Brendon Lade

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Brendon Lade
Brendon Lade.jpg
Photographed in May 2007
Personal information
Full name Brendon Lade
Date of birth (1976-07-10) 10 July 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Kangaroo Island, Australia
Original team South Adelaide Football Club (SANFL)
Height/Weight 199cm / 102kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1997 – 2009 Port Adelaide 234 (182)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2009 season.
Career highlights


Brendon Lade (born 10 July 1976) is the midfield stoppage coach at the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).[1] He is a former Australian rules footballer who spent his entire playing career with the Port Adelaide Football Club.

AFL career[edit]

Early Career (1992–1999)[edit]

Lade grew up playing football for Western Districts Football Club on Kangaroo Island, Australia, (his birthplace) where his father was coaching the A grade side. At the age of 8 Lade moved to the Wisanger Football Club where he played the remainder of his football until he turned 16. Able to play as both a relieving ruckman and forward, Lade played for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club South Adelaide before his recruitment by Port Adelaide in the lead up to their inaugural season in the AFL in 1997. Lade made his senior AFL debut for Port Adelaide in Round 1, 1997, which was also Port Adelaide's debut AFL match.

Injury (2000–2001)[edit]

Lade missed just one game in his first three years before he suffered a serious leg injury in Round 2 of 2000 which sidelined him for the rest of the season and also missed the entire 2001 AFL season after re-injuring it. But he recovered from the injuries to become one of the best ruckmen in the league.

Career high (2004–2009)[edit]

In 2004 Lade had a great year, leading the hitouts in the absence of injured Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Primus, finishing second in the goalkicking to Warren Tredrea, and capping it off with a premiership medal when Port Adelaide won its first AFL premiership, defeating the Brisbane Lions. In 2006 Lade won All-Australian selection and also took out the John Cahill Medal, Port Adelaide's Best and Fairest. In 2007 Lade continued his career best form winning another All-Australia selection, earning him a rare 2 year contract with the Power for a 31 year old and ensuring he would be with the Power until the end of the 2009 AFL season.

Lade retired at the end of the 2009 season. He and team-mate Peter Burgoyne, the last remaining members of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL team, both played their final games in Round 22, 2009.

Coaching Career (2010–present)[edit]

After ending his 234-game AFL career in 2009, Lade immediately joined Richmond Football Club to become the ruck coach joining former Port Adelaide teammate Damien Hardwick, Richmond's senior coach.[2] As of the 2014 season he is the midfield stoppage coach.[1]

Statistics[edit]

[3]
Legend
 D  Disposals  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs  G  Goals  B  Behinds
Year Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
1997 Port Adelaide 20 22 232 156 76 98 16 171 14 12 10.5 7.1 3.5 4.5 0.7 7.8 0.6 0.5
1998 Port Adelaide 20 22 279 182 97 115 28 239 20 14 12.7 8.3 4.4 5.2 1.3 10.9 0.9 0.6
1999 Port Adelaide 20 21 260 167 93 100 11 325 10 8 12.4 8.0 4.4 4.8 0.5 15.5 0.5 0.4
2000 Port Adelaide 20 2 6 3 3 3 0 11 0 1 3.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.0 5.5 0.0 0.5
2001 Port Adelaide 20 0
2002 Port Adelaide 5 14 82 57 25 33 8 139 12 6 5.9 4.1 1.8 2.4 0.6 9.9 0.9 0.4
2003 Port Adelaide 5 19 206 129 77 90 25 272 12 4 10.8 6.8 4.1 4.7 1.3 14.3 0.6 0.2
2004 Port Adelaide 5 24 276 156 120 110 41 382 31 10 11.5 6.5 5.0 4.6 1.7 15.9 1.3 0.4
2005 Port Adelaide 5 24 258 160 98 112 27 306 24 15 10.8 6.7 4.1 4.7 1.1 12.8 1.0 0.6
2006 Port Adelaide 5 22 355 253 102 187 32 436 18 12 16.1 11.5 4.6 8.5 1.5 19.8 0.8 0.5
2007 Port Adelaide 5 25 309 207 102 131 37 517 15 5 12.4 8.3 4.1 5.2 1.5 20.7 0.6 0.2
2008 Port Adelaide 5 17 194 121 73 91 25 349 10 12 11.4 7.1 4.3 5.4 1.5 20.5 0.6 0.7
2009 Port Adelaide 5 22 212 142 70 97 24 395 16 7 9.6 6.5 3.2 4.4 1.1 18.0 0.7 0.3
Career 234 2669 1733 936 1167 274 3542 182 106 11.4 7.4 4.0 5.0 1.2 15.1 0.8 0.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Staff Members". RFC. Richmond Football Club. 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brendon Lade named as Tigers' ruck coach". Herald Sun. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Brendon Lade's player profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Warren Tredrea
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
2006
Succeeded by
Kane Cornes