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Matthew Bate

Last played for Melbourne Demons in 2012
Games: 102     Born: May 24, 1987     Origin: Eastern Ranges
Playing Height: 192cm     Playing Weight: 91kg     Position: Forward
Drafted: Round 1, Pick #13 2004 National Draft by Melbourne Demons
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Matthew Bate Biography

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Melbourne forward Matthew Bate is hoping to resurrect his career at the Western Bulldogs after being granted permission to train with them along with former Fremantle defender Nick Lower.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Discarded Demon Matthew Bate says he can have an impact at a new club, placing leadership high on his list of attributes.

"The last two years have been pretty tough, on-field wise, for both me and Melbourne. That was a time where I put a lot of effort into developing leadership skills and realising with such a young group I could have a big influence over those guys," Bate said.

"I really pride myself on being able to show a lot of good character when things are tough for me and the team - whether it be around the club, helping guys one on one or setting training standards like helping set a really good culture."

Saturday, 27 October 2012
Melbourne has added to its list of trade departures, cutting a swathe of players which include Matthew Bate, Ricky Petterd, Jamie Bennell, Lucas Cook, Liam Jurrah and rookies Jai Sheahan, Leigh Williams and Kelvin Lawrence.
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Matthew Bate is reported to have contemplated leaving the Demons at the end of 2011 but was convinced by new coach Mark Neeld to stay.

"You learn to put everything in perspective and I felt like I did mature as a person and a player last year," he said.

"I am hoping I can take lessons I learnt from last year into this year and apply them well."

Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The playing future of Melbourne forward Russell Robertson remains unclear beyond this year.

"Robbo is an interesting one. His form was OK in the last couple of weeks and all of a sudden you see some opportunities being given to Petterd, Jurrah and Matthew Bate has been reasonably consistent," Melbourne coach Dean Bailey said.

"At the end of the year, we'll sit down and discuss our list management and I'm sure there'll be lots of players discussed and he'll be one of them."

Saturday, 20 June 2009
Melbourne forward Matthew Bate says the loss to Essendon hurt more than any other this season.

"It was a big stage and everyone's watching and everyone rates us on that," he said.

"People aren't going to rate us on that, it's that simple.

"The one thing that cuts me deep is that you feel like you're letting the coaches down.

"They give everything, and tell us how to play and provide the game plan; it's just the players who aren't applying themselves 100 per cent of the time."

Sunday, 29 March 2009
Matthew Bate is Melbourne's heir apparent at full-forward in the shadow of Demon great, David Neitz.
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