Andrew McQualter

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Andrew McQualter
32. Andrew McQualter, St Kilda FC 03.jpg
Personal information
Full name Andrew McQualter
Date of birth (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 28)
Original team Gippsland Power (TAC Cup)
Draft #17, 2004 National Draft, St Kilda
Height/Weight 179cm / 74kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2011
2012
Total
St Kilda
Gold Coast
89 (37)
5 (2)
94 (39)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2012 season.

Andrew McQualter (born 9 June 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who played 89 games for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was also on the Gold Coast Football Club rookie list. He is currently a development coach at the Richmond Football Club.[1]

Overview[edit]

McQualter was raised in Traralgon, Victoria, and attended Gippsland Grammar School and later Caulfield Grammar School as a boarder along with future St Kilda teammate Brendon Goddard. McQualter and Goddard both captained the school's First XVIII football team and played in the First XI cricket side.[2]

McQualter captained the Victorian Country Under-16 and Under-18 teams at the National Football Championships. He was selected by St Kilda 17th overall in the first round of the 2004 AFL Draft.[3]

AFL career[edit]

St Kilda Football Club[edit]

2004: Drafted[edit]

McQualter was drafted by the St Kilda Football Club in the 2004 NAB AFL Draft - 1st round selection pick 17 overall.

McQualter at training prior to the 2009 AFL Grand Final

2005: Debut[edit]

McQualter debuted for St Kilda in Round 8 of the 2005 season against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco in Perth, with 16 possessions.

He averaged 13 possessions per game over seven senior games in the 2005 season.

He appeared in 10n games in the 2006 season.

2007: Delisted and redrafted[edit]

At the end of the 2007 season, McQualter had played 23 games, earning 137 kicks and 121 handballs, for a total of 258 disposals (an average of 11.2 possessions per game).

McQualter was officially delisted by the Saints at the end of the 2007 season, despite having another year to run on a two year contract. He was reported as saying that he felt he had "stagnated" in his third year of football.[4] He was then redrafted by the St Kilda Football Club club onto the clubs rookie list in the 2007 Draft and returned to the team.

2008: From rookie to primary list[edit]

McQualter began the 2008 season quietly on St Kildas rookie list, but began to turn in several solid performances with St Kilda's affiliate in the Victoria Football League (VFL). With his continued good form McQualter was temporarily elevated off the rookie list and selected to play against Sydney in Round 12. He cemented his place in the senior team after several tagging jobs and played nine consecutive games, a personal best for McQualter at the time.

He played his first AFL final in the 2008 1st Qualifying Final against Geelong.

McQualter was promoted back onto St Kilda's primary list at the end of the 2008 season.

2009: Minor premiership and grand finalist[edit]

McQualter played in 21 of 22 matches in the 2009 season in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 2009 finals series, winning the club’s third minor premiership.[5]

St Kilda won through to the 2009 grand final after qualifying and preliminary final wins. McQualter played in the 2009 AFL Grand Final in which St Kilda were defeated by 12 points.

McQualter averaged 14.4 possessions per game and kicked 22 goals in 24 matches during the 2009 season.

As of the end of the 2009 season, McQualter had played in six finals matches, including one grand final.

2010: Grand finalist[edit]

McQualter played 25 games in 2010, including four finals matches.

As of the end of the 2010 season, McQualter had played in 10 AFL finals matches, including three grand finals. He was delisted at the end of the 2011 season following the Saints' elimination final loss to the Sydney Swans.

2012: Gold Coast Suns[edit]

McQualter joined the Gold Coast Suns' rookie list in 2012 and began playing in the Suns' North East Australian Football League reserves team.[1] He is part of the Suns' leadership group and played in Round 8 of the AFL season.[6]

2013: Richmond Football Club[edit]

McQualter joined Richmond as a development coach and will play in their VFL team in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gold Coast SUNS (2012). Andrew McQualter. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. ^ Woods, Melissa (23 September 2010). "BJ and I: the story of a long and fruitful friendship". The Age. 
  3. ^ "2004 NAB AFL Draft full list". 
  4. ^ Ralph, J. (2007-11-18). "McQualter goes for next draw". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  5. ^ "2009 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  6. ^ The Age (2012). Cats, Magpies recall big guns for grand final replay. Retrieved 25 May 2012.

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