Brent Guerra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Brent Guerra
Brent guerra.jpg
Guerra playing for Hawthorn during the 2007 AFL Season
Personal information
Full name Brent Guerra
Date of birth (1982-05-29) 29 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Koondrook Victoria
Original team Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup), Koondrook-Barham
Draft No. 28, 1999 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height/Weight 182cm / 90 kg
Position(s) Forward and defender
Club information
Current club Deer Park Football Club
Number No. 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000 – 2003
2004 – 2005
2006 – 2013
Total
Port Adelaide
St Kilda
Hawthorn
065 0(39)
031 0(44)
159 0(25)
255 (108)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Brent Guerra (born 29 May 1982) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL), having also previously played for Port Adelaide and St Kilda.

Career[edit]

Port Adelaide[edit]

Beginning his career at Port Adelaide in 2000, he was seen as a potentially dangerous winger or forward. Brent Guerra also won three SANFL Premierships with Central District. However, at the end of 2003 he was traded from the club due to Guerra wanting to return to Victoria and the Saints picked him up for pick 39, who was the unsuccessful Robert Forster-Knight.

St Kilda[edit]

Guerra was a key figure for a period during the Saints' early season run in 2004[1] when St Kilda won the 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup and the first 10 games of the home and away season. He kicked 20 goals in six games, including seven in one game. From then, however, his form tapered and he finished with only nine more goals from the remaining 12 games. He was noted for a number of incidents when he shirtfronted players, including once before the opening bounce of a game (for which he was suspended).

In 2005, Guerra had another average year and, at the end of the season, the Saints delisted him.

Hawthorn[edit]

The Hawthorn Football Club selected Guerra with pick three in the 2005 AFL Pre-season draft. Guerra had a connection with Hawks' coach Alastair Clarkson from Clarkson's time as a premiership coach at Central Districts (2001) and assistant coach at Port Adelaide. Guerra was reinvented at Hawthorn as a strong-bodied half back flanker and added experience to a very young Hawks' lineup in 2006. His hard-nosed approach has at times attracted the attention of umpires. In 2007 and 2008 he averaged in excess of 20 possessions per game, displaying a consistency which was lacking earlier in his career up forward.

As a part of Hawthorn's 2008 premiership side, Guerra had 25 possessions in a reliable display.

In Round 23, 2012, a week before the finals with Hawthorn sitting on top of the ladder, Guerra sustained a hamstring injury. It occurred in the final quarter of Hawthorn's 25-point victory over West Coast. On 24 September, Guerra ruled himself out of the 2012 Grand Final against the Sydney Swans.[2]

On 2 October 2013, the week following his second premiership with the Hawthorn Football Club,[3] Guerra officially announced his retirement from AFL football to pursue a career in coaching.

Through Guerra's career he suffered from a recurring hamstring injury which kept him from playing in the 2012 Grand Final.

Guerra currently plays for Deer Park in the Western Region Football League.

Coaching career[edit]

In his final year as a player, Guerra completed a Level 2 coaching accreditation course and a diploma of management. Shortly after retiring from playing, Guerra was appointed a part-time development coach at the Hawks in November 2013.[4]

Off field[edit]

Guerra experienced male pattern balding at a young age and made headlines in late 2005 when he underwent a hair transplant cosmetic surgery procedure.[5] He has said that the operation gave him confidence both on and off the field.[6]

References[edit]

External links[edit]