James Kelly (Australian rules footballer)

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James Kelly
James Kelly 2011 Premiership Parade 1.JPG
James Kelly in 2011
Personal information
Full name James Kelly
Nickname(s) Kell, Pops[1]
Date of birth (1983-12-29) 29 December 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Original team Rupertswood (RDFL)
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft 17th overall, 2001
Height/Weight 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) / 85 kg
Position(s) Midfielder / Half-forward / Defender
Club information
Current club Geelong
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002– Geelong 243 (87)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria (Australia) Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2011 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 11, 2014 season.
2 State and International statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights

James Kelly (born 29 December 1983) is an Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).


Kelly playing for Geelong in 2008.

Since 2001, Kelly has played with the Geelong Football Club. Playing as an on-baller in the powerful midfield, he has shown capability in gaining many possessions and running well, as well as showing great courage. Kelly, is a natural born leader who has played a pivotal role in Geelong's dominant era, one of only twelve players to play in all three of Geelong's recent premierships.[2]

He was a member of Geelong's 2006 NAB Cup Premiership team, as well as the drought-breaking 2007 AFL Premiership Team. He was also a member of Geelong's losing side in the 2008 Grand Final and their victorious sides in the 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals.

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Kelly was an ambassador for an anti-alcohol-fuelled violence campaign run by the Geelong Advertiser titled "Just Think".[3] In this role, Kelly appeared in advertising alongside fellow ambassadors, and Geelong teammates, Tom Harley and David Wojcinski.[3]






  1. ^ Kelly, James (28 April 2009). "Ask James Kelly". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Sewell, Eliza (17 May 2012). "James Kelly a joker in the pack". Herald Sun. 
  3. ^ a b Devic, Aleks (5 December 2008). "Just Think campaign reaches new heights". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 

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Preceded by
Corey Enright
Geelong F.C. Best First Year Player Award
Succeeded by
Matthew McCarthy
Preceded by
Tom Lonergan
Geelong F.C. Community Champion Award
With: Tom Harley and David Wojcinski
Succeeded by
Mathew Stokes
Preceded by
Dane Swan
Jim Stynes Medal
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