Chance Bateman

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Chance Bateman
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Personal information
Date of birth (1981-06-21) 21 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team Perth Football Club
Draft #48 1999 AFL Draft
Height/Weight 175 cm / 80 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Perth Football Club
Number 10
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2012 Hawthorn 177 (67)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2006 Australia
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2012 season.
Career highlights

Chance Bateman (born 21 June 1981 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian rules footballer who formerly played for Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL) and has now returned to his club of origin, the Perth Football Club in the WAFL.

Chance Bateman is Hawthorn's first indigenous player to reach 100 games, first Aboriginal life member, and the club's longest-serving WA recruit.

Early career[edit]

Chance learnt his football during his formative years in York and then with Perth in Westar Rules. He was an under 18 all Australian and in the squad for the Westar state side in 1999.

AFL career[edit]

Tackling during Hawthorn vs Port Adelaide AFL match in 2007

Drafted by Hawthorn at pick 48 in the 1999 AFL Draft, the Hawks considered themselves lucky as they thought he would have been picked up earlier. His light frame made him a longer term prospect as he would require to develop more physically. His early career was interrupted by a variety of injuries. Each time he bounced back and became a key member of the team.

Bateman said the true sense of worth for Aboriginal players was founded on their family's value and strength and that fact provided him with his toughest times when he lost his sister Candace in a tragic train accident in 2001 he was desperate to return home to be with his parents and was shattered when he could not work a trade with West Coast or Fremantle.[1]

I'd stay at Hawthorn for as long as they'd have me, they've been fantastic for me. You don't really think too much about the milestones as they're coming up, but as you pass them you sort of look back with a bit of pride. I'm our first indigenous life member and to have had a small part in the club's history is pretty special.[1]

In 2006 he managed to play 21 games and came 12th in the club Best and Fairest award. Chance Bateman was known for his trademark dreadlocks. Chance Bateman was one of Hawthorn's most valuable players. His speed and hardness at the ball while playing on the wing allowed the team to play a free flowing brand of game. He averaged 20 possessions a game in his 21 games in 2006 and was hitting top form just before the 2007 season.

His elite speed was recognised and he was named in the 2006 International Rules Series side to tour Ireland.

Bateman said a major career highlight was when he captained the Hawks in an indigenous round victory over West Coast at Launceston in 2007 when the Eagles were led by David Wirrpanda.[1]

Chance kicked Hawthorn's first goal in the 2008 Grand Final. Bateman had his dreadlocks cut off for charity after the Grand Final victory. The money was donated to the Rioli Fund, set up to improve Aboriginal health throughout Australia.[2]

Along with captain Sam Mitchell, Bateman was the only Hawthorn player to play in all games in 2009. He missed the first game of 2010 because of a one game suspension for striking Matthew Lloyd of Essendon in the last game of 2009 season. Bateman was put on Hawthorn's veterans list in 2011.

Statistics[edit]

[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Bateman 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 Hawthorn 10 3 1 3 14 2 16 4 1 0.3 1.0 4.7 0.7 5.3 1.3 0.3
2001 Hawthorn 10 4 0 0 27 12 39 11 5 0.0 0.0 6.8 3.0 9.8 2.8 1.3
2002 Hawthorn 10 11 3 2 95 32 127 29 15 0.3 0.2 8.6 2.9 11.5 2.6 1.4
2003 Hawthorn 10 11 2 0 107 45 152 36 16 0.2 0.0 9.7 4.1 13.8 3.3 1.5
2004 Hawthorn 10 13 8 2 112 49 161 35 24 0.6 0.2 8.6 3.8 12.4 2.7 1.8
2005 Hawthorn 10 12 4 3 165 81 246 52 19 0.3 0.3 13.8 6.8 20.5 4.3 1.6
2006 Hawthorn 10 21 5 7 270 146 416 123 22 0.2 0.3 12.9 7.0 19.8 5.9 1.0
2007 Hawthorn 10 21 7 6 221 127 348 109 30 0.3 0.3 10.5 6.0 16.6 5.2 1.4
2008 Hawthorn 10 21 9 7 275 161 436 110 52 0.4 0.3 13.1 7.7 20.8 5.2 2.5
2009 Hawthorn 10 22 13 14 264 236 500 115 56 0.6 0.6 12.0 10.7 22.7 5.2 2.5
2010 Hawthorn 10 18 5 9 168 130 298 72 39 0.3 0.5 9.3 7.2 16.6 4.0 2.2
2011 Hawthorn 10 17 10 6 147 102 249 73 36 0.6 0.4 8.6 6.0 14.6 4.3 2.1
2012 Hawthorn 10 3 0 0 19 9 28 4 4 0.0 0.0 6.3 3.0 9.3 1.3 1.3
Career 177 67 59 1884 1132 3016 773 319 0.4 0.3 10.6 6.4 17.0 4.4 1.8

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