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Frazer Dale – Carlton #39

After playing some very good football for the Northern Blues in 2012 Frazer was elevated from the Rookie List and made his debut in Round 17 against the Western Bulldogs where he kicked a goal with just his third kick in AFL Football. He played the following game against Richmond before a hamstring injury ended his season prematurely.

Frazer was selected by Carlton with Pick 50 in the 2012 Rookie Draft after an excellent year with the Calder Cannons where he averaged 18 possessions and 5 marks.

Starting the 2011 with Calder as a half forward flanker a mid-season move to the back line was the catalyst to an excellent finish to the season.

With the ability to do some amazing things around goal Frazer uses the ball very well and has excellent decision making ability. With a full preseason under his belt Frazer will continue to develop as a footballer and should make a big impact in 2013.

Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?

A: I played two seasons of under 16’s for Myrtleford Saints before moving to Assumption in year 10 where I just played for the school. In Year 11 I played for Assumption first 18 and Calder Cannons and then in my top age year I played the full season for Calder Cannons and played one game for Vic Country.
The highlights for me were playing first 18 for Assumption, playing for Vic Country and just the achievement of playing 29 games for Calder Cannons.

Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?

A: I liked to watch Steve Johnson. He’s a mercurial player and he’s someone I’d like to model my game on because I love his ability to kick goals and make something out of nothing.

Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?

A: I was in Myrtleford playing golf. My dad drove up to me on the Golf Course and told me the news. I was trying to take my mind off it so it was pretty exciting news when dad told me.

Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?

A: Playing 2 games for Carlton in my first year and just being in such a professional environment. It was also a great feeling to kick a goal after the siren against the Bulldogs and to be part of a win in my first game.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?

A: Music, catching up with mates from school and my girlfriend.

Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?

A: I’m looking at getting into PE teaching at University this year so I would probably be studying for that full time with the aim of being a PE teacher.