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James Kelly was pleased with the Cats 32-point win over the Roos during his 250th game

2:33pm  Aug 4, 2014

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10:59pm  Aug 2, 2014

The joker of the pack hits 250

James Kelly might be the club's larrikin but this has never stopped him from getting the job done

10:51am  Aug 2, 2014

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James Kelly post-match (R19)

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Kelly hits 250

11:11am  Aug 2, 2014

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James
Kelly

Height
183 cm
DOB
29-12-1983
Weight
86 kg
Debut
2002
Games
2014
19
Career
252
Goals
2014
0
Career
87
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1679
Avg
88
JamesKelly

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Rupertswood
Clubs: Geelong
Debut:
2002
Recruited from: Calder U18
Brownlow Votes: 37

Outlook

Has been an ultra-consistent midfielder for more than a decade. Already has three premiership medals in his keeping and was an All-Australian in 2011. Finished fifth in the club’s best and fairest in 2012. Is tough and skilful and has become a tackling machine in recent seasons. Was best on ground in the Cats’ semi-final win over Port Adelaide last year.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Played 20 games incl all three finals
 
Was brilliant in SF win over Port with 28 possessions & seven tackles
 
Had 14 games with 20+ possessions
 
Finished season with 436 disposals, the ninth time he has had over 400 in his career
 
Laid 153 tackles, second most of his career
 
Played in his 150th win when Cats beat Gold Coast in rd 10

Dale Amos' player review for 2013

The last half of Kel's year was very good. In the big games in the finals his contest work was critical for us. He played on some dangerous opposition midfielders and was instrumental in the way we finished the season. His first half of the season wasn't as good, but he made up for it with an outstanding finish. Hopefully it's a catalyst for him to have another great season next year.

Season by Season

Played 19 games and continued as one of toughest players in AFL

His 470 disposals were second most by a Cat

Had seventh career season with over 400 possessions

Finished fifth in Cats B & F

Played his 200th game in rd 8 vs. Collingwood

Had 20+ disposals in 17 of 19 games

Led Cats with 128 tackles, his fourth season with over 100

Ranked eighth in AFL in tackles

Established career best with 16 tackles in rd 23 win over Sydney

Season by Season

  • Capped year with third premiership and first All Australian selection
  • Played 24 games and all three finals
  • Set a new career high with 577 disposals and 186 tackles
  • Had 20 games with 20+ disposals
  • New career best with 38 possessions in rd 3 vs Port Adel
  • Had 13 tackles in GF win over Collingwood
  • Had 10+ tackles in seven games
  • Finished fourth in B & F
  • Ranked 13th in AFL in diposals, 19th in handballs, and third in tackles
  • Led Cats in tackles, inside 50s and hard ball gets
  • Represented Australia in international rules series
  • Enjoyed his best season, finishing 3rd in best & fairest
  • Played 23 games including all three finals
  • Earned All Australian nomination for first time
  • Set career highs with 558 possessions, 257 kicks, 301 handballs
  • His 140 tackles rank as a club recordwhich ranked 7th in AFL
  • Had 18 games with 20+ possessions
  • Laid 10+ tackles three times, including a career best 11 in PF vs. Collingwood
  • Had equal career best 21 handballs in rd 22 vs. West Coast
  • Gathered 31 disposals in SF win over Dockers
  • Ranked 16th in AFL in handballs
  • Played in his second premiership and third consecutive grand final
  • Showed versatility by moving to backline after Josh Hunt’s injury and holding down post
  • Had 20+ disposals in 15 of 18 games
  • Registered career high 37 possessions and 21 handballs in rd 8 win over Nth Melb
  • Had eight tackles in GF vs St Kilda
  • Suffered hamstring injury after rd 14 and missed next seven games, returning in rd 22
  • Played all three finals

 

  • Played 21 games and averaged over 20 disposals per game for the first time
  • Played in second consecutive grand final
  • Finished 9th in AFL with 112 tackles
  • Named as Geelong’s co-community champion along with Harley & Wojcinski for role in Just Think campaign
  • Played for Victoria against the dream team in AFL hall of fame game
  • Kicked career best four goals in win over West Coast at Skilled Stadium
  • Career best 10 tackles came in rd 6 win at Freo
  • Equaled career best with 20 handballs vs. Brisbane in rd 7
  • Finished the season with a live streak of 83 consecutive games gathering at least double figure possessions

 

  • Earned his first AFL premiership medal
  • Played 23 matches and set career highs in handballs and disposals
  • 100th game came in rd 17 win at Fremantle
  • Set career high with 20 handballs in qualifying final win over Nth Melb
  • Career high 33 possessions came in rd 8 win over Freo

 

  • Had a tough season, playing 15 games
  • Best game was a 26 possession effort in one point win over Bulldogs in rd 16
  • Member of NAB Cup winning grand final team

 

  • Bounced back to play all 24 games, including both finals
  • Played 50th game in rd 4 win over Essendon at Telstra Dome
  • Finals debut came in elimination final win over Melbourne at the MCG
  • Had 24 disposals in Sydney semi final and kicked one goal
  • Set career high with 20 kicks in rd 1 win over Richmond
  • Finished 8th in best & fairest voting

 

  • Played 13 games before suffering season ending broken leg in rd 14 vs. Eagles at Subiaco
  • Had a consistent season averaging 18 possessions per game
  • Only game with less than 10 possessions was game where he suffered broken leg
  • Member of Geelong’s Wizard Cup grand final team

 

  • Played 18 games
  • Best match came against Saints in rd 5, with 26 possessions

 

  • Made AFL debut in rd 6 vs. Lions at the Gabba
  • Named as Geelong’s best first year player
  • Received rising star nomination and finished 5th overall in final voting
  • First AFL goal came in rd 11 vs. Carlton
  • First 20 possession game came in rd 12 vs. Sydney
  • First Brownlow vote came in rd 14 contest vs. West Coast (1 vote)
  • Member of the Cats VFL premiership team

 

  • Played TAC Cup with Calder Cannons, winning premiership
  • Finished runner up in Calder best & fairest
  • Represented Victoria Metro at U18 national championship
  • Named in TAC Cup team of the year

 

  • Played TAC Cup with Calder Cannons

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 14.4
    • Handballs 8.3
    • Disposals 22.7
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.2
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 88.4

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Port Adelaide Rd 6
Handballs 17 North Melbourne Rd 10
Disposals 33 North Melbourne Rd 10
Marks 10 Melbourne Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 St Kilda Rd 13
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 131 North Melbourne Rd 10

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 119 - 81 14 10 24 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 100
2 Brisbane Lions W 68 - 93 17 7 24 7 0 0 4 7 0 1 103
3 Collingwood W 76 - 87 15 7 22 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 86
4 West Coast Eagles W 107 - 32 16 8 24 6 0 2 1 8 0 0 113
5 Hawthorn W 106 - 87 11 4 15 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 55
6 Port Adelaide L 107 - 67 20 3 23 4 0 2 1 3 0 0 89
7 Richmond W 81 - 76 17 3 20 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 70
9 Fremantle L 96 - 64 15 15 30 8 0 1 3 3 0 0 103
10 North Melbourne W 111 - 91 16 17 33 10 0 1 2 6 0 0 131
11 Sydney Swans L 148 - 38 15 6 21 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 73
12 Carlton W 107 - 102 14 13 27 2 0 2 1 3 0 1 86
13 St Kilda W 133 - 37 16 9 25 6 0 3 2 12 0 0 129
14 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 78 9 11 20 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 69
15 Essendon W 89 - 80 11 5 16 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 86
16 Western Bulldogs W 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Melbourne W 36 - 102 19 8 27 10 0 1 1 4 0 1 118
18 GWS Giants W 87 - 94 8 13 21 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 54
19 North Melbourne W 79 - 111 10 5 15 5 0 1 4 3 0 0 56
20 Fremantle W 81 - 79 17 5 22 3 0 2 2 7 0 0 94
21 Carlton W 76 - 82 14 8 22 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 64
22 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 4 274 157 431 98 0 16 29 79 0 4 1679

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 252
    • Kicks 10.9
    • Handballs 9.5
    • Disposals 20.4
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 4.8
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 81.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2012
Handballs 21 West Coast Eagles Rd 22, 2010
Disposals 38 Collingwood Rd 16, 2012
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 1, 2008
Hit-outs 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2011
Tackles 16 Sydney Swans Rd 23, 2012
Goals 4 West Coast Eagles Rd 13, 2008
AFL Fantasy 140 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Geelong Cats 274 157 431 98 0 16 29 79 0 4 1679
2013 Geelong Cats 234 202 436 50 0 13 25 153 10 12 1878
2012 Geelong Cats 257 213 470 59 0 15 31 128 2 5 1825
2011 Geelong Cats 319 258 577 62 2 23 46 185 5 12 2328
2010 Geelong Cats 257 301 558 87 0 19 29 140 7 1 2169
2009 Geelong Cats 195 212 407 88 1 11 6 55 2 2 1501
2008 Geelong Cats 196 232 428 95 1 23 22 112 8 7 1798
2007 Geelong Cats 201 246 447 85 0 15 16 84 11 10 1729
2006 Geelong Cats 134 119 253 48 2 7 10 40 7 2 967
2005 Geelong Cats 254 178 432 95 2 25 21 83 13 7 1784
2004 Geelong Cats 151 84 235 48 6 10 15 41 9 4 958
2003 Geelong Cats 129 109 238 43 1 9 16 55 6 8 960
2002 Geelong Cats 138 85 223 41 0 13 11 49 7 5 930

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Playing record

AFL
Geelong: 233 games, 87 goals
NAB Cup
Geelong: 28 games, 9 goals
VFL
Geelong: 17 games, 12 goals
TAC Cup
Calder Cannons: 31 games, 23 goals

Milestone Games

 

Milestone

versus

round

venue

result

AFL debut

Brisbane

rd 6, 2002

Gabba

L 57

50th game

Essendon

rd 4, 2005

Telstra

W 56

Finals debut

Melbourne

EF, 2005

MCG

W 55

100th game

Fremantle

rd 17, 2007

Subiaco

W 68

150th game

Fremantle

rd 3, 2010

Subiaco

L 7

200th game

Collingwood

rd 8, 2012

MCG

L 12

 

Draft History

Selected by Geelong with 17th pick in 2001 national draft

Awards

AFL

All Australian 2011
All Australian nominee
2010
Jim Stynes medal 2011
National Rising Star nomination 2002

Geelong

Third best and fairest 2010
Fourth best and fairest 2011
Coach's award 2010
Best first year player 2002
Community champion 2008

Premierships

TAC Cup 2001 (Calder)
VFL
2002 (Geelong dft. Port Melbourne)
NAB Cup 2006 (Geelong dft. Adelaide)
AFL 2007 (Geelong dft Port Adelaide)
AFL
2009 (Geelong dft. St Kilda)
AFL
2011 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)

TAC Cup

Team of the Year 2001
Calder Cannons runner up best & fairest 2001

Representative Honours

Australia vs. Ireland international rules 2011
Victoria vs Dream Team
2008
Victoria Metro under 18 2001