Matthew James SUCKLING


Guernsey Number: 21
Career: 2011 to 2013, 2015 to 2016
NFC Games: 77
NFC Goals: 21
Debut: v Port Adelaide (Football Park) 2nd April 2011
Finale: v North Adelaide (Prospect) 3rd April 2016

Premierships: 2012, 2013
Advertiser Team of the Year: 2013
South Australian Games: 1


Bob Quinn Medal: 2013

Recruited from the Port Melbourne Football Club (VFL), Matthew Suckling's junior clubs had included the Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup) and East Burwood.
He transferred to Norwood for the start of the 2011 season and impressed immediately with his strong attack on the ball, clean hands and penetrating kicking.

Suckling made his league debut in the opening round of the season - the Redlegs beating Port Adelaide by three points. He had an excellent year, making 23 senior appearances and being named runner up in the best and fairest award.
In 2012 the tough, hard running on-baller played 18 league games, and won his first flag for the Redlegs. Grand Final scores : Norwood 12.7 West Adelaide 3.12
Suckling had another outstanding year in 2013. He played 20 games and was an integral part of the Norwood team that won back-to-back premierships.  He was again named in the pivot for the Grand Final and Norwood ran out comfortable winners, 10.12 to North Adelaide 4.8. He was runner-up in the club's best and fairest award and was also a State representative.
In 2014 he reluctantly returned to Melbourne for family and business reasons and joined Collingwood in the VFL. Hamstring issues sabotaged his season however and he only managed to play eight senior games for the Magpies.
Suckling rejoined Norwood in 2015 (14 games) but by early in the 2016 season, having tired of frequently having to travel on business to Melbourne, he returned to Victoria to play in the Eastern Football League

R Cialini May 2020


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