Brendan Whitecross

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Brendan Whitecross
Personal information
Full name Brendan Whitecross
Date of birth (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Australia
Original team Zillmere Eagles
Draft 29th overall, 2007
Hawthorn
Height/Weight 184cm / 86 kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Hawthorn 84 (38)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.

Brendan Whitecross (born 25 January 1990) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL) with the Hawthorn Football Club.

He is an all round sportsman having represented his state in Athletics and is an accomplished cricketer, cross country runner, rugby union player and swimmer and Captained his schools St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe, Brisbane Athletics Squad.

Whitecross started his football life at the Kedron Districts Junior Football Club in Brisbane, Queensland playing there for 11 seasons before moving on to the Zillmere Eagles to commence his senior career. He represented Queensland in under 12s (2002), under 16s (2005–2006), captaining the team in 2006 and in under 18s in 2007. He was selected to the AIS/AFL Academy and traveled with the Australian under 17 team to South Africa in 2007.

Taken with Hawthorn second pick in the 2007, Whitecross spent the entire 2008 season in the VFL developing his craft with Hawthorn affiliate Box Hill.

Whitecross debuted in the round 1 grand final replay against Geelong. On 14 June 2009, Whitecross re-signed with Hawthorn Football Club for two more seasons.[1] Whitecross closed an outstanding 2009 season at Hawthorn by winning the club's 2009 "Most Improved Player" Award. He polled 31 votes to finish 19th in the best and fairest vote-count.

By 2011, Whitecross had cemented his place in the Hawthorn line-up. It was his ability to apply pressure, to find the ball, present as a link up option going forward and uncanny goal sense that immediately made him a dangerous player.[2] His sure hands enabled him to become an important link man as the Hawks moved the ball from the middle to the forward line.

Whitecross ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Collingwood in the 2012 qualifying final, requiring a reconstruction.[3]

Whitecross again ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Geelong in the 2013 Preliminary final. Hawthorn went on to win the game breaking an 11 game losing streak to Geelong since 2008. His injury meant he missed the 2013 AFL Grand Final and all of the 2014 AFL season.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of 2014 season [4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Hawthorn 37 13 1 116 116 232 86 22 0.1 8.9 8.9 17.8 6.6 1.7
2010 Hawthorn 37 16 9 11 130 72 202 80 32 0.6 0.7 8.1 4.5 12.6 5 2
2011 Hawthorn 37 21 16 10 230 103 333 124 55 0.8 0.5 11 4.9 15.9 5.9 2.6
2012 Hawthorn 37 22 9 9 293 144 437 135 57 0.4 0.4 13.3 6.5 19.9 6.1 2.6
2013 Hawthorn 11 12 3 1 112 67 181 67 26 0.3 0.1 9.3 5.6 15.1 5.3 2.2
2014 Hawthorn 11 0
Career 84 38 31 881 504 1385 492 192 0.5 0.4 10.5 5.9 16.5 5.9 2.3

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