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2022 Player Reviews: #13 Clayton Oliver


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A premiership player, All Australian, four time club best and fairest. What more can you say?

"The brilliant midfielder signed a mammoth new seven-year deal in June, to tie him to the Dees until 2030. Oliver remains the heartbeat of the Melbourne midfield and this year became just the third Demon to be crowned a four-time club best-and-fairest winner. Oliver also claimed the AFL Coaches’ Association award for the second consecutive year, sharing the 2022 honour with Touk Miller, and was named in the All-Australian team." - Herald Sun

Date of Birth: 22 July 1997
Height: 189cm
Weight: 87kg
 
Games MFC 2022: 23
Career Total: 147
 
Goals MFC 2022:  5
Career Total: 45

Keith “Bluey” Truscott Memorial Trophy Club Best & Fairest: 608 votes

Brownlow Medal: 25 votes

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Every year he seem to get better missing 1 game probably cost him the outright winner of the coaches award, the only area he needs to get better is his goal kicking he could easily average a goal a game and that would probably win him the Brownlow and Norm Smith.

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When they called Clayton Oliver’s name out at the draft and Roosy presented his  jumper I remember thinking who the hell is Oliver. I went into overdrive and searched out every article that I could find on the kid, the fact that he had won the Morrish Medal helped ease my concern a little but still felt it was a bit of a left field choice. How grateful am I / We that JT called Clayton’s name at Pick 4. Clarry is well on the way to being Best Ever at the MFC and as Durango mentioned if Clarry can increase his goal kicking he will have ticked every box and put himself in line for all major awards and perhaps a few more Premierships as well.!!!

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I remember when we recruited him as l was camping at Barham . The local newspaper’s front page had the title : He’s a Demon and the whole page had his ( baby ) face on it..I brought it home and gave it to a friend who threw it out ! Wished l had of kept it now.

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Absolute gun.

While Robbie will always remain number one in my heart!

Oliver will be our best of all time!!

As previously mentioned, kick a few more sausage rolls and he will win a Brownlow! The AFLCA is a much better indicator of the best player in the comp! If Selwood hadn’t have broken his hand with a kick, he might have won AFLCA stand-alone and the Brownlow!

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2 hours ago, D4Life said:

Absolute gun.

While Robbie will always remain number one in my heart!

Oliver will be our best of all time!!

As previously mentioned, kick a few more sausage rolls and he will win a Brownlow! The AFLCA is a much better indicator of the best player in the comp! If Selwood hadn’t have broken his hand with a kick, he might have won AFLCA stand-alone and the Brownlow!

I think it was Pendlebury that kicked him in the hand.😪😢

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5 hours ago, durango said:

It was Selwood

Thanks Durango. I should have known that it was against Cats as he had to miss against Port.!!

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A couple of characteristics of this bloke: Smiles and enjoys the game for the love of the game, every game.

Never backs away, and always backs up,, shares and has a penchant for selflessness.

Secretely, every clubs nightmare at the same time as every clubs idol.

A cult figure, who, there will be a book written about.

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On 11/11/2022 at 1:02 PM, Sir Why You Little said:

Should be a dual Brownlow Medallist 

Pathetic Situation 

AFL can take their Brownlow and stick it.  What a waste of prime TV space is all it's come to.  I honestly give zero Fs about that suposed award these days.  When Oliver and Gawn (and others I'm sure) can have such dominant seasons and still fall way short on that award, it's time to religate it the eyes of the football public.

As if kicking more goals should make him more eligible.  Gees, the guy has bright red hair, so he's ticked that Brownlow criteria 🙄.

Need to rename the Brownlow for what it is 'umpires favourite player', it's hardly a league best and fairest.

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13 hours ago, The team we love said:

Magnificent Article and so very very true

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I love Clayton. He’s the most important Melbourne player since Flower, as he changed the perception of the club with his consistency, toughness and determination.

Not a fan of the Mongrel Punt at all. The bloke can’t write an article without telling everyone he was right. Says he’s been ‘all in’ on Oliver since year 3. Oh, you mean when he won the club B&F and was named All Australian? Nice work Nostradamus.

And I hate that he scribbles all over pictures just to get around copyright. 

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The one thing I really don't want to do when it comes to Clayton Oliver is take his career and his agility for granted. I echo all the sentiments here about him now being one of our very best and want to make sure I appreciated every minute of this greatness.

I'm actually thinking every one of us who renews our memberships each year should have to do a test on Oliver's brilliance and quiz us on his stats. We should also have to watch at least 10 mins of constant highlights (The process would be much like getting a learner's driving license) in order to renew our memberships. 

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Jon Anderson in todays Hun listed Clarry as no 38 out of 50 TOP AUSTRALIAN SPORTSMEN Currently!

And while Im at it , with the new hair do looks more like this guy out of Hawkwinds Seminal Record "Space Bandits"

WOW!!

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On 12/5/2022 at 8:47 AM, layzie said:

The one thing I really don't want to do when it comes to Clayton Oliver is take his career and his agility for granted. I echo all the sentiments here about him now being one of our very best and want to make sure I appreciated every minute of this greatness.

I'm actually thinking every one of us who renews our memberships each year should have to do a test on Oliver's brilliance and quiz us on his stats. We should also have to watch at least 10 mins of constant highlights (The process would be much like getting a learner's driving license) in order to renew our memberships. 

I'm surprised at you, I already have an endorsed license ( heavy truck).

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32 minutes ago, buck_nekkid said:

The 2023 Clarrie, ready to draw attention and gallop away with the Charlie 

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There are lots of really good players in the AFL. But many only have one real standout attribute or skill.

Clarry is next level because he has multiple elite attributes - winning contested ball, incredible hand ball skills, ability to stand up in a tackle and still give off, mental strength, running ability and how well he reads the play.

He is not a one trick little pony.

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