Brad Green (footballer)

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Brad Green
Brad Green.jpg
Brad Green playing for Melbourne
during the 2007 AFL season
Personal information
Full name Brad Green
Date of birth (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Launceston
Original team Tassie Mariners (TAC Cup)
Draft #19, 1999 National Draft, Melbourne
Height/Weight 184 cm / 83 kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2012 Melbourne 254 (350)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2004–2011 Australia 6 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2012 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights

Brad Green (born 13 March 1981 in Launceston, Tasmania) is a former Australian rules football player and current Carlton development coach. He played for 13 seasons with Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Drafted with the 19th selection in the 1999 AFL Draft, Green played in a losing Grand Final in his first season. In 2010 he won the club's best and fairest award and was the club's leading goalkicker, with many commentators stating he was unlucky to miss out on All-Australian selection. Green was named Melbourne's captain for the next season, but the appointment was short-lived as he held the position for only one year. He also represented the Australian International rules football team in 2004, 2010 and 2011, captaining the side in 2011.

Early life[edit]

A natural sportsman, Green played representative cricket and soccer as a teenager. He captained the Australian under-15 cricket team. During his early soccer-playing days as a teenager he was scouted by Manchester United.[1] After spending a month at Old Trafford, the 15-year-old Green trained with Walsall, a lower division English club, and was offered a contract but turned it down, choosing to finish his schooling in Tasmania. Green remains a soccer fan and supporter of Melbourne Victory.[2] Surprisingly Green only began playing Australian rules seriously in his mid teens – after returning from England – but his talent was obvious. Green decided to focus his sporting attention on the local game and was subsequently drafted to Melbourne in the 1999 AFL Draft.

AFL career[edit]

Green made his AFL debut in 2000. Melbourne had a highly successful year in 2000 and in his first year of AFL football Green played an important role in the Melbourne forward line. Melbourne made the Grand Final, but were ultimately unsuccessful, losing to Essendon.

After working his way into a greater role in the midfield in 2004, Green found plenty of the ball both forward and through the midfield in 2005. His penetrating and very accurate left foot kicking was effective to leading forwards or in front of goals. He often sets up Melbourne's marking forwards. He played in 21 of a possible 23 games in 2005, consolidating himself as an integral part of the Demons outfit in 2006 with consistent displays in the midfield and excelling as part of the leadership group. Green wears the number 18 guernsey for Melbourne.

Described, perhaps unfairly, as a "soft" player early in his career, Green became renowned for his acts of courage mid-career, attacking the football with vigour and courage. This resulted in him taking a higher number of contested marks in 2007. In the 2007 season, he played very good football both in defence, the midfield, and in the forward line. Green continued his solid form into the 2008 season, being one of Melbourne's few highlights in a miserable season. It took time for Green to decide if he wanted to go on and play with the Demons in 2009 but eventually signed a contract and agreeing to stay red and blue for another three years.

In 2010, Green had his best season to date, kicking 55 goals and taking 153 marks, both ranked sixth in the AFL, in a young Melbourne side to make the All-Australian squad and win his first Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal. Green finished on 295 votes to win the award from James Frawley (277) and Mark Jamar (231). He also won the Ron Barrassi Leadership Award and the "Heart and Soul" Award, pushing his case to be the next captain of the Demons, after the retirement of James McDonald.[3]

The 2011 season started successfully for Green as he was named the new Melbourne captain in late January. Succeeding James McDonald, who retired at the end of 2010, Green described being named captain as a "surreal experience".[4] After a relatively successful first year as captain of the club, Green was named captain of the Australian International rules football team for the 2011 Series in Australia.[5] Green was the only Australian to kick a goal during the 2011 International Rules Series, many commentators named this goal a 'captain's goal'.

Before the 2012 season, under a new coach, Green was removed from the captaincy and the leadership group altogether in favour of a new and younger group of whom only two were retained from the previous year.

Green played his 250th AFL game in Round 18 against North Melbourne, coincidentally the same team against whom he made his AFL debut back in 2000.[6] On 8 August 2012, Green announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season.[7]

Statistics[edit]

[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.


Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2000 Melbourne 18 20 28 9 104 32 136 50 18 1.4 0.5 5.2 1.6 6.8 2.5 0.9
2001 Melbourne 18 21 37 15 103 52 155 53 25 1.8 0.7 4.9 2.5 7.4 2.5 1.2
2002 Melbourne 18 21 29 23 164 66 230 85 27 1.4 1.1 7.8 3.1 11.0 4.0 1.3
2003 Melbourne 18 21 35 19 201 102 303 93 46 1.7 0.9 9.6 4.9 14.4 4.4 2.2
2004 Melbourne 18 21 26 10 270 151 421 106 41 1.2 0.5 12.9 7.2 20.0 5.0 2.0
2005 Melbourne 18 21 28 14 224 145 369 127 54 1.3 0.7 10.7 6.9 17.6 6.0 2.6
2006 Melbourne 18 23 11 17 308 191 499 159 60 0.5 0.7 13.4 8.3 21.7 6.9 2.6
2007 Melbourne 18 18 13 8 220 164 384 117 49 0.7 0.4 12.2 9.1 21.3 6.5 2.7
2008 Melbourne 18 20 20 13 271 186 457 140 60 1.0 0.7 13.6 9.3 22.9 7.0 3.0
2009 Melbourne 18 12 12 3 152 109 261 73 20 1.0 0.3 12.7 9.1 21.8 6.1 1.7
2010 Melbourne 18 22 55 27 295 129 424 153 58 2.5 1.2 13.4 5.9 19.3 7.0 2.6
2011 Melbourne 18 21 37 25 205 128 333 106 61 1.8 1.2 9.8 6.1 15.9 5.0 2.9
2012 Melbourne 18 13 19 18 96 39 135 55 29 1.5 1.4 7.4 3.0 10.4 4.2 2.2
Career 254 350 201 2613 1494 4107 1317 548 1.4 0.8 10.3 5.9 16.2 5.2 2.2

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2000
2001
2002 2
2003
2004 5
2005
2006 3
2007 3
2008 3
2009
2010 6
2011 1
2012
Total 23
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

Coaching career[edit]

On 5 November 2012, Carlton Football Club announced that Green had been appointed as a development coach under Mick Malthouse.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acid placed on Demons within By Matt Burgan 12:16 PM Thu 1 April 2010
  2. ^ Kicking around Martin Boulton for The Age 11 January 2008
  3. ^ Clark, Jay (3 September 2010). "Brad Green wins Keith "Bluey" Truscott gong". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Australian Associated Press (28 January 2011). "Brad Green the new Melbourne captain". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Green to lead Aussies
  6. ^ Loyal Green fires one more shot, Melbourne Football Club official website, 27 July 2012
  7. ^ Burgan, Matt (8 August 2012). "Green announces retirement". Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Brad Green Player Profile at AFL Tables
  9. ^ Seewang, Niall. "Coach Green turns Blue". afl.com.au. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 

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