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What you didn't know about Marley

As he celebrates his 50th senior game, Collingwood Media highlights out five things you may not know about Marley Williams.

4:39pm  Jul 2, 2015

A raise of the bat for Marley

Defender Marley Williams is in line to play his 50th senior game against Hawthorn this Friday.

11:44am  Jul 1, 2015

Marley earns some recognition

Marley Williams earned a combined eight votes from the two senior coaches in this week’s AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award.

9:30pm  Jun 16, 2015

Latest Player Video

Marley unloads from 50 metres

9:46pm  Aug 14, 2015

Williams keeps the bump alive

6:00am  Jun 1, 2015

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Marley
Williams

Height
181 cm
DOB
22-07-1993
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2016
3
Career
60
Goals
2016
0
Career
6
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
152
Avg
51
MarleyWilliams

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: North Albany (WA)
Clubs: Collingwood (2012-2015)
Debut: Round 9 2012 v Adelaide
Recruited from: Claremont (WAFL)
Brownlow Votes: 0

2016 Player Sponsors

- Ink Tattoo Studios Victoria
- Sharon Anderson
- Chris Reissig Builders

Williams rose from the rookie list to seventh in Collingwood's best-and-fairest in the space of two seasons and he quickly became a fan favourite in the process. He plays an eye-catching brand of football, mainly due to his ability to break the lines, his evasiveness and long left foot kicking. Williams does not take a backward step and has already shut down several of the AFL's better small forwards. Handed the honour of wearing fellow left-footed defender Ben Johnson's old No. 26 at the end of only his second season, Williams will be aiming to replicate Johnson's success across half back and through the wings in the years to come.

Season By Season

Season By Season

In 2015, Williams played with a sense of maturity and purpose that defied the fact that his career has so far lasted just 57 games and four seasons.

Perhaps it’s the fact that Williams is one of the first players picked every week that leads to the assumption that he has been wearing the black and white for years. In 2015, the defender played a career-high 20 games, with the only exceptions being Collingwood’s round 15 clash with Port Adelaide and the side’s final game of the season against Essendon. Both of these games resulted in narrow losses, meaning that Williams’ was a member in every one of Collingwood’s victories in 2015.

It took until his fourth year on the list, but the defender finally got a chance to run onto the MCG on the biggest day in the home and away calendar when Collingwood met Essendon in round four’s traditional ANZAC Day clash. In front of the biggest crowd he had ever played in front of, Williams was prolific throughout the hard-fought 20-point victory. His 13 contested possessions was second to just Scott Pendlebury on the day and marked a career high for the young defender.

These sort of milestones just kept on coming. In a city known for its fast-paced lifestyle, Collingwood sure did party on the field against the Gold Coast in round eight. Williams collected 33 disposals as the Magpies smashed the Suns by a whopping 69 points.

Five games later Williams was in the spotlight again as he celebrated his 50-game milestone at the MCG against Hawthorn. The Magpie put up a fight against the reigning premiers and Williams was a major factor as he won 27 possessions. At the beginning of the second quarter he put the home side in front with his first goal of the 2015 season and just the fifth of his career. Another 33-disposal game followed a week later against the Eagles, just four days shy from Williams’ 22nd birthday. 

He’s classed as underrated, but this may not be the case for much longer. After career-highs in disposals, rebound 50s, clearances and contested possessions, Williams’ reputation is rising.

Season By Season

Much was expected of the 21-year-old after he ended the 2013 season ranked seventh in the Copeland Trophy, but he was forced to put his on-field aspirations on the back burner as a much publicised court case played out in Western Australia.

Once he returned to football, Williams spent just one week in the VFL before earning a call up to the senior side to tackle Carlton in round seven.

He won 17 disposals against the Blues and held his place for the remainder of the year, missing just one game – the return match against Carlton – through injury.

A consistent performer in the back pocket, Williams lifted his disposal average to 17.4 (up from 16.8 in 2013) and illustrated his ability to move into the midfield late in the season when given an opportunity in the wet against Greater Western Sydney in round 22.

Season By Season

Started the year on the fringe of Collingwood’s best 22 but ended it ranked seventh in the Copeland Trophy. It was a wonderful season for the 21-year-old who improved markedly with each match. He received a taste of the senior action during the NAB Cup but began the season proper in the VFL where he quickly showed he meant business with 22 possessions and seven tackles against Frankston in round three. Two more consistent weeks that saw him average 19 disposals and 5.5 tackles meant he was the first man chosen to fill the void left by the injured Ben Johnson and Alan Toovey. Williams made a cautious start against Geelong in round eight but grew in confidence as the weeks went by, laying seven tackles against the Power in round 14 and collecting 20 or more disposals in four of the six games between rounds 17 and 22. He earned a Rising Star nomination in round 18 that rewarded his consistent form in the back pocket as well as his 10 bounces in the game against the Giants the previous Saturday. Williams was solid in the Elimination Final loss to Port, kicking his second goal of the season and laying four tackles. His ability to win his position most weeks saw him poll enough votes to place seventh in the Copeland Trophy less than two years after being plucked from country Western Australia and added to the club’s rookie list.

Season By Season

The tough ex-Claremont player impressed in the NAB Cup when he booted two goals against the Western Bulldogs. Was elevated to the senior list in place of Luke Ball ahead of the round nine clash with Adelaide and played six games before he required a shoulder reconstruction after landing heavily in the loss to Carlton in round 15. Was promoted to the senior list at season’s end and, with a solid pre-season under his belt, is expected to play more senior football in 2013.

Season By Season

Moved from Albany to Perth in January and played for the Claremont Colts for most of the year. Managed two senior matches for Claremont where he impressed with his hardness and attack on the ball. Represented Western Australia in the U18 National Championships where he averaged 16.3 disposals and impressed with his long left foot kicks. Was working as a fencer when he discovered he’d been rookie listed by Collingwood with pick No. 35.

Spent his year playing Colts for Claremont in the WAFL.

Played for North Albany in Western Australia.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 8.3
    • Handballs 4.7
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 50.7

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Richmond Rd 2
Handballs 9 Sydney Swans Rd 1
Disposals 18 Richmond Rd 2
Marks 4 Sydney Swans Rd 1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Richmond Rd 2
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 79 Richmond Rd 2

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans L 133 - 53 9 9 18 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 56
2 Richmond W 87 - 86 14 4 18 2 0 3 0 5 0 0 79
3 St Kilda L 119 - 90 2 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
4 Melbourne L 67 - 102 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Essendon W 142 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 West Coast Eagles L 124 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Carlton L 84 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Brisbane Lions W 65 - 143 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats W 104 - 80 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs L 53 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
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: 6 25 14 39 9 0 4 2 6 0 0 152

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 60
    • Kicks 11.3
    • Handballs 6.5
    • Disposals 17.8
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 68.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 West Coast Eagles Rd 16, 2015
Handballs 15 Fremantle Rd 13, 2015
Disposals 33 West Coast Eagles Rd 16, 2015
Marks 12 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Carlton Rd 19, 2015
Goals 1 Sydney Swans Rd 20, 2015
AFL Fantasy 133 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Collingwood 25 14 39 9 0 4 2 6 0 0 152
2015 Collingwood 246 180 426 75 0 12 13 52 2 2 1518
2014 Collingwood 174 88 262 58 0 9 7 33 1 3 1001
2013 Collingwood 181 89 270 68 0 12 6 52 2 4 1143
2012 Collingwood 52 21 73 16 0 0 1 18 1 0 321

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: 57 games, 6 goals

VFL: 10 games, 3 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 11 games, 2 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Adelaide v Collingwood, Round 9 2012 at AAMI Stadium

Collingwood VFL Debut: Geelong v Collingwood, Round 2 2012 at Kardinia Park

50th AFL Game: Collingwood v Hawthorn, Round 14 2015 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 35 in the 2012 Rookie Draft

Elevated onto the senior list during the 2012 home and away season

Elevated onto the senior list with selection No. 94 in the 2012 National Draft

Awards

AFL

AFL Rising Star Nominee 2013
Round 18 v Greater Western Sydney

Club

AFL Rising Star Nominee 2013
Round 18 v Greater Western Sydney