Eddie Betts

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Eddie Betts
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Personal information
Full name Eddie Betts
Nickname(s) Betts
Date of birth (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Port Lincoln, South Australia
Original team Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft #3, 2005 Pre-Season Draft, Carlton
Height/Weight 173cm / 73kg
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
184 (290)
015 0(33)
199 (323)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2007 Indigenous All-Stars 1
International team honours
2010 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Eddie Betts (born Edward Roberts on 26 November 1986) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Adelaide Crows [1] in the Australian Football League, having previously played for the Carlton Football Club.

Early life[edit]

Betts was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and grew up with his mother in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. He played junior football for the Mines Rovers Football Club. At age 15, Betts had intended to move to Port Lincoln with his father to continue playing junior football there. However, he kept getting into trouble off the field, including smoking, drinking, drugs and truancy. As a result, his mother arranged for Betts to instead move to Melbourne, under a program run by indigenous former footballer Phil Krakouer.[2]

In Melbourne, Betts played football for Templestowe, where he won the EFL Division 3 league best and fairest in 2002,[3] and TAC Cup football for the Calder Cannons. He represented Vic Metro as a 16 year old in the 2003 AFL National Under 18 Championships and was selected in the Under 18 All-Australian team that season. He was too young to be selected in the AFL Draft at the end of 2003, and he played another season with the Cannons, but was hindered by osteitis pubis. He was overlooked in the 2004 National Draft as a result.[2]

AFL career[edit]

After being overlooked in the National Draft, Betts was recruited to the AFL through the 2005 Pre-Season Draft by the Carlton Football Club with the No. 3 pick.[4] He attracted attention as a lively small forward during the 2005 Pre-Season, and made his AFL debut in Round 1, 2005 against North Melbourne. His early performances saw him become a regular member of the senior team, filling the niche of goal-sneak and chaser for the club, while his sometimes freakish displays of skill saw him labelled an excitement machine by commentators.

Throughout his first four seasons, Betts had a consistent output of 20-25 goals as a small forward playing underneath full forward Brendan Fevola.[5] In 2006, Betts won the Goal of the Year, for his goal in Round 21 against Collingwood;[6] in an amazing solo effort, Betts smothered Tarkyn Lockyer's attempted clearing kick, ran to gather it just before it went out of bounds, and steadied himself to score with a banana from an impossible angle.[7] From 2007, Betts began to spend some rotations as a midfielder, particularly late in the season after the appointment of Brett Ratten as Carlton coach, but remained primarily a small forward.

From 2009, Betts' goalkicking output increased. He kicked 38 goals in 2009, then 42 in 2010 to top Carlton's goal kicking for the first time. He played his 100th AFL game in Round 3, 2010 against Essendon at the MCG. His 2010 season saw him make the top 10 in the club Best and Fairest for the first time. Betts kicked another 50 goals in 2011, including a career-best eight goals against Essendon in Round 18, and then 48 goals in 2012 to be the club's leading goalkicker for the second time.[8] He finished second in the best and fairest in 2012, narrowly beaten by Heath Scotland,[9] and he was nominated in the 40-man All-Australian squad in both 2011 and 2012, but did not make the final team in either year.[10][11][12]

2013 Free Agency[edit]

The conclusion of the 2013 AFL season saw Betts enter the free agent market. On October 3, Betts notified Carlton he has accepted a 4 year contract worth $2 million (AUS), to join Adelaide. Carlton had 72 hours to match the Crows offer but declined before that time elapsed, allowing the confirmation of Betts' switch to occur on October 4.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Betts teaches part-time at Assumption College in Kilmore, Victoria.[14]

In December 2009, Betts was arrested and fined by police after being drunk in public following Carlton players' Christmas party.[15] He was also fined and suspended for one month by the club for the incident. He and other players were sent to a boxing gym and underwent a strenuous training program. This in fact had a positive effect and they applied themselves so well that they achieved best ever levels of fitness (which had never been one of Eddie's strengths) and convinced the club that they had the right attitude.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

He is engaged to Anna Scullie and together they have a son who was born in October 2012.[22]


  1. ^ http://www.afc.com.au/news/2013-10-04/betts-are-off-eddies-a-crow
  2. ^ a b Gullan, Scott (27 Aug 2010). "The Eddie Betts of both worlds". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 Dec 2011. 
  3. ^ "Colts". Eastern Football League. Retrieved 21 Dec 2011. 
  4. ^ Lucas, Jarrod (24 Dec 2004) Betts set for big time
  5. ^ "Eddie Betts - Statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 21 Dec 2011. 
  6. ^ Burton, Rioli win awards
  7. ^ Betts' goal provides Blues' bright spot
  8. ^ "2012 Stats - Player Lists". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Scotland wins his first Best & Fairest". Carlton Football Club. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Paton, Al (6 Sep 2011). "Leon Davis, Eddie Betts make All-Australian Squad". Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 Sep 2011. 
  11. ^ "Betts earns All-Australian nomination". Carlton Football Club. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Green, Warwick; Windley, Matt (17 September 2012). "Jack Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich miss the All-Australian cut". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Betts off: Free agent Eddie to join Crows
  14. ^ http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/74234
  15. ^ Eddie Betts locked up for drunken behaviour in Melbourne's CBD
  16. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/afl/a-day-out-for-boozy-carlton-footballers-ended-in-crown-casino-ban/story-e6frepf6-1225812929001?from=public_rss
  17. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26675249-23211,00.html
  18. ^ Camp breaks, makes Blues
  19. ^ Carlton trio back, wiser and fitter
  20. ^ Last drinks for Carlton boys
  21. ^ Banned Carlton Blues players set for return after NAB Cup
  22. ^ "It's a boy!". 29 October 2012. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Judd
AFL Goal of the Year
Succeeded by
Matthew Lloyd