Geelong Cats Ollie Dempsey: 5 Facts You Need To Know

Oliver Dempsey at Geelong training ahead of the 2022 season. ( Source : Afl )

Ollie Dempsey, who spent most of his teenage years playing Basketball, recently picked up footy again to play with pals.

The 19-year-old will compete for the Geelong on Sunday at Blundstone Arena in Hobart against North Melbourne.

Ollie Dempsey's Quick Facts

NameOliver Dempsey
Age19 years old
Weight70 Kg
Height6 Feet and 1 inch
AFL positionhalf-forward
TeamAFL - Geelong Cats

On the basketball team, he is the point guard. Ollie caught the Cats' attention while playing school football with Melbourne's Carey Grammar and was selected by them with choice No. 15 in the 2021 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

Dempsey weighs just 70 kg and has been chosen in the half-forward line for the Geelong team in place of the injured Patrick Dangerfield and Jack Henry, two of the team's star midfielders.

TOTAL GAMES  TOTAL GOALS DOB DEBUT DRAFT RECRUITED FROM
2 1 07 January 2003 2022 #15,2021 RookieElevation Boroondara (Vic)/Carey Grammar (Vic)/Old Carey (Vic)

Who Is Geelong Cats Forward Ollie Dempsey?

With the first-year Cats selected to play the Kangaroos, GEELONG rookie Ollie Dempsey has continued his journey from school football player to AFL début.

The Cats selected Dempsey out of obscurity in the 2021 Rookie Draft due to Carey Grammar's successful seasons with the year 12 and under-19 teams. The agile forward has performed admirably at the VFL level, scoring four goals in his maiden exhibition game before bagging three and four majors by Round 4.

Ollie Dempsey playing football
Ollie Dempsey playing football ( Source : geelongcats )

This week's episode of the Cats podcast featured praise for Dempsey from assistant coach Nigel Lappin. Dempsey is a former basketball player who recently switched to football in 2021 to play with his school pals.

Henry had an injury against Hawthorn to the same foot that required surgery during the preseason, so Geelong is cautious with him.

5 Facts You Need To Know About Ollie Dempsey

1. Young Geelong player Ollie Dempsey debuted in Tasmania against the Kangaroos. The blonde forward learned of the news this afternoon before telling his parents in a phone call that was captured and shared on the Cats' Twitter feed.

2.  Ollie Dempsey, a rookie who is 19 years old, was selected by the Cats with the fifteenth overall pick in the 2021 AFL Rookie Draft after playing football with Carey Grammar and Old Carey and avoiding the traditional TAC Cup route by concentrating on basketball in his early to mid-teens.

3. His height is 185 centimeters. Dempsey joins a team without Patrick Dangerfield, Jack Henry, and Luke Dahlhaus and has already scored numerous goals for the Cats' VFL team this season.

Ollie Dempsey during practice session
Ollie Dempsey during practice session ( Source : geelongcats )

4. Dempsey initially pursued basketball in his adolescent years before returning to football. He played football for Carey Grammar in high school and will probably play as a running forward.

5. Ollie Dempsey will become the 1100th player to don the Hoops at the VFL/AFL level due to his VFL performance. Dempsey was the last player added to the Geelong list when he was chosen with choice number 15 in the Rookie Draft the previous year.

Some FAQs

How old is Ollie Dempsey?

Ollie Dempsey is 19 years old as of now.

How tall is Ollie Dempsey?

Dempsey stands at 185cm and played school football with Carey Grammar and is likely to play as a running forward

How much does Ollie Dempsey weigh?

Dempsey is lightly-framed, with his weight listed at just 70kg.