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Varcoe reaches game 200

This week marks Travis Varcoe’s 200th senior game, making him the 15th product of the 2005 National Draft to reach the milestone.

11:00am  Aug 16, 2018

Trio of Pies re-sign

Three Collingwood players of varying age and experience have re-signed with the club for 2018 and beyond.

3:00pm  Sep 22, 2017

Varcoe sent for surgery

Collingwood speedster Travis Varcoe has undergone surgery on his dislocated elbow.

4:45pm  Jul 28, 2017

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Travis
Varcoe

Height
180 cm
DOB
10-04-1988
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2018
14
Career
199
Goals
2018
8
Career
156
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
713
Avg
51
TravisVarcoe

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Smithfield (SA)/Central District (SANFL)
Clubs: Geelong (2006-2014); Collingwood (2015)
Debut: Round 2 2007, Geelong v Carlton
Recruited from: Geelong
Brownlow Votes: 6

Bio

A fast and skilful midfielder who was a member of two Geelong premiership teams, Varcoe has added foot speed, precise disposal and goal nous to Collingwood's line up in recent years. Predominantly a forward-cum-wingman, Varcoe spent more time in defence in defence during his final year with Geelong, recording a career-high 29 rebound 50s. He is well known to Collingwood supporters, for he was the man who kicked the opening goal of the 2011 Grand Final just 15 seconds into the game. It was one of three goals he kicked for the day, which, along with his role in Paul Chapman’s match winning goal in the 2009 decider, has enshrined his place in the game’s folklore.

Season By Season

Season By Season

2017 was a frustrating year for Varcoe, who battled injury concerns throughout his third season in Black and White. It would have been an unfamiliar feeling for the tenacious defender, who had previously played 17 games or more in seven of his nine seasons in the AFL. Suspension interrupted the start of Varcoe’s season, however he returned in round three to kick two goals in Collingwood’s memorable victory over Sydney at the SCG.

Just when impressive form begun to string itself together, injury struck. Varcoe limped off the ground with a hamstring complaint in the Magpies’ round six clash with Geelong, and then aggravated the concern two weeks later at training. The rehab process was longer than expected, with the South Australian not being fit to return to action until early July. Varcoe played one game in the VFL, before returning to the MCG for a clash with Essendon in round 16. His form was solid, however he couldn’t escape the carnage of a taxing game against West Coast two weeks later. Varcoe suffered a concussion and a dislocated elbow against the Eagles as his season came to an early end.

Season By Season

Understated yet ever-reliable, Travis Varcoe beat early season injury to once again be a valuable member of the Collingwood side in 2016.

A hamstring complaint in the NAB Challenge saw the 28-year-old sidelined as the Magpies begun their campaign to limited success. Varcoe watched on the sidelines as his teammates lost two of their first three games, before returning to the side for a clash with the Demons. Whether his return was premature, or an aggravation to his hamstring was unexpected, he missed another two games between rounds five and eight.

Playing a similar role to which he established himself at Collingwood in 2015, Varcoe kicked just six goals for the season, but was integral in other areas of the ground. His forward pressure was outstanding in the back half of the season, particularly in round 19’s win over West Coast when he laid a season-high eight tackles to go with 14 disposals.

Three weeks later, the former Cat collected the third highest possession tally of his 177-game career when he ran rampant with 28 touches against the Gold Coast Suns. The performance proved that at 28, Varcoe is still more than capable at excelling in a number of different roles at the highest level.

Season By Season

Already a premiership hero at Geelong, Varcoe didn’t take long to become a familiar face in black and white colours in 2015.

Finding a place in Collingwood’s side in round one, the 27-year-old ended up being one of just four Magpies to play all 22 home and away games for the year. He experienced the highs of an 8-3 start, and the lows of a six-game losing streak against the likes of Fremantle, Hawthorn and West Coast throughout the middle of the season.

Varcoe brought a sense of consistency and toughness to what was a young, largely inexperienced Collingwood team. He recorded high tackling numbers with totals of nine against St Kilda in round three and another eight in round 13 against Fremantle being the standout performances. While tackling proved a highlight, many of Varcoe’s statistics in 2015 signalled a career-best year. Never has he recorded higher averages in kicks (8.4), marks (4.1) and disposals (17.2) per game.

The phenomenal season proves that at 27, Varcoe is not at Collingwood to let the twilight of his career play out in the shadows.

Season By Season

Varcoe began the year well, kicking two goals from four scoring shots and laying a career high 10 tackles against Brisbane in round two. He bagged a goal in each of the next three games while maintaining a high tackle count. His role began to change mid-season, registering 20 of his 29 rebounds after round 13. His disposal count remained consistent, and he won a combined 45 touches in the final two home and away rounds. Playing behind the ball, Varcoe returned six rebound 50s and 33 disposals across Geelong’s two losing finals. Interestingly, all seven of his goal assists were recorded after his move into the defensive half.

Season By Season

Fast and skilful midfielder who has been cut down by injuries in the past two seasons. Played only one game in 2012 (in round 22) after being dogged by a foot problem. Suffered a serious shoulder injury early last season, which required surgery and sidelined him for three months. Returned in round 16, but took time to find his feet again at the highest level. Is a dangerous player with fit and confidence.

Season By Season

Played just one AFL game after being struck down by a stress fracture in his foot. The Cats considered him to be a recruit for their 2013 campaign. He had established himself in the team during 2011, when he played all but one game, kicked 31 goals and averaged 16 disposals a match. He had 21 touches and kicked three goals in the Grand Final to be a mong the Cats’ best as he celebrated his second premiership.

Season By Season

Continued his development, playing as a forward capable of running through the midfield. He played all but one game and kicked 21 goals and averaged 16 disposals a match. He was used as a running defender later in the home and away season, but returned to the forward line in the finals. He had 21 touches and kicked three goals in the Grand Final to be among the Cats’ best as he celebrated his second premiership success.

Season By Season

Over the course of 2009 and 2010, Varcoe had stepped up to be come a key component in attack with his forward pressure and ability to create goals. Although he missed the first five games in 2010 with a broken thumb, he managed 21 goals in 20 games, including five against Essendon in round 12. Presents a real danger for opposition defenders and will continue to get better. Represented Australia against Ireland in the International Rules Series.

Season By Season

Geelong’s faith in Varcoe looked set to be vindicated with the young forward playing 22 of a possible 25 games, missing just three because of shoulder problems, and continuing to apply great forward pressure. His chasing and tackling is a feature and his leg speed was vital in the second half of the Grand Final. It was Varcoe who dished off the handball that set up Paul Chapman’s match-winning goal against St Kilda.

Season By Season

An emerging young player who looked set to take the next step after being given a taste of the big time in 2008. He earned a senior recall in round nine and did not lose his place for the remainder of the season. Varcoe played his best game in the Preliminary Final when he had 18 possessions and took seven marks. He applies a great deal of forward pressure and twice had eight tackles in a game.

Season By Season

Hard-working young forward who impressed in his first serious tilt at senior level, playing 18 games. Applies tremendous tackling pressure and, as he gets used to the tempo of AFL football, will find more of the ball himself. Has a lot of upside and the fact he was an emergency in the Grand Final suggests he has a big future.

Season By Season

The Cats’ first pick in the 2005 National Draft spent last season developing in the VFL after a delayed start to the year with a foot injury. He played 15 games in the VFL, including the Grand Final, and produced flashes of brilliance. Missed some games at the end of the season with a quad injury. Geelong honoured him at the start of 2006 by giving him the No. 5 jumper, which had been out of commission since Gary Ablett Senior retired.

Season By Season

Super quick youngster with silky skills and is certain to add dash to the Cats’ midfield. Made his senior debut for Central District in the SANFL at just 17 in 2005 but injured his foot. Required an operation that forced him out for the rest of the season and he missed the National Under-18 Championships. Before the injury, he was touted as a top 10 draft prospect and could prove an inspired choice at No. 15.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 14
    • Kicks 6.4
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 12.4
    • Marks 2.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 50.9

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 7
Handballs 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 10
Disposals 19 Brisbane Lions Rd 7
Marks 4 Richmond Rd 19
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Brisbane Lions Rd 21
Goals 4 Sydney Swans Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 67 Sydney Swans Rd 20

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 101 - 67 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 32
2 GWS Giants L 79 - 95 8 4 12 2 0 0 0 4 1 1 61
3 Carlton W 76 - 100 6 6 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 35
4 Adelaide Crows W 58 - 106 7 6 13 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 42
5 Essendon W 101 - 52 8 10 18 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 59
6 Richmond L 70 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 121 10 9 19 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 67
8 Geelong Cats L 45 - 66 6 4 10 2 0 1 1 3 0 0 42
9 St Kilda W 72 - 100 6 2 8 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 50
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 55 3 10 13 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 47
11 Fremantle W 138 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Melbourne W 91 - 133 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Carlton W 79 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns W 60 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Essendon W 62 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 West Coast Eagles L 67 - 102 8 9 17 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 52
18 North Melbourne W 130 - 64 6 5 11 2 0 0 0 5 0 1 55
19 Richmond L 105 - 77 8 3 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 42
20 Sydney Swans L 73 - 71 7 4 11 3 0 0 1 2 4 0 67
21 Brisbane Lions W 104 - 73 5 6 11 1 0 2 0 6 1 0 62
22 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 13 - L: 7 90 83 173 29 0 3 5 37 8 6 713

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 199
    • Kicks 6.6
    • Handballs 7.4
    • Disposals 14.0
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 61.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20, 2011
Handballs 18 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20, 2011
Disposals 33 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20, 2011
Marks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 2, 2014
Goals 5 Essendon Rd 12, 2010
AFL Fantasy 126 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Collingwood 90 83 173 29 0 3 5 37 8 6 713
2017 Collingwood 49 60 109 25 0 4 2 19 2 1 429
2016 Collingwood 128 124 252 69 0 8 11 73 6 13 1155
2015 Collingwood 185 193 378 90 0 11 12 89 10 10 1612
2014 Geelong Cats 151 203 354 69 0 12 10 88 9 6 1460
2013 Geelong Cats 74 95 169 25 0 10 10 59 8 6 757
2012 Geelong Cats 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9
2011 Geelong Cats 187 202 389 57 0 10 7 51 31 17 1532
2010 Geelong Cats 146 174 320 72 0 16 13 82 31 13 1506
2009 Geelong Cats 140 173 313 65 0 13 11 75 22 14 1387
2008 Geelong Cats 98 87 185 45 0 8 7 72 14 7 969
2007 Geelong Cats 72 72 144 35 0 5 10 57 15 7 765

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: 185 games, 148 goals

VFL: 31 games, 20 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 23 games, 19 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut - Geelong v Carlton, Round 2 2007 at Docklands

50 AFL Games - Geelong v Hawthorn, Round 17 2009 at the MCG

100 AFL Games - Collingwood v Geelong, Grand Final 2011 at the MCG

Last game for Geelong - Geelong v North Melbourne, Semi-Final 2014 at the MCG

Collingwood Debut - Collingwood v Brisbane, Round 1 2015 at the GABBA, Brisbane

150 AFL Games
 - Collingwood v Fremantle, Round 13 2015 at Patterson Stadium, Perth


Draft History

Selected at No. 15 (by Geelong) in the 2005 National Draft

Traded by Geelong to Collingwood in October 2014 (in a three-way trade, Geelong received Melbourne's Mitch Clark and Melbourne received Collingwood's Heritier Lumumba)

Awards

AFL Awards

Geelong Premiership Side
2009, 2011

Geelong Pre-Season Premiership Side
2009

International Rules Series
2010

Club Awards

Geelong Premiership Side
2009, 2011

Geelong Pre-Season Premiership Side
2009

International Rules Series
2010