Brent Guerra

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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, having joined them on October 29 2013.[4] He won a premiership with Deer Park in October 2014.[5]

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.[6]

On 19 September 2014, Guerra joined Chelsea in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League as player-coach.[7]

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.[8] He has said that the operation gave him confidence both on and off the field.[9]

Guerra has a brother, Luke, who currently plays with Deer Park in the Western Region Football League.[10]

Statistics[edit]

[11]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Guerra won an AFL Premiership
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 Port Adelaide 34 10 4 4 57 17 74 17 10 0.4 0.4 5.7 1.7 7.4 1.7 1.0
2001 Port Adelaide 34 21 13 4 136 40 176 55 21 0.6 0.2 6.5 1.9 8.4 2.6 1.0
2002 Port Adelaide 34 20 16 10 137 46 183 51 44 0.8 0.5 6.9 2.3 9.2 2.6 2.2
2003 Port Adelaide 34 14 6 5 75 37 112 28 21 0.4 0.4 5.4 2.6 8.0 2.0 1.5
2004 St Kilda 34 18 29 5 96 23 119 29 59 1.6 0.3 5.3 1.3 6.6 1.6 3.3
2005 St Kilda 34 13 15 10 72 31 103 33 41 1.2 0.8 5.5 2.4 7.9 2.5 3.2
2006 Hawthorn 18 15 3 2 184 91 275 84 27 0.2 0.1 12.3 6.1 18.3 5.6 1.8
2007 Hawthorn 18 24 3 4 307 174 481 130 51 0.1 0.2 12.8 7.3 20.0 5.4 2.1
2008 Hawthorn 18 21 0 4 276 158 434 142 35 0.0 0.2 13.1 7.5 20.7 6.8 1.7
2009 Hawthorn 18 16 5 2 172 137 309 68 40 0.3 0.1 10.8 8.6 19.3 4.3 2.5
2010 Hawthorn 18 23 1 6 271 160 431 93 63 0.0 0.3 11.8 7.0 18.7 4.0 2.7
2011 Hawthorn 18 22 8 4 260 129 389 132 70 0.4 0.2 11.8 5.9 17.7 6.0 3.2
2012 Hawthorn 18 19 2 5 244 106 350 104 51 0.1 0.3 12.8 5.6 18.4 5.5 2.7
2013 Hawthorn 18 19 3 3 228 126 354 93 43 0.2 0.2 12.0 6.6 18.6 4.9 2.3
Career 255 108 68 2515 1275 3790 1059 576 0.4 0.3 9.9 5.0 14.9 4.2 2.3

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