Matt DEA

#49   Essendon

Age: 27yr 5mth Games: 58 Born: Oct 13, 2020
Height: 186cm Weight: 85kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Former Tiger back flanker retained for a second season after solid contribution as a top-up player. Trained well and in mix.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

3   Senior emergency.  
4 VFL Had 16 touches at half back and was fair at best.
5 VFL Mopped up very well down back with 23 possessions in big win over Collingwood.
6 Melb In for Ambrose and wasn’t really a factor in the back half. 17 touches, but no real impact. 4
7 Frem Under pressure in defence but did a job which allowed Hurley to get loose. 4
8 Geel Handy effort. One great courageous effort typified the effort of the team throughout the night. 6
9 WCE Excellent effort in defence on Darling. The Eagle was wayward, but Dea did his job. 6
10 Rich Third tall defender playing against old side. Battled away and not disgraced – 13 disposals. 4
11   Senior emergency.  
12 VFL Worked diligently in the back half against good opposition. 22 possessions, six rebounds.
13   Bye.  
14 VFL Did well across half back against a strong opposition.
15 VFL Did well down back under pressure. 18 possessions.
16   Didn’t play for Essendon VFL.  
17 VFL A depth player at best. Unspectacular game.
18 VFL Did a few nice things with his 17 touches. Nine tackles highlighted his effort and application.
19   Senior emergency.  
20 VFL Bye.
21 Adel Good game as he worked hard down back. 5
22 VFL Defended well when required for the Bombers in tight win.
23 VFL One of the Bombers best in defence. Stands tall, no matter the opponent.

2016 Season

1 GCS Looked good in defence, and was efficient with his possessions. 6
2 Melb Defensively stout spending time on Watts among others. Found his share of ball. 6
3 Port Reasonable in defence considering how often the footy was pumped in. 6
4 Geel Battled hard in back half and won his share of one-on-ones. Doing his job well for the coach. 5
5 Coll Found it tough in the backline playing on a range of opponents. 2
6 Carl Took White and had him covered early then went to variety of opponents. OK. 4
7 Syd Got himself in the right positions and didn’t waste many of his 18 disposals. 4
8 NM Plugged away in defence and did some good things. Getting better with more game time. 6
9 StK The biggest winner as a top-up seizing his chance. Has resurrected AFL career as a defender. 7
10 Rich Did well in defence and used the ball well when he got it. Getting better each week. 6
11 Frem Found it tough in defence. 4
12 Haw Another honest game down back and continues to impress. 6
13   Late withdrawal.  
15 WCE Worked hard in defence. Maintained his good form. 6
16 StK Assured defender who again turned in a consistent and hard performance. 5
17 Rich Did well against former club in defence despite being caught a few times in traffic. 6
18 Bris Gave away inches to opponents at times but was handy enough across half back. 5
19 Adel Tried his hardest to contain Betts, did have some nice moments. 6
20 Geel Struggled to get into the game but defensively handy enough down back. 4
21 GCS Gave away inches to Day but battled hard. Took a ripper one-hander in defence. 5
22 WB Troubled by Dickson early but fought back later on. 5
23 Carl Prolific and steady across half back. Classy by hand and foot. Big game. 8

2015 Season

Played for : Richmond

1   Hamstring.  
2   Hamstring.  
3 VFL Just six touches in limited game time back from injury.
4 VFL Wasn’t asked to do a great deal in defence. 16 disposals.
5 VFL OK at half back. 21 possessions, six marks.
6 VFL Controlled the half back line and provided great drive.
7 VFL Slightly down on recent weeks but solid enough.
8 VFL Richmond’s best in loss to Casey. 21 possessions.
9 VFL Solid game at half back but didn’t star.
10   Didn’t play for Richmond VFL.  
11   Bye.  
12 VFL Solid as always in defensive half. Took nine marks.
13 VFL Not as prominent as usual across half back.
14 VFL Controlled the half back line to keep Roosters’ at bay.
15   Injured.  
16 VFL Impassable in defence with 35 touches and 12 marks.
17 VFL Restrained at half back and couldn’t get into game.
18 VFL Dependable as always at half back.
19 VFL Bye.
20 VFL Steady in defence with 27 touches.
21   Didn’t play for Richmond VFL.  
22 VFL Big outing again with 31 touches, four inside 50s.

2014 Season

Played for : Richmond

1 PM Played across half back and got a bit of ball.
2   Hand.  
3   Hand.  
4   Hand.  
5   Hand.  
6   Hand.  
7 VFL Worked his way into the game.
8 VFL Bye.
9 VFL 26 possessions in defence and pressed his claims.
10 GWS OK on return to senior lineup at half back. 5
11 Ess Under the pump down back. 4
12 NM Certainly not the worst. Not huge stats but what he did showed some poise. 4
13 Frem Battled hard across half back. Certainly not the worst but hardly starred. 4
14 Syd Got caught with the ball a couple of times early. Quiet and subbed off in third term. 2
15 StK No impact and subbed off in third term. 2
16 Bris Defensively put on solid pressure and tried to work off when he could. 5
17 VFL Stood tall late to snuff out any Geelong hopes.
18 VFL Opposed to Daniel Connors and tried hard but was shaded.
19 VFL OK at half back without starring.
20 VFL Defended well and provided a bit of drive.
21 VFL Mopped up at half back but could have been more incisive.
22 VFL Not his best afternoon with 16 touches.
23   Senior emergency.  

2013 Season

Played for : Richmond

1 PM Gave good run off half back and marshaled the troops.
2 VFL Improved game across half back. Directed traffic.
3 VFL OK at half back in a besieged defence.
4 VFL Creative in the second half off half back. Rested early.
5 VFL Solid game drifting across half back. Composed under pressure.
6 VFL Creative game again at half back pushing forward.
7 VFL Bye.
8 Melb Only a handful of touches down back. Will he hold his spot? 3
9 VFL One of the Tigers best in loss. Used the ball well.
10 WCE Defensively solid all night. Like so many teammates just did his job. 5
12   Calf.  
13 VFL Back from injury and was solid across half back. 18 disposals.
14   Senior emergency.  
15 NM Shadowed Wells early before moving to half back to help stem the bleeding. 4
16 VFL Bye.
17 VFL Solid effort across half back. Sturdy under pressure.
18 VFL Injured his shoulder after a good start. Sat out rest of the game.
19   Shoulder.  
20 VFL Composed effort at half back. Played his part.
21 VFL Battled hard at half back with 26 possessions.
22 VFL Gathered 28 touches in at half back to try to lift the side.
QF   Senior emergency.  
EF   Senior emergency.  

2012 Season

Played for : Richmond

1 VFL Played a solid enough game down back.
2 VFL Another solid outing. Pressing for a senior spot.
4 VFL Easily the Tigers best. Pushing hard for a call up.
5 WCE Courageous attack on footy in third term inspiring. Only two handballs. 2
6 Port Even contributor over four quarters. 4
7 Syd Chased and harassed well but had little impact. 4
8 Ess Came on to stand Davey. Little input. 3
9 Haw Did a few good things down back Vision and poise improving all the time. 5
11 Frem One of the better defenders on the day in a solid effort. 7
12 GWS Unobtrusive effort down back but kept battling all the same. 4
14 Adel Read the play coming from the back half well. 5
15 Melb Did what he had to without much fuss from the back half. 4
16 GCS Had Day early and despite giving up size did a good job. 6
17 NM Developing defender who despite low numbers did a reasonable job. 4
18 Carl Went to Betts at start which was big assignment. 3
20 VFL One of the few Tigers winners in loss to Frankston.
22 Ess Good commitment at the ball and showed a bit. 5
23 Port Had Brett Ebert in parts and OK apart from brief period in third. 5