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Player Review: No. 26 Marley Williams

With three seasons under his belt, Marley Williams will be hungry to take his game to the next level in 2015.

4:46pm  Oct 7, 2014

MRP: Williams free to play

Marley Williams will be available for selection against Hawthorn after the AFL Match Review Panel dismissed his striking charge from Sunday's loss to the Bulldogs.

2:39pm  Jun 16, 2014

Selection: Marley one of two inclusions

Collingwood has been forced to make two changes to its side for Friday night¹s clash against traditional rival Carlton at the MCG.

6:25pm  May 1, 2014

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Marley
Williams

Height
181 cm
DOB
22-07-1993
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2015
9
Career
46
Goals
2015
0
Career
4
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
627
Avg
70
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

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

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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 11.0
    • Handballs 8.1
    • Disposals 19.1
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 69.7

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Handballs 14 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Disposals 33 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Marks 12 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Brisbane Lions Rd 1
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 133 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Brisbane Lions W 74 - 86 7 6 13 2 0 0 2 6 0 0 57
2 Adelaide Crows L 63 - 90 9 8 17 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 60
3 St Kilda W 140 - 66 10 5 15 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 53
4 Essendon W 49 - 69 11 11 22 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 70
5 Carlton W 45 - 120 14 8 22 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 70
6 Geelong Cats L 59 - 100 8 6 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 52
7 Richmond L 105 - 100 11 8 19 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 71
8 Gold Coast Suns W 63 - 132 19 14 33 12 0 0 0 3 0 0 133
9 North Melbourne W 112 - 95 10 7 17 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 65
10 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
11 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
16 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 3 99 73 172 29 0 2 7 29 0 0 627

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 46
    • Kicks 11.0
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 16.9
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 67.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
Handballs 14 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
Disposals 33 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
Marks 12 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Port Adelaide Rd 14, 2013
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2014
AFL Fantasy 133 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Collingwood 99 73 172 29 0 2 7 29 0 0 627
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: 37 games, 4 goals

VFL: 10 games, 3 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 8 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

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