Travis Varcoe

Travis Varcoe (born 10 April 1988) is an Australian rules footballer for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Geelong Football Club from 2006 to 2014.

Travis Varcoe
Varcoe during a pre-season match in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Travis Varcoe
Date of birth (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988
Place of birth South Australia
Original team(s) Smithfield (SAAFL)
Central District (SANFL)
Draft 15th overall, 2005
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Collingwood
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2014 Geelong 138 (130)
2015– Collingwood 083 0(40)
Total 221 (170)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2009 Indigenous All-Stars 1
International team honours
2010 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,


Varcoe debuted in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) for the Central District Football Club in 2005 at the age of 17. A foot injury early in the season held him back from performing in front of prospective recruiters, before Geelong selected him at the end of the first round with the 15th overall pick in the 2005 National Draft.


Varcoe was given the honour of wearing Geelong's number five guernsey, previously worn by club legends Gary Ablett and Polly Farmer. Varcoe plays as a forward pocket but can also play as a midfielder if required, drawing comparisons to Melbourne speedster Aaron Davey, with his consistent forwardline pressure and high-speed chase downs on the field. Varcoe is often referred to as "The Magician" with his quick, at times invisible handballs and tricky skills.

Varcoe played a key utility role for Geelong in 2009, which included a valuable contribution in the Grand Final as Geelong defeated the St Kilda Football Club. Varcoe played a critical role in delivering a handball to Paul Chapman late in the game which resulted in a brilliant Chapman goal, giving Geelong a six-point lead. Shortly after, team mate Max Rooke scored a goal after the final siren to give Geelong a 12-point win.

Going into the 2010 AFL season, Varcoe put in the most promising preseason of his career, only to succumb to a thumb injury that put him out for the first few weeks of the season.[1] However, on his return to the senior side, Varcoe played well enough to finish ninth in Geelong's 2010 best and fairest count.[2]

Varcoe kicked the first goal of the 2011 AFL Grand Final inside the first 10 seconds of the match. He also kicked the second goal of the match, however his goal at the eight-minute mark in the 4th quarter was possibly goal of the season. Before kicking the goal Varcoe took a mark in Geelong's backline whilst he was almost simultaneously bumped, forcing the ball free and the mark going unpaid. However Varcoe then ran forward with the play, gathering possessions and ultimately converting a goal from inside 50 moments later. He would pick up his 2nd premiership medallion, as Geelong won by 36 points. As of Round 11, 2015, Varcoe had played in 149 games and, of those 149 games, had won 122 of those games. He was also the quickest player to reach 100 wins, playing in his 100th win in his 113th game.


On 15 October 2014, Varcoe was traded to the Collingwood Football Club in a three-way trade between Collingwood, Geelong and Melbourne which also saw Mitch Clark and Heritier Lumumba find new clubs.[3] Despite being considered past his best during his last year at Geelong, Varcoe has enjoyed a renaissance of form since moving to Collingwood, playing arguably the best football of his career. Varcoe was considered one of the best recruits of the 2015 season.[4]

Personal life

In August 2007, Varcoe caused controversy after concerns were raised about the racial and sexual content featured on his MySpace page.[5].[5] The Geelong Football Club acted swiftly, removing the content immediately after it came to its attention.[5]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season[6]
 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)
2006 Geelong 50
2007 Geelong 518157727214435570.
2008 Geelong 516147988718545720.
2009 Geelong 522221414017331365751.
2010 Geelong 520311314617432072821.
2011 Geelong 524311718720238957511.
2012 Geelong 5100112010.
2013 Geelong 51486749516925590.
2014 Geelong 5188611315226552680.
2015 Collingwood 1822101018519337890890.
2016 Collingwood 181761312812425269730.
2017 Collingwood 18821496010925190.
2018 Collingwood 182013712711023742620.
Career 205 161 101 1358 1494 2852 594 728 0.8 0.5 6.6 7.3 13.9 2.9 3.6


  1. Varcoe to miss early rounds, The Age, Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
  2. "Selwood wins Geelong's Best and Fairest". Geelong Advertiser. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  3. Clark a cat, three-way deal sees Varcoe join Magpies, official website, 15 October 2014
  4. Jon Ralph (21 July 2015). "The Buzz: Trading hits and misses of 2015". Herald Sun. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  5. Deery, Shannon (19 August 2007). "AFL club axes star's 'offensive' MySpace blog". Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  6. "Travis Varcoe's player profile". AFL Tables. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
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