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Jeremy Cameron (born 1 April 1993) is an Australian professional footballer playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Jeremy Cameron
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Cameron playing in April 2018.
Personal information
Full name Jeremy Cameron
Date of birth (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Dartmoor, Victoria
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Position(s) Full forward
Club information
Current club Greater Western Sydney
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012– Greater Western Sydney 154 (403)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Selected by the Giants in November 2010, Cameron immediately made an impact in the early stages of the club's life-form, proving that he was set to be a future superstar forward by kicking 29 goals in his first season, and following that up by kicking 62 goals the next year and earning his first ever All-Australian Selection. [1]Cameron's game was being likened to that of AFL Legends Matthew Lloyd and Jonathan Brown in only his second season.[2] Since joining the league Cameron's accomplishments include, two All-Australian Team selections (2013,2019) and one Coleman Medal (2019).

He has been the Giants's leading goal-kicker for 8 consecutive seasons.

Early lifeEdit

Jeremy Cameron grew up in a small-rural town between Portland and Mt Gambie by the name of Dartmoor, the town has a population of 150 people. Cameron began playing for the North Ballarat Rebels in TAC Cup Program in 2010, travailing over 250-kms to get to Ballarat from Dartmoor. [3]

AFL careerEdit

Greater Western Sydney GiantsEdit

2012-2015: Early career and first All-Australian selectionEdit

Jeremy Cameron was selected as a 17-year-old underage recruit by the Greater Western Sydney Giants in November 2010, a year prior to their inaugural season in the AFL. [4] Cameron made his AFL debut on March 24, 2012 in the GSW Giants first-ever AFL-Premiership-Season game in round 1 of the 2012 AFL Season, against Sydney.[5] In round 2, Cameron kicked 4 goals against North Melbourne and was awarded the round 2 nomination for the 2012 AFL Rising Star [6], Cameron continued to show his promise when he kicked 5 goals against the Western Bulldogs in round 5, becoming the first ever GWS player to kick 5 goals in a game.[7] Cameron finished his rookie season as the club's leading goal-kicker with 29 goals, from 16 games, averaging 1.8 goals a game.

In the 2013 AFL Season, Cameron continued to show his potential in a young GWS side, his game was already being likened to that of AFL Legends Matthew Lloyd and Jonathan Brown in only his second season.[2] He received a Goal of the Year nomination for an excellent goal he kicked against Geelong in Round 11, one of four he kicked for the match.[8] In Round 18 against Collingwood, Cameron kicked seven goals in the first three quarters.[9] He finished the season by averaging 3.0 goals a game and ranked third in the Coleman Medal tally with 62 goals for the season, 6 goals behind winner, Jarryd Roughead[10]. Cameron's excellent season resulted in him being named full-forward in the 2013 All-Australian team. He was the first Giants player to ever be named an All-Australian.[10]

In the 2014 AFL Season, Cameron continued to show signs of being one the most promising Centre Half Forwards in the game, for his age. He continued to show improvement, kicking his 100th AFL goal against the Western Bulldogs in round 4, one of three that he kicked during the game.[11] Unfortunately for Cameron, injuries prevented him from replicating his previous dominate season. A perforated eardrum proved a hindrance, but repeated ankle problems were the real issue, limiting him to 14 games. He still topped the GWS goal-kicking for a third consecutive season with 29 goals on an avg of 2.1 goals a game.[12] Cameron played his 50th AFL game against Fremantle in round 17, recording 2 goals in a 76-point loss.[13]

In the 2015 AFL Season, Cameron returned to his previous career-best form, playing in every single game of the AFL home-and-away season. He kicked the season off by booting 4 goals in GWS's round 1 clash with St Kilda,[14] following that up by kicking another 4 goals in a round 4 victory against the Gold Coast Suns.[15] Cameron would then kick a mammoth 7 goals in round 6, as the Giants defeated two-time reigning premiers Hawthorn by 10 points.[16] Cameron was again, proving himself to be not only the team's most lethal forward, but one of the most lethal forwards in the competition, finishing the season as the runner-up for the Coleman Medal with 63 goals[17], one more than his 2013 All-Australian Season. Cameron was named in the initial 2015 40-man All-Australian Squad, but missed out on making the final team. Cameron's tag as the GIANTS' 'franchise player' was consolidated when he signed a contract extension before the 2015 season that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2020 season.[18]

2016-2019: Individual success and consecutive finals appearancesEdit

Cameron received his first-ever suspension after a high hit on Brisbane player Rhys Mathieson during the 2016 NAB Challenge, resulting in Cameron being suspended for the first four games of the 2016 AFL Season.[19] Cameron returned from suspension in round 5, recording 5 goals against St Kilda,[20] he continued this form throughout the season, kicking four or more goals on six different occasions. [21] He would play in every remaining game of the home-and-away season following his round 5 return, finishing the season as GWS's leading goal-kicker for the 5th consecutive year with 53 goals, third place in the Coleman Medal.[22] Cameron played a huge role in helping GWS reach their first ever final's series, finishing the season with a 16-6 win-loss record, resulting in them finishing 4th on the ladder. Cameron kicked 4 goals in the Giants first ever final, helping them defeat Sydney by 36 points in a qualifying final. [23]

Cameron took leaps towards improving his game during the 2017 AFL Season by turning himself into a free-wheeling forward, giving himself the freedom to roam all over the ground,[24] resulting in him increasing his disposal average from 9.5 to 15.8, his average marks a game from 4.3 to 7.1, and his average kicks a game from 7.2 to 10.9. [25] Cameron started the season in tremendous form, recording 13 goals in the first three games, 4 in round 1 against the Adelaide Crows[26], 6 in round 2 against the Gold Coast Suns,[27] and 3 in round 3 against North Melbourne. [28] Cameron was on track to having a career-best haul when he had 39 goals after round 14, but hamstring issues cut his impact significantly. Cameron missed four of the last seven games of the regular season, resulting in him finishing the season with 45 goals.[29] Cameron's impact again helped the Giants have a successful season, finishing 4th placed again with a win-loss record of 14-2-6. Cameron played in the first qualifying final against the Adelaide Crows, but again went down with a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the finals series. [30]

Cameron started the 2018 AFL Season almost identical to his previous season with 12 goals in the first three rounds, and 35 goals after round 14, but again his season was derailed, only this time it wasn't due to an injury. Cameron was suspended for five games due to a hit on Brisbane player Harris Andrews that resulted in bleeding on the brain and a severe concussion for Andrews. [31] He returned in round 20, but only kicked 11 goals in his next six games, including only 3 goals during the Giants two finals games. [32] Cameron ended his season with 46 goals.

2019-Present: Grand final appearance and Coleman MedalEdit

Cameron had a tremendous 2019 AFL Season, breaking all new career-highs for goals per game (3.3), kicks per game (11.7), marks per game (6.5), and disposals per game (16.2) along with recording a career-high 67 goals, 372 disposals, 150 marks, and 269 kicks. [33] Cameron played the most home-and-away games he has played since 2016 (20), only missing two games. In the final round of the home-and away season, round 23, Cameron was behind in the Coleman Medal tally by 6 goals, sitting at 58 while leader Ben Brown was at 64, but Cameron was able to boot a career-high 9 goals against the Gold Coast Suns to end his season with 67 goals and capture his first Coleman Medal, also becoming the first-ever GWS player to win the award, Cameron was also selected into his second All-Australian Team as full-forward.[34] Topping off a tremendous individual season for Cameron, the Giants made the finals for the fourth consecutive year, finishing 6th on the ladder. Cameron carried his strong form into finals, booting 2 goals in an elimination final victory over the Western Bulldogs and[35] 3 goals the following week in a semi-final victory over the Brisbane Lions.[36] Cameron continued to be a force for the Giants when he kicked another 3 goals against Collingwood in a preliminary final, helping GWS reach their first-ever Grand Final in club history.[37] Cameron kicked 1 goal during the 2019 AFL Grand Final in a disappointing 89-point loss to the Richmond Tigers.[38]

Personal lifeEdit

Cameron grew up supporting Collingwood.[39][9]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics are correct the end of the Preliminary final, 2019 [40]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2012 Greater Western Sydney 18 16 29 15 115 45 160 80 28 1.8 0.9 7.2 2.8 10.0 5.0 1.8
2013 Greater Western Sydney 18 21 62 27 170 54 224 160 27 3.0 1.3 8.1 2.6 10.7 5.0 1.3
2014 Greater Western Sydney 18 14 29 21 105 28 133 60 18 2.1 1.5 7.5 2.0 9.5 4.3 1.3
2015 Greater Western Sydney 18 22 63 37 185 50 235 122 37 2.7 1.7 8.5 2.3 10.5 5.3 1.8
2016 Greater Western Sydney 18 20 53 25 143 82 225 72 39 2.7 1.3 7.2 2.0 9.5 4.3 1.3
2017 Greater Western Sydney 18 19 45 25 207 94 301 134 39 2.4 1.3 10.9 4.9 15.8 7.1 2.1
2018 Greater Western Sydney 18 18 46 32 202 72 274 111 24 2.6 1.8 11.2 4.0 15.2 6.2 1.3
2019 Greater Western Sydney 18 23 75 49 269 103 372 150 32 3.3 2.1 11.7 4.5 16.2 6.5 1.4
Career 153 402 231 1396 528 1924 835 244 2.6 1.5 9.1 3.5 12.6 5.5 1.6

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "GWS Giants living up to their name". theroar.com.au. The Roar.
  3. ^ "From Dartmoor to GWS". www.adelaidenow.com.au. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  4. ^ "From Dartmoor to GWS". www.adelaidenow.com.au. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  5. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Sydney - Sat, 24-Mar-2012 7:20 PM (6:20 PM) - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  6. ^ "AFL Tables - North Melbourne v Greater Western Sydney - Sun, 8-Apr-2012 1:10 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  7. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs - Sat, 28-Apr-2012 1:45 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Cameron Nominated for Goal of Year - GWSGIANTS.com.au". gwsgiants.com.au.
  9. ^ a b Magpies edge out Cameron's Giants, AFL.com.au, 27 July 2013
  10. ^ a b Jeremy Cameron Named In All Australian Team, GWSGIANTS.com.au, 16 September 2013
  11. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs - Sat, 12-Apr-2014 4:40 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Jeremy Cameron". gwsgiants.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  13. ^ Jezza, You Beauty, GWS Giants official website, 11 July 2014
  14. ^ "AFL Tables - St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney - Sun, 5-Apr-2015 1:10 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  15. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Gold Coast - Sat, 25-Apr-2015 5:40 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  16. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Hawthorn - Sat, 9-May-2015 4:35 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
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  18. ^ "Jeremy Cameron". gwsgiants.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
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  22. ^ "AFL Tables - Jeremy Cameron - Stats - Statistics". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
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  26. ^ "AFL Tables - Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney - Sun, 26-Mar-2017 2:45 PM (2:15 PM) - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  27. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Gold Coast - Sat, 1-Apr-2017 4:35 PM (3:35 PM) - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  28. ^ "AFL Tables - North Melbourne v Greater Western Sydney - Sat, 8-Apr-2017 1:45 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
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  30. ^ "Cameron, Mumford gone for year". www.heraldsun.com.au. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  31. ^ "Jeremy Cameron suspended for five AFL matches for hit on Harris Andrews". ABC News. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  32. ^ "Jeremy Cameron". gwsgiants.com.au. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  33. ^ "AFL Tables - Jeremy Cameron - Stats - Statistics". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  34. ^ "Cameron launches to historic Coleman". The West Australian. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  35. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs - Sat, 7-Sep-2019 3:20 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  36. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Brisbane Lions - Sat, 14-Sep-2019 7:25 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  37. ^ "AFL Tables - Greater Western Sydney v Collingwood - Sat, 21-Sep-2019 4:35 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  38. ^ "AFL Tables - Richmond v Greater Western Sydney - Sat, 28-Sep-2019 2:30 PM - Match Stats". afltables.com. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  39. ^ Jeremy Cameron grew up barracking for Collingwood, now he looks forward to beating them, Herald Sun, 25 July 2013
  40. ^ "Jeremy Cameron's player profile at AFL Tables". afltables.com.

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