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How Pidge became Pidge

Andy McGrath has finally revealed the origins of his nickname 'Pidge'. And what a story it is.

7:07pm  Jun 13, 2019

Young Dons set standards

Andrew McGrath says the side’s brigade of youngsters have helped drive the standards at the club with several experienced Dons on the sidelines.

10:30am  Jun 4, 2019

McGrath bemoans loss

Essendon midfielder Andrew McGrath says the Bombers’ skill level in Sunday’s heavy loss to Greater Western Sydney “wasn’t up to AFL standard”.

10:49am  Mar 25, 2019

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BTV: Rd 11 | McGrath post-game

12:05pm  Jun 3, 2019

ICYMI | McGrath on ABC

5:08pm  Apr 8, 2019

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Andrew
McGrath

Midfielder

Height
178 cm
DOB
02-06-1998
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2017
Games
2019
12
Career
53
Goals
2019
5
Career
11
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
950
Avg
79
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

Diane Trask & Helen Jack

Michael & Julius Schoenfeld

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

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 11.0
    • Handballs 10.5
    • Disposals 21.5
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 79.2

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Carlton Rd 11
Handballs 16 Carlton Rd 11
Disposals 32 Carlton Rd 11
Marks 6 Hawthorn Rd 13
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Geelong Cats Rd 7
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 5
AFL Fantasy 106 Carlton Rd 11

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 112 - 40 14 9 23 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 84
2 St Kilda L 65 - 76 11 9 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 69
3 Melbourne W 112 - 130 10 13 23 2 0 1 0 3 1 0 81
4 Brisbane Lions W 112 - 65 13 6 19 3 0 2 0 2 2 0 82
5 North Melbourne W 58 - 116 11 9 20 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 79
6 Collingwood L 69 - 73 5 10 15 4 0 0 0 6 0 0 71
7 Geelong Cats L 86 - 54 8 9 17 4 0 1 0 8 0 1 88
8 Sydney Swans L 77 - 72 14 11 25 4 0 1 2 4 0 0 87
9 Fremantle W 60 - 53 10 10 20 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 60
10 Richmond L 73 - 50 12 10 22 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 69
11 Carlton W 74 - 33 16 16 32 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 106
13 Hawthorn W 96 - 77 8 14 22 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 74
14 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 6 132 126 258 46 0 7 2 33 5 1 950

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 53
    • Kicks 9.7
    • Handballs 10.5
    • Disposals 20.2
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 73.2

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 8 Geelong Cats Rd 7, 2019
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 5, 2019
AFL Fantasy 113 St Kilda Rd 21, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Essendon 132 126 258 46 0 7 2 33 5 1 950
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