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Full name  Travis Cloke
Height  1.96 m
Height/Weight  196cm / 108kg
Weight  108 kg

Position(s)  Centre half-Forward
Parents  David Cloke
Name  Travis Cloke
Education  Yarra Valley Grammar
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Date of birth  (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 28)
Original team(s)  Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft  #39 (F/S), 2004 National Draft, Collingwood
Role  Australian Rules Footballer
Siblings  Cameron Cloke, Jason Cloke
Similar People  Cameron Cloke, David Cloke, Jason Cloke
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Travis Cloke (born 5 March 1987) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Collingwood Football Club from 2005 to 2016.

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Cloke was drafted under the father-son rule by Collingwood in the 3rd round (no.39 overall) of the 2004 AFL Draft. He was the third and youngest son of David Cloke, who played 333 matches for Richmond and Collingwood between 1974 and 1991, joining older brothers Jason and Cameron. Travis was drafted as a key-position player at 195 cm, capable as a back-up ruckman.

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2005

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In 2005, injury setbacks to key big men Josh Fraser, Anthony Rocca and Tom Davidson, Cloke would make his debut in front of a 70,000 strong crowd on ANZAC Day against Essendon, where he would make an immediate impact at centre half-forward, having 16 disposals, 8 inside 50's and kicking a goal. He would continue to play good football as an 18-year-old, playing 14 of the next 15 games, before omitted before season's end. He earned an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 10 after several impressive weeks, following 16 touches and two goals against the West Coast Eagles with 15 touches, 6 marks, 4 tackles and a goal against Hawthorn. He managed an inaccurate 10.16 in his debut season, but many behinds coming from outside 50 metres, showing his penetrating left boot.

2006

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2006 would see Cloke have an inconsistent season, dropped once, and failing to make immediate returns after late withdrawals twice during the season, playing five games in the VFL and being named emergency three times including the qualifying final. He averaged just over 11 disposals a game and 5 marks, but only kicked 6.12 in 15 matches as a centre half-forward. He was played in the back half in a handful of matches, but was needed inside forward 50. He did however still send the ball inside 50 on numerous occasions, and showed good hands. His turnaround came in rounds 16–19, where he made a return from the reserves. He had 15 touches and 5 marks in defence against West Coast, before standing tall at centre half-forward the next week with a to date career high 22 touches and 12 marks, as well as two goals against Hawthorn. He averaged 17 disposals and 8 marks in the defining month of football.

2007

After an inconsistent first two seasons, Cloke was poised to shrug off second-year blues, and did so with fine fashion in 2007. Cloke would start round one and steadily improve each game, starting at his preferred position, centre half-forward. He played consistent but not eye catching footy early on, before having a productive ANZAC Day match, with 24 disposals, 13 marks, 10 inside 50's and 4 score assists along with 1.3. He would then kick 9 goals in the next four matches, including 16 kicks, 11 marks and 3.4 against Carlton in Round 7. Despite accuracy concerns, which had been a concern since the start of his career, he kicked a goal in fourteen consecutive games, and his close to All-Australian form would progress in the second half of the season. He had 20 disposals, 10 marks and kicked 4 goals against premiers Geelong, followed up by 13 kicks, 11 marks and 3 goals against Essendon. He would prove vital in the finals, being the club's best player in September, which awarded him a surprise Copeland Trophy as the Collingwood best and fairest, just aged 20 years old. His finals campaign saw him average 18 disposals, 11 marks and kicking 7 goals in the three games. He played all 25 matches, leading the club in long kicks (122) and inside 50's (121, 3rd AFL), whilst taking 36 contested marks. His season would be defining, where he would become one of the best forwards in the league, named at #26 in Mike Sheahan's pre-season top 50 for 2008.

2008

Coming off the back of a best and fairest season, Cloke averaged two goals in his first six matches. When injury struck the Magpie camp, Cloke was forced to hold up the forward line with the opposition’s tall defenders covering him for most of the season. On two occasions, Cloke kicked five majors (round six and round 21) highlighting the fact that with a supportive cast in the forward line, the centre-half forward is capable of being a key scoring threat. His best game was against Essendon on Anzac Day taking 14 marks and kicking five goals. The 21-year-old finished sixth in the Copeland Trophy.

2013

After signing a 5-year, multimillion-dollar deal with magpies late in 2012, Cloke started the 2013 AFL season strongly, kicking 4 goals against North Melbourne in Round 1. This was followed by a dominant display in a Round 3 loss to Hawthorn, where he kicked 5 goals. Cloke then kicked a career high 7 goals against Richmond in a best on ground performance, despite dislocating his finger just a day before the game.

2016

Cloke failed to find form during the season managing only 13 senior games and was dropped to the reserves on three occasions where he played seven games. After a season filled with criticism, speculations were growing and finally in August, he requested a trade from Collingwood and he nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred destination.

Western Bulldogs

Cloke was traded to the Western Bulldogs in October 2016.

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season

Honours and achievements

  • Team
  • AFL Premiership (Collingwood): 2010
  • McClelland Trophy (Collingwood): 2010, 2011
  • NAB Cup (Collingwood): 2011
  • Robert Rose Cup: 2009–2013
  • Individual
  • All-Australian: 2011, 2013
  • Copeland Trophy (Collingwood Best and Fairest): 2007
  • Collingwood F.C. Leading Club Goalkicker Award: 2011 (69), 2012 (59), 2013 (68), 2014 (39)
  • Harry Collier Trophy – Best First Year Player (Collingwood F.C.): 2005
  • AFL Rising Star Nominee: 2005 (Round 10)
  • Off-field altercations

    While celebrating New Year's Eve in 2008 with some friends, Cloke was hurt in a confrontation with several men while on holidays in a Maroochydore holiday unit above them, after asking them to make less noise.

    In mid-2009, Cloke's residence was shot at in the early hours of the morning.

    Personal life

    Travis Cloke married his wife Rebeccah (née Panozza) in December 2016. The Clokes announced in May 2017 that they were expecting their first child in late October.

    Family relations

    Travis is the son of Collingwood and Richmond footballer David, who played VFL football from 1974 to 1991, for a total of 333 matches. Travis played alongside his two older brothers Jason and Cameron, until the end of the 2006 season where his two brothers were delisted. Cameron however was picked up in the AFL Pre-Season Draft by Carlton, while Jason has been a success for Bendigo and Williamstown in the VFL. In 2010 Cameron moved to Port Adelaide but played only one match before being delisted the same year.

    References

    Travis Cloke Wikipedia


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