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Matt
Buntine

Height
189 cm
DOB
19-10-1993
Weight
86 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2015
4
Career
20
Goals
2015
1
Career
1
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
233
Avg
58
MattBuntine

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Berwick
Debut: 2012
Recruited From: Berwick/Dandenong U18
Brownlow Votes: -
Community Ambassador: South Coast

Player Bio

Matt Buntine was selected by the GIANTS at pick five in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft and made his AFL debut in Round 8, 2012. The defender, from the Dandenong Stingrays in Victoria, was named in the GIANTS’ emerging leaders group before the 2014 season.
 

Often undersized in his defensive role, Buntine possesses plenty of confidence and is slowly developing into a dependable AFL option. He made seven appearances last season, including the final four, capped by 21 touches and 12 marks in the round 21 victory over Melbourne. With some key defensive reinforcements coming on board, Buntine should take further strides this year.

Hopeful of a strong second season following an impressive finish to 2012, Buntine instead suffered a punctured lung and broken rib in the NAB Cup. That left him well behind his teammates and unable to play his first game for the year until round nine. The defender is hoping for a clean bill of health this year.

Buntine only played one of the opening 18 games in the seniors as the defender took his time adjusting to AFL level. But he found his feet and had a strong finish to the season, playing the club's final five games and averaging 12 disposals and two tackles per outing. He was also one of the first GIANTS to extend his contract to 2015.

A 189cm defender who has shown an ability to take on and beat bigger opponents, Buntine also has versatility and is viewed as a potential midfielder by the GIANTS. Another of the GWS stable hailing from the Dandenong Stingrays, Buntine was selected No.5 overall in the NAB AFL Draft. Regarded as an astute decision-maker, he can read the play well and had been discussed as a possible No.1 pick prior to the draft.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 7.5
    • Handballs 4.7
    • Disposals 12.2
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 58.2

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Adelaide Crows Rd 8
Handballs 9 Carlton Rd 7
Disposals 17 Carlton Rd 7
Marks 9 Adelaide Crows Rd 8
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 9
Goals 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 8
AFL Fantasy 80 Adelaide Crows Rd 8

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 St Kilda W 78 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Melbourne W 101 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Sydney Swans L 111 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Gold Coast Suns W 119 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 West Coast Eagles L 120 - 33 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Hawthorn W 108 - 98 5 3 8 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 50
7 Carlton W 57 - 135 8 9 17 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 55
8 Adelaide Crows W 108 - 84 11 3 14 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 80
9 Western Bulldogs L 113 - 68 6 4 10 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 48
10 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
12 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
15 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 3 30 19 49 19 0 1 1 11 1 0 233

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 7.1
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 53.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Melbourne Rd 21, 2014
Handballs 10 Port Adelaide Rd 19, 2012
Disposals 22 Gold Coast Suns Rd 23, 2013
Marks 12 Melbourne Rd 21, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 9, 2015
Goals 1 Adelaide Crows Rd 8, 2015
AFL Fantasy 106 Melbourne Rd 21, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 GWS Giants 30 19 49 19 0 1 1 11 1 0 233
2014 GWS Giants 62 41 103 39 0 4 3 10 0 0 420
2013 GWS Giants 23 18 41 12 0 4 0 6 0 0 169
2012 GWS Giants 28 39 67 16 0 6 3 10 0 2 249

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

HISTORY

DRAFT HISTORY

2011 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (GWS GIANTS) No.5 overall