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6:25pm  May 7, 2015

An elevation for Armstrong

Collingwood has made an adjustment to its squad, promoting rookie Tony Armstrong onto its senior list.

5:00pm  May 7, 2015

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183 cm
80 kg

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At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Burrumbuttock (NSW)
Clubs: Adelaide (2008-2011; 14 games, 0 goals), Sydney (2012-2013; 15 games, 2 goals), Collingwood (2014-2015)
Debut: Round 1 2010, Fremantle v Adelaide
Recruited from: NSW-ACT U18/Riddells Creek/Calder U18/Adelaide/Sydney
Brownlow Votes: 0

A rebounding defender who can add some run and carry to a side that has recently lost some of its prime runners in Heath Shaw, Ben Johnson and Heritier Lumumba. Armstrong enjoyed a lively first twelve months at the Westpac Centre, spending the majority of the year in the VFL before breaking into the senior side late in the piece, featuring in the final five games of the year. Now on the club's rookie list, Armstrong offers the coaching staff a reliable and skillful option to deploy across half back or further afield when the opportunity arises in 2015.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Tony Armstrong’s first twelve months in a Collingwood jumper were lively to say the least.

He started the season in the senior side, playing in all three of its NAB Challenge matches before slipping out of the selected 22 on the eve of round one, when he was named as an emergency for the loss to Fremantle.

From there, the 24-year-old plied his trade in the VFL, performing consistently at both ends of the ground. Armstrong collected 21 disposals, took 10 marks and had a hand in three scoring shots in the win over North Ballarat, and was shifted into a half forward role mid-season where he twice slotted two goals in wins over Bendigo and Geelong.

A return to half back saw Armstrong find his best form of the season, winning 28 and 32 disposals in consecutive outings against Werribee and Frankston.

His consistency was rewarded with his first senior berth against Port Adelaide in round 19, when he won 17 disposals at 100 per cent efficiency in a gutsy six-point win.

He held his place in the senior side from there on, although not before he controversially played two games in the one day.

Omitted after the loss to West Coast, Armstrong picked up 24 disposals in a morning match against Geelong.

Only hours later, he was summoned to the senior side at the last minute when he replaced Scott Pendlebury who withdrew from the side only moments before the first bounce.

Named as a substitute, Armstrong was thrust into the action only minutes onto the game when Ben Reid sustained a season-ending hamstring injury.

Though he played out the remainder of the year, Armstrong was delisted on 31 October, but with the knowledge that he would be added to the club’s rookie list ahead of the new season.

Season By Season

Armstrong had a solid season in the NEAFL but could manage only seven senior games for the Swans and none after round 13. He averaged 13.1 disposals per game and won 72.8 per cent of his touches in the midfield, suggesting that he is the sort of player that can pushed further up the ground. He averaged 1.6 rebound 50s and 1.7 tackles while winning 28.9 per cent of his disposals in a contest (a career-high). His best performance came against St Kilda on ANZAC Day over in New Zealand where he had 21 possessions (10 kicks, 11 handballs) and four marks in Sydney’s 16-point win. Things were a lot rosier in the NEAFL where he played 15 games, averaging 25.5 disposals (32.1 per cent of which were won in the defensive 50). It was here that Armstrong averaged 2.9 tackles, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 inside 50s as well as 5.8 contested possessions. The 24-year-old posted some big disposal tallies later in the season, winning 33 possessions, eight marks and eight rebounds against Brisbane’s reserves before repeating the dose with 30 possessions, 17 handball receives, five clearances, seven tackles and eight rebounds against them in the Grand Final. On the whole, he was ranked second for average rebound 50s (3.9), second for average handball receives (13.9) and fifth for average disposals (25.5). Armstrong finished the year in style, representing the Indigenous All-Stars against Ireland in the International Rules Series.

Season By Season

A number of injuries meant Armstrong had a limited pre-season and was not fully fit for the start of the year at his new club. He recovered to make eight appearances for the year, including a 24 possession effort against Essendon in round 11. It is no easy task breaking into the AFL’s best backline, but his kicking skills and tackling pressure should lead to more opportunities in 2013.

Season By Season

Joined the Swans from Adelaide, where he played 14 games over the previous two seasons. Grew up in NSW as a Swans supporter and relished the opportunity to return home. Renowned for his kicking skills off half back, Armstrong was seen as a nice fit for the Swans alongside players such as Rhyce Shaw, Martin Mattner and Alex Johnson.

Season By Season

Made his AFL debut in round one and played nine games in his third season at Adelaide. Impressed with his disposal and composure under pressure and, in round eight against North Melbourne, had a game-high 20 kicks among his 25 disposals. However, the highly skilled half back/midfielder was forced to miss the first four games of the following season as a result of a club sanction.

Season By Season

Elusive youngster who was unlucky not to make his AFL debut last season after an impressive second year with SANFL club North Adelaide. Named an emergency for the Crows six times, he was probably a victim of the club's relative success. Should get an opportunity on a wing or in defence in 2010.

Season By Season

A medium-sized defender, he spent the 2008 season as a development player in the SANFL. Skillful and a good kick, he was drafted from the Calder Cannons, after having represented the NSW/ACT Rams at the National Under 18 Championships.

Season By Season

A medium-sized but lightly framed defender with good skills, he is an excellent kick. Spent the 2007 season with the Calder Cannons, but played for the NSW/ACT Rams in the National Under 18 Championships.


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 35
    • Kicks 9.1
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 14.9
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 58.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2010
Handballs 12 Essendon Rd 11, 2012
Disposals 25 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2010
Marks 13 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2010
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 20, 2014
Goals 1 Geelong Cats Rd 13, 2012
AFL Fantasy 123 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2010

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 34 games, 2 goals

VFL: 15 games, 7 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 8 games, 0 goals


AFL Debut: Fremantle v Adelaide, Round 1 2010 at Subiaco Oval

Final Game for Adelaide: West Coast v Adelaide, Round 24 2011 at Patersons Stadium

Sydney Debut: Sydney v North Melbourne, Round 4 2012 at the SCG

Final Game for Sydney: Port Adelaide v Sydney, Round 13 2013 at AAMI Stadium

Collingwood VFL Debut: Collingwood v North Ballarat, Round 1 2014 at Victoria Park

Collingwood AFL Debut: Collingwood v Port Adelaide, Round 19 2014 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 58 (by Adelaide) in the 2007 National Draft

Traded by Adelaide to Sydney in exchange for Lewis Johnston.

Crossed from Sydney to Collingwood as a delisted free agent in October 2013


AFL Awards

International Rules Series (Indigenous All-Stars)

Club Awards

International Rules Series (Indigenous All-Stars)


Alex Jesaulenko Medal (Best On Ground in the NEAFL Eastern Conference Grand Final)

Club Awards

Alex Jesaulenko Medal (Best On Ground in the NEAFL Eastern Conference Grand Final)