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Matt
Buntine

Height
189 cm
DOB
19-10-1993
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2016
12
Career
39
Goals
2016
0
Career
1
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
525
Avg
44
MattBuntine

Player Bio

At a Glance

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

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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.
 

It was a frustrating season for the courageous defender who played just 11 games. Buntine had to wait until round six for his first senior appearance, but after performing well mid-year, he missed six of the last seven games with concussion issues. With a solid pre-season, he should be a vital part of the GIANTS' back six in 2016.

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 6.7
    • Handballs 3.6
    • Disposals 10.3
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 43.8

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Fremantle Rd 7
Handballs 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Disposals 16 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Marks 8 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Carlton Rd 14
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 65 Sydney Swans Rd 12

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne L 80 - 78 6 4 10 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 40
2 Geelong Cats W 89 - 76 8 4 12 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 40
3 Sydney Swans L 93 - 68 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Port Adelaide W 151 - 65 6 1 7 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 32
5 St Kilda W 79 - 126 8 6 14 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 52
6 Hawthorn W 158 - 83 5 2 7 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 29
7 Fremantle W 77 - 95 10 4 14 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 55
8 Gold Coast Suns W 149 - 58 9 7 16 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
9 Western Bulldogs W 98 - 73 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
10 Adelaide Crows L 107 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Geelong Cats L 98 - 88 7 2 9 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 43
12 Sydney Swans W 105 - 63 8 6 14 5 0 2 0 3 0 0 65
13 Essendon W 90 - 117 8 2 10 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 50
14 Carlton W 127 - 65 5 4 9 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 51
16 Collingwood L 93 - 125 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Brisbane Lions W 67 - 146 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Port Adelaide W 60 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Richmond W 111 - 23 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Gold Coast Suns W 84 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 West Coast Eagles L 96 - 97 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle W 129 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 15 - L: 6 80 43 123 46 0 6 3 16 0 0 525

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 39
    • Kicks 7.1
    • Handballs 4.6
    • Disposals 11.7
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 49.5

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 Carlton Rd 14, 2016
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
2016 GWS Giants 80 43 123 46 0 6 3 16 0 0 525
2015 GWS Giants 85 39 124 47 0 3 4 24 1 1 568
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

PLAYER HONOURS

OTHER

2015 CLEO Bachelor of the Year