Brendan Fevola

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Brendan Fevola
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Brisbane Lions' pre-season training, January 2010.
Personal information
Full name Brendan Fevola
Nickname(s) Fev, The Shag, Fevalenko
Date of birth (1981-01-20) 20 January 1981 (age 33)
Original team Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
Draft #38, 1998 National Draft, Carlton
Height/Weight 191cm / 100 kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1999–2009
2010
Total
Carlton
Brisbane Lions
187 (575)
017 0(48)
204 (623)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2011 season.
Career highlights

Brendan Fevola (born 20 January 1981) is a former professional Australian rules footballer. He played with the Carlton and Brisbane Lions football clubs in the Australian Football League.

Fevola is currently regarded as one of the most effective full-forwards to have played AFL in the 2000s, having won the Coleman Medal for league leading goalkicker in 2006 and 2009 (kicking 84 and 86 goals respectively) as well as All-Australian selection as a forward three times since 2006. His representative honours include playing for Victoria where he was awarded the Allen Aylett Medal for being the state team's best player and leading goalkicker. During his career at Carlton, he was the club's leading goalkicker and key forward from 2003 until 2009. However, throughout his career he has been a controversial figure off the field, which ultimately led to his parting company with both of his AFL clubs.

Early life

Brendan Fevola was born to parents Angelo Fevola (an Italian Australian who represented Victoria in lacrosse) and Karen Ralph in 1981.[1] His parents split when he was eight years old.[1] For a short time he attended a Catholic school.[1]

Fevola began playing football with the Beaconsfield Junior Football Club in the Dandenong & District Junior Football League before playing senior football in the Victorian Country Football League. His ability to kick goals for the Dandenong Stingrays earned him selection in the TAC Cup Team of the Year in 1998[2] and attracted the eye of recruiters and was one of three talented AFL prospects featured in the television documentary "The Draft".

AFL career

Carlton

Fevola at Carlton training, November 2007.

Fevola was recruited to Carlton Football Club with selection No. 38 overall in the 1998 AFL Draft.[3] Early in his career he showed signs of being a brilliant kick of the ball and a prospective key position player at full forward.[citation needed] During a pre-season game on 31 December 1999 against Collingwood (promoted as the "Millennium Match"), he kicked 12 goals.[4]

The promising talent was given the No. 25 guernsey made famous by Carlton legend Alex Jesaulenko.

However Fevola struggled to maintain form over the next few years, playing in 39 games and kicking 66 goals between 2000 and 2002, with noticeably poor body language on-field as well as causing bad publicity through incidents off-field.[4] Carlton coach Wayne Brittain had intended to trade or delist Fevola at the end of the 2002 season; however, after Carlton's poor season (in which it won the wooden spoon) Brittain was himself sacked, and incoming coach Denis Pagan reversed Brittain's decision.[5]

Pagan's arrival had an immediate impact on Fevola's discipline and form. In Round 5, 2003, Fevola kicked 8 goals against the Kangaroos, helping win the game for Carlton and launching himself into the eyes of AFL viewers. Fevola's unkempt dreadlocks and extroverted personality in the media earned him the nickname "The Shag" by fans.[citation needed]

Fevola's early goalkicking inconsistency saw him experiment with unorthodox styles of handling the ball in approach to taking set shots. In 2004, Fevola developed a ritualistic set-shot routine of taking three quick steps to shoot on goal, and this resulted in a significant increase in goalkicking accuracy, particularly from long distance. The duration of his ritual, at times taking longer than a minute, became a point of contention, and was partially responsible for the introduction of a new rule in 2006 (commonly referred to as "the Lloyd Rule" after Essendon's Matthew Lloyd, who had a similarly lengthy set shot ritual), limiting the duration permitted to take a set shot to 30 seconds, before play-on would be called.[6] Fevola's ritual was duly shortened to accommodate the new rule.

In 2006, Fevola capped off a stunning year and his best to that point by kicking 84 goals and winning the Coleman Medal and All-Australian selection. He scored 59 goals in 2007, then followed this up in 2008 with his career best of 99 goals for the season, seeing him finish second behind Lance Franklin in the race for the Coleman Medal.[4] He was selected for Victoria in the once-off AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match in 2008, kicking six goals and winning the Allen Aylett Medal as best on ground.

In 2009, Fevola won his second Coleman Medal, kicking 86 goals for the season, eight goals clear of the runner up Jonathan Brown.[4] He is the only Carlton player ever to win the League goal-kicking twice, and it was his seventh consecutive season as the club's leading goalkicker; only Stephen Kernahan (11) had won the award more times consecutively.[7]

Carlton announced on 30 September 2009 that it would seek a trade for Fevola during the 2009 trade week due to his off-field behaviour, most specifically due to antics at the 2009 Brownlow Medal Count. On 9 October, he was officially traded to the Brisbane Lions, along with a second round draft pick (#27 overall) in exchange for Brisbane's Lachlan Henderson and a first round draft pick (#12 overall).[8] Additionally, Carlton agreed to pay $100,000 of Fevola's salary for each of the two years remaining on his existing contract.[9] Fevola left Carlton as a life member of the club, after playing 187 senior games for 575 goals – the third most goals by any player in Carlton Football Club history. Despite the circumstances of his departure, Carlton has stated that Fevola's life membership was not affected, and that he remained welcome at the club.[10]

Brisbane Lions

At Brisbane, Fevola was given the Number 5 guernsey.[11] He made his debut in Brisbane colours in the NAB Cup loss to the Western Bulldogs on 14 February 2010.[12] The following Friday afternoon, a trial match against his old club Carlton at Visy Park attracted 10,000 fans. He made his senior debut for the Lions in the first round of the 2010 season at the Gabba against the West Coast Eagles.

In 2010, his only season at the Brisbane Lions, Fevola played 17 games for 48 goals. He was dogged by further off-field controversy over the 2010/11 offseason, and was officially sacked by the club on 20 February 2011.

Post-AFL

On 6 April 2011, Fevola signed to play with the Casey Scorpions in the Victorian Football League in 2011.[13] He kicked 63 goals during the home and away season, with 43 of those coming in the final six games of the season, to finish second behind Port Melbourne's Patrick Rose (67 goals) in the league goalkicking, and he kicked a further six goals in finals.[14][15] His contract with the Scorpions was not renewed for 2012. He played six games for Waratah in the 2011/12 NTFL season, kicking 49 goals.[16][17]

In 2012, Fevola signed to play home matches with Yarrawonga in the Ovens & Murray Football League.[18] Interest in Fevola's presence was a significant financial boon for both Yarrawonga and the O&M in 2012, with an increase in attendances and gate takings across the league compared with previous seasons;[19] such was Fevola's ability to draw a crowd that some rival clubs paid Fevola to play against them in Yarrawonga's away matches.[20] Fevola played a total of 17 matches for the season, kicked 110 goals[21] and was part of the club's premiership team.[22] Fevola is still playing with Yarrawonga in 2014, and was named as the coach of the O&M's interleague representative team for 2014.[23]

During 2012 and 2013, Fevola also played once-off matches for several local clubs around the country. Fevola he drew a record crowd when he played a game for New Norfolk in Tasmania's Southern Football League during 2012, in which he kicked eighteen goals to set a new match record for the former-TANFL club;[24] he returned for another game in 2013, this time kicking sixteen goals.[25]

Best career games

Fevola's best goalkicking haul in an AFL match was nine goals, scored for Carlton against Richmond in 2009. Prior to this, he had scored eight goals on eight separate occasions. In his one season with the Brisbane Lions, Fevola's highest tally was 5.2 (32).

Round Year Team Opponent Goals Behinds
Round 15 2009 Carlton Richmond 9 1
Round 12 2008 Carlton Collingwood 8 6
Round 13 2004 Carlton Richmond 8 5
Round 3 2008 Carlton Essendon 8 4
Round 6 2009 Carlton Hawthorn 8 4
Round 19 2006 Carlton Hawthorn 8 3
Round 11 2009 Carlton Brisbane 8 3
Round 3 2007 Carlton Essendon 8 2
Round 5 2003 Carlton North Melbourne 8 2

In AFL matches outside the premiership season, Fevola's best effort was a haul of twelve goals, scored for Carlton against Collingwood in the 2000 pre-season match known as the Millennium Match; and, he had two other eight-goal hauls in pre-season matches: the 2005 Wizard Cup grand final against West Coast, earning him the Michael Tuck Medal, and in the semi-final of the 2007 NAB Cup against North Melbourne. He scored hauls of eleven and ten goals in matches for Casey during the 2011 VFL season, against Frankston and the Northern Bullants respectively.[14]

Playing honours

Media career

Fevola was a regular panellist on The Footy Show on the Nine Network, and was noted for his larrikin persona. His tenure as a panellist ended after his behaviour at the 2009 Brownlow Medal Count, the same event which led to the end of his time at Carlton.[26]

Personal life

On 7 October 2005, Fevola married Alex Cheatham at St John's Church in Toorak. However, on 12 December 2006 it was announced that they were separated after 14 months of marriage, amid allegations of Fevola's infidelity with an Australian model, rumoured to be Lara Bingle.[27] Alex stated in a Woman's Day interview that Fevola had become "disconnected" from her following the birth of Leni. Bingle later confessed to the five-week affair, claiming that being a Sydney girl, she did not know that Fevola was married until she heard his baby in the background during a phone conversation.[28]

Fevola has three daughters, Mia (Alex's child from a previous relationship), Leni and Lulu.

Fevola owned a restaurant called Fellini located in Toorak Road, South Yarra. Fevola has also been noted as studying criminology via correspondence at Griffith University and says that becoming a police officer is a possible career after football.[29]

Controversies and legal issues

Fevola's successful on-field career has been continually contrasted with his controversial off-field behaviour. He has been diagnosed with depression, and underwent 51 days of extensive rehabilitation in 2011; both his agent and manager have associated many of Fevola's antics with his depression.[30]

In 2001, he was involved in an attempted theft of jackets from a drycleaners in North Melbourne; he was fined $8000 by Carlton for the incident.[4] On 8 March 2004, he was involved in an incident at Crown Casino; no charges were laid, but he was suspended by Carlton for a week.[31] In 2006 Fevola assaulted a barman during a tour of Ireland in 2006 with the Australian International Rules team, and was sent back to Australia.[32] In March 2008, Fevola was fined $10,000 by the club and stood down from the leadership group after urinating on a window outside a Melbourne nightclub. After this incident, Carlton did not suspend or delist Fevola, saying that taking such action would not assist Fevola in addressing his problems, but he was put on his final warning.[33]

In September 2009, Fevola was fined $10,000 and banned from appearing on the Grand Final Footy Show after behaving inappropriately at the 2009 Brownlow Medal count. Fevola withdrew from the traditional lap of honour by the Coleman Medallist at the 2009 AFL Grand Final and did not attend Carlton's award night.[34] As a result of the incident, he was traded to the Brisbane Lions, and did not return as a panellist on The Footy Show in 2010.

On 2 March 2010, Lara Bingle started proceedings to sue Fevola for breach of privacy, defamation and misuse of her image for the release of a nude photo in Woman's Day released on 1 March 2010;[35] but on 9 April, Fevola was cleared of the charges against him. In September 2010 it was announced that Queensland police had launched a formal investigation into claims that Fevola had flashed a woman at a Brisbane park during a football clinic, but again there were no charges laid;[36] the Brisbane Lions Football Club also suspended him independently while it conducted its own investigation into the event.[37]

Early on 1 January 2011, New Year's Day, Fevola was arrested in Brisbane on charges of public nuisance and obstructing police. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on 18 January. The Brisbane Lions Football Club granted him indefinite leave,[38] before terminating his contract after receiving medical advice.[39]

Gambling Issues

In 2010, it became public that Fevola was addicted to gambling, mostly playing poker and punting on horses. He accumulated significant debts from gambling.[40] In a paid interview with the Footy Show in early 2011, Fevola further discussed his addiction, revealing that he spent 65 days in rehabilitation, had lost almost a million dollars gambling, including $365,000 in one day of horse punting, and that his addiction almost drove him to suicide during Christmas 2010.[41]

See also

References

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Awards
Preceded by
Robert Harvey
Michael Tuck Medal
2005
Succeeded by
Simon Goodwin
Preceded by
Fraser Gehrig
Lance Franklin
Coleman Medal
2006
2009
Succeeded by
Jonathan Brown
Jack Riewoldt