story. Plucked from a Queensland talent search, Keeffe had barely touched a Sherrin before walking in the door at Collingwood. Three years of development culminated in his debut in 2011 and some promising showings at AFL level. Has a long reach, has great agility and has the capacity to play in key position posts at both ends of the ground as well as pinch hit in the ruck. Was one of the success stories of Collingwood's patchy start to 2012 but was forced to spent 12 months on the sidelines due to a knee reconstruction. Returned midway through last season and played the final eight matches at centre half back where he gained experience on the likes of Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin. Will be aiming for an injury-free season in 2014.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Keeffe was forced to make a delayed start to 2013 as he dotted the Is and crossed the Ts on every last part of his rehabilitation from a knee reconstruction. The rangy defender lost nearly 10kg after undergoing surgery in May 2012 but was able to increase his weight to 101kg by the time he returned in the VFL against Essendon in round seven. But even then Keeffe couldn’t keep himself out of harm’s way, injuring his kidney when he landed on the knee of Bomber wunderkind Joe Daniher during the final quarter. He was consigned to another fortnight on the sidelines before mounting another comeback against Coburg. He built into some steady form at centre half back and after he’d won 20 disposals and taken 10 marks in the win over Box Hill, the match committee came calling. Keeffe made his return to AFL ranks in the loss to Gold Coast in round 17 but managed to hold his place for the final seven games of the season where his presence in defence was vital in releasing Ben Reid further afield. He also received the money-can’t-buy experience of playing on Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin in the space of six days. He was successful in neutralising Tippett once he moved onto him in the second half and conceded only two goals to Franklin that weren’t via free kicks. The 23-year-old played in attack and pinched hit in the ruck in the absence of Quinten Lynch in the Elimination Final loss and will be looking forward to spending the duration of the pre-season in full training.

Season By Season

Was one of the Pies’ best stories early in 2012, playing every NAB Cup game before becoming a key element of the backline for the opening nine rounds. With injuries to Nathan Brown, Ben Reid, Chris Tarrant, Heath Shaw and Nick Maxwell, he was the only constant in defence before he suffered a right knee injury in round nine and needed a reconstruction. The backman will be close to starting pre-season on time and the Pies hope he will put the injury behind him, given his promise in a key post.

Season by Season

Received his share of publicity in the pre-season when experts touted him as a possible replacement for the injured Nathan Brown at full back. Blooded in the NAB Cup where he played three games in a key defensive post, but missed the NAB Cup premiership. Couldn’t find a place in the side when the home and away season commenced, but did not slip out of view completely as he was named as an emergency for six matches.

Finally broke through for his AFL debut in round 16 against North Melbourne, albeit playing as a key forward (he replaced the injured Chris Dawes). The sodden conditions didn’t faze him on debut, and a fortnight later impressed greatly kicking 3.2 against Gold Coast. Was omitted after round 19 and only played once more before a glut of senior players returned for the finals. Used as a part of the substitute system in his final two matches.

 

Was switched to the backline by VFL coach Gavin Brown and he took some big steps in his new role, being named in the best on six occasions. Played 20 VFL matches, including one final, wearing Anthony Rocca's No. 23.

Played 20 games in the VFL in his first year on the rookie list, and was named in the best twice. Assigned the No. 44, Keeffe spent most of his season in the ruck, with stints in key positions at both ends of the ground. Had the invaluable experience of playing in three VFL finals, including the victories over the Casey Scorpions and Williamstown.

Was not permitted to play for Collingwood until late in the season. Learnt the game playing for Old Trinity in the Amateurs, and represented Queensland in the U18 National Championships mid-year.

He debuted for Collingwood in the VFL in round 16 against Geelong, and played four more games for the rest of the year. Officially became a rookie listed player in December, when he was selected by Collingwood with the 69th selection in the Rookie Draft.

Pre-listed by Collingwood with the AFL’s permission after he was spotted by Collingwood’s National Recruiting Manager Derek Hine at the AFL Queensland rookie search. Keeffe had only played a handful of games with his school team prior to Collingwood listing him, and he had not had any experience Australian Football prior to 2007.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 13
    • Kicks 8.2
    • Handballs 4.1
    • Disposals 12.2
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 47.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Melbourne Rd 12
Handballs 7 Carlton Rd 15
Disposals 18 Western Bulldogs Rd 13
Marks 8 St Kilda Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Melbourne Rd 12
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 15
AFL Fantasy 87 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 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Sydney Swans W 69 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Geelong Cats L 76 - 87 4 3 7 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 20
4 Richmond W 72 - 110 4 4 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
5 North Melbourne W 93 - 58 9 4 13 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 50
6 Essendon W 83 - 60 8 1 9 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 44
7 Carlton W 70 - 104 6 3 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
9 Adelaide Crows L 76 - 55 7 1 8 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 33
10 West Coast Eagles W 109 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 St Kilda W 54 - 140 11 5 16 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 69
12 Melbourne W 28 - 61 13 5 18 7 0 1 0 4 0 0 87
13 Western Bulldogs L 98 - 106 11 7 18 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 70
14 Hawthorn L 115 - 86 5 5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25
15 Carlton W 91 - 76 8 7 15 4 0 0 2 1 1 0 54
16 Gold Coast Suns L 80 - 75 11 6 17 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 63
17 Essendon L 103 - 39 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 98 9 2 11 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 40
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 8 106 53 159 50 0 5 9 14 1 0 614

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 35
    • Kicks 7.7
    • Handballs 3.7
    • Disposals 11.4
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 48.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Essendon Rd 19, 2013
Handballs 9 West Coast Eagles Rd 22, 2013
Disposals 18 Western Bulldogs Rd 13, 2014
Marks 10 Carlton Rd 3, 2012
Hit-outs 6 Brisbane Lions Rd 7, 2012
Tackles 4 Melbourne Rd 12, 2014
Goals 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2011
AFL Fantasy 87 Melbourne Rd 12, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Collingwood 106 53 159 50 0 5 9 14 1 0 614
2013 Collingwood 65 33 98 40 1 4 5 11 1 0 421
2012 Collingwood 69 31 100 42 6 9 7 11 1 0 439
2011 Collingwood 29 13 42 19 0 3 2 4 4 3 210

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, 6 goals

VFL: 60 games, 3 goals

NAB Cup: 10 games, 0 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v North Melbourne, Round 16 2011 at the MCG

Collingwood VFL Debut: Geelong v Collingwood, Round 16 2008 at Kardinia Park

Draft History

Signed by Collingwood in December 2007 following an AFL talent search program

Selected at No. 69 (by Collingwood) in the 2009 Rookie Draft as a pre-selected rookie

Elevated onto the senior list with selection No. 92 in the 2010 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side 
2011

Club Awards