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Chris Dawes (Australian footballer)

Chris Dawes
Personal information
Full nameChris Dawes
Date of birth (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birthVictoria
Original teamSandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft#28, 2006 National Draft, Collingwood
Height/Weight193cm / 105kg
Club information
Current clubMelbourne
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
71 (83)
12 (12)
83 (95)
1 Playing statistics to end of 2013 season .
Career highlights

Chris Dawes (born 16 May 1988) is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was traded to Melbourne during the 2012 Trade Week from the Collingwood Football Club.

Personal life

Dawes is atypical of the blue-collar Pies' stereotype. Raised in the bayside suburbs, he attended Brighton Grammar, is the son of a history lecturer turned antiquarian bookshop owner and is presently studying law at Victoria University, Australia, Melbourne, Australia at the City Queen Campus (but with only passing interest in practising it).[1]

Early career

Dawes was drafted by Collingwood with the 28th selection in the 2006 AFL Draft Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup, having attended Brighton Grammar School. He is a strongly built forward who missed the majority of 2007 due to a knee injury after playing well for the Magpies' then VFL affiliate Williamstown.[2]


Dawes' first game was a win against the in-form St Kilda in Round 19, 2008. He joined the list of players who have kicked a goal with their first kick in league football. He was selected to play in the first game after the club imposed suspensions on Alan Didak and Heath Shaw.[3]

After making his debut, Dawes played the remainder of Collingwood's 2008 season including an elimination final against the Adelaide Crows in which he kicked three goals.[4]


After strong performances in the VFL, Dawes was selected for the Anzac Day clash against Essendon in round 5. He played in all but two matches for the rest of the year, including both the drawn and replayed Grand Finals against St Kilda. In the Grand Final replay, Dawes kicked two goals in Collingwood's 56 point win. Dawes finished the season with a total of 30 goals from 20 games.


Dawes started the 2011 season well, kicking 21 goals from his first 13 games, before missing seven games from a broken knuckle.[5] He struggled to regain his form when he returned late in the season, only kicking six goals from the last five games.


In 2012, Dawes struggled to have a major impact, only kicking 16 goals from 23 games. His position as the backup ruckman and second tall forward was questioned going into the finals series,[6] but he held his position in the team. At the end of the season, Dawes requested that he be traded to another club,[7] and Collingwood agreed to a deal with Melbourne during the Trade Week.[8]


External links

  • Chris Dawes's profile on the official website of the Melbourne Football Club
  • Chris Dawes's statistics from AFL Tables
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