The VFL listed players once again put together a great season in 2021. Finishing 7th in a COVID impacted season, the following players were an integral part of the side's six wins this year. 


Campbell Hustwaite

In his first season as co-captain, Campbell Hustwaite had a really strong year in the midfield for the Pies. Playing in a role that saw him get minutes on the wing and at centre stoppages, Hustwaite's output was exceptional. 

His standout game came in Round 4 against Coburg where he had 24 disposals and kicked two goals in a close to best on ground performance. Hustwaite was also fantastic against Sandringham in Round 12. Playing a majority of the game in the midfield, Hustwaite amassed 25 disposals and kicked an important goal. 

The moment of the season for Hustwaite was against Frankston in Round 11. With the Dolphins running into an open goal, he made a clutch tackle on the goal line to save the Pies. 

We see and we value his strong leadership at a young age, his leadership and football smarts.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 7
Disposals (avg) 17.4
Tackles (avg) 3.6
Kicks (avg) 7.3
Handballs (avg) 10.1

Lachlan Tardrew

After a slow start to the season, Tardrew was arguably the most consistent contributor in the VFL. Playing all nine games for the season, Tardrew had at least 20 disposals for the final seven games. 

His best game came against the Swans in Round 5 where he kicked a miraculous goal from the boundary and racked up 27 disposals across half-back. 

Tardrew's leadership was second to none in 2021. 

His leadership and ability to have an impact in multiple roles is at a high level.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 9
Disposals (avg) 20.4
Tackles (avg) 2.8
Kicks (avg) 10.6
Marks (avg) 4.3

Callan Wellings

Wellings had a really strong 2021 season, a pillar of consistency alongside Tardrew; Wellings played a vital role rebounding the team into attack from defence. 

The king of meters gained, Wellings is a fantastic kick of the ball. His highlight of the season coming against Sandringham where he had 28 disposals (26 of which were kicks) and a goal from outside 50m. 

Matches 9
Disposals (avg) 18.7
Marks (avg) 5.7
Kicks (avg) 14.4
 Tackles (avg) 2.1

Campbell Lane

A knee injury against Essendon in Round 2 interrupted Lane's start to the season, however upon return in Round 5, Lane didn't look back. 

Playing across the wing, Lane's running ability was crucial in connecting defence with attack. Particularly damaging by foot, Lane demonstrated his strengths kicking inside 50 throughout the season. 

Another player who showed great consistency in his game in 2021, Lane has been a fantastic asset to the VFL side. 

A true professional, does everything right, and really took a game to a new level when given the opportunity to play wing.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 6
Disposals (avg) 17.3
Marks (avg) 4
Kicks (avg) 11.5
Handballs (avg) 5.8

Sam Fowler

Sam Fowler once again showed his class at VFL level in 2021, finishing the season with 11 goals from his 9 matches. 

His pressure and intensity around the ball was a hallmark of his game and quite often he found himself rewarded for his tackling. 3 goals and 19 disposals against Coburg arguably won the game for Collingwood, while 6 goals in the last 3 games showed his ability to consistently impact the scoreboard. 

Was awesome to see ‘The Rat’ have an impact at VFL level, as a pressure forward and kick goals.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 9
Disposals (avg) 13.3
Goals (total) 11.6
Kicks (avg) 8.3
Marks (avg) 3

Jacob Booth

Booth really impressed in the VFL after missing the start of the season against Werribee. The high-marking forward is a fantastic contested grab, and really caused issues for defenders all season. 

His best game came against Richmond in round 13 where he had a whopping 21 disposals to go with 10 marks and 2 goals. 

A consistent scorer, Booth kicked at least 2 goals in 4 of his 7 games. 

First season at VFL level, had an immediate impact with his strong marking and goal kicking.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 7
Disposals (avg) 13.4
Goals (total) 9.5
Kicks (avg) 7.4
Marks (avg) 4.7

Kaden Schreiber

The athletic defender had a strong season in the black and white. Deployed largely as a lock down defender, his tackling and pressure around the footy was a real asset to the VFL side.

Unfortunately, a hand injury cut his season short after the Sandringham game in Round 12. 

His best performances came against Sydney and Frankston where he had back to back weeks of 15 disposals. 

Great to see his strong work ethic and his ability to take a challenge as a defender, and grow.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 7
Disposals (avg) 11.1
Tackles (avg) 2.3
Kicks (avg) 5
Handballs (avg) 6.1

Sam Glover

A versatile player, Glover's ability to go forward and kick goals then cover down back was really important in 2021. 

This strength was on show against Richmond in Round 13 where Glover kicked 3 goals then went behind the ball to help the defenders late in the final term. 

A hamstring injury prevented Glover from getting a really good run at it throughout the middle of the season, but hopefully a strong preseason will give Glover the preparation to hit the ground running in 2022.

Matches 6
Disposals (avg) 10.3
Tackles (avg) 2.2
Kicks (avg) 6.2
Marks (avg) 3.3

Cody Stackelberg

Stackelberg put together a really nice season for the Pies in 2021. Really a victim to the lack of games, Stackelberg is one of those players that goes at 110% intensity for every minute.

His best game came against Gold Coast in Round 3. In a narrow victory for the Pies, Stackelberg was instrumental in the midfield. His 22 disposals (16 of which were kicks) played a key role in helping the Pies get on top around the ground against a strong Gold Coast side. 

With plenty of strong midfielders available in the VFL, Stackelberg will look to improve his ability to impact games for longer stretches. 

He’s hardness around the contest and his ability to play multiple roles. He really settled as a defender in the later part of the season.

- Craig Black, VFL Head Coach

Matches 8
Disposals (avg) 14.1
Tackles (avg) 3.4
Kicks (avg) 8.9
Handballs (avg) 5.3

 

Isaac Wallace

Wallace made his debut for the Pies against Sandringham in round 12. Impressively, he went on to play the three remaining games of the season, including a strong performance against Richmond in round 13. 

His tough approach to footy makes him a great asset alongside a very young side. The brother-in-law of Jack Crisp, Wallace looked very comfortable in the black and white stripes. 

A player who can fit in across multiple positions, he's the type of player coaches love to have in their team. 

Matches 3
Disposals (avg) 10.7
Tackles (avg) 2
Kicks (avg) 5.7
Handballs (avg) 5