Cameron Bruce

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Cameron Bruce
Cameron bruce.jpg
Bruce in 2007
Personal information
Full name Cameron Bruce
Date of birth (1979-09-30) 30 September 1979 (age 35)
Original team MHS Old Boys (VAFA)
Draft 64th overall, 1999
Melbourne
Debut Round 1, 8 March 2000, Melbourne
v. Richmond, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height/Weight 190 cm / 89 kg
Position(s) Midfield
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2010
2011–2012
Total
Melbourne
Hawthorn
224 (210)
10 (1)
234 (211)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2012 season.

Cameron Bruce (born 30 September 1979)[1] is a former professional Australian rules football player, who played 224 games for Melbourne Football Club, and played 10 games for the Hawthorn Football Club . He quit playing for the Melbourne, with whom he had played for 11 seasons, and nominated for the 2010 AFL Draft,[2] where he was selected by Hawthorn at Pick #5 of the Pre-season draft. He is currently serving as an assistant coach with Hawthorn. During his AFL career, he was known for his exceptional kicking skills.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early days at Melbourne[edit]

He attended Melbourne High School and played for Melbourne High School Old Boys following his schooling. It was from MHSOB that he was drafted in 1999, at the relatively old age of 20. He was Melbourne's last selection in that year's draft, taken as the club's sixth pick, and 64th overall, behind team-mates Brad Green, Paul Wheatley and Matthew Whelan.[4]

At 20, and after one year in Melbourne's Junior Development Squad, he made his debut for the Demon's senior side against Richmond in Round 1 of the 2000 season, kicking a goal with his first kick in AFL football. He played in Melbourne's impressive run to the Grand Final, but had to withdraw from the final match of the season due to injury.[5] Given the number 32 guernsey, he quickly adapted to AFL football, receiving a Rising Star nomination in his debut season, and finishing runner-up to David Neitz in the club's best-and-fairest in 2002.[6] He was a member of the International Rules sides of 2002 and 2004.

Developing his game[edit]

Bruce developed his game as a midfielder, but from 2005 he has been used in attack, across half-back and also as a tagger – the latter role seen notably through his tagging of high-profile players such as James Hird, Chris Judd, Adam Goodes and Nathan Buckley.[7] Because of his ability to adapt to new positions and roles within the side, versatility is often highlighted as one of his main strengths,[6][8] and he has been regarded as the most versatile player in the league at various stages throughout his career.[7][9] He enjoyed a solid run of form in 2004, which he carried through to the 2005 season – enjoying a particularly fruitful period early in the season – before suffering a serious shoulder injury sustained from a heavy tackle which ended his season prematurely.[10]

Established player[edit]

In 2006, he played a pivotal role in Melbourne's eight-game winning run, which came on the back of losing their first three matches of the season. He kicked the winning goal against Sydney in round 4 and received 10 Brownlow votes throughout the season, his most in a season to date.[11] He finished second in the club's best-and-fairest and had one of his more consistent seasons – he was one of only two players to average more than 22 disposals and kick more than 20 goals for the season. (The other was Chris Judd.)[12] The 2007 season was hugely disappointing for Melbourne, where they were unable to convert narrow losses into wins and being outclassed on other occasions. Bruce celebrated his 150-game milestone in Round 4, and averaged 24 possessions for the season. He achieved a career-high of 35 possessions against the Kangaroos in Round 9, but his goal tally was well down on previous seasons, kicking just nine majors for the season.[13] His preparations for the 2008 season were hampered by injuries suffered in pre-season, but he was selected in Round 1 and played in the first fourteen matches of the season for Melbourne. New Demons coach Dean Bailey used Bruce chiefly in defence in the early stages of the season, where he picked up Brad Johnson and Cameron Mooney among others. Bailey handed Bruce a more attacking role during the middle of the season, generally playing either off half-back as a rebounding defender, or on the wing. Bruce kicked two goals in all three of Melbourne's wins for the season. He played in all 22 of Melbourne's matches for the season (the only Demon player to do so) and averaged more than 24 disposals per game.[14] He won Melbourne's best-and-fairest for the season, polling 75 votes – 15 more than second-place Brock McLean.[15]

Melbourne leader[edit]

Following the retirement of David Neitz in 2008, Bruce was named co-captain of the team alongside James McDonald for the remainder of the season. This came on the back of his role in the leadership group in 2007. McDonald was named as permanent captain for 2009, with Bruce as vice-captain. Bruce resumed his place in the midfield for 2009 and rotated equally between the forward- and back-flanks. He recorded 30 disposals and nine marks against Collingwood in Round 2. He kicked the 200th goal of his career in a 22-point loss to Hawthorn in Round 9. Bruce played his 200th game in round 16, 2009.

He is known by fans of The NRL Footy Show for doing "That's Gold!" after scoring a goal against Collingwood in the traditional Queen's Birthday fixture in 2005. Bruce is often nicknamed "Cameron The Bruce", particularly by commentator Rex Hunt, a reference to the famous Scottish warrior Robert the Bruce.

Hawthorn[edit]

On 23 November 2010 it was reported that Bruce had been training with the Hawthorn Football Club, after being given permission by the AFL. Bruce was subsequently drafted by the Hawks with the 5th selection in the Pre-season Draft.[16] A few hours after he had been drafted by the Hawks, Bruce had revealed on SEN, a Melbourne-based sports-talkback radio station, that he had already been handed the number 17 guernsey, made famous by Hawthorn legend, Michael Tuck.

Midway through the 2012 season, Bruce announced his retirement from football, citing a persistent back injury as the cause.[17] He retired having played 234 AFL games, including 10 with the Hawks, and kicked 211 goals.

Coaching career[edit]

Bruce was appointed as a development coach with the Hawks in 2013. After impressing in his role as a development coach, he was promoted to a senior coach with the Hawks in late 2013.[18]

Statistics[edit]

[19]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
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 Melbourne 32 19 22 13 110 78 188 54 14 1.2 0.7 5.8 4.1 9.9 2.8 0.7
2001 Melbourne 32 22 31 18 148 105 253 81 34 1.4 0.8 6.7 4.8 11.5 3.7 1.5
2002 Melbourne 32 24 20 11 216 152 368 121 47 0.8 0.5 9.0 6.3 15.3 5.0 2.0
2003 Melbourne 32 20 25 18 205 137 342 101 34 1.3 0.9 10.3 6.9 17.1 5.1 1.7
2004 Melbourne 32 22 34 23 229 199 428 99 81 1.5 1.0 10.4 9.0 19.5 4.5 3.7
2005 Melbourne 32 15 20 14 167 93 260 73 27 1.3 0.9 11.1 6.2 17.3 4.9 1.8
2006 Melbourne 32 24 21 19 303 234 537 175 100 0.9 0.8 12.6 9.8 22.4 7.3 4.2
2007 Melbourne 32 16 9 14 194 183 377 96 66 0.6 0.9 12.1 11.4 23.6 6.0 4.1
2008 Melbourne 32 22 13 12 244 287 531 147 77 0.6 0.5 11.1 13.0 24.1 6.7 3.5
2009 Melbourne 32 19 9 8 213 266 479 114 58 0.5 0.4 11.2 14.0 25.2 6.0 3.1
2010 Melbourne 32 21 6 7 210 304 514 116 73 0.3 0.3 10.0 14.5 24.5 5.5 3.5
2011 Hawthorn 17 9 1 4 67 95 162 50 28 0.1 0.4 7.4 10.6 18.0 5.6 3.1
2012 Hawthorn 17 1 0 0 4 4 8 2 0 0.0 0.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 2.0 0.0
Career 234 211 161 2310 2137 4447 1229 639 0.9 0.7 9.9 9.1 19.0 5.3 2.7

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2000
2001
2002
2003 8
2004 9
2005 8
2006 10
2007 5
2008 2
2009
2010 4
2011
2012
Total 46
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

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