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Feature: Paul Chapman

We take a look at Paul Chapman's time at the Geelong Cats.

9:08am  Oct 7, 2013

Chappy says goodbye

Paul Chapman understands where the club is heading and why his time at the Cats has come to an end

11:41pm  Oct 3, 2013

Cats farewell Chapman

Geelong great Paul Chapman has not been offered a new contract by the Cats

4:03pm  Oct 3, 2013

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Paul
Chapman

Height
179 cm
DOB
05-11-1981
Weight
87 kg
Debut
2000
Games
2014
4
Career
255
Goals
2014
9
Career
345
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
460
Avg
115
PaulChapman

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: North Coburg
Clubs:
Geelong
Debut:
2000
Recruited From:
Calder U18 
Brownlow Votes:
82

Season by Season

  • Played with Calder Cannons in TAC Cup

Season by Season

Limited to eight games due to hamstring injury

Kicked 12 goals

Had 20+ disposals in six games

Returned from injury as sub vs Syd in rd 22 and made impact off the bench

Booted multiple goals in four games

Played his 250th game in QF vs Freo

Best game came in SF win over Power, booting four goals and laying six tackles

Missed PF through suspension

Finished his career with Cats with 251 games and 336 goals

Played in 166 winning games

Season by Season

  • Capped year with third premiership and fourth GF
  • Played 23 games and all three finals
  • His 540 possessions were second best season in his career
  • 104 tackles for season are a career high
  • Had 18 games with 20+ disposals
  • Equaled career best with 10 tackles vs Hawthorn in rd 5
  • Had 5+ tackles in 10 games
  • Played 200th game in rd 2 win over Fremantle
  • Enjoyed another brilliant season, earning All Australian honours for second time
  • Set career bests with 676 possessions, 412 kicks, 264 handballs and 99 tackles
  • Had at least 21 disposals in all 24 games he played
  • Had seven games with 30+ disposals
  • Career best 18 handballs came in rd 8 win over Lions
  • Kicked 23 goals from 39 shots
  • Ranked 9th in AFL with 676 possessions and 3rd in kicks with 412
  • Finished fifth in best & fairest
  • Played in his second premiership and third consecutive grand final
  • Won Norm Smith medal and kicked game winning goal in GF
  • Earned All Australian honours for the first time
  • Was brilliant in finals. Kicked three goals in GF and five in PF
  • Had 20+ disposals in 16 of his 20 games
  • Kicked career best 6 goals in two point win over Crows in rd 18
  • Win over Freo in rd 12 was Paul’s 100th AFL victory
  • Set career best with 41 disposals vs Melb in rd 6
  • Career high 24 kicks in rd 3 vs Collingwood
  • Took 14 marks vs Port in rd 13
  • Established a then season career highs in kicks, handballs and possessions
  • Received 12 Brownlow votes
  • Ranked 15th in the AFL with 342 kicks
  • Helped Cats to NAB Cup GF win over Collingwood
  • Played 19 games (18-1) and second straight grand final
  • Had 20 + disposals in 14 of 19 games
  • Kicked 33 goals
  • Equaled career high with five goals vs. West Coast in rd 13
  • Equaled career best with 12 marks vs. Freo in rd 15
  • 150th game in rd 16 vs. Bulldogs at Skilled Stadium, a 61 point win
  • 200th career goal came in rd 21 vs. Nth Melb
  • Played for Victoria vs. dream team in AFL hall of fame game
  • Capped season by kicking four goals in premiership win over Power
  • Finished 2nd in Norm Smith medal voting
  • Took one of the all time great grand final marks on members flank
  • Played 19 games and kicked 30 goals
  • Had double figure possessions in every game
  • Had career best nine tackles in rd 20 win over Nth Melb
  • Set career high with five goals in qualifying final win over Nth Melb
  • Had career best 24 kicks vs. Essendon in rd 14
  • 100th career goal came in rd 13 vs. Lions at the Gabba
  • Won first club best & fairest after playing all 22 games
  • Also won coach’s award
  • 100th AFL game came in rd 5 vs. Swans at Olympic Stadium
  • Polled 14 Brownlow votes to finish 9th
  • Set career high with 35 possessions in rd 22 vs. Hawthorn
  • Twice had career high 13 handballs (vs. Adelaide, vs. Hawthorn)
  • Was 15th in AFL with 331 disposals
  • Played in NAB Cup grand final win over the Crows
  • Played 19 games but missed finals through injury
  • Kicked 29 goals, with at least one goal in all but one match
  • Booted four goals in rd 14 win over Hawthorn
  • Finished 6th in best & fairest
  • Played all 25 games including three finals
  • Had double figure possessions in 24 matches
  • Booted 38 goals. Had 12 games with multiple goals
  • Finished 9th in best & fairest
  • Played in Wizard Cup grand final vs. St Kilda
  • Played all 22 games
  • Booted four goals vs. West Coast in rd 7
  • Kicked last minute game winning goal vs. Richmond in rd 15 at Telstra Dome
  • Named as best team and most constructive player
  • Played 50th game in rd 21 vs. Lions at the Gabba
  • Finished 8th in best & fairest
  • Played 16 games, including last 15 of the season
  • Had 26 disposals in rd 9 vs. Bulldogs, his first 20 possession match. Also kicked three goals in that game
  • Named as Cats most improved player
  • Finished 8th in best & fairest
  • Member of Cats VFL premiership team
  • Played nine games
  • Kicked two goals vs. Richmond in rd 9
  • Made AFL debut in rd 12 vs. Collingwood at MCG, a four point win
  • Played four games, including elimination final, when he kicked his first goal
  • Finished 3rd in Cats reserves best & fairest
  • Finished runner up in Calder Cannons best & fairest
  • Named in TAC Cup team of the year
  • Played for Victoria metro at U18 national championship
  • Played AFL reserves with Essendon and Melbourne as ‘top up’ player

Outlook

The triple premiership star had a slow start to 2012 in the midfield, then pushed forward and finished the year with 36 goals. Enters the Cats’ 2013 campaign as a 31-year-old with a one-year contract, but believes he has at least a couple of seasons left at the highest level.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 16.7
    • Handballs 6.2
    • Disposals 23.0
    • Marks 8.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 2.2
    • AFL Fantasy 115.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Carlton Rd 3
Handballs 13 St Kilda Rd 5
Disposals 27 St Kilda Rd 5
Marks 11 Carlton Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Hawthorn Rd 2
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 134 Carlton Rd 3

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 North Melbourne W 60 - 99 16 6 22 7 0 0 0 0 4 1 106
2 Hawthorn L 86 - 90 18 2 20 6 0 0 0 7 1 0 110
3 Carlton W 138 - 57 19 4 23 11 0 0 1 3 4 3 134
4 Fremantle L 113 - 60 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 St Kilda L 65 - 81 14 13 27 8 0 0 0 4 0 2 110
6 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
21 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 3 67 25 92 32 0 0 1 14 9 6 460

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 255
    • Kicks 13.1
    • Handballs 6.9
    • Disposals 20.0
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 1.4
    • AFL Fantasy 88.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Melbourne Rd 6, 2009
Handballs 18 West Coast Eagles Rd 11, 2010
Disposals 41 Melbourne Rd 6, 2009
Marks 14 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2009
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 18, 2011
Tackles 10 Hawthorn Rd 5, 2011
Goals 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 18, 2009
AFL Fantasy 161 Melbourne Rd 6, 2009

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Essendon 67 25 92 32 0 0 1 14 9 6 460
2013 Geelong Cats 91 71 162 27 0 6 14 34 12 7 675
2012 Geelong Cats 292 136 428 107 0 23 21 94 36 15 2036
2011 Geelong Cats 312 228 540 122 1 28 26 104 24 14 2283
2010 Geelong Cats 412 264 676 133 0 33 14 99 23 16 2704
2009 Geelong Cats 342 194 536 130 0 24 13 53 37 17 2240
2008 Geelong Cats 253 131 384 101 0 27 20 54 33 13 1718
2007 Geelong Cats 289 127 416 112 1 21 23 75 30 15 1905
2006 Geelong Cats 331 153 484 134 0 23 19 89 31 19 2228
2005 Geelong Cats 222 97 319 76 0 20 17 49 29 17 1444
2004 Geelong Cats 240 113 353 96 1 21 27 80 38 19 1742
2003 Geelong Cats 239 103 342 85 2 44 23 58 22 15 1534
2002 Geelong Cats 178 79 257 46 1 25 16 52 16 5 1117
2001 Geelong Cats 56 22 78 18 0 12 3 24 4 4 393

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

Milestone Games

Milestone

versus

round

venue

result

AFL debut

Collingwood

rd 12, 2000

MCG

W 4

Finals debut

Hawthorn

EF, 2000

Telstra

L 9

50th game

Brisbane

rd 21, 2003

Gabba

L 37

100th game

Sydney

rd 5, 2006

Telstra St

L 22

150th game

Western Bulldogs

rd 16, 2008

Skilled

W 61

200th game

Fremantle

rd 2, 2011

Subiaco

W 11

250th game Fremantle QF, 2013 Simonds L 15

 

Draft History

Selected by Geelong with 31st pick in 1999 national draft

VS. Opponents

Paul Chapman history vs. opponents 2000-2012

Opponent

Gms

Kicks

HB

Marks

Poss

Goals

Beh

HO

Tack

FF

FA

Adelaide

16

189

113

85

302

21

12

1

51

11

10

Brisbane

18

255

130

81

385

17

14

1

69

23

18

Carlton

12

145

87

45

232

12

11

0

43

12

6

Collingwood

19

266

139

84

405

25

10

0

75

16

17

Essendon

14

183

93

53

276

18

11

0

49

18

14

Fremantle

15

200

97

73

297

17

10

0

64

22

10

Gold Coast

3

49

37

20

86

6

4

0

9

8

2

GWS

1

14

12

8

26

2

1

0

8

1

0

Hawthorn

21

252

145

92

397

30

13

0

76

23

18

Melbourne

14

214

113

81

327

19

11

0

42

23

17

Nth Melb

15

194

98

66

292

16

12

1

48

18

14

Port Adel

15

198

90

83

288

30

13

1

38

23

23

Richmond

14

175

72

62

247

24

8

2

41

17

10

St Kilda

17

208

111

78

319

18

13

0

57

20

16

Sydney

17

221

99

89

320

19

10

0

69

20

15

West Coast

13

166

105

61

271

19

8

0

39

24

15

W- Bulldogs

19

251

113

104

364

31

8

0

60

23

19

 

Playing record

AFL
Geelong: 251 games, 336 goals
NAB Cup
Geelong: 20 games, 19 goals
VFL/ AFL reserves
Geelong: 41 games, 33 goals
Essendon: 1 game, 2 goals
Melbourne: 1 game, 0 goals
TAC Cup
Calder Cannons: 35 games, 39 goals
 

Awards

AFL

Norm Smith Medal 2009
All Australian 2009, 2010

Geelong

Best and Fairest 2006
Fifth Best and Fairest 2009, 2010
Coach's Award 2006
Best Team and Most Constructive Player 2003
Most Improved Player 2002
3rd Reserves Best and Fairest 2000

Premierships

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

TAC Cup

Team of the Year 1999
Calder Cannons Runner Up Best and Fairest
1999

Representative Honours

Victoria vs Dream Team 2008
Vic Metro U18
1999