A highly athletic ruckman who can go up forward, Matthew Kreuzer has finished the 2017 season with 21 games, passing the 150 game milestone for the Carlton Football Club.
After winning the Morrish Medal in the TAC Cup in 2007, Matthew finished his under-18 football career in the highest order. Furthermore, his induction into the u18 All-Australian team, in conjunction with his impressive testing at the NAB AFL Draft Camp, saw him selected as the no. 1 pick in the 2007 National Draft.
Kreuzer made his debut for the Blues in Round 3 in 2008 against Essendon. After playing every remaining game for the season, Kreuzer was named Carlton’s Best First Year Player whilst also earning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. Kreuzer grew to become Carton’s number one ruckman, claiming fifth in the club’s Best and Fairest in 2009. His 2010 season came to an early end after Kreuzer suffered a knee injury. He returned to full fitness midway through 2011, playing the final 12 games of the season.
After playing his 100th game in 2013, Kreuzer entered the peak years for a ruckman where his mobility and second efforts saw his reputation beginning to grow alongside the AFL’s best. 2013 also saw Kreuzer take on the role of ambassador for the Australian Moto GP, giving him the opportunity to get up close to a sport that he is passionate about outside of football.
After an injury interrupted 2014, Kreuzer returned in fine style in the second half of 2015 to remind the competition of his talent and Carlton fans of his importance to the club’s success. This culminated in a contract extension for Kreuzer ahead of Brendan Bolton’s first season in charge. Playing all but one game in 2016, Kreuzer once again provided an important presence around the contest for the Blues and their midfield and finished top 10 in the club’s Best and Fairest count.
2017 was another impressive year for Kreuzer as he played 21 games, showing further importance to Carlton’s make-up. He further cemented his title as one of the best ruckman in the competition, averaging an impressive 31.7 hit-outs, 5.1 tackles and 15.3 disposals a game. After playing many consecutive games over the 2016 and 2017 season, Kreuzer will look to continue his injury-free run in the 2018 season and beyond.