Brett Ratten

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Brett Ratten
Personal information
Full name Brett Ratten
Nickname(s) Ratts
Date of birth (1971-07-11) 11 July 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Yarra Glen, Victoria
Original team Yarra Glen (YVFL)
Height/Weight 184 cm / 90 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1990–2003 Carlton 255 (117)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2000 Australia 2
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2007–2012 Carlton 120 (60–59–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2003 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2012.
Career highlights

Brett "Ratts" Ratten (born 11 July 1971) is a former Australian rules footballer and the former coach of the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is currently serving as an assistant coach with the Hawthorn Football Club.

Playing career[edit]

Originally from Yarra Glen, Ratten made his debut for Carlton in the fifteenth round of the 1990 season.

In a career lasting 14 years, Ratten played mainly as an in-and-under midfielder. His unobtrusive style often escaped the attention of media and umpires early in his career. Famously, he won Carlton's Best and Fairest award in the record-breaking premiership season of 1995, including a game in round 17 against Fitzroy when he amassed 44 disposals, but failed to poll a single Brownlow vote from the umpires for the entire season.[1] In the 1999 season, Ratten was credited with 265 clearances, which (as of 2013) remains the highest on record by a considerable margin – the next-highest is only 190.[2]

Ratten won the Robert Reynolds Trophy (Carlton Best and Fairest) on three occasions: 1995, 1997, and in a tie with Scott Camporeale in 2000. Ratten was a part of Carlton's premiership team in 1995. He played for Victoria in the State of Origin in 1996 and 1997. He was awarded All-Australian selection in 1997, 2000 and 2001, firmly cementing his skill in the centre. Ratten was inducted into the Carlton Hall of Fame in 1999.[3] In 2009, statistical analysis company Champion Data announced that Ratten averaged 126.1 ranking points per game during the 2000–2009 decade, the highest of any player in the league.[4]

Ratten's career was plagued by injury. During his time in football, he had eight arthroscopes on his right knee, three arthroscopes on his left knee and a medial ligament. His shoulder was also badly damaged in 2003, which ultimately led to Ratten announcing his retirement in the middle of the 2003 season.[5]

After the retirement of Craig Bradley, Ratten was awarded the club's captaincy in 2002, a position he held until his own retirement. After Ratten's retirement in the middle of the 2003 season, the captaincy was passed to Andrew McKay for the rest of the 2003 season.

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement from playing, Ratten spent two years as an assistant coach at the Melbourne Demons, before leaving to take a head coaching role at the Norwood Football Club in the Eastern Football League's Second Division. He coached there for two seasons.

Ratten returned to Carlton as an assistant coach for the 2007 season. On 24 July 2007, senior coach Denis Pagan was sacked, and Ratten was appointed as caretaker coach for the remainder of the season. On 20 August 2007 he signed a contract as Carlton senior coach until the end of 2009.

Under Ratten's coaching, Carlton returned to the finals after a long period of poor performances under Pagan. Carlton reached the finals in 2009, Ratten's second season, finishing seventh and ending a seven year finals drought, the longest in club history. His contract was extended until the end of 2011.

Late in the 2010 season, Ratten came under scrutiny as a coach when Carlton suffered several big losses, but the club nevertheless reached the finals again, finishing eighth. Ratten began coaching from the boundary line rather than the coaches' box during the season. In 2011, Ratten took the team to fifth, and to an elimination final victory against Essendon, the club's first finals win for ten years. There had been speculation that renewal of Ratten's contract beyond 2011 was contingent on the club winning a final, and his contract was extended to the end of 2013 after the season.

Carlton's on-field performance in 2012 was inconsistent, and the club missed the finals after setting pre-season expectations of a top four finish, and there was constant speculation during the year that Ratten would be sacked as a result.[6] After the second-last round of the season, in which Carlton suffered an upset loss against Gold Coast and was mathematically eliminated from finals contention, the club confirmed that Ratten's contract would be terminated at the end of 2012, one year early.[7] Including his six games as caretaker coach, Ratten coached 120 games for Carlton, recording 60 wins and a draw.[8] He was the third person to both play and coach 100 senior games for the Carlton Football Club, after Ken Hands and Norm Clark.[9]

On 5 October 2012, Ratten accepted an assistant coaching position at the Hawthorn Football Club. He commenced his duties in November 2012 and subsequently was part of the club's 2013 and 2014 premiership coaching panel.

Playing Statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

[10]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Ratten 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)
1990 Carlton 40 1 1 0 12 2 14 2 0 1.0 0.0 12.0 2.0 14.0 2.0 0.0
1991 Carlton 7 20 3 9 202 207 409 50 41 0.2 0.5 10.1 10.4 20.5 2.5 2.1
1992 Carlton 7 19 2 1 163 106 269 30 22 0.1 0.1 8.6 5.6 14.2 1.6 1.2
1993 Carlton 7 21 2 2 206 143 349 49 34 0.1 0.1 9.8 6.8 16.6 2.3 1.6
1994 Carlton 7 11 2 2 115 70 185 24 21 0.2 0.2 10.5 6.4 16.8 2.2 1.9
1995 Carlton 7 25 12 15 320 251 571 78 75 0.5 0.6 12.8 10.0 22.8 3.1 3.0
1996 Carlton 7 24 8 8 297 258 555 74 65 0.3 0.3 12.4 10.8 23.1 3.1 2.7
1997 Carlton 7 21 6 8 255 261 516 66 68 0.3 0.4 12.1 12.4 24.6 3.1 3.2
1998 Carlton 7 21 9 10 265 237 502 58 67 0.4 0.5 12.6 11.3 23.9 2.8 3.2
1999 Carlton 7 26 14 5 350 320 670 68 99 0.5 0.2 13.5 12.3 25.8 2.6 3.8
2000 Carlton 7 25 25 18 395 300 695 115 75 1.0 0.7 15.8 12.0 27.8 4.6 3.0
2001 Carlton 7 22 21 11 300 273 573 83 103 1.0 0.5 13.6 12.4 26.0 3.8 4.7
2002 Carlton 7 12 9 5 125 135 260 33 58 0.8 0.4 10.4 11.3 21.7 2.8 4.8
2003 Carlton 7 7 3 4 82 46 128 18 24 0.4 0.6 11.7 6.6 18.3 2.6 3.4
Career 255 117 98 3087 2609 5696 748 752 0.5 0.4 12.1 10.2 22.3 2.9 2.9

Coaching statistics[edit]

[11]
Season Team Games Coached Wins Losses Draws Points % Ladder Position League Teams
2007* Carlton 6 0 6 0 0.0% - -
2008 Carlton 22 10 12 0 45.5% 11 16
2009 Carlton 23 13 10 0 56.5% 7 16
2010 Carlton 23 11 12 0 47.8% 8 16
2011 Carlton 24 15 8 1 64.6% 5 17
2012 Carlton 22 11 11 0 50.0% 10 18
Career totals 120 60 59 1 50.42% 8.20 16.60

* = Caretaker role after Denis Pagan was sacked

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 540. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ "Player Season and Game Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Carlton Hall Of Fame
  4. ^ Clark, John (30 December 2009)Statistics reveal Carlton great Brett Ratten the No.1 AFL player of decade; foxsports.com.au
  5. ^ Tearful Ratten calls it quits (15 July 2003)
  6. ^ Phelan, Jason (18 August 2012). "Ratten calls for apology". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brett Ratten to coach his final game with Carlton on Sunday". Carlton Football Club. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Brett Ratten - Coaching Record". AFL Tables. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  9. ^ de Bolfo, Tony (4 April 2012). "Ratts on cusp of unique (sic) Carlton double". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Brett Ratten's player profile at AFL Tables
  11. ^ Brett Ratten's coaching profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Craig Bradley
Captain of Carlton
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Andrew McKay
Preceded by
Denis Pagan
Carlton Football Club coach
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Michael Malthouse