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Goldstein belief unshaken

In the face of adversity, Roos’ big man Todd Goldstein refused to cower and instead stood even taller.

9:30am Jul 10, 2017

Goldstein wants to stay

Todd Goldstein has quashed speculation he could leave North Melbourne at season's end.

7:05pm Jun 17, 2017

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Todd
Goldstein

Height
201 cm
DOB
01-07-1988
Weight
103 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2017
19
Career
190
Goals
2017
12
Career
102
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1647
Avg
87
ToddGoldstein

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Trinity Grammar
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Draft: #37, 2006 National
Debut: Round 15, 2008 v Port Adelaide

Strengths

- Tap work
- Endurance

Jumper Club Members

- Arden St Supporters Group

Background: Pre-NMFC

 

A late starter to football, Todd Goldstein spent most of his teenage years focused on basketball.

Registering for Oakleigh Chargers in 2006 just days before the deadline, Goldstein ended up being a key component of the side’s run through the finals and eventually to a premiership.

In hot demand after his cameo for the Chargers, North Melbourne was the side which secured Goldstein’s future, selecting him with its third pick in the 2006 National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Transition Coach, Josh Drummond

“He started really well, and hit the scoreboard a bit more than he has in the past.

“It was another string to his bow.

“He came into the year with a bit of a target on his back based on his year last year and the All-Australian selection and he handled that well.

“Then he had the injury about halfway through the year, and at times he was able to play close to his best, but there were chunks where he struggled to have the influence around the ground.

“His season probably mirrored ours to an extent, so we’re looking to him for a big bounce back year next year.”

2015

Mid-season, from Leigh Tudor

"I think he would be (in career-best form); he's just been amazing. Last week against the Giants, the hit-outs to advantage and the record hits were fantastic.

"He's in the top three for defensive acts in the club and he's a ruckman – that's an outstanding performance.

"He's communicating at stoppages, he's very direct and he's starting to put it on the other midfielders when things are going well and when they're not going well about what he wants to do with set-ups."

Second half of 2015, from Darren Crocker

“The recognition for Goldy came with the All-Australian nod. Sometimes you get noticed for the first couple of years and then picked later on.

“That’s what’s happened here, he’s been up and about for a few years now.

“With his advantage most weeks in the ruck, sometimes you have to plan for the opposition trying to shark his taps instead of looking at their own ruckman.

“With Goldy’s dominance, quite often a lot of the planning at ground level is stopping the other midfielders from reading him.”

2014

For the fifth consecutive season, Todd Goldstein played more than 20 games for North Melbourne, demonstrating his impressive durability.

After having Daniel Currie as a second ruckman for periods at the start of the year, Goldstein worked his way into good form through the middle of the season, increasing his hit-out and disposal numbers.

Perhaps the best game of his season was in the semi-final against Geelong. The majority of the lead-up was about how Mark Blicavs could ‘run Goldstein off his feet’.

But the opposite proved true. Goldstein took part in more ruck contests than anyone else on the ground and notched a season high 54 hit-outs.

Goldstein was also afforded more periods of rest during the season. In 2013, he played 95 per cent game time or more on 12 occasions. The number dipped to three in 2014, allowing him to run out matches stronger.

2013

Mid-season, from Alex Ishchenko

“We’ve really been working on his ground play and his marking but his ruckwork has been second to none. People have been talking up Will Minson as the standout ruckman of the competition, but Goldy is right up there with him.

“Having Majak in the side is enabling Goldy to change his game and make himself more dangerous. Most teams are now playing two ruckmen or sometimes even three like St Kilda did against us.

End of season review

Oddly, 2013 was the first season in which Goldstein played every single game. A career-high in hit-outs in a season was Goldstein’s reward, amassing 822 in his 22 games.

In a promising sign, the left-footer also hit the scoreboard towards the back end of the year, kicking seven goals in his last six games.

2012

Goldstein had a slow start to the year as he came to terms with his slightly changed role. He spent more time playing a kick behind in the play in a flashback to how ruckmen used to play.

After being substituted in the Round 4 loss to Sydney, Goldstein was dropped to the VFL. He responded in the best possible way with 63 hitouts for North Ballarat and soon found himself back in the senior side.

McIntosh's injury paved the way for Goldstein to resume his 2011 role and he excelled. He hit his best form at the same time as the team, giving the midfield first use more often than not in North's six match winning streak.

2011

In the absence of McIntosh, Goldstein was North's most improved player as he single handedly carried the ruck division for the entire season.

He led the AFL in hitouts (741, average of 35), was named in the All-Australian squad and had his best finish in the Syd Barker medal to date (seventh). The ruckman cracked 40 hitouts in a game five times - an extraordinary feat.

Impressively for a man of his size, Goldstein also averaged more than four tackles a game and showed why he is regarded as a crucial part of North Melbourne's future.

2010

In his fourth season on the list, Goldstein had a breakout year. Alongside Hamish McIntosh, the duo gave Brad Scott a unique combination.

Throughout the year, Goldstein showed glimpses of what was to come in future seasons with his hitout numbers. Against Adelaide he had 41, coincidentally in one of the few matches McIntosh missed.

In the second half of 2010, Goldstein started to consistently get his name on the scoreboard. He kicked at least one goal in seven of the last nine matches of the year.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 4.9
    • Handballs 8.5
    • Disposals 13.4
    • Marks 2.8
    • Hit-Outs 30.3
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 86.7

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 Collingwood Rd 20
Handballs 15 St Kilda Rd 13
Disposals 21 Western Bulldogs Rd 4
Marks 7 St Kilda Rd 22
Hit-outs 61 Melbourne Rd 9
Tackles 8 Melbourne Rd 9
Goals 3 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 148 Melbourne Rd 9

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 3 8 11 3 32 2 0 1 3 0 90
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 5 7 12 3 10 4 2 2 1 0 60
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 8 13 21 7 29 2 0 1 1 0 112
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 6 7 13 2 21 3 1 3 1 0 77
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 7 9 16 6 30 4 1 1 0 1 93
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 5 8 13 1 39 3 1 6 0 1 98
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 6 5 11 2 41 2 0 2 2 0 97
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 8 9 17 3 61 3 0 8 0 1 148
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 1 9 10 0 36 2 2 4 0 0 69
11 Richmond L 66 - 101 5 9 14 0 33 0 0 4 0 0 82
13 St Kilda L 72 - 89 2 15 17 2 33 2 0 0 1 0 83
14 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 106 6 11 17 3 25 2 1 2 1 0 87
15 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 99 4 9 13 3 42 0 0 2 0 0 89
16 Fremantle L 82 - 86 7 8 15 3 32 3 0 4 0 2 99
17 Port Adelaide L 127 - 57 2 4 6 0 22 1 1 6 0 0 58
18 Essendon L 132 - 105 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne W 76 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Collingwood L 57 - 111 8 6 14 5 13 2 0 1 0 1 71
21 Hawthorn L 116 - 89 1 3 4 0 22 0 1 1 0 0 32
22 St Kilda L 127 - 78 5 10 15 7 24 0 0 3 1 0 98
23 Brisbane Lions W 79 - 130 5 11 16 4 31 2 0 4 1 0 104
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 16 94 161 255 54 576 37 10 55 12 6 1647

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 190
    • Kicks 5.4
    • Handballs 7.0
    • Disposals 12.5
    • Marks 3.2
    • Hit-Outs 32.0
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 87.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Melbourne Rd 8, 2011
Handballs 16 Melbourne Rd 18, 2012
Disposals 28 Brisbane Lions Rd 9, 2012
Marks 10 Geelong Cats Rd 14, 2010
Hit-outs 80 GWS Giants Rd 12, 2015
Tackles 9 Richmond Rd 5, 2011
Goals 5 Melbourne Rd 3, 2016
AFL Fantasy 175 Essendon Rd 16, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 North Melbourne 94 161 255 54 576 37 10 55 12 6 1647
2016 North Melbourne 128 175 303 69 804 38 19 69 20 7 2129
2015 North Melbourne 157 195 352 100 1058 44 27 102 11 10 2666
2014 North Melbourne 98 190 288 52 838 27 29 114 10 7 2131
2013 North Melbourne 113 150 263 66 822 27 17 65 13 4 1977
2012 North Melbourne 114 143 257 56 663 17 21 53 2 4 1641
2011 North Melbourne 151 137 288 73 741 47 33 92 13 6 2087
2010 North Melbourne 123 121 244 90 367 26 18 70 10 12 1572
2009 North Melbourne 45 59 104 36 179 11 9 18 9 4 654
2008 North Melbourne 8 8 16 6 29 4 3 4 2 0 110

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 4
- Hit-outs: 13
- Tackles: 3
- Time on Ground: 37%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 17
- Hit-outs: 47
- Tackles: 5
- Time on Ground: 95%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 19
- Hit-outs: 24
- Goals: 2
- Time on Ground: 88%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 13
- Hit-outs: 44
- Tackles: 7
- Time on Ground: 92%

NMFC Debut

Round 15, 2008 v Port Adelaide
Venue:
AAMI Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.6.30, 6.10.46, 7.13.55, 10.16.76
Port Adelaide: 4.3.27, 5.7.37, 9.11.65, 10.14.74

50th Game

Round 15, 2011 v St Kilda
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.2.20, 7.3.45, 9.6.60, 10.10.70
St Kilda: 3.4.22, 10.5.65, 12.7.79, 12.7.79

100th Game

Round 22, 2013 v Hawthorn
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.4.28, 10.8.68, 14.9.93, 15.13.103
Hawthorn: 4.2.26, 8.7.55, 15.10.100, 17.15.117

150th game

Round 1, 2016 v Adelaide
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 2.3.15, 6.6.42, 13.7.85, 16.11.107
Adelaide: 3.5.23, 9.6.60, 13.8.86, 14.13.97