Matthew LEUENBERGER

#22   Essendon

Age: 29yr 11mth Games: 135 Born: Jun 07, 1988
Height: 202cm Weight: 105kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Given Bellchambers’ knee injury the former Lion is an ultra-important piece. Nearly got through the pre-season intact until a hamstring issue.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Hamstring.
2 Hamstring.
3 Carl In for first game of the year and was up for the contest; Kreuzer might have shaded him but worked hard from start to finish. 6
4 Adel Beat Sam Jacobs for hit-outs 38 – 33, but Crows continually took the ball away in first half. 5
5 Coll Matched Grundy in hit-outs and may have taken the honours with his ground-level contribution (six tackles). 6
6 Rested.
7 Frem Stopped Sandilands from giving the ball to teammates. Worked hard. 6
8 Geel Matched Smith in the ruck and got involved enough to be a factor. Didn’t star but played his role pretty well. 6
9 WCE Good in ruck against Vardy and bobbed up with a late gift goal. Gave Bombers’ first use. 7
10 Ill.
11 VFL Did the bulk of the ruckwork against the Roosters and controlled the air. Good. -
12 VFL Fought an even battle in ruck against Campbell and Redpath. 35 hitouts and 13 possessions. -
13 Bye.
14 VFL Had 30 hitouts to go with six inside 50s. Handy contribution. -
15 VFL Even ruck battle with Tiger big men. Tried hard throughout. -
16 Didn’t play for Essendon VFL.
17 VFL Probably too good for this level, but Bellchambers keeping him out. 40 hitouts. -
18 VFL Big day in the ruck contests with 39 hitouts but the senior player could find the footy just nine times and took only two marks. -
19 VFL 37 hitouts and made an impact around the ground. One of the league's better back-up rucks. -
20 VFL Bye. -
21 Adel Head to head with Jacobs in ruck and neither held sway. 5
22 Ankle.
23 Ankle.
EF -

2016 Season

1 GCS Ruck work OK but rusty around the ground. 4
2 Melb Five hit-outs to advantage and ok around the ground. Had the better of Gawn. 5
3 Port One of the few Bombers who won his position. 7
4 Geel Hammered Cat pair in the ruck – eight hit-outs to advantage good around the ground. 7
5 Coll Continued his solid start to the season with a fighting effort in the ruck. 5
6 Carl Had 34 hit-outs and worked himself into the ground in what was a great battle with Phillips. 6
7 Syd Competed well in the ruck against Tippett and Sinclair. 5
8 NM Beaten by Goldstein. Ruck battle even but around the ground had little influence. 4
9 StK Had the upper hand against Hickey in ruck duels and also did a bit around the ground. 6
10 Achilles.
11 Frem Showed agility and pace in one contest. Won his position. 6
12 Haw Main ruck for Dons and gave solid display. 5
13 GWS Battled away in the ruck and slipped forward to kick two goals in second term. Handy. 5
15 WCE Fought hard with a knee injury. Helped Essendon to control clearances early. 6
16 Knee.
17 Rich Colours lowered in ruck and when Grimes ran him down it was a momentum-turner. 4
18 Bris Lowered colours to Martin in ruck battle but not disgraced. Got around ground well enough. 5
19 Adel Dominated the ruck after Jacobs limped off to end with 53 hit-outs. Tried hard. 7
20 Geel Probably shaded Smith on the day but was anything but a dominant factor. 3
21 GCS Started well opposed to Brooksby then drifted out a bit. Handy enough in final term. 6
22 WB Shared ruckwork with Leuenberger and was solid 2
23 Carl Good in the ruck and useful when forward. Had the better of Kreuzer and Phillips. 6

2015 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1 Coll Ruck work could not be questioned but not enough influence in play. 4
2 NM The secondary ruckman and had no impact around the ground or in ruck duels. 2
3 NEAFL Dominated the ruck with 46 hitouts in tight win. -
4 NEAFL Had 36 hitouts and 19 possessions in loss to Ainslie. -
5 NEAFL Even battle in ruck with Smith. Just seven touches though. -
6 Carl Couldn’t get into game until after half time when provided a contest. 5
7 Port Made his presence felt in attack and good wingman in ruck. 6
8 Ess Secondary ruckman who had no impact at all. 1
9 StK Used mainly as a forward and only fair. Needs to make more impact. 5
10 GWS Ineffective as a tall forward and did little in ruck before being subbed. 2
12 WB Seems to be languishing as the second ruckman. 3
13 Adel Got almost half his disposals in third term. Inconsistent. 5
14 Frem Showed he is still capable of being a No.1 ruckman. Possibly shaded Sandilands. 7
15 Syd Not overly influential against out-of-form Pyke. Never stopped trying. 5
16 Melb Good battle with Gawn who eventually wore him down as game dragged on. 4
17 NM Handy 34 hit-outs but not a lot of influence in general play. 5
18 Geel Injured knee in marking contest and limped on. Subbed at half time. 3
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Knee.
22 Knee.
23 Knee.

2014 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1 Haw Just shaded in ruck duel with McEvoy and Hale. Battled hard until the end. 5
2 Geel Seven hit-outs to advantage but didn’t impact at all around the ground. 4
3 GCS Didn't do enough against younger opponent. Disappointing. 3
4 Port Subbed out of the game with a serious knee injury. 3
5 Knee.
6 Knee.
7 Knee.
8 Knee.
9 Knee.
10 Knee.
11 Knee.
12 Knee.
13 Knee.
14 Knee.
15 NEAFL 18 disposals on return before sitting out final quarter. -
16 NEAFL Ruck work was good until he was rested in second half. -
17 Achilles.
18 NEAFL Got through a half in his first game back from injury. -
19 NEAFL Played full game and some of his ruckwork was good. -
20 NEAFL Ruckwork was good. 22 disposals and six marks too. -
21 NEAFL Started superbly but forced from ground with a toe injury. -
22 NEAFL Ruckwork was excellent. Also had 21 touches and four goals. -
23 Geel Just two marks and looked a little rusty. Great to see him back on field. 4
QF -
SF -
PF -
GF -

2013 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1 NEAFL Played the majority of the game. Ready to return. -
2 Adel Great return from injury and will be much better for the run. 6
3 GCS Rucked the majority of night on his own and played a big role. 6
4 NM Performed superbly in absorbing battle with Goldstein. 7
5 Melb Started forward and gave McDonald trouble. Three goals and rucked well. 7
6 Syd Found Mumford and Pyke hard to counter due to their bigger body size. 5
7 WCE Rucked against two All-Australians and found the ball too. Quality game. 7
8 Ess Quiet in terms of possessions but did have 10 hits-outs to advantage. 4
9 Carl Herculean effort against Warnock and Kreuzer. Dislocated thumb late in game. 7
10 Hand.
11 Hand.
12 Frem Had the edge around the ground. 5
13 Geel Had 11 hit-outs to advantage and a presence late in the game. 6
14 Haw Best ruckman on the field but couldn't create dominance of last week. 5
15 GCS Dominant. Had as many touches as a small midfielder and won the hit-outs. 9
16 NM Won the hit-outs but not impactful in general play. 5
17 Melb Growing into one of the game’s elite ruckmen. Influential in the air and on the deck. 7
18 Port Most dominant ruckman on the ground with 38 hit-outs. 8
19 StK Solid display in ruck on ball and around ground. 6
20 Rich Well beaten in the ruck, unable to deal with Maric’s strength. 4
21 GWS Had his hands full against GWS giants Brogan and Giles. Still had impact. 5
22 WB Rucked well, worked around ground and kicked a couple of goals. 6
23 Geel Didn’t dominate as he would have hoped against West. Not influential. 4
QF
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1 Melb Used at full forward for periods but managed just one goal. Quiet. 3
2 Carl Good in the ruck and around the ground but struggled when up forward. 6
3 Frem Hurt his Achilles in the second term and got subbed out. 1