Aaron Hamill

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Aaron Hamill
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-08-20) 20 August 1977 (age 36)
Original team Tuggeranong (ACTFL)
Debut Round 15, 13 July 1996, Carlton
v. Adelaide, at Optus Oval
Height/Weight 184 cm / 94 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996-2000
2001-2006
Total
Carlton
St Kilda
092 (114)
098 (125)
190 (239)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2006 season.
Career highlights
  • Carlton Pre-season Cup Winning side 1997
  • St Kilda Football Club captain 2003
  • St Kilda Pre-season Cup winning side 2004[1]

Aaron "Sammy" Hamill (born 20 August 1977) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who is best known for his time at the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League when he briefly captained the club.

As a player, Hamill's courage could never be questioned. His ferocity at the football often earned the ire from opposition football fans, but his team mates and opposition players respected his playing style.

Early life[edit]

Having played rugby league, rugby union and basketball as a junior, Aaron Hamill first played Australian rules football in the Australian Capital Territory for the Tuggeranong Hawks Football Club. Aaron attended Fadden Primary School, Marist College, Melrose High School and Phillip College (now Canberra College). Aaron went to Melrose High School with Essendon and Richmond player Justin Blumfield.

AFL career[edit]

Carlton Football Club[edit]

Hamill was recruited late in the 1994 AFL Draft, with the 79th overall pick. Making his senior debut in 1996 with the Carlton Blues, Hamill was a favourite among supporters for his strong marking and goalkicking. He is known as "Hammer" or "Sammy". He was a key part of the Blues 1997 pre-season premiership side and was also part of Carlton's runner up team in 1999. He played with Carlton from 1996–2000 with 92 games and 114 goals. At the end of the 2000 season he was traded to St Kilda after having an argument with Carlton president John Elliott.

St Kilda Football Club[edit]

At the end of 2000 he moved to St Kilda, among other big name signings, such as Fraser Gehrig and Steven Lawrence.

He was named captain of the Saints for the 2003 season and his influence for the team was unquestionable. He had a tough, uncompromising style, always committing himself to the contest. As a result he sustained many injuries over his career, and midway through 2005 he missed a large part of the season with an assortment of hip, shoulder, and knee injuries. Due to the same array of injuries, he missed the entire 2007 season. Doctors advised Hamill that he should retire from the game due to the toll it takes on his body. Although he had the desire to continue, many coaches and medicos told him he was unable to continue. After seeking a trade mid season, he decided to retire, closing the book on an illustrious career at both Carlton and St. Kilda.

Retirement[edit]

On 3 October 2007 Hamill announced his retirement from AFL football.

Hamill played 190 AFL matches with Carlton and St Kilda. In a career crippled by injury towards the end, he was remembered for his uncompromising attack on the football. He was a member of preseason premiership sides at both clubs.

"The decision to retire has been one of the hardest to make in my football career. However, I felt it was in the best interest of the club moving forward," Hamill said. "This will now allow a younger player to step up and cement themselves in the St Kilda side.[2]

"I would like to thank my family and close friends for their support over the journey. I am grateful to the Carlton Football Club for providing me with the opportunity to play and develop as a footballer," he said.

"Their inspirational leaders taught me to crave success and dedication to a cause, which will stay with me forever. I would also like to express my gratitude to Grant Thomas whose efforts did not go unnoticed by the playing group during his six years as coach. I wish Ross Lyon and the St Kilda Football Club all the best moving forward and hope that the current playing group will achieve the ultimate success."

St Kilda coach Ross Lyon reflected on Hamill's contribution to the club. "Aaron is a tremendously respected figure and he has played a significant role in getting this team to where it stands today. We all wish him the best in his retirement as he prepares for life after footy".

Career stats[edit]

Aaron Hamill – Career Stats:

  • Career games: 190
  • Career goals: 239
  • Brownlow Medal: career votes 22.
Playing honours
  • Third in St Kilda's best and fairest 2001;
  • St Kilda AFL WHL Cup Winning side 2004;[3]
  • Carlton pre-season premiership side 1997;
  • St Kilda captain 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ (3 October 2007) "Aaron Hamill retires". Saints. Retrieved 31 August 2010
  3. ^ "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2009-11-07.