A highly athletic ruckman who can go up forward, Matthew Kreuzer has reached the 100 AFL game milestones and is a key aspect of the Blues climb up the ladder.
Winning the Morrish Medal-TAC Cup Coaches Award double was the icing on the cake in 2007, a year that saw him also named to the All-Australian team at the Under 18 titles and test impressively at the NAB AFL Draft Camp.
Carlton selected Kreuzer from the Northern Knights with the first pick in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft, joining 2006 number one pick Bryce Gibbs at Princes Park.
Kreuzer made his debut for the Blues in Round 3 2008 against Essendon, playing every game from then on to be named Carlton’s Best First Year Player and also earned 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.
Playing his 100th game in 2013, Kreuzer is entering the peak years for a ruckman, where his mobility and second efforts when the ball is at ground level should start to see him be regarded among the game’s best big men.
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 climb back up the ladder. 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.