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Karnezis calls time

Collingwood’s Patrick Karnezis will step away from the game, announcing his retirement after 25 AFL matches.

4:14pm  Sep 22, 2015

VFL: Karnezis stars in Multicultural Round

Collingwood's multicultural ambassador Patrick Karnezis has kicked three goals in a strong performance against the Northern Blues at the MCG.

4:13pm  Aug 8, 2015

Sunday's team finalised

Collingwood has finalised its team for Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs.

5:00pm  Jul 24, 2015

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VFL: Karnezis' 70 metre goal

10:24am  Aug 11, 2015

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7:49am  Feb 27, 2015

Karnezis fit and ready

3:59pm  Nov 21, 2014

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191 cm
88 kg

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Hawthorn Citizens/Marcellin (VIC)
Clubs: Brisbane (2011-2013; 21 games, 24 goals), Collingwood (2014-2015)
Debut: Round 13 2007, Brisbane v Richmond
Recruited From: Oakleigh U18/Brisbane
Brownlow Votes: 0

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Karnezis is a unique player, for he stands 191cm but has the capacity to play in the midfield as well as go forward where his height stands him in good stead.

The 21-year-old was drafted in 2010 as a half forward where he “felt most comfortable” in his junior days as he told The Age. He began his days as a Lion playing predominantly in attack, kicking 17 goals in 11 games in 2011 but sought to move further afield in the past two years. He received limited opportunities in 2012 and again in 2013 despite several impressive performances for the Brisbane reserves.

His transfer to Collingwood saw him run into injury trouble, but if fit and firing could provide something of an x-factor to the team's attacking division.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Karnezis endured a topsy-turvy first twelve months at his second club, mixing some promising displays in the VFL with several weeks on the sidelines.

Groin problems restricted his progress during the pre-season, denying him the opportunity to build his fitness base and press his claims for a senior berth during the NAB Challenge.

He made his first appearance as a Magpie in the third round of the VFL season against Coburg, and he wasted no time in making an immediate impression, kicking three goals from five kicks.

Karnezis followed that with a further four goals against Essendon at Windy Hill and another six against Geelong four weeks later, raising the hope of a mid-season senior debut.

Sadly, injuries put paid to any hopes of a promotion. Karnezis damaged his hamstring during training in the lead up to round 11, sidelining him until the VFL team’s trip to Morwell in round 12.

It didn’t take him long to find his best form, slotting four goals in the loss to the Northern Blues at a windswept Preston City Oval.

Further injuries meant he was not sighted again for another three weeks, and while he played out the remainder of the year in the VFL, he was unable to break into the senior outfit.

He remained in the match committee’s mind until the final rounds, when he was named as a senior emergency.

Karnezis threatened to leave his mark on the VFL side’s Elimination Final against Sandringham, only for inaccuracy to mar an otherwise lively performance in windy conditions at Victoria Park.

Season By Season

Karnezis began the year like the proverbial house on fire, averaging 20.2 possessions (the second highest placed Lion) across four of Brisbane’s five NAB Cup games. 15.2 of his touches were uncontested and he ranked third for average rebound 50s (2.5). Collingwood wasn’t spared in his hot start to the year with Karnezis winning 20 possessions, six marks and three inside 50s in Brisbane’s 34-point win over the Magpies in the third round of the competition. After such a bright start, you would presume that Karnezis would have featured heavily in Brisbane’s home and away campaign. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as he managed only three senior games and only one after round two. Coincidentally, that one and only game was against Collingwood in round 10 when he won 18 disposals and five clearances in the Lions’ loss at the Gabba.

When playing for Brisbane’s reserves in the NEAFL, Karnezis was a consistent performer, contributing both in the middle and in attack. His season peaked with 41 possessions, 15 marks and six scoring shots against Labrador in round 13. It was one of seven games in which he had more than 30 touches of the Sherrin while he kicked at least one goal in 12 of his 14 games. Karnezis was also strong around the stoppages, winning a season-high 11 clearances against Sydney’s reserves in round 20, a match in which he kicked four goals and three behinds.

Karnezis’ consistency was rewarded when he was named on the wing in the NEAFL Northern Conference’s 2013 Team of the Year.

Season By Season

A difficult second season for the supremely talented youngster. Played seven games but spent most of his time in the reserves where he played a lot more in the midfield than he did in his first-year small forward role. Showed marked improvements in several areas and has the poise and class that could make him a frontline midfielder in years to come.

Season By Season

The athletic Karnezis was a standout in his first season, playing as a third tall forward. Kicked goals with his first two kicks in the AFL against Richmond and never looked back, being named the Lions' best first-year player. Will be a Lion for another two seasons after signing an extension mid-season.

Season By Season

Tall forward from the Oakleigh Chargers who can win his own ball. Averaged eight kicks a game and bagged five goals at the 2010 National Under 18 Championships. Has strong hands and sets up scoring opportunities for teammates as well as creating his own. The Lions hope he will be a hard player to match up because he has the goods both overhead and at ground level.


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 25
    • Kicks 6.0
    • Handballs 2.9
    • Disposals 9.0
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 46.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Geelong Cats Rd 6, 2015
Handballs 12 Western Bulldogs Rd 1, 2013
Disposals 19 Western Bulldogs Rd 1, 2013
Marks 11 Sydney Swans Rd 15, 2012
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 3 Carlton Rd 5, 2015
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 15, 2012
AFL Fantasy 90 Sydney Swans Rd 15, 2012

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 21 games, 24 goals

VFL: 13 games, 31 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 9 games, 4 goals


AFL Debut: Brisbane v Richmond, Round 13 2011 at the Gabba

Final Game for Brisbane: Brisbane v Collingwood, Round 10 2013 at the Gabba

Collingwood VFL Debut: Collingwood v Coburg, Round 3 2014 at Victoria Park

Draft History

Selected at No. 25 (by Brisbane) in the 2010 National Draft

Traded by Brisbane to Collingwood in exchange for Jackson Paine in October 2013


AFL Awards

Selected at No. 25 (by Brisbane) in the 2010 National Draft

Traded by Brisbane to Collingwood in exchange for Jackson Paine in October 2013

Club Awards

Selected at No. 25 (by Brisbane) in the 2010 National Draft

Traded by Brisbane to Collingwood in exchange for Jackson Paine in October 2013


NEAFL Northern Conference Team of the Year