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Cotchin’s classy century

Cotchin 100 games Watch Trent Cotchin from his first kick to today.
Trent Cotchin of the Tigers in action during the 2013 AFL round 01 match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG, Melbourne on March 28, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Trent Cotchin of the Tigers in action during the 2013 AFL round 01 match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG, Melbourne on March 28, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)

There wouldn’t be many players throughout Tigerland history who have packed more into their first 100 games than Trent Cotchin.

As the young Richmond captain prepares for his century milestone game against the Gold Coast Suns at Cairns’ Cazalys Stadium this Saturday, here’s a snapshot of the key achievements so far in his league career . . .

  • Winner of two Jack Dyer Medals (2011 and 2012).
  • Runner-up in the 2012 Brownlow Medal.
  • All-Australian selection in 2012.
  • Winner of the AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year award in 2012.
  • Winner of The Age’s Player of the Year award in 2012.
  • Took over the Richmond captaincy late last year, making him the youngest Tiger skipper in more than 100 years.

From a pure statistical viewpoint, Cotchin is averaging 22.4 disposals in his 99 games, with an average of 4.5 clearances per match and 3.8 inside-50 entries.

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The talented 23-year-old has racked up 25 disposals or more in a game 38 times, with a career-high 38 against Geelong at Etihad Stadium in Round 18, 2011, and against Gold Coast at Cazalys Stadium in Round 16, 2012.

He has kicked 58 goals all-up, scoring a career-high four against Fremantle at the MCG in Round 7, 2011.

The most marks Cotchin has taken in a match is 10, which he achieved on two occasions – against Gold Coast in Round 16 last year, and against Essendon in Round 22, 2012.