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Player Review: No. 21 Quinten Lynch

Quinten Lynch played just 18 games in his two years at the Westpac Centre, but his impact will last long into the future.

3:35pm  Oct 2, 2014

Q-Stick: The story of a football warrior

Recap the 227-game career of the retiring Quinten Lynch.

4:13pm  Aug 25, 2014

Lynch hears retirement call

Collingwood forward Quinten Lynch has called time on his distinguished AFL career.

3:01pm  Aug 25, 2014

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192 cm
103 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Boxwood Hills (WA)
Clubs: West Coast (2002-2012; 209 games, 281 goals), Collingwood (2013-2014)
Debut: Round 12 2002, Carlton v West Coast
Recruited from: West Perth (WAFL)/West Coast
Brownlow Votes: 22

A cult hero with West Coast fans for more than a decade, Quinten Lynch become the first player to join Collingwood as a free agent when he crossed the Nullarbor at the end of the 2012 season. The strongly built Sandgroper's first season at Collingwood had its ups and downs with niggling injuries eating into the second half of his season, but Pies fans are unlikely to forget his virtuoso performance in the ruck against Carlton in round two any time soon. At his best, Lynch can break packs, sink goals from outside 50 and clear the path for his smaller teammates. His work ethic on the training track has won the admiration of teammates at both West Coast and Collingwood and acted as the springboard for his 65-goal season in 2006 when he figured prominently in the Eagles' third premiership.

Season By Season

Season By Season

The man known as ‘The Q-Stick’ didn’t enjoy the season he would have dreamt of when he arrived from West Coast as a free agent last October. A player who thrives on a heavy workload, Lynch played in all four of Collingwood’s NAB Cup matches and opened the season with two majors and eight marks against North Melbourne. The gutsy win over Carlton the following week proved to be his finest hour. When Darren Jolly was substituted out of the match with injured ribs, Lynch was forced to ruck solo against Matthew Kreuzer. Lynch rose to the occasion, winning 19 hitouts, 24 possessions, six clearances and seven inside 50s in a performance that won the hearts of teammates and supporters alike. It gave weight to the idea that he might be able to form a rucking combination with Jolly that mirrored the veteran’s partnership with Leigh Brown in 2010. As it turned out, Jolly did not feature in the seniors after round 12 and Lynch’s form began to taper off as he struggled with a back complaint. He was prominent against the Demons on the Queen’s Birthday and could have really made an impression with his 22 possessions had he been able to convert his four scoring shots (he ended the day with 1.3). The aforementioned back injury forced Lynch to have a spell on the sidelines and he returned via the VFL where he warmed up with a spell in the ruck against Geelong on a cold and wet Friday night at Kardinia Park. It was his 24 hitouts, 29 possessions, 15 clearances and seven inside 50s against the Casey Scorpions the following week that saw him catch the eye of the match committee who threw him straight back into the senior action. A goal, five tackles and 21 touches against Essendon suggested that he was beginning to find his best at the right time of the year but a knee injury incurred in the final home and away match of the year against the Kangaroos saw him miss the following week’s Elimination Final.

Season By Season

The former Eagle played 21 games but lost his spot late in the year and moved to Collingwood as an unrestricted free agent. A strong-bodied forward, he kicked 33 goals and reached the 200-game milestone against the Magpies at the MCG in round 13. Will be valued at Collingwood for his ability to play both forward and in the ruck.

Season By Season

After appearing on the outer in 2010, the hulking forward made a remarkable recovery and became a key cog in the Eagles' tall forward line last season. With a license to roam up the ground, he led the team for marks (157) and inside 50s (118) and kicked 28 goals.

Season By Season

Had an indifferent season and managed only 14 games, spending time in the WAFL. Is still valued at the club and was offered a new contract at the end of the season. Can be a hulking utility player, powerful forward or pinch-hitting ruckman and, with the new substitution rule, could be an interesting impact player late in games.

Season By Season

The big man again proved one of the best pinch-hitters in the game last season, filling roles in the ruck, as a ruck-rover and deep forward, reaching his 150th game in round 22. His 94 consecutive games is only three shy of Glen Jakovich's club record, and he also topped the Eagles for long kicks (92), inside 50s (103) and marks (127).

Season By Season

Much like Tiger Matthew Richardson, Lynch was released up the field in 2008, with spectacular results. Playing on a wing, as a ruck-rover and occasionally in the ruck, the fan favourite averaged 18 possessions, leading the club for contested marks (22), inside 50s (112) and goal assists (equal with Dean Cox on nine). The 26-year-old has not missed a game since round one, 2006, and with his newfound consistency and confidence, is seen as a leader.

Season By Season

The big full forward was West Coast's leading goalkicker for the second consecutive year in 2007, kicking 52 goals and leading the side for contested marks to finish ninth in the best-and-fairest. A strong lead and booming kick, he is the go-to man in the Eagles' forward line and, at 25, should remain so for years to come.

Season By Season

The Eagles were crying out for a prolific key forward, and Lynch answered the call. Spectacularly so. A cult hero among West Coast fans, the giant forward booted 65 goals for the year, the biggest individual haul at the club since 1999. His best effort was an eight-goal performance against the Lions in round 20, and he also booted three telling goals in the Grand Final.

Season By Season

Made a successful transition to the forward line after spending the majority of 2004 in the backline. The giant forward was the team's leading goalkicker with 31 goals, a haul that included two bags of four. However, his marking remains a concern and he eventually paid the price for the Eagles' misfiring forward line when he was dropped for the Preliminary Final and Grand Final after playing every game up to then.

Season By Season

The tall defender enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in 2005, playing 22 games after failing to make a senior appearance in 2003. The only blot on his copybook was the game he missed due to a club suspension. Looked assured at centre half back and provided a useful option in attack near the end of the year.

Season By Season

Failed to play a senior game, which was a surprise, considering he played 11 in his debut season in 2002. Is tall ands solid and might have work hard on his mobility to get back into selection calculations. Was named as an emergency three times.

Season By Season

Tall and muscular key forward who emerged from the rookie list mid-season and adapted superbly to the rigors of AFL football. Posted a goal with his first kick against Carlton in round 12 and followed up with bags of five goals against Adelaide in round 13 and Melbourne in round 19. Lost his spot in round 22 but was recalled for the finals.

Season By Season

A powerhouse utility from West Perth who can take a strong mark and kick the ball long distances. Played senior football in the WAFL during the season and earned selection in the All-Australian under 18 team.


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 227
    • Kicks 9.9
    • Handballs 4.5
    • Disposals 14.4
    • Marks 5.4
    • Hit-Outs 2.4
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 1.3
    • AFL Fantasy 69.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 St Kilda Rd 15, 2009
Handballs 13 Carlton Rd 2, 2013
Disposals 29 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2008
Marks 14 Richmond Rd 4, 2013
Hit-outs 24 St Kilda Rd 15, 2009
Tackles 6 Melbourne Rd 14, 2009
Goals 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 20, 2006
AFL Fantasy 132 Hawthorn Rd 14, 2006

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 227 games, 290 goals

VFL: 2 games, 1 goal

NAB Cup: 22 games, 17 goals


AFL Debut: Carlton v West Coast, Round 12 2002 at Optus Oval

50 AFL Games: Sydney v West Coast, Round 17 2005 at the SCG

100 AFL Games: West Coast v Fremantle, Round 18 2007 at Subiaco Oval

150 AFL Games: West Coast v Richmond, Round 22 2009 at Subiaco Oval

200 AFL Games: Collingwood v West Coast, Round 13 2012 at the MCG

Final Game for West Coast: Collingwood v West Coast, Semi-Final 2012 at the MCG

Collingwood Debut: North Melbourne v Collingwood, Round 1 2013 at Etihad Stadium

Collingwood VFL Debut: Geelong v Collingwood, Round 14 2013 at Simonds Stadium

Draft History

Selected at No. 19 (by West Coast) in the 2002 Rookie Draft

Left West Coast to join Collingwood as an unrestricted free agent in October, 2012


AFL Awards

West Coast Premiership Side

Club Awards

West Coast Best-and-Fairest Runner-Up

West Coast Leading Goalkicker
2006, 2007


All-Australian (Under 18) Team