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'Stronger and faster' McGrath returns

Young Essendon midfielder Andrew McGrath says he has returned to The Hangar a “stronger and faster” player after a productive off-season.

4:40pm  Nov 14, 2018

Rising Star: Andrew McGrath

Andrew McGrath has rounded out his impressive debut season by claiming Essendon’s Rising Star award at the Crichton Medal.

9:05pm  Oct 5, 2017

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Andrew
McGrath

Midfielder

Height
178 cm
DOB
02-06-1998
Weight
80 kg
Debut
2017
Games
2018
20
Career
41
Goals
2018
5
Career
6
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1428
Avg
71
AndrewMcGrath

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior clubs: East Brighton, Brighton Grammar, Sandringham Dragons
Draft history: Pick No.1, 2016 national draft
AFL debut: Round 1, 2017
Brownlow votes: -

Player Sponsors

Bradley Scott & Johnny Ruffo

Christopher Burke - C Burke

Debra Jones - Deb Jones & Jarrod Flanigan

Diane Trask & Helen Jack

Michael & Julius Schoenfeld

Gary Harrison - Zac and Toby Harrison

Young gun who backed up a remarkable inaugural AFL season with another impressive year for the Bombers in 2018.

The 2017 NAB AFL Rising Star played 20 games in his second season, showing valuable versatility throughout the year when utilised in a number of positions.

Pushing further up the ground after spending the majority of his first year in defence, the 20-year-old speedster became an important part of the club’s rotating midfield and was a dangerous player when heading forward on the odd occasion. 

After returning in brilliant condition for the pre-season having added extra strength and speed to his game over the break, McGrath is expected to continue to improve and cause the opposition plenty of headaches.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 10.2
    • Handballs 9.8
    • Disposals 19.9
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.4

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 St Kilda Rd 21
Handballs 19 Hawthorn Rd 7
Disposals 33 St Kilda Rd 21
Marks 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Richmond Rd 11
Goals 1 Hawthorn Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 113 St Kilda Rd 21

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 99 - 87 9 17 26 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 92
2 Fremantle L 106 - 90 7 9 16 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 45
3 Western Bulldogs L 104 - 83 11 9 20 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 72
4 Port Adelaide W 106 - 84 8 7 15 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 52
5 Collingwood L 101 - 52 5 5 10 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 48
6 Melbourne L 72 - 108 12 14 26 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 87
7 Hawthorn L 67 - 90 8 19 27 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 80
8 Carlton L 91 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats W 84 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 GWS Giants W 60 - 95 13 5 18 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 70
11 Richmond L 43 - 114 7 8 15 4 0 0 0 5 0 0 69
12 Brisbane Lions W 62 - 84 9 13 22 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 74
14 West Coast Eagles W 52 - 80 12 12 24 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 85
15 North Melbourne W 125 - 108 17 7 24 2 0 1 1 4 1 0 91
16 Collingwood L 62 - 78 10 14 24 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 77
17 Gold Coast Suns W 51 - 95 15 10 25 9 0 1 1 4 0 1 107
18 Fremantle W 99 - 70 6 5 11 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 38
19 Sydney Swans W 109 - 66 12 6 18 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 61
20 Hawthorn L 107 - 103 8 2 10 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 48
21 St Kilda W 122 - 79 19 14 33 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 113
22 Richmond L 81 - 73 11 10 21 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 73
23 Port Adelaide W 89 - 111 4 9 13 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 46
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 203 195 398 77 0 5 10 48 5 1 1428

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 41
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 10.5
    • Disposals 19.8
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 71.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 St Kilda Rd 21, 2018
Handballs 21 Brisbane Lions Rd 15, 2017
Disposals 33 St Kilda Rd 21, 2018
Marks 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 17, 2018
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Carlton Rd 3, 2017
Goals 1 Hawthorn Rd 20, 2018
AFL Fantasy 113 St Kilda Rd 21, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Essendon 203 195 398 77 0 5 10 48 5 1 1428
2017 Essendon 181 234 415 83 0 14 5 59 1 1 1502

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Awards

Club Awards

2017 Lindsay Griffiths Rising Star Award

AFL Awards

2017 AFL Rising Star

2017 AFLPA Best First-Year Player

AFLPA 22under22 Team (2017, 2018)

Milestones

Milestone Games

Milestone Versus Round Venue Result
AFL debut Hawthorn Rd 1, 2017 MCG W 25