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Blair's Magpie journey

From the rookie list to a premiership and more than 150 games, Jarryd Blair achieved plenty in his 10 years at Collingwood.

5:00pm  Oct 30, 2018

By the numbers: Blair in Black and White

Jarryd Blair has been an underrated achiever in his 149-game Collingwood career. Recap the small forward's best numbers since joining the club in 2009.

3:30pm  Jul 14, 2017

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Saturday’s trip to the Gold Coast marks two significant milestones in the careers of two of Collingwood’s most senior players.

5:00pm  Jul 13, 2017

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174 cm
80 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Wonthaggi
Clubs: Collingwood (2010-2017)
Debut: Round 14 2010 v West Coast
Recruited from: Gippsland U18
Brownlow Votes: 7

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A remarkable football story, rising from the rookie list to an AFL premiership in the space of 12 weeks in 2010. Blair made his name predominantly as a midfielder in his debut year but spent more time as a small forward in 2011 where he found his niche via his tackling and forward pressure. He entrenched himself in the midfield during the injury enforced absence of Luke Ball in 2012 and made an impression with his strength over the ball and fierce tackling. A smart player with a clever side-step that fools most of his opponents, the respect in which Blair is held was evident when he received the Gavin Brown Desire Indicator Award at the end of 2013. He has been a fixture of the Collingwood teams ever since the premiership year of 2010, and is one of only five players remaining from that team on the current playing list.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Season 2017 wasn’t always smooth sailing for one of the heroes of Collingwood’s 2010 premiership charge.

For the first time since that feted season, Blair was unable to play 20 senior games, spending nine of the 22 matches in the VFL.

He began the season in the senior side, but it wasn’t until round eight that he found his groove, kicking two goals when recalled for the loss to Greater Western Sydney.

Blair spent six weeks out of the senior line-up mid-season, but was recalled for his 150th game in the wet against Gold Coast. He continued to hold his place until round 22, kicking two important goals against Adelaide and a further three against North Melbourne the week later.

Giving to the team has always been his trademark, and so it proved at VFL level, where he averaged 26.7 disposals, 6.1 clearances and 5.8 tackles in his nine appearances.

Importantly, in the Elimination Final loss to Richmond, Blair performed well, collecting 20 disposals and laying nine tackles, playing alongside his younger brother, Jack.

Season By Season

Getting 20-plus games out of Jarryd Blair each season now seems to be a certainty after another impressive showing in 2016.

After 20 appearances in 2015, the small forward went one better this year, only missing a round 19 clash with West Coast in what was his seventh season in the AFL. You know what you’re going to get from Blair, and he delivered it in spades throughout the season. Pressure up forward saw the 26-year-old average five tackles a game, while he also kicked multiple goals on five separate occasions.

Arguably Blair’s best game came during a favorable trip to Brisbane in round eight. After back-to-back losses, he was a member of a Collingwood team which held the Lions scoreless in the first quarter and walked away with a 78-point victory. Blair kicked a second quarter goal and had his most possessions (25) since round 14, 2012.

Season By Season

Already holding a place in the heart of Collingwood supporters, Blair assumed his role in the forwardline once again in 2015.

Entering the season with 102 games of experience in the black and white, the smallest player on the Magpies list wasted no time getting busy on the scoreboard.

He kicked two goals against Brisbane at the Gabba in round one, before leading the Magpies with three more the following week against Adelaide.

The frantic start to the year continued the following week as Blair collected 23 disposals – a season-high and his largest tally since round eight, 2013.

There were more challenging times ahead.

Collingwood found itself without the services of the reliable small forward in round 11 after Blair injured his ankle on Queens Birthday.

Upon return, he found the dreaded green substitutes vest awaiting. The 25-year-old was forced to start as a reserve in rounds 14, 16 and 17 and as a result only played 43 per cent of the trio of games.

The lack of opportunities saw him dropped to the VFL, where he combined with younger brother Jack to provide a dangerous combination in the VFL Magpies 32-point loss to Williamstown at Burbank Oval.

The performance was enough to see Blair elevated back into the senior side, a position he retained until the conclusion of the season. 

Season By Season

A broken toe suffered on a barefoot bike ride to the beach for a surf in January wasn’t the ideal start to 2014 for the boy from Wonthaggi, but it didn’t stop him from playing 21 of a possible 22 senior games.

Missing in action during the NAB Challenge, Blair made his return from injury against Richmond in a VFL practice match at Victoria Park and the match committee wasted no time in selecting him for the trip to Sydney the following Saturday.

He made good on their decision, too, collecting 17 disposals in the 20-point win.

From there on, Blair was a constant in Nathan Buckley’s line up, playing mostly as a small forward with stints in the midfield.

He dobbed three vital majors against West Coast in round 10 (his biggest haul since the opening game of 2012) and goaled on nine other occasions. It was against the Eagles that Blair also caught the attention of the Match Review Panel who handed him a reprimand for striking West Coast’s Mitch Brown.

As ever, his tackling was the feature of his game. Blair laid 112 tackles for the season (second only to his haul of 126 in 2013) and laid seven or more in nine of his 21 games.

Although his disposal average dipped to 15.38 (his lowest since his debut year), Blair remained an important part of the Collingwood team of 2014 and, having registered his 100th senior game against Brisbane in round 21, has quietly developed into an important senior player amid the influx of youth in recent times.

Season By Season

The pint-sized rover produced another consistent season, playing all bar one senior game and leading the club in tackles for the first time. Started the year well, kicking four goals and averaging 20 disposals per match in the first three rounds. Remained a consistent contributor for the remainder of the year and rarely lowered his intensity, a trait that was evident in the 47-point loss to Sydney in round nine when he managed to lay 11 tackles. His disposal average was down on 2012 (to 16.3 from 19.8) as were his clearance numbers (he attended only 175 centre bounces compared with his 274 in 2012) but he was involved in eight more scoring attempts than he was the previous year.

Season By Season

The small forward made excellent progress in his third season with an expanded midfield role. Played all but two games, averaged almost 20 disposals and largely maintained his excellent tackling pressure from 2011. Was also a presence at the stoppages, more than doubling the number of clearances he won from the previous season for an average of 4.4 a game. Signed a two-year contract extension in June and was elevated to the leadership group later in the season before placing seventh in the best and fairest.


The small forward made excellent progress in his third season with an expanded midfield role. Played all but two games, averaged almost 20 disposals and largely maintained his excellent tackling pressure from 2011. Was also a presence at the stoppages, more than doubling the number of clearances he won from the previous season for an average of 4.4 a game. Signed a two-year contract extension in June and was elevated to the leadership group later in the season before placing seventh in the best and fairest.

Carried on his great form from 2010, opening the year with a place in the NAB Cup premiership win over Essendon, and booting 10 goals in the opening three rounds. A five-goal haul against Carlton (one Brownlow vote) made the rest of the competition stand up and take notice.

He was used as a substitute in the match against West Coast before being omitted for the match against St Kilda in round 11. Returned against Melbourne in round 12 and held his place for the rest of the season.

Bagged four goals in atrocious conditions against Port Adelaide (three Brownlow votes), was lively in the first final against the Eagles and won some important touches in the preliminary final. Was subdued on Grand Final day and eventually subbed off at three quarter time (three disposals).

Finished ninth in the Copeland Trophy, a testament to his consistency and importance to both the midfield and the forward line.

Began the home and away season in the VFL and was selected for Victoria and was one of the best afield against Western Australia in the State of Origin. Named in the best in four of his nine VFL matches.

Was promoted to the senior list, and named as an emergency for the round 14 match against West Coast at Docklands. A Steele Sidebottom calf strain paved the way for Blair to debut, and he didn’t let anyone down in gathering 16 disposals, five tackles and a behind. He was omitted in round 19, but couldn’t be done without for the rest of the year.

He returned with 28 disposals, two goals and a Brownlow vote against Essendon, and held his place for the duration of the finals series. After only 12 games, he was a premiership player, had played in two Grand Finals and four finals in total. He kicked seven goals, including one early in the drawn Grand Final.

Became the first Collingwood premiership player to wear the guernsey No. 47.

Spent the year in Collingwood’s VFL team under Gavin Brown. Played 20 of a possible 23 matches and was named in the best on nine occasions. Kicked 11 goals for the season, and impressed greatly with his ability to make an impact around the stoppages as well as his repeat efforts. Was one of the best players across the three finals.

Co-captained (along with Tristan Francis) the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup, averaging 22 disposals, four tackles and a goal a game. Tied for the Morrish Medal (best and fairest in the TAC Cup competition) with Farren Priest.

Was named as first rover in the TAC Cup Team of the Year, and was equal sixth in the TAC Coaches’ Award. Represented Vic Country at the AFL National U18 Championships. Drafted to Collingwood with selection 27 in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 157
    • Kicks 7.1
    • Handballs 8.9
    • Disposals 16.0
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 69.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Fremantle Rd 14, 2012
Handballs 18 Essendon Rd 20, 2010
Disposals 32 Fremantle Rd 14, 2012
Marks 8 St Kilda Rd 3, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 11 Sydney Swans Rd 9, 2013
Goals 5 Carlton Rd 3, 2011
AFL Fantasy 133 Fremantle Rd 14, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 155 games, 121 goals

VFL: 39 games, 21 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 17 games, 10 goals


Collingwood VFL Debut: Collingwood v Geelong, Round 1 2009 at Princes Park

AFL Debut:
Collingwood v West Coast, Round 14 2010 at Docklands Stadium

50 AFL Games: Geelong v Collingwood, Round 16 2012 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Collingwood v Brisbane, Round 21 2014 at the MCG

150 AFL Games: Gold Coast v Collingwood, Round 17 2017 at Carrara Stadium

Draft History

Selected at No. 27 in the 2010 Rookie Draft

Elevated onto Collingwood's senior list in 2010 (mid-season)

Formally elevated onto Collingwood's senior list with selection No. 91 in the 2010 National Draft


AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side

Club Awards

Harry Collier Trophy (Best First Year Player)

Gavin Brown Desire Indicator Award


Morrish Medal (best-and-fairest player in the TAC Cup
2008 (equal)