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Matthew Pavlich


PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30: Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Melbourne Demons at Domain Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Matthew Pavlich is one of the all-time legends of the game who hasn’t reached the Everest of the game, that being winning a premiership. Pavlich’s record boasts for itself, a club record 6 best & fairest, a 6-time All-Australian, 9-time club leading goalkickers, 3-time Geoff Christian Medalist (awarded to the best player out of the two WA clubs for the season), 3-time Western Derby MVP, Fremantle Captain from 2007 and AFL Rising Star nominee in 2000. And he is also a 300 game player. This stacks up against some of the all time greats which no doubt holds Pavlich in the highest order when it comes to talking some of the games greatest forwards of all time. And if Pavlich is able to secure that utterley-deserving flag for the Dockers, then he’ll be etched deeper into AFL folkore.

Pavlich has been one of the league’s best forwards ever since he debuted for the Dockers way back in 2000 after being taken at pick #4 in the 1999 draft, as he took out the club’s leading goal kicking award in just his second season in 2001. The impact that he has had on the Fremantle Football Club has no doubt been a huge factor into the club is no nearing powerhouse status in the league. And its his presence on the football field which has helped his side to success. He has been the rock in the Dockers forward line ever since he debuted and his match winning ability has been unrivaled.

He’s also got over 600 goals to his name so he is without a doubt one of the greatest forwards of the Dockers and the game. These accolades are examples of how he sets the standard for his teammates and leads by example, definitely one of the best and most loved Captains of the game he is. The impact he has had on the club no doubt has made the club what it is today, but you would feel that if the great Pav was able to win a flag it would just make his resume just that little bit better. And if he were to win a flag, delivering the Dockers first flag in history, would go down as one of the greatest captains of all time. His leadership ability combined with his stunning attacking power in the forward line make him one of the greatest forwards for the Dockers and the game has seen.


  • 6x All-Australian team: 2002–2003, 2005–2008
  • 6x Fremantle Best & Fairest: 2002, 2005–2008, 2011
  • 9x Fremantle leading goalkicker: 2001, 2005–2010, 2012, 2015
  • 3x Geoff Christian Medal: 2002, 2005, 2008
  • 3x Western Derby MVP: 2008 (2x), 2012
  • Fremantle captain: 2007–present
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2000
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