Matthew Pavlich






     Introduction and Early Life

Matthew Pavlich is a professional Australian Rules football player in the Australian Football League (AFL). He plays for the Fremantle Football Club where he is presently the captain of the team. He was born on December 31, 1981; weighs about 100kg and is about 1.92kg tall. He made his debut into the AFL in the fifth round of 2000 season and has played at Fremantle all through his AFL professional career. Pavlich wears jersey number 29 and was selected from the 1999 national AFL draft where he was the overall number 4 pick. He plays in the forward position and was recruited from Woodville, West-Torrens, South Australia. Matthew began his football career by playing school football at Sacred Heart College where he did his high school in Adelaide, and also went on to play for Woodville-West Torrens Eagles prior to his drafting into the AFL.

AFL Professional Career

After being drafted in the 1999 draft where he was picked by Fremantle football club, Matthew made his debut in the fifth round of 2000 season in the game against Melbourne. He has always exhibited the qualities and attributes of a player in the forward position. He has the physical frame, speed, and agility of a typical AFL forward player but he did not have the opportunity to play in this position till 2005. His first game was a memorable one for him, a game that will linger in his memory for a long time. His very first two kicks in that resulted into two goals. He was very consistent in the team after his debut appearance. He played a total of eighteen games for that season, where he earned a Rising Star Nomination at the end of that season.

The following season of 2001 was a great one for Pavlich as he continued to progressively improve his skills and performance. However, the season was not a very good one for the club. He had some brilliant performances in some games for this season which many considered as opportunities to convince his coaches and managers. For instance, he had a good match against the Brisbane Lions where he scored four goals. This game earned him 2 Brownlow votes for the awards for that season. He played about twenty one games that season and ended it with 28 goals.

Rising Professional Career

The 2002 season was one that initiated events which resulted in his rising profile in the AFL. There was a new coach at Fremantle Football Club Chris Connolly who decided to change his role to a defensive full back position. Matthew exhibited great versatility as he transited into his new role seamlessly and played so well as if he had been playing in that position all his life. He was able to get good results from this change. He got his first national assignment invitation to the All Australian selection during this year at the age of 20.

During the 2003 season, Pavlich was again moved from the defensive role he played in the team to a midfield role. He again performed in this new position exceptionally well. This season was quite a good one for the club as they played in the finals for that year. He ended the season with almost 19 possessions, and 37 goals. He was again invited to the All Australian selection at the end of this season.

In the 2005 season, Pavlich was moved to the centre forward position where he performed excellently scoring an amazing 61 goals that season. He also scored 72 goals in the 2007 season. Besides several awards and achievements, he was later made the club captain in 2007 and has been the captain till date.






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Matthew Pavlich is a professional Australian Rules football player in the Australian Football League (AFL). He plays for the Fremantle Football Club where he is presently the captain of the team.


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