David Hale (footballer)

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David Hale
David hale kangaroos.jpg
Personal information
Full name David Hale
Date of birth (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Tasmania[1]
Original team Broadbeach Football Club (QLD)
Debut North Melbourne Football Club
v. Carlton
Height/Weight 201 cm / 104 kg
Position(s) Forward/Ruck
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2010
2011–
Total
North Melbourne
Hawthorn
129 (119)
090 0(85)
219 (204)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights
  • Hawthorn premiership player 2013, 2014
  • Represented QLD in U18 championships 2001
  • North Melbourne Leading Goalkicker 2008 (37)

David Hale (born 22 May 1984) is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Hale previously played for the North Melbourne Football Club, also in the AFL.

Early life[edit]

Hale was born in Tasmania, but moved with his parents in his childhood to Queensland, where he grew up in the Coolangatta area on the Gold Coast. In 2000, he began playing with the Coolangatta club in Division 2 of the state league where he was selected in the AIS/AFL Academy squad .[1] In 2001, he switched to Broadbeach and represented Queensland at the under 18 national championships.

AFL career[edit]

Hale was recruited from the Broadbeach Football Club. He represented the Queensland Scorpions at U16 and U18 state championship levels before being taken at pick 7 in the 2001 AFL Draft by the Kangaroos Football Club.

In 2008 Hale lead the goalkicking for North Melbourne with 37 goals but Hale then seemed to fall out of favor with the coaching staff playing only 16 games in 2009 and 12 in 2010.

On 8 October 2010, David Hale was traded to Hawthorn in exchange for a 1st round draft pick.

His first season at the Hawks Hale played a predominantly forward role, providing a tall marking target, then he would provide relief to Bailey in the ruck. In 2012 with Bailey injured, Hale took the number one ruck mantle, rotating duties with forward partner, Jarryd Roughead. Hale enjoyed more time on the ball and used his mobility to have an impact around the ground. Bailey returned in 2013 so Hale again was 2nd mantle in rucking until Bailey would get subbed off and then he took the lead rucking spot.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [2]
Legend
 D  Disposals  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs  G  Goals  B  Behinds
Year Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Kangaroos 31 3 8 5 3 4 1 8 0 0 2.7 1.7 1.0 1.3 0.3 2.7 0.0 0.0
2004 Kangaroos 31 11 74 47 27 37 10 62 4 2 6.7 4.3 2.5 3.4 0.9 5.6 0.4 0.2
2005 Kangaroos 31 23 208 132 76 86 46 224 14 2 9.0 5.7 3.3 3.7 2.0 9.7 0.6 0.1
2006 Kangaroos 31 22 250 166 84 120 42 243 11 12 11.4 7.5 3.8 5.5 1.9 11.0 0.5 0.5
2007 Kangaroos 31 20 221 122 99 88 39 166 14 11 11.1 6.1 5.0 4.4 2.0 8.3 0.7 0.6
2008 North Melbourne 31 22 250 156 94 130 38 187 37 19 11.4 7.1 4.3 5.9 1.7 8.5 1.7 0.9
2009 North Melbourne 31 16 139 94 45 79 21 54 22 13 8.7 5.9 2.8 4.9 1.3 3.4 1.4 0.8
2010 North Melbourne 31 12 92 58 34 34 17 38 17 8 7.7 4.8 2.8 2.8 1.4 3.2 1.4 0.7
2011 Hawthorn 20 20 240 115 125 98 41 273 19 15 12.0 5.8 6.3 4.9 2.1 13.7 1.0 0.8
2012 Hawthorn 20 24 331 139 192 94 54 547 24 18 13.8 5.8 8.0 3.9 2.3 22.8 1.0 0.8
2013 Hawthorn 20 24 313 139 174 98 60 405 20 26 13.0 5.8 7.3 4.1 2.5 16.9 0.8 1.1
2014 Hawthorn 20 22 224 101 123 77 55 360 22 11 10.2 4.6 5.6 3.5 2.5 16.4 1.0 0.5
Career 219 2350 1274 1076 945 424 2567 204 137 10.7 5.8 4.9 4.3 1.9 11.7 0.9 0.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Hale
  2. ^ David Hale's player profile at AFL Tables

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