Courtenay Dempsey

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Courtenay Dempsey
Personal information
Full name Courtenay Dempsey
Date of birth (1987-08-28) 28 August 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Mount Isa, Queensland
Original team Morningside (NEAFL)
Draft #19, 2005 National Draft, Essendon
Height/Weight 187 cm / 85 kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 15
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006– Essendon 105 (26)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 23, 2014 season.

Courtenay Dempsey (born 28 August 1987) is a professional Australian rules footballer for the Essendon Football Club of the Australian Football League.

Early life[edit]

Dempsey has Indigenous Australian heritage and his ancestry can be traced to the Kalkadoon, a tribe from Queensland's South/Central West region.[1]

Dempsey began playing football in Cairns, where he played with the Manunda Hawks in the AFL Cairns competition. He later moved to Brisbane to play with the Kenmore Bears junior football club while also playing for his school Brisbane Boys' College.

AFL career[edit]

Dempsey's professional footballing career has been dogged by injuries. In 2008 he suffered a leg stress fracture[2] and in 2011 he tore his knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in round four and needed a knee reconstruction.[3] In August 2013 he tore his hamstring tendon, and will miss at least four weeks leading into the finals.[4]

Dempsey had a rocky start to the 2014 season after struggling with injuries, then unfortunately being suspended from the main playing group after a progression of behavioral issues. However Dempsey did his time and came back into the senior side and looked to build for a big second half of the season. His run and carry and precision skills continued to be vital across half-back for the Essendon side.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of Round 23, 2014 season.[5][6]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 Essendon 15 5 1 0 23 21 44 16 5 0.2 0.0 4.6 4.2 8.8 3.2 1.0
2007 Essendon 15 1 1 1 7 5 12 1 1 1.0 1.0 7.0 5.0 12.0 1.0 1.0
2008 Essendon 15 4 1 1 23 29 52 12 6 0.2 0.2 5.8 7.2 13.0 3.0 1.5
2009 Essendon 15 20 7 6 150 169 319 69 46 0.4 0.3 7.5 8.4 16.0 3.4 2.3
2010 Essendon 15 20 3 8 201 158 359 85 73 0.2 0.4 10.0 7.9 18.0 4.2 3.6
2011 Essendon 15 4 0 0 26 24 50 13 10 0.0 0.0 6.5 6.0 12.5 3.2 2.5
2012 Essendon 15 20 4 0 238 124 362 106 62 0.2 0.0 11.9 6.2 18.1 5.3 3.1
2013 Essendon 15 14 7 3 187 69 256 71 40 0.5 0.2 13.4 4.9 18.3 5.1 2.9
2014 Essendon 15 17 2 3 161 117 278 66 57 0.1 0.2 9.5 6.9 16.4 3.9 3.4
Career 105 26 22 1016 716 1732 439 300 0.2 0.2 9.7 6.8 16.5 4.2 2.9
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  2. ^ Horan, Michael; Pierik, Jon (2 May 2008). "Dempsey, Gumbleton join Essendon's wounded". Herald Sun. 
  3. ^ Walsh, Courtney (18 April 2011). "Dons crushed as star duo gone for year". The Australian. 
  4. ^ "Courtenay Dempsey hamstring damage is serious". The Age. AAP. 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Courtenay Dempsey statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Courtenay Dempsey of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". footywire.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 

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