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Key Facts

Full name
Christopher Dawes

Known as
Chris Dawes

16 May 1988 (age 35)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 85d
Last game: 28y 76d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 101 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Melbourne; Casey

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 31
Melbourne: 6

Recruited from
Collingwood (2013)

Chris Dawes

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CaseyVFL2013, 2015-20167162.29
VFL2013, 2015-20167162.29

AFL: 11,703rd player to appear, 1,888th most games played, 793rd most goals kickedCollingwood: 1,074th player to appear, 266th most games played, 107th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,298th player to appear, 339th most games played, 160th most goals kicked

Chris Dawes has played 101 games for Collingwood and Melbourne since debuting for the Magpies in 2008.

He was traded to Melbourne during the 2012 Trade Week from the Collingwood Football Club.

Chris Dawes is atypical of the blue-collar Pies' archetype. 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).

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.

His first game was a win against the in-form St Kilda in round 19, 2008. Dawes joined the list of players who kicked a goal with his first kick in league footy. Dawes was selected to play in the first game after the club imposed suspensions on Alan Didak and Heath Shaw. After making his debut, Dawes played the remainder of Collingwood's 2008 season including an Elimination Final against the Adelaide Crows in which Dawes kicked 3 goals.

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. 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, but he held his position in the team. At the end of the season, Dawes requested that he be traded to another club, and Collingwood agreed to a deal with Melbourne during the Trade Week.



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