Guerra playing for Hawthorn during the 2007 AFL Season
|Full name||Brent Guerra|
|Date of birth||29 May 1982|
|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|
|Current club||Deer Park Football Club|
|2000 – 2003
2004 – 2005
2006 – 2013
255 (108)65 (39)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
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.
Guerra was a key figure for a period during the Saints' early season run in 2004 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.
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.
On 2 October 2013, the week following his second premiership with the Hawthorn Football Club, 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.
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.
Guerra experienced male pattern balding at a young age and made headlines in late 2005 when he underwent a hair transplant cosmetic surgery procedure. He has said that the operation gave him confidence both on and off the field.
- "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 2004-03-13. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
- "Guerra ruled out", AFL website, 24 September 2012.
- Gleeson, Michael (21 February 2006). "The regrowth of Guerra". The Age.
- Robinson, Mark (20 April 2006). "Brent Guerra's hair force". Herald Sun.
- Brent Guerra's profile on the official website of the Hawthorn Football Club
- Brent Guerra's statistics from AFL Tables