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Lynden
Dunn

Height
192 cm
DOB
14-05-1987
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2006
Games
2018
14
Career
196
Goals
2018
0
Career
98
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
712
Avg
51
LyndenDunn

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Moonee Valley
Clubs: Melbourne (2005-2016), Collingwood (2017)
Debut: Round 6 2005 v Geelong
Recruited from: Melbourne
Brownlow Votes: 6

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Versatile, tough and durable, Lynden Dunn was one of Melbourne’s shining lights throughout one of its darkest decades. He spent time in all parts of the ground across 165 games, playing 11 or more senior games for 10 years straight before dipping out of favour in 2016. A one-time vice-captain in the Red and Blue, Dunn made his way to Collingwood during the October trade period. He began his first season as a Magpie in the VFL, but played the last 17 games of the year at senior level. Dunn's leadership, foot skills, courage and ability to read the play made him one of the first players chosen in the second half of the season, and his impact on the club more broadly was recognised with a place on the Magpies' AFL Women's coaching panel for 2018.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Definitively proved himself one of the bargain buys of the 2016 trade period.

Recruited via Melbourne in exchange for selection No. 47, Dunn began the season in the VFL, but was swiftly moved into the senior side to help tackle Tom Hawkins in round six.

He never looked back.

Dunn, at the age of 30, played the final 17 senior games of the season. He took control of Collingwood’s kick ins, and averaged 13.5 disposals and 5.1 marks, all the while taking on the opposition’s biggest forwards.

His leadership was first class, and the respect in which he was held by his teammates was evident throughout the year. He further underlined his standing in the broader Collingwood culture when he was named an assistant coach of the club’s AFL Women’s team for 2018.

Season By Season

After several years in charge of the Melbourne backline, Dunn lost his footing in Paul Roos' first choice line up. He managed 14 games with Casey in the VFL, averaging 19.4 disposals and 5.7 marks per game. He was one of the Scorpions’ best in their loss to Footscray in the Grand Final, and found himself in Collingwood’s colours less than a month later when a deal was finalised during the October trade period.

Season By Season

Often forced to play on taller opponents, Dunn continued to show why he is one of Melbourne’s best one-on-one defenders. He has played 61 matches in succession, including every game in the past two season, and is one of the most reliable members of Paul Roos’ side. Average 16.5 disposals a game last season and developed good chemistry with the emerging Tom McDonald down back. Another consistent season where he finished tenth in the best and fairest.

Season By Season

Has his best season, finishing fourth in the best and fairest and playing well at both ends of the ground. His best football came in defence, but he retained enough versatility to push forward and fill the hole inside Melbourne’s forward 50. Played every game and was par tof the leadership group for the first time. He is strong one-on-one and his decision-making has improved. With 139 games behind him, the 27-year-old has developed into a reliable AFL player who often punches above his weight. Signed a three-year deal rather than explore his options as a free agent.

Season By Season

Good pre-season form in defence but a poor opening round performance and then a hamstring injury saw him miss three games. He was then taken out of defence and mixed and matched again. To his credit, he fought back in the second half of 2013 and eventually finished sixth in the best and fairest. He shut down Chris Judd and Lindsay Thomas, but he looks best suited as a tall defender and appears to be entering the most consistent phase of his career. Is in the final year of his contract.

Season By Season

Looked at the crossroads mid-season but returned after the bye as a defender and rebooted his career. He was strong, dependable and disciplined, marking well and making better decisions with the ball. As his confidence grew, he became a leader within the backline and showed his ability to win contests, eventually finishing tenth in the best and fairest. Dunn must consolidate that form and became a reliable fixture in Melbourne’s defensive mix.

Season By Season

Tough player to get a handle on as he has never put together a consistent season, although he continues to perform well whenever given the chance at senior level. Last season was no different as he fulfilled many roles, without quite establishing himself within the Demons’ forward structure. He provided glimpses of his talent as a defensive forward, a run-with player and an extra midfielder. A competitor, he is a long kick who can kick goals.

Season By Season

Was a revelation in the second half of 2010, playing as a lead-up forward and influencing several games. In what might be a career-defining season, Dunn played 18 games – his best effort in five seasons on Melbourne’s list – and booted 26 goals, including 16 in the last six games. A five-goal haul against Richmond in round 19 saw him earn his first Brownlow vote and, in a vote of confidence, the Demons have signed him for another three years.

Season By Season

Will be looking for a big season in 2010 after spending last year in and out of the senior side. Played 13 games and had a six-week stint in the VFL in the middle of the season. His numbers (210 disposals at 16 a game) were better than any of his previous three seasons but the tall run-with player needs to establish himself as a permanent member of the team.

Season By Season

The young utility has shown gradual improvement in his three seasons and should be ready to become a consistent senior player. Played 16 games in 2008, averaging 13 disposals, four marks and four tackles. Was given the job of tagging quality players the calibre of Brent Harvey, Adam Goodes and Nathan Foley at various stages through the season and performed admirably.

Season By Season

After impressing in his debut season in 2006, the young Demon had a delayed start in 2007 when he fractured his cheekbone in a VFL pre-season practice match with Sandringham. On his return to the senior team in round four, Dunn kicked three goals and was among the Demons best against Fremantle. His form tapered in the middle part of the season but he finished the year strongly and had a career-high 22 disposals against Carlton in round 22.

Season By Season

The young forward was given his first taste of senior football last year, kicking two goals on debut against Geelong in round six. Played 11 games in total and, while he alternated between AFL and VFL level, he did enough to suggest he has a bright future. Presents well and is good at ground level. Played in the VFL premiership side with Sandringham and is a promising prospect.

Season By Season

Another high draft choice from 2004 who was given the time to develop in the VFL in his first year of senior football. Played in one pre-season game but from there on appeared with Sandringham. A clever forward who should be pushing for senior selection in 2006.

Season By Season

Young forward who presented well at the 2004 National Bank’s Draft Camp and has the build and attitude to succeed at the AFL level. A real competitor, Dunn is sharp around goals and stood out across half back across half-forward in the Calder Cannons 2004 premiership side. His level 14.6 endurance result was impressive at the draft camp. Originally from Moonee Valley.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 14
    • Kicks 8.5
    • Handballs 4.3
    • Disposals 12.8
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 50.9

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 10
Handballs 9 Richmond Rd 6
Disposals 23 Western Bulldogs Rd 10
Marks 9 Western Bulldogs Rd 10
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 8
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 98 Western Bulldogs Rd 10

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 101 - 67 9 3 12 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 59
2 GWS Giants L 79 - 95 7 8 15 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 62
3 Carlton W 76 - 100 9 4 13 5 0 3 4 3 0 0 53
4 Adelaide Crows W 58 - 106 6 3 9 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 28
5 Essendon W 101 - 52 9 2 11 4 0 1 3 3 0 0 47
6 Richmond L 70 - 113 7 9 16 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 31
7 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 121 5 2 7 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 27
8 Geelong Cats L 45 - 66 7 2 9 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 48
9 St Kilda W 72 - 100 12 3 15 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 65
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 55 15 8 23 9 0 2 0 2 0 0 98
11 Fremantle W 138 - 77 9 0 9 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 39
12 Melbourne W 91 - 133 6 5 11 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 51
14 Carlton W 79 - 59 11 5 16 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 58
15 Gold Coast Suns W 60 - 99 7 6 13 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 46
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: 9 119 60 179 57 0 12 20 28 0 0 712

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 196
    • Kicks 9.5
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 14.3
    • Marks 4.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 63.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Geelong Cats Rd 12, 2015
Handballs 12 Port Adelaide Rd 11, 2014
Disposals 29 Essendon Rd 13, 2014
Marks 11 Essendon Rd 13, 2014
Hit-outs 12 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2015
Tackles 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 14, 2008
Goals 5 Richmond Rd 19, 2010
AFL Fantasy 135 Essendon Rd 15, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Collingwood 119 60 179 57 0 12 20 28 0 0 712
2017 Collingwood 162 68 230 88 0 13 14 23 1 1 956
2016 Melbourne 42 13 55 15 1 6 6 10 1 0 232
2015 Melbourne 242 121 363 99 14 16 21 55 1 2 1460
2014 Melbourne 273 114 387 125 5 14 22 26 4 8 1511
2013 Melbourne 195 93 288 67 5 13 8 59 4 2 1228
2012 Melbourne 164 82 246 69 1 17 11 46 9 6 1092
2011 Melbourne 86 37 123 50 16 11 15 31 16 10 694
2010 Melbourne 195 70 265 107 24 22 14 50 26 22 1428
2009 Melbourne 120 90 210 59 17 13 7 42 8 1 943
2008 Melbourne 101 89 190 59 10 11 25 53 6 6 858
2007 Melbourne 87 68 155 41 9 7 11 38 9 7 716
2006 Melbourne 70 33 103 42 6 6 3 13 13 10 545

Legend

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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 182 games, 98 goals

VFL: 71 games, 26 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 24 games, 8 goals, 1 supergoal

Milestones

AFL Debut: Melbourne v Geelong, Round 6 2006 at the MCG

50 AFL Games: North Melbourne v Melbourne, Round 19 2009 at Docklands Stadium

100 AFL Games: Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Round 1 2013 at the MCG

150 AFL Games: St Kilda v Melbourne, Round 11 2015 at Docklands Stadium

Final Game for Melbourne: Melbourne v St Kilda, Round 6 2016 at Docklands Stadium

Collingwood VFL Debut: Coburg v Collingwood, Round 1 2017 at Coburg City Oval

Collingwood Debut: Geelong v Collingwood, Round 6 2017 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 15 (by Melbourne) in the 2004 National Draft

Traded to Collingwood along with selection No. 51 in exchange for selection No. 47 in the 2016 National Draft.

Awards

AFL Awards

Selected at No. 15 (by Melbourne) in the 2004 National Draft

Traded to Collingwood along with selection No. 51 in exchange for selection No. 47 in the 2016 National Draft.

Club Awards

Melbourne Life Member
2014