Patrick Cripps (born 18 March 1995) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Cripps is a dual All-Australian and a three-time John Nicholls Medallist, becoming the second-youngest player to win the award when he first won it in 2015, and won the Leigh Matthews Trophy in 2019. He received a nomination for the 2015 AFL Rising Star award in round 4 of the 2015 season. Cripps has served as Carlton co-captain since the 2019 season.
Cripps playing for Carlton in 2018
|Full name||Patrick Cripps|
|Date of birth||18 March 1995|
|Place of birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Original team(s)||East Fremantle (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 13, 2013 national draft|
Round 4, 2014, Carlton|
vs. Melbourne, at the MCG
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|Position(s)||Midfielder / forward|
|Representative team honours|
|2020||All Stars||1 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 5, 2020.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2020.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Cripps was born in Perth, but at a young age moved to the small farming town of Northampton in Western Australia's Mid West. Two other members of his family have played AFL football – Jamie Cripps (third cousin) and Chris Mainwaring (first cousin once removed). Cripps played junior football in Northampton, and then moved to Perth and played juniors and colts for the East Fremantle Football Club in the West Australian Football League. He represented Western Australia at the 2013 AFL Under 18 Championships, serving as vice-captain and winning a place in the All-Australian Team for the tournament.
Cripps was recruited by the Carlton Football Club with its first round selection in the 2013 AFL National Draft (No. 13 overall). Even as a junior, his playing style as a strong-bodied midfielder with a strong ability to win clearances by handpass drew comparisons with club great Greg Williams. Cripps made his senior debut against Melbourne in Round 4, 2014, but played only three matches during the season due to injuries. Cripps changed from his debut jumper number of 16 at the end of the 2014 season, to number 9 after it was vacated after the delisting of Kane Lucas.
In just his third season, Cripps a now 195 cm/6 ft 5 in has established himself as a top inside midfielder, finishing 8th in the league for contested possessions and 11th for clearances, and earning strong acclaim for his attacking use of handball. He finished second in the 2015 AFL Rising Star award after holding favouritism with bookmakers for much of the year, and he won the John Nicholls Medal as Carlton's best and fairest to become the second-youngest winner in the award's history.
In 2016, Cripps further solidified his place as one the best inside midfielders in the AFL amassing 185 clearances at an average of 8.8 per game, ranked #1 in the AFL as well as 354 contested possessions at an average of 16.9, ranked #2 in the AFL for the season. After a slow start to the 2017 whilst recovering from a back injury Cripps found form to average 24.9 disposals and 6.7 clearances from 15 games before his season was cut short with a broken leg.
Before the beginning of the 2018 season, he was announced as joint vice-captain of Carlton, along with defender Sam Docherty. Cripps had a magnificent 2018, winning his second Carlton Best and Fairest, All Australian honours and finishing second in AFL MVP voting. Averaging over 29 touches a game, Cripps managed to become the leading contested possession winner for a single season haul, eclipsing Patrick Dangerfield's previous benchmark of 386 with 388. He later re-signed with the club until the end of the 2021 season.
- Statistics are correct to the end of round 5, 2020.
|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)||Votes|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- Blues choose Cripps
- "Four Sharks picked up in the 2013 AFL draft". 22 November 2013. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- Landsberger, Sam (22 November 2013), "Blues evoke Diesel in securing Cripps", Herald Sun
- Connolly, Rohan (12 April 2014), "Blue day as Dees dare to believe", The Age
- Riley Beveridge (8 September 2015). "Patrick Cripps tells Fox Footy he wants to be a one-club player at Carlton". Fox Sports. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- Loretta Johns (17 September 2015). "Cripps wins John Nicholls Medal". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- "Murphy steers new-look leadership group - carltonfc.com.au". carltonfc.com.au. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
- Beveridge, Riley (25 July 2018). "Key Blue signs two-year contract extension". afl.com.au. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
- Beveridge, Riley (5 October 2018). "Blues unveil co-captains as Murphy steps down". afl.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Patrick Cripps". AFL Tables. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
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