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187 cm
87 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Bell Park
Clubs: Geelong
Recruited from:
Geelong U18
Brownlow Votes:



The 2007 Brownlow medallist turned his considerable talents to a new role mostly in attack last season and booted 27 goals, including four against Adelaide in his 250th match in round one. Averaged nearly 30 touches in the midfield between 2007-09, where he built a reputation as a big-game player. He boasts a tremendous record in finals and won the 2011 Norm Smith Medal for a brilliant performance in the Grand Final win over Collingwood. 

Season by Season

Season by Season


Played 23 games including both finals 

Kicked career best 27 goals – Cats 2nd leading goal kicker 

Finished 7th in Carji Greeves medal 

Played 250th game in rd 1 win over Adelaide 

Had 14 games with 20+ possessions 

Kicked goals in 18 of 23 games Set new career best with 4 goals in his 250th game 

Equaled career best with 13 marks in rd 13 vs St Kilda 

Had 15 tackles in rd 16 win over Bulldogs 

Ranked equal 10th in AFL in goal assists and 14th in inside 50s

Season by Season

Played 24 games and all three finals
Helped Cats to finals for ninth time in last 10 seasons
Gathered 558 possessions for the season, the fifth time he has had over 550 in a campaign
His 354 kicks were second most of his career
Played a variety of roles, including significant time across half back
Became Cats’ finals games record holder, having now played in 24 finals matches
Has averaged 25 possessions per final, higher than his 23 disposal career average
Had nine games with 25+ disposals
Season best 35 possessions came in rd 23 win over Lions
Equalled career best with three goals in rd 10 win over Suns

Dale Amos' player review for 2013

I thought his year was really solid, in what was probably his first consistent period playing as a defender. He'd been a midfielder and a forward prior to this year, and I think he adapted really well to his new role. I think he became really important for us as a defender. He played on talls and smalls, and we really liked his ball-use out of the back half and his marking. I think he can be even better in that role next season, but he still has the flexibility to play in the midfield or up forward.

Season by Season

Played 20 game and produced his eighth straight 400+ possession season

Had 14 games with 20+ possessions despite playing season with stress fracture in foot

Had 26 possessions in EF vs Freo

Laid 121 tackles (Cats second most), with 13 games with 5 or more

Was 16th in AFL in tackles

Marked his fourth season with 120+ tackles

Season best 32 possessions came vs GWS in rd 10

Played in 150th win in rd  11 triumph over Carlton

Finished sixth in B & F

Season by Season

  • Another brilliant campaign capped off with third flag and the Norm Smith medal
  • Played 24 games including all three finals
  • Finished third in B & F
  • Had 26 disposals and equaled career best with three goals
  • Gathered over 500 disposals for fifth straight season
  • Set a new career best with 26 goals (from 32 shots)
  • Equaled his career high with 13 marks vs Port Adel in rd 3
  • Kicked goals in 18 games
  • Played 200th game in rd 21 vs Adel
  • Had 20+ disposals in 16 games
  • Ranked 16th in the AFL in marks
  • Has now played 20 finals (2nd most in club history)
  • Again among the AFL elite players
  • Gathered at least 630 possessions for fourth straight year
  • Had 20+ disposals in 22 of 24 games he played
  • Averaged 32 possessions per game in his three finals
  • Had 32 in QF vs. St K; 35 in SF vs. Freo; 29 vs. Coll in PF
  • Had six games with 30+ disposals
  • Had a career best 47 hit outs
  • Ranked 12th in AFL in disposals, 16th in kicks and 18th in handballs
  • Laid 110 tackles, his fourth consecutive year exceeding the ton
  • Equaled career high with three goals in rd 12 win over Essendon
  • Awarded best on ground three times in Brownlow voting
  • Finished sixth in best & fairest
  • Won a second premiership and played in third grand final
  • Had amazing 16 tackles in GF win, equal highest in AFL history and a GF record
  • Finished third in best & fairest and was a nominee for the All Australian team
  • Set a career high with 41 disposals vs. Melbourne in rd 6
  • Had 25+ possessions in 16 of 24 games
  • Celebrated his 150th game in rd 18 win over Adelaide. Game marked his 100th win as a player
  • Kicked match winning point after the siren against Hawthorn in rd 17 at MCG
  • Was outstanding in PF vs. Coll with 32 possessions
  • Ranked 11th in AFL in possessions, 12th in kicks, 16th in marks and 7th in tackles
  • Member of NAB Cup premiership win


  • Another outstanding season from Jimmy saw him earn All Australians election for second straight year
  • Played in grand final and finished 3rd in Cats best & fairest
  • His 702 disposals were 2nd in the AFL and 15th highest of all time
  • Was 2nd in AFL in kicks with 382, 8th in handballs with 320 and 6th in tackles with 124
  • Played for Victoria against dream team in AFL hall of fame game
  • Had a career best 41 disposals vs. Adelaide in rd 14
  • Had 20 or more possessions in 24 of 25 games, and over 30 possessions 10 times


  • Took home his first premiership medal and won the Brownlow medal
  • Was named as best on ground in eight of his 20 home & away games and received 29 Brownlow votes
  • Finished runner up in club best & fairest for second straight year
  • Awarded All Australian honours for the first time
  • His 632 disposals were 5th highest in AFL, while he was 11th in kicks (341), 9th in handballs (291) and 6th in tackles (122)
  • Had 20 or more disposals in 21 of 23 games
  • Picked up 28 disposals and kicked two goals in grand final win over Port Adelaide
  • Averaged 29 disposals in three finals
  • Played his 100th game in rd 15 win over Collingwood
  • Matched career best with 12 tackles in rd 12 win over Brisbane


  • Played 21 games and was runner up in Cats best & fairest
  • Matched his career best with three goals vs. Melbourne in rd 6
  • Member of Cats NAB Cup grand final win


  • Played every game including both finals
  • Finished 7th in best & fairest
  • 50th AFL game came in rd 10 vs. Freo at Skilled Stadium
  • Had 30 possessions in elimination final win over Melbourne
  • Season best 32 disposals, 12 tackles and three goals came in win over Port in rd 16
  • Ranked 8th in AFL with 94 tackles


  • Played 16 games including the last 14 and finished 7th in best & fairest
  • Leading Cat in Brownlow voting with 13
  • Made finals debut and played all three finals
  • Had first 30+ possession game in rd 19 against Richmond, finishing with 35\
  • Finished with 33 possessions and eight tackles in finals win over Essendon
  • Averaged seven tackles per game in three finals
  • Played in Wizard Cup grand final vs. St Kilda


  • Played 13 games and kicked five goals
  • Had eight tackles in rd 19 win over Melbourne


  • Made his AFL debut in round one vs. Essendon at MCG
  • Played 11 senior games (4-7)
  • Won rising star nomination
  • First Brownlow votes (3) came in rd 5 vs. Freo with 28 possessions and five tackles
  • Member of Cats VFL premiership team


  • Captained Geelong Falcons in TAC Cup
  • Was named in TAC Cup team of the year
  • Selected in All Australian U18 team after playing with Vic Country at national


  • Member of Geelong Falcons TAC Cup premiership team
  • Won Falcons best & fairest
  • Was named in TAC Cup team of the year
  • Selected in All Australian U18 team after playing with Vic Country at national championship



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 305
    • Kicks 13.0
    • Handballs 9.8
    • Disposals 22.8
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 4.3
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 95.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2013
Handballs 30 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2015
Disposals 41 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2015
Marks 14 Gold Coast Suns Rd 6, 2016
Hit-outs 10 Hawthorn Rd 17, 2009
Tackles 16 St Kilda GF, 2009
Goals 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 1, 2014
AFL Fantasy 183 Port Adelaide Rd 16, 2005

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Playing record

Geelong: 272 games, 191 goals
Geelong: 27 games, 16 goals
Geelong: 26 games, 12 goals
Geelong Falcons: 35 games, 16 goals

Milestone Games







AFL debut


rd 1, 2002


L 50

Finals debut

Port Adelaide

QF, 2002


L 55

50th game


rd 10, 2005


L 9

100th game


rd 15, 2007


W 16

150th game


rd 18, 2009


W 2

200th game


rd 21, 2011


W 11

250th game Adelaide rd 1, 2014 Simonds W 38


Draft History

Selected by Geelong with 8th pick in 2001 national draft



Brownlow Medal 2007
Norm Smith medal 2011
All Australian 2007, 2008
All Australian nominee 2009
National Rising Star nomination 2002


Runner up best & fairest 2006, 2007
Third best and fairest
2008, 2009, 2011
Most votes in the Brownlow Medal 2004, 2007


TAC Cup 2000 (Geelong Falcons dft. Eastern Ranges)
2002 (Geelong dft. Port Melbourne)
2006 (Geelong dft. Adelaide)
AFL 2007 (Geelong dft Port Adelaide)
2009 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)
AFL 2009 (Geelong dft. St Kilda)
AFL 2011 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)


Team of the Year 2000, 2001
Geelong Falcons captain
Geelong Falcons best & fairest 2000

Representative Honours

Victoria vs. Dream Team 2008
All Australian under 18
2000, 2001
Victoria Country under 18
2000, 2001