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Season review: Zaine Cordy

October 19, 2016 8:00 AM

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Zaine Cordy of the Bulldogs in action during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Zaine Cordy of the Bulldogs in action during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Season in short

What a season it’s been for 19-year-old Zaine Cordy.

In mid-July the third year defender was toiling for Footscray in the VFL, his final game for the ‘Scray a relatively quiet 15 disposal, five mark performance against the Casey Scorpions at VU Whitten Oval.

By the end of the month he’d kicked his first AFL goal against the Cats in Geelong, and two months later he was a key part of the Bulldogs premiership run.

Played almost exclusively as a defender for the majority of his AFL career to date, Cordy was tried as a defensive forward late in the season and excelled.  His performance on dangerous Eagles backman Jeremy McGovern in the elimination final in Perth was a highlight.

 

The stat that mattered

11 career games.  One premiership medal.

 

What they said

“Obviously there was a few ups and downs midway through the season but I finished the year strong.  It was a pretty surprising move to go down forward, but I really liked my time there, it’s always nice to kick a few goals. 

“And to be part of a Grand Final, and a winning one, it’s unbelievable”.