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Selection: Pendlebury named for Friday

Collingwood has named both Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams in its 22-man line up to face St Kilda at the MCG on Friday night.

6:25pm  Apr 16, 2015

Pendlebury "moved pretty well"

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley remains confident Scott Pendlebury will play against St Kilda at the MCG on Friday night.

12:57pm  Apr 15, 2015

Reid hasn't suffered a setback, insists Pendles

Collingwood scaled Ben Reid's training back this week, prompting speculation he may have injured himself again, but Scott Pendlebury says it was all part of the plan.

3:24pm  Mar 25, 2015

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Scott
Pendlebury

Height
191 cm
DOB
07-01-1988
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2006
Games
2015
4
Career
196
Goals
2015
1
Career
127
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
425
Avg
106
ScottPendlebury

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Sale (VIC)
Clubs: Collingwood (2006-2015)
Debut: Round 10 2006 v Brisbane
Recruited from: Gippsland U18
Brownlow Votes: 118

Perhaps the prototype of the modern midfielder. Sleek, skillful and slippery, Pendlebury is one of the bona fide stars of the competition. Forms a powerful midfield unit that includes Dane Swan Steele Sidebottom and his ability to win the contested ball as well as use his creativity in open space has made him one of the hardest players to tag.

His graceful style of play belies his hardness, for he is a fierce tackler and renowned for his abilities at the bottom of the packs. Pendlebury often appears to be playing at a different tempo to the other players on the field, such is his calmness that stems from playing as a point guard in basketball teams in his youth.

Pendlebury boasts an imposing trophy cabinet, with his crowning glory his 2010 Norm Smith Medal. He is now the captain of the club after taking the reigns from Nick Maxwell and, at 27, is enjoy the prime years of his career.

Season By Season

Season By Season

By this stage of his career, most supporters are becoming accustomed to Scott Pendlebury churning out the big numbers and match winning performances.

It’s a fact that was reflected when he was named in his fifth consecutive All-Australian team in September, an achievement that capped off another stellar season.

Pendlebury became the club’s 46th captain when Nick Maxwell officially handed over the reigns on 29 January during a ceremony at 333 Collins Street in Melbourne.

He led the team out onto the ground for the first time in his own right in the NAB Challenge against Geelong – only he ran out onto Simonds Stadium while wearing the green substitute’s vest, reflecting the nature of the February fixture.

Pendlebury’s captaincy tenure began like a dream, only for it to quickly evolve into a nightmare outing at Etihad Stadium.

With the game just two minutes and four seconds old, Pendlebury kicked the first goal of the home and away season when he slotted one home on his left boot.

But his team could manage just four more goals in the 113 minutes that followed, and while Pendlebury himself did what he could with 26 disposals and nine tackles, his Magpies slumped to a 70-point loss.

The skipper helped steady the ship against Sydney, playing a critical role in the 20-point win on a night in which his leadership rose to the fore. He laid a game-high 10 tackles and registered a career-high 11 inside 50s, as well as kicking a team-lifting goal in which he and Maxwell combined to work the ball down the ground together by hand.

As the weeks progressed, Pendlebury’s form became a key driver behind Collingwood’s rise back up the ladder. He kicked three goals in the win over Richmond and helped himself to 30 disposals on ANZAC Day against the Bombers.

His consistency was perhaps the only bankable element of the Magpies’ form mid-season, as they tailed off after a strong start.

Pendlebury enjoyed a huge final quarter against West Coast in round 10, kicking a goal on the burst to help his side to an eight-point win, while he collected 65 disposals in the space of two defeats at the hands of the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn.

He laid an equal career-high 11 tackles against Carlton on a Sunday night in round 15 and dipped below 25 disposals just once in his final seven games.

The captain missed just one game, succumbing to a quad injury in the warm-up against Brisbane in round 21 when an errant Sherrin struck him on a cork.

Season By Season

Another exceptional season from one of the most driven players in the competition. Pendlebury did not miss a game for the third time in the last four seasons and averaged a career-high 29.9 disposals per game. He opened the year with 30 possessions and a goal against North Melbourne and didn’t relent from there on. One week later, the left-footer iced a famous win over Carlton in round two with a superb goal from 50m out with seconds remaining before putting in best on ground displays against St Kilda in round six (28 possessions and two goals) and Sydney in round 20 (35 possessions and seven tackles). He saved one of the finest performances of his career for the Friday night clash with Adelaide in round 16 when he collected a career-high 42 possessions, laid five tackles and kicked two goals (one with each foot).

The silky onballer had 30 or more disposals on 10 occasions and polled Brownlow votes in all bar two of those games. He entered the Brownlow count as one of the favourites and polled more than 20 votes (21 in total) for the third time in the past four years. Didn’t have his usual impact in the Elimination Final loss to Port Adelaide (24 possessions and five tackles) but because the third Collingwood player to win the coveted AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year Award.

Season By Season

The silky smooth midfielder with enviable skills and evasive qualities was let down only by a mid-season leg fracture that robbed off four games. Started the year well and was averaging more than 28 disposals a game before his injury. Came back against Geelong in round 16 for 36 possessions but his effectiveness was down. Fought back to win his second straight Bob Rose Award as Best Player in Finals after a stunning performance against Sydney in the Preliminary Final. Finished second in the Copeland Trophy and earned his third consecutive All-Australian honour. Signed a four-year extension early in the season.

Season By Season

Most players would be satisfied with a season like Pendlebury had in 2010, but the vice-captain took it to another level in 2011. Averaged 29.7 disposals in all 25 games (never dipping below 20 in a match), kicked 24 goals (including three in both matches against Essendon) and polled 24 Brownlow votes to finish equal third.

Confirmed his reputation as a big game player in averaging 34.3 disposals during the finals series, and was one of Collingwood’s best in the Grand Final loss to Geelong. Named on a wing in the All-Australian side and capped off his year with his first Copeland Trophy.

A season to remember. Named in the All-Australian team (on the interchange) for the first time, polled 21 Brownlow votes, won his first Anzac Day Medal in round five, and ran second in the Copeland Trophy. But none of this compared to his Norm Smith Medal in the Grand Final replay and his first premiership at the age of 22.

After an uncharacteristically quiet first Grand Final, where his impact (19 disposals, six tackles) was lessened by gastro, Pendlebury fought back in the replay (29 disposals, 11 tackles) en route to his Norm Smith Medal. Averaged 26.6 disposals and 5.5 tackles for the season and finished fourth in the Brownlow Medal.

Began to attract more attention from the umpires, accruing 13 Brownlow votes. Gathered 30 or more disposals in eight matches, but didn’t have the scoreboard impact he may have liked (eight goals in 21 matches). Won a career high 39 disposals against Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday.

His importance to the side was underscored when he broke his leg early in the qualifying final against a rampant St Kilda, sidelining him for the rest of the season. Suddenly, Collingwood’s midfield had lost its prime mover, severely impacting upon its fortunes for the rest of September. Finished sixth in the Copeland Trophy.

Continued his improvement, averaging 22.5 disposals and was selected in the Victorian team in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match. Elevated into the club’s leadership group in the pre-season. His best match of the season came on Anzac Day in round six, when he amassed 26 disposals and seven tackles against the Bombers. Played his 50th game in round 19 against St Kilda, and again stood up in the finals, with over 20 disposals in both matches.

Surprised many with a definitive breakout season. Changed to guernsey no. 10 after Blake Caracella’s retirement. Averaged 18.9 disposals, 3.3 tackles and booted 20 goals across 23 games. Nominated for the AFL Rising Star after the round four loss to Port Adelaide.

Broke his foot minutes into the loss to Brisbane in round 17 but remarkably missed only two games. Enjoyed an excellent September, gathering 24 disposals against Sydney in the elimination final and 26 as the semi final against West Coast went into extra time. Kicked the sealer in the win over the Eagles late in the second half of extra time.

Finished his second season as runner up to Travis Cloke in the Copeland Trophy, and finished second to Joel Selwood in the NAB AFL Rising Star.

Impeded by glandular fever during the pre-season, but quickly made up ground for Williamstown in the VFL. Won a senior promotion in round 10 after he was named as an emergency in three of the previous four matches.

Debuted against the Brisbane Lions on a Saturday night at the MCG wearing the N.o 16 jumper. Goaled with his first kick, marking a pass from his captain Nathan Buckley. Missed only one of the next 10 games due to illness. Omitted for round 20 and remained an emergency for the final month of the season, including the Elimination Final loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Began the year on a basketball scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport. Quit on the eve of the football season, and having not played football since under-12s, trialled for Gippsland in the U18s.

Improved rapidly and was selected for Vic Country in the National U18 Championships, where he averaged 17 disposals. Was a part of the Gippsland U18 premiership team in the TAC Cup alongside Dale Thomas, with Tyson Goldsack and Brent Macaffer also named in the squad. Was something of a surprise selection at pick five in the National Draft.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 15.7
    • Handballs 13.2
    • Disposals 29.0
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.7
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 106.2

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Adelaide Crows Rd 2
Handballs 17 St Kilda Rd 3
Disposals 32 Adelaide Crows Rd 2
Marks 5 Essendon Rd 4
Hit-outs 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 1
Tackles 5 Essendon Rd 4
Goals 1 Essendon Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 118 Essendon Rd 4

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Brisbane Lions W 74 - 86 16 9 25 4 2 4 0 5 0 0 104
2 Adelaide Crows L 63 - 90 18 14 32 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 98
3 St Kilda W 140 - 66 12 17 29 5 1 7 0 3 0 0 105
4 Essendon W 49 - 69 17 13 30 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 118
5 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
9 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
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: 3 - L: 1 63 53 116 19 3 11 0 13 1 1 425

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 196
    • Kicks 13.1
    • Handballs 12.7
    • Disposals 25.8
    • Marks 4.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 4.6
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 100.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Sydney Swans Rd 2, 2014
Handballs 24 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2014
Disposals 42 Adelaide Crows Rd 16, 2013
Marks 12 St Kilda Rd 14, 2006
Hit-outs 3 St Kilda Rd 16, 2010
Tackles 11 Carlton Rd 15, 2014
Goals 4 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2012
AFL Fantasy 166 Essendon Rd 5, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Collingwood 63 53 116 19 3 11 0 13 1 1 425
2014 Collingwood 292 304 596 75 8 38 10 116 13 10 2277
2013 Collingwood 329 359 688 88 1 40 9 119 18 9 2576
2012 Collingwood 316 303 619 82 3 33 10 115 11 8 2340
2011 Collingwood 385 357 742 106 6 43 18 150 24 12 2938
2010 Collingwood 339 352 691 116 7 31 10 144 17 13 2768
2009 Collingwood 271 271 542 105 4 22 17 69 8 4 1973
2008 Collingwood 283 235 518 113 3 26 16 77 11 10 2023
2007 Collingwood 238 197 435 124 6 20 16 76 20 8 1890
2006 Collingwood 67 51 118 46 3 4 3 25 4 0 563

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: 192 games, 126 goals

VFL: 10 games, 4 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 18 games, 6 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v Brisbane, Round 10 2006 at the MCG

50 AFL Games: Collingwood v St Kilda, Round 19 2008 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Collingwood v Geelong, Preliminary Final 2010 at the MCG

150 AFL Games: Collingwood v Carlton, Round 2 2013 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 5 (by Collingwood) in the 2005 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 
2010

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side 
2011

Norm Smith Medal
2010 (Grand Final Replay)

Runner-Up AFL Rising Star Award 
2007

AFL Rising Star Nomination
Round 4 2007 v Port Adelaide

All-Australian 
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

All-Australian Nominee
2009

Brownlow Medal
Third Place: 2011 (equal)

ANZAC Day Medal
2010, 2011

International Rules Series
2008

Club Awards

Copeland Trophy (Best-and-Fairest)
2011, 2013, 2014

R.T. Rush Trophy (2nd Best-and-Fairest) 
2007, 2010, 2012

J.J. Joyce Trophy (3rd Best and Fairest) 
2008

Darren Millane Perpetual Memorial Trophy (Best Clubman)
2013

Bob Rose Award (Best Player in Finals) 
2011, 2012

Other

Gippsland Power TAC Cup Premiership Side
2005