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Name
Patrick Cripps
Position
Midfielder
Born (age)
1995
Height
195
Weight
92

Patrick Cripps is the co-captain at Carlton along with Sam Docherty.  He has been the heart and soul of the engine room for quite some time now, with many outside experts thinking he has been our only solid midfielder.  We think guys like Ed Curnow and Marc Murphy might have something to say about that.

Background

Cripps debuted in Round 4 2014 and acquitted himself quite well. The following week he was subbed off for a returning Chris Judd, someone who would become an invaluable mentor for Cripps. Dropped after his 2nd game, Cripps’ debut season was interrupted by a broken leg and missed six weeks midyear but such was his VFL form, he returned for a 3rd game in the drawn Round 23 game v Essendon. Despite playing only half a vfl season he would finish 2nd in the B&F. However he wasn’t satisfied. That pre season he hired a running coach and the dedication paid off with a 2015 that saw him emerge as he became a pivotal part of the midfield in a season that saw Judd forced to retire due to a knee injury and the 2014 B&F winner Bryce Gibbs miss half the season due to suspension and a pectoral tear.

In a turbulent year, Cripps became the 2nd youngest winner of the B&F award at the club as well as finishing runner up in the Rising Star award. Even at 20 he displayed the ability to will himself into games in the same manner the likes of Judd and Wayne Johnston had previously. Cripps followed his 2015 season with an equally impressive 2016 and recorded a 3rd in the B&F as he became renowned as one of the best clearance players in the competition, polling 18 votes in the Brownlow Medal. In 2017 his ability to play under duress underlined the character he possesses. His pre season was impeded by a back injury then early in the season he sustained broken ribs before finally succumbing to a fractured leg v Melbourne in Rd 16. Despite playing just the 15 games, he still finished 8th in the B&F, in a season where he showed he could develop into an imposing target up forward given his height and strong physique.

2019 was only Patrick’s 6th season at Carlton.  Given that he only played 3 games in his first season, you might as well say it was his 5th.  Therefore he is still young in football terms and the industry seems to forget that – because he has the poise and leadership to make you think he has been around for 10 seasons.  He has the ability and the drive to keep improving – especially in his leadership, forward craft and outside running.  Frightening to think what he might become with the added support of up and comers in the midfield like Sam Walsh, Will Setterfield, Zac Fisher, SPS + the new addition of our man Jack Martin.

FAQ

What pick was Patrick Cripps and when was he drafted??

Pick 13 in the 2013 AFL National Draft

How old is Patrick Cripps

Patrick was born on 18 March 1995.

How Tall is Patrick Cripps

195 cm although he appears at training to be getting taller every time we see him!

Are Patrick and Jamie Cripps related?

Yes, they are cousins

How many Brownlow votes did Patrick Cripps get in 2019?

Patrick polled 26 votes in a tie for equal third with Lachie Neale, Behind the winner Nathan Fyfe (33 votes) and Patrick Dangerfield (27)

How many times has Patrick Cripps won Carltons best and fairest?

3 at the end of 2019. He won the medal in 2015, 2018 and 2019.

Did Patrick Cripps win a Rising Star award?

No. He was nominated in 2015 with the eventual winner being Jesse Hogan.

Has Patrick been All Australian?

Yes. In 2018 and 2019.

What number is Patrick Cripps?

9. However he wore 16 in his debut season but once the #9 became available (Kane Lucas), he grabbed it as his boyhood idol was Ben Cousins.

2020 Preview

Patrick will relish the return of Sam Docherty – being able to work closely and bounce things off each other to steer the team back to finals contention.  He will also relish the aforementioned younger players coming through and helping drive the midfield.  Will he be in Brownlow contention again?  Part of us thinks that there will be a lot more even distribution of votes this year.  On the other side, if Carlton wins more games, there will be more votes to go around.  If Patrick starts hitting the scoreboard regularly, anything could happen.

Image:
Flickerd [CC BY-SA]

Writing Credits:

Jon Rowe, Andrew Lake

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