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Sam
Dwyer

Height
180 cm
DOB
29-08-1986
Weight
76 kg
Debut
2013
Games
39
Goals
22
SamDwyer

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: South Warrnambool (Vic)
Clubs: Collingwood (2013-2015)
Debut: Round 1 2013 v North Melbourne
Recruited from: Geelong U18/Port Melbourne
Brownlow Votes: 0

2015 Player Sponsors

- Damien Gleeson and Paul Dwyer

It took Sam Dwyer eight years to make the jump from state league football to the big time, but once he got his foot in the door, he quickly made up for lost time. Aged 26 on the day of his debut, the small forward won the admiration of the entire competition for his poise, cool head and sharp decision making in his 21 senior games in 2013. Although injuries made life difficult the following season, Dwyer's professionalism and ability to create scoring opportunities (he ranked second at the club for score assists in his debut season) make him a player the Magpies can ill-afford to do without, a fact that was confirmed when the club re-signed him until the end of 2015. It's a long way from his past life as one of the resident stars of VFL powerhouse Port Melbourne with whom he tasted premiership success in 2011.

Season By Season

Season By Season

A sparkling debut season meant Collingwood’s mature aged recruit entered 2014 as an established member of its best line up.

But injuries put Dwyer’s campaign on the ropes as soon as it began, with off-season surgery delaying his start to the season proper.

He tuned up at VFL level, performing strongly in a practice match against Richmond at Victoria Park to earn a call up to the seniors for the trip to Sydney in round two.

Although he had a hand in two of his side’s 12 goals, Dwyer slipped out of the team, having strained his medial ligament in the loss to Geelong just seven days later.

Returning through the VFL, Dwyer won 22 and 29 disposals against Coburg and Essendon respectively, and was added to the senior line up for the Friday night encounter with Carlton in round seven.

For three quarters, Dwyer blitzed all comers, winning 20 disposals, using the ball at 85.0 per cent efficiency and having a hand in two scoring shots. It took another knee injury to lay him low, this time forcing him to be substituted out of the match during the third quarter.

He started the clash with Adelaide as the substitute and won seven disposals when activated late in the night, but it was not enough for him to hold his place.

Demoted to the VFL for his 100th match in the state league, Dwyer’s 33 disposals and four clearances inspired his team to a 40-point win over Geelong at Victoria Park.

He next appeared against Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday when he won 21 disposals and followed it with a season-high 28 in the loss to the Bulldogs.

Dwyer was substituted out of the loss to Gold Coast with just nine disposals to his name owing to a groin complaint, forcing him out of the side after a run of five consecutive games.

Despite his injury setbacks, Dwyer didn’t drop his head, and his attitude ensured he was a standout performer in the loss to Frankston in his return to the VFL in round 16.

After collecting 25 disposals and three tackles, Dwyer’s efforts prompted Development Manager Craig McRae to tell collingwoodfc.com.au that “we need more Sammy Dwyers in the team” after his side slipped to a 17-point loss to the Dolphins.

Dwyer’s most complete performance for the season came against Port Adelaide the following week when he gathered 24 disposals and kicked an important third quarter goal. His clean ball handling and ability to set up his teammates in space made him a critical factor in the narrow six-point win.

He travelled to Perth to meet West Coast the following week but was substituted out of the game due to a leg injury that subsequently ruled him out of the loss to the Lions the following Saturday.

Dwyer returned for the penultimate round, performing well in the wet against the Giants before finishing off the year with 18 disposals in the loss to Hawthorn.

Season By Season

A sparkling debut season meant Collingwood’s mature aged recruit entered 2014 as an established member of its best line up.

But injuries put Dwyer’s campaign on the ropes as soon as it began, with off-season surgery delaying his start to the season proper.

He tuned up at VFL level, performing strongly in a practice match against Richmond at Victoria Park to earn a call up to the seniors for the trip to Sydney in round two.

Although he had a hand in two of his side’s 12 goals, Dwyer slipped out of the team, having strained his medial ligament in the loss to Geelong just seven days later.

Returning through the VFL, Dwyer won 22 and 29 disposals against Coburg and Essendon respectively, and was added to the senior line up for the Friday night encounter with Carlton in round seven.

For three quarters, Dwyer blitzed all comers, winning 20 disposals, using the ball at 85.0 per cent efficiency and having a hand in two scoring shots. It took another knee injury to lay him low, this time forcing him to be substituted out of the match during the third quarter.

He started the clash with Adelaide as the substitute and won seven disposals when activated late in the night, but it was not enough for him to hold his place.

Demoted to the VFL for his 100th match in the state league, Dwyer’s 33 disposals and four clearances inspired his team to a 40-point win over Geelong at Victoria Park.

He next appeared against Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday when he won 21 disposals and followed it with a season-high 28 in the loss to the Bulldogs.

Dwyer was substituted out of the loss to Gold Coast with just nine disposals to his name owing to a groin complaint, forcing him out of the side after a run of five consecutive games.

Despite his injury setbacks, Dwyer didn’t drop his head, and his attitude ensured he was a standout performer in the loss to Frankston in his return to the VFL in round 16.

After collecting 25 disposals and three tackles, Dwyer’s efforts prompted Development Manager Craig McRae to tell collingwoodfc.com.au that “we need more Sammy Dwyers in the team” after his side slipped to a 17-point loss to the Dolphins.

Dwyer’s most complete performance for the season came against Port Adelaide the following week when he gathered 24 disposals and kicked an important third quarter goal. His clean ball handling and ability to set up his teammates in space made him a critical factor in the narrow six-point win.

He travelled to Perth to meet West Coast the following week but was substituted out of the game due to a leg injury that subsequently ruled him out of the loss to the Lions the following Saturday.

Dwyer returned for the penultimate round, performing well in the wet against the Giants before finishing off the year with 18 disposals in the loss to Hawthorn.

Season By Season

Dwyer lived out football’s ultimate rags to riches story of 2013.

For eight years prior he had plied his trade with standalone VFL club Port Melbourne and had thought his moment had passed him when he was still without an AFL club at the age of 26. Collingwood’s recruiting team changed all that when he selected him at pick No. 27 in last year’s Rookie Draft.

With no guarantees, he got to work during the pre-season and found himself selected in all five of Collingwood’s pre-season fixtures.

He performed credibly in each without making a major impression on the stats sheet, but it was his selfless act in the dying stages of the loss to Geelong at Kardinia Park that won him the hearts of his teammates and coaches. Dwyer ran at 100 miles an hour at a loose ball on the wing and was duly crunched by a Geelong opponent coming in the other direction. He bounced straight back up onto his feet and dusted himself off with his teammates coming from far and wide to congratulate him on his courage.

At 26 years and 214 days old, Dwyer was selected to debut in round one, starting as the substitute against North Melbourne before winning nine possessions when replacing the injured Ben Johnson.

Dwyer locked away his spot in Nathan Buckley’s first choice side when he had 23 possessions, five inside 50s and an ice cool goal at an important stage of the second quarter of Collingwood’s 17-point win over Carlton. Playing in front of 84,247 screaming fans at the MCG confirmed he was a long way from the cold winter afternoons at North Port Oval.

He remained an important contributor in each of the 19 games that followed, almost single-handedly working Collingwood back into the game in the third quarter against Fremantle in round seven (25 possessions and two goals) before kicking three vital goals from 27 touches against Geelong the following week.

Although he spent most of his year at half forward, Dwyer showed he could take a turn in the midfield when required, winning 31 possessions and four clearances in the loss to Gold Coast in round 17.

Having entered the year on the edge of the list, Dwyer was rewarded with the security of a two-year contract mid-season that will tie him to the club until at least the end of 2015.

Season By Season

The mature-age midfielder/forward played in Port Melbourne's premiership team in 2011 and the 2012 Grand Final loss after overcoming a broken left fibula. Can play multiple roles forward of the centre and is known for his speed and creativity. Was at Port Melbourne for eight seasons and won the best-and-fairest in 2009.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 39
    • Kicks 7.9
    • Handballs 7.9
    • Disposals 15.8
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 60.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2013
Handballs 15 Hawthorn Rd 14, 2014
Disposals 31 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2013
Marks 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 13, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Western Bulldogs Rd 13, 2014
Goals 3 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2013
AFL Fantasy 117 Western Bulldogs Rd 13, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF

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: 34 games, 18 goals

VFL: 101 games, 96 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 4 games, 1 goal

Milestones

AFL Debut: North Melbourne v Collingwood, Round 1 2013 at Etihad Stadium

Collingwood VFL Debut: Collingwood v Coburg, Round 3 2014 at Victoria Park

100 VFL Games: Collingwood v Geelong, Round 8 2014 at Victoria Park

Draft History

Selected at No. 27 in the 2013 Rookie Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

AFLPA Best First Year Player Nominee
2013

Club Awards

AFLPA Best First Year Player Nominee
2013

Other

Port Melbourne Premiership Side
2011

Port Melbourne Best-and-Fairest
2009

VFL Representative Team
2012