Kade Kolodjashnij

Kade Kolodjashnij (pronounced: collar-jazz-knee[1])(born 9 August 1995) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Kade Kolodjashnij
Kolodjashnij playing for Gold Coast in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Kade Kolodjashnij
Date of birth (1995-08-09) 9 August 1995
Place of birth Launceston, Tasmania
Original team(s) Launceston (TSL)
Draft No. 5, 2013 AFL Draft, Gold Coast
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 16
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20142018 Gold Coast 78 (13)
2019 Melbourne 2 (1)
Total 80 (14)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

Kolodjashnij grew up in Tasmania where he played soccer and basketball in his younger years. His grandparents fled the Soviet controlled Ukraine after World War II and settled in Australia. Kolodjashnij's twin brother Jake also plays football professionally for the Geelong Cats.[2]

Junior football

Kolodjashnij began playing Australian football for the first time at 12 years of age for the Prospect Junior Football Club. Kolodjashnij lived across the road from Prospect Park a multi-user venue for both soccer and Australian football. He and brother Jake played in junior premierships for Prospect in U13s and U14s of the Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association. In his U15 season with Prospect he and Jake were referred to Tasmanian Head Coach, and ex-AFL player, Mathew Armstrong, for consideration for the Tasmanian Talented Player Pathway and were duly recognised as having significant potential. As part of the talented player pathway process, both the Kolodjashnij brothers were permitted to Tasmanian State League Club, Launceston, for their U16 year. Kade played for Tasmania in the Under 16 National Championship in 2011 and followed that with selection in the U18 National Championships in both 2012 and 2013 and was considered a top 5 prospect leading into the 2013 AFL Draft. He was taken with the 5th pick in the 2013 draft by the Gold Coast Football Club.

AFL career

Kolodjashnij made his AFL debut against Fremantle in Round 2 of the 2014 season.[3] From his first games it was apparent that Kolodjashnij was coping well with the pace and requirements of AFL football. In Round 10 of his debut season he secured a nomination for the AFL/NAB Rising Star for 2014.[4]

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Kolodjashnij was traded to Melbourne.[5]

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season [6]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2014 Gold Coast 28185319211630888340.30.210.76.417.14.91.9
2015 Gold Coast 282251320170490124420.20.014.57.722.35.61.9
2016 Gold Coast 281901210123333114450.00.111.16.517.56.02.4
2017 Gold Coast 1011301389423283240.30.012.58.521.17.52.2
2018 Gold Coast 10802973313044150.00.312.14.116.35.51.9
2019 Melbourne 1621010717760.50.05.03.58.53.53.0
Career 80 14 7 967 543 1510 460 166 0.2 0.1 12.1 6.8 18.9 5.8 2.1

References

  1. https://twitter.com/kolodjashnij/status/429779041634119681
  2. "Stage set for Tassie twins". The Mercury. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. "Gold Coast Suns set to debut No.5 pick Kade Kolodjashnij against Fremantle". Herald Sun. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  4. "Kade Koladjashnij: Round 10 NAB AFL Rising Star". Gold Coast Football Club. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. Nobes, Caitlin (17 October 2018). "Melbourne secures Suns duo". melbournefc.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  6. "Kade Kolodjashnij". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
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