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Star Collingwood forward Travis Cloke has told critics of coach Nathan Buckley to get off his back.

11:05am  Jul 29, 2014

Cloke's six earn seven

Travis Cloke’s six-goal effort against the Western Bulldogs saw him adjudged the side’s best on ground in the latest round of voting for the AFLCA’s Champion Player of the Year Award.

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Travis
Cloke

Height
196 cm
DOB
05-03-1987
Weight
108 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
20
Career
216
Goals
2014
39
Career
390
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1454
Avg
73
TravisCloke

Player Bio

AT A Glance

Junior Clubs: Park Orchards (Vic)
Clubs: Collingwood (2005-2014)
Debut: Round 5 2005 v Essendon
Recruited from: Eastern U18
Brownlow Votes: 39

 

A man mountain at the peak of his powers, Cloke is arguably the best key forward in the game. Endowed with outstanding endurance, strength and a raking left boot, Cloke's performance at centre half forward is nothing short of vital to Collingwood's future success. Has regularly featured in the side's best during September and has been named in two of the AFL's last three All-Australian teams. Kicked 68 goals in 2013, one short of his career-high of 69 in 2011, and boasts one of the game's most powerful contested marks.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Put in one of his most consistent seasons to date to end the year with his second All-Australian gong and the J.J. Joyce Trophy as third in the club’s best-and-fairest. With the contract distracts of 2012 well behind him, Cloke’s form inside 50 made him one of the most dangerous forwards in the competition. He started the year with four goals from seven scoring shots against North Melbourne and then kicked five in the loss to Hawthorn in wet conditions. It built up to his best performance of the season against the Tigers in round four when he kicked seven goals, took a season-high 14 marks, sent the ball inside 50 eight times and registered 20 possessions. Cloke caught fire in the second half, kicking five of his seven majors to turn a three-point half time Richmond lead into a 34-point Collingwood victory. He kicked five goals in another four games to finish only two goals short of tying for the Coleman Medal with Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead. It looked like he was set to overhaul Roughead and win the Medal outright when he had four goals to half time of Collingwood’s final home and away game against the Roos. Unfortunately he could only manage one more in the second half as the Magpies slumped to an 11-point loss. Cloke’s devastating form was reflected by the fact that he kicked a goal in all bar two games, took 10 or more marks in eight games and led the league for contested marks (58). He was named at centre half forward in the All-Australian team for the second time in three years and, at the age of 26, is at the peak of his powers.

Season by Season

The bullocking forward made headlines for much of the season with his contract negotiations playing out in public before they were put on hold mid-year. After much toing and froing, he signed a five-year extension in Grand Final week. His form was not near his 2011 best but he played every game, kicked 59 goals to lead the club, topped the competition for contested marks with 73 and placed ninth in the Copeland Trophy.

An unbelievable season from the 24-year-old. Took the competition by the scruff of the neck, and it showed when the end of season rewards were handed out. Named at centre half forward in the All-Australian team for the first time in his career. Kicked a career-high 69 goals to run second in the Coleman Medal.

To cap it off, he ran third in the Copeland Trophy. Cloke was able to elevate himself into the pantheon of the competition’s elite, goaling in 23 of 25 games. Kicked five or more goals in four matches (including bags of six in consecutive weeks), and his seven finals goals elevated him to 12th on the list of the most goals kicked by a Collingwood player in finals.

Was a colossus in the preliminary final, hauling in some breathtaking pack marks and kicking truly when it came to the crunch (having ridded himself of the inaccurate tag during the season). Began the Grand Final like a house on fire with three goals in the first half, before the supply dried up.

Stepped up following the retirement of Anthony Rocca to produce his best season since 2007. Went goalless on only four occasions, kicking 38.40 for the year and played some outstanding individual matches.

His most commanding performance came in round 20 against the lowly Essendon when he helped himself to 16 marks, 22 disposals and 5.5. Also bagged five in round eight against Fremantle at Subiaco Oval, and had single-figure possessions only twice. Missed two games through suspension but didn’t miss a beat upon return.

Had a fantastic opening to the finals, kicking three against Geelong in the preliminary finals romp. Unfortunately became better known for his inaccuracy than his form during the latter stages of the season, highlighted by his two ‘gettable’ misses in the first half of the drawn Grand Final.

Fortunately, neither came back to bite the side, due in part to his goal – the last of the match – from the top of the square with only three minutes remaining to put the Magpies back in front by a point. Didn’t register a major in the replay, but it mattered not as the Pies recorded their first premiership since 1990.

His preparation for the season was compromised when he was assaulted while at the Gold Coast on holiday. Bounced back to produce a solid season. His year peaked in round 14 against the Bombers when he had 19 disposals and kicked four goals. Began to take more of the ruck work, winning a career-high 38 hitouts.

Wasn’t as prolific in front of goal as he had been in previous years, kicking only 22.26. Tapered at the end of the year, and kicked only one goal in three finals.

Wasn’t quite as spectacular as he had been the previous year, but still turned out a consistent season at centre half forward. Kicked 40 goals in total, and polled Brownlow votes in four games. Twice managed a bag of five goals, again starred on Anzac Day and again dominated against Geelong (four goals, nine marks, two Brownlow votes).

Also appeared to enjoy the presence of Chris Dawes alongside him late in the year (kicking four and five goal hauls and receiving Brownlow votes in two of the four home and away games Dawes played). Finished sixth in the Copeland Trophy.

Became a Copeland Trophy winner before he had even turned 21. Started the season slowly but began to hit form on Anzac Day with 24 disposals, 13 marks and a Brownlow vote. It also marked the start of his dramas in front of goal (1.3 for the afternoon).

Began to pile on the goals and record some big numbers with his overhead marking, but still somehow stayed under the radar of the media spotlight. Kicked four goals against eventual premiers Geelong in the round 15 loss. He kicked four goals twice, and three goals on five occasions.

Announced his arrival in September, kicking three goals in the elimination final against Sydney, 1.3 (and 21 disposals) against West Coast before capping the year off with an outstanding three goals, 13 marks and 15 disposals in the epic preliminary final loss to Geelong. Kicked 39 goals for the season and received the Bob Rose Trophy as the Best Finals Player.

Didn’t suffer from second year blues, but still didn’t hit the heights of 2005. Kicked only six goals in 15 matches, but was trialled at centre half back with some promising results. Missed four weeks mid-year but a 22-disposal, two-goal game against Hawthorn in round 17 (earning him his first Brownlow vote) showed that his progress was well and truly on track. Injured a shoulder in round 21 and sat out the club’s only final.

Although still completing his VCE studies at Yarra Valley Grammar, early injury strife for Anthony Rocca meant that Cloke was elevated into the senior team on Anzac Day against Essendon. Made a very encouraging debut (16 disposals and one goal) and was one of the few reasons for optimism during a bleak winter.

Strung some solid performances together as the side won three games in succession mid-year. Received an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 10 after helping the side to a win over Hawthorn.

Began to taper later in the year but did nothing to diminish his fantastic debut season, which the club recognised when he was honoured with the Harry Collier Trophy as Best First Year Player.

Played for the Eastern Rangers in the TAC Cup U18 competition. Represented Vic Metro at the U18 National Championships. Announced that he would be joining Collingwood under the Father-Son rule (his father David had played 114 games for the club between 1983 and 1989) in August, joining his older brothers Jason (76 games) and Cameron (21 games).

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 9.3
    • Handballs 2.9
    • Disposals 12.2
    • Marks 6.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 1.9
    • AFL Fantasy 72.7

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 St Kilda Rd 11
Handballs 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 18
Disposals 23 St Kilda Rd 11
Marks 12 St Kilda Rd 11
Hit-outs 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Tackles 5 Essendon Rd 6
Goals 6 Western Bulldogs Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 150 St Kilda Rd 11

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 46 - 116 4 3 7 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 35
2 Sydney Swans W 69 - 89 12 2 14 9 0 1 3 1 2 1 76
3 Geelong Cats L 76 - 87 5 3 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
4 Richmond W 72 - 110 6 3 9 3 0 0 2 1 0 2 33
5 North Melbourne W 93 - 58 13 1 14 11 0 1 0 2 4 4 111
6 Essendon W 83 - 60 9 1 10 6 0 0 0 5 0 3 70
7 Carlton W 70 - 104 13 2 15 7 1 3 0 1 2 4 88
9 Adelaide Crows L 76 - 55 7 4 11 3 2 2 0 2 1 1 57
10 West Coast Eagles W 109 - 101 6 0 6 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 42
11 St Kilda W 54 - 140 17 6 23 12 0 3 0 4 5 2 150
12 Melbourne W 28 - 61 11 3 14 7 0 4 1 2 2 1 82
13 Western Bulldogs L 98 - 106 10 2 12 9 0 0 1 2 6 1 103
14 Hawthorn L 115 - 86 13 4 17 10 0 0 2 0 5 1 102
15 Carlton W 91 - 76 8 4 12 9 0 0 1 2 1 2 72
16 Gold Coast Suns L 80 - 75 11 6 17 8 0 1 1 1 2 3 86
17 Essendon L 103 - 39 5 4 9 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 39
18 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 98 10 6 16 7 0 1 2 0 3 1 77
19 Port Adelaide W 76 - 70 12 3 15 10 0 0 2 4 3 2 102
20 West Coast Eagles L 126 - 66 10 0 10 7 0 0 1 0 1 1 55
21 Brisbane Lions L 56 - 123 5 1 6 3 0 4 1 2 1 0 41
22 GWS Giants W 67 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Hawthorn L 56 - 121 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 187 58 245 137 3 20 19 34 39 30 1454

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 216
    • Kicks 10.7
    • Handballs 3.0
    • Disposals 13.7
    • Marks 6.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 1.8
    • AFL Fantasy 77.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Essendon Rd 20, 2010
Handballs 10 Hawthorn Rd 22, 2010
Disposals 26 Carlton Rd 17, 2009
Marks 16 Essendon Rd 23, 2012
Hit-outs 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 18, 2009
Tackles 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 18, 2009
Goals 7 Richmond Rd 4, 2013
AFL Fantasy 162 Essendon Rd 20, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Collingwood 187 58 245 137 3 20 19 34 39 30 1454
2013 Collingwood 258 65 323 190 1 27 20 29 68 51 2017
2012 Collingwood 259 71 330 157 0 20 28 43 59 34 1886
2011 Collingwood 315 76 391 192 14 28 29 69 69 48 2366
2010 Collingwood 266 100 366 171 5 20 17 56 38 40 1977
2009 Collingwood 251 79 330 155 38 20 20 55 22 26 1752
2008 Collingwood 243 67 310 158 9 21 23 29 40 25 1679
2007 Collingwood 294 68 362 186 6 24 15 50 39 39 2034
2006 Collingwood 146 25 171 79 18 9 9 17 6 12 841
2005 Collingwood 118 30 148 53 10 11 9 17 10 16 711

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: 196 games, 351 goals

VFL: 8 games, 14 goals

NAB Cup: 19 games, 28 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Essendon v Collingwood, Round 5 2005 at the MCG

50 AFL Games: Collingwood v Melbourne, Round 20 2007 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Geelong v Collingwood, Preliminary Final 2009 at the MCG

150 AFL Games: Hawthorn v Collingwood, Round 1 2012 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 38 (by Collingwood) in the 2004 National Draft (Father-Son selection)

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side
2010

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side
2011 

All Australian 
2011, 2013

AFL Rising Star Nomination 2005
Round 10 v Hawthorn

Club Awards

Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest) 
2007

J.J. Joyce Trophy (3rd Best and Fairest) 
2011, 2013

Bob Rose Award (Best Finals Player) 
2007

Gordon Coventry Trophy (Leading Goal Kicker)
2011, 2012