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Hore's incredible two years

Marty Hore was named in the back pocket of the VFL Team of the Year. Photo: Shane Barrie. - Collingwood,Collingwood Magpies,VFL
Marty Hore was named in the back pocket of the VFL Team of the Year. Photo: Shane Barrie.

Marty Hore is one heck of a player.

Since the beginning of the 2017 VFL season, he has played 33 games, and has led Collingwood in disposals (708), marks (238), contested marks (56), kicks (548) and rebound 50s (185).

It should come as no surprise, then, that Hore has been named in the back pocket of the league’s Team of the Year in both 2017 and 2018.

What the 22-year-old has done is remarkable, for the blend of his aerial prowess and booming left boot has made him one of Collingwood’s most important state league players.

In a team that undergoes changes each week due to injuries and AFL availability, Hore has remained its constant.

Since the beginning of Jared Rivers’ coaching reign in 2017, a total of 77 players have played at least one VFL game, and Hore has been a member of 33 of the 38 games in that time.

His 185 rebounds in that time is unmatched (Adam Oxley’s 66 from 17 games is in second place), while Lachlan Tardrew’s 280 kicks falls 268 short of Hore’s 548.

Across the competition, Hore leads the way for rebound 50s (20 ahead of the next best, Coburg’s Jesse Corigliano), marks (six ahead of Box Hill’s Dallas Willsmore) and ranks third for kicks (only Port Melbourne’s Eli Templeton and Williamstown’s Michael Gibbons have had more) and third for contested marks (behind Port’s Jordan Lisle and Werribee’s Sam Collins, level with Sandringham’s Rowan Marshall).

For a man who stands 189cm and weighs in at 81kg, his work overhead and ability to read the play and intercept is as good as you’ll find in any state league across the country.

And in the AFL? We may yet find out.

Hore has been invited to the AFL State Combine for the second year running.

When the draft rolls around in November, the recruiters may come calling.

Marty Hore’s best of 2018

Round 17 v North Melbourne
25 kicks, 13 marks, 5 handballs, 30 disposals, 12 rebound 50s, 3 tackles

Round 3 v Essendon
23 kicks, 11 marks, 4 handballs, 28 disposals, 4 inside 50s, 8 rebound 50s

Round 8 v Footscray
24 kicks, 4 handballs, 28 disposals, 14 marks, 5 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s

2018 VFL Team of the Year
Marty Hore (Collingwood), Lucas Cook (Port Melbourne), James Tsitas (Geelong)
HB: Brett Bewley (Williamstown), Sam Collins (Werribee), Aaron Heppell (Essendon)
C: Nick Hind (Essendon), Michael Gibbons (Williamstown), Will Hayes (Footscray)
HF: Eli Templeton (Port Melbourne), Jesse Palmer (Northern Blues), Corey Rich (Frankston)
F: Ben Cavarra (Williamstown), Jordan Lisle (Port Melbourne), Danny Younan (Essendon)
Foll: Nick Meese (Williamstown), Tom Atkins (Geelong), Tom Gribble (Werribee)
Int: Marcus Lentini (Coburg), Corey Wagner (Casey), Brede Seccull (Sandingham), Angus Monfries (Footscray), Jay Lockhart (Casey), Tom O’Sullivan (Port Melbourne)