Jarrod Harbrow

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Jarrod Harbrow
Personal information
Full name Jarrod Harbrow
Date of birth (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Original team Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft #27, 2007 Rookie Draft, Western Bulldogs
Height/Weight 178cm / 74kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 5
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2010
2011–
Total
Western Bulldogs
Gold Coast
070 (21)
056 (17)
126 (38)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2009–2013 Indigenous All-Stars 2
International team honours
2013 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Jarrod Harbrow (born 18 July 1988) is a professional Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League currently contracted to the Gold Coast Suns.

Early life[edit]

Harbrow was born in Cairns to an Indigenous Australian mother from Cairns and a Caucasian father from Mooroopna, Victoria.[1] His indigenous ancestry can be traced to the Yirrganydji, a rainforest tribe in Far North Queensland.[2] He grew up in the town of Cairns, in Queensland and began playing junior football with the Manunda Hawks and then the South Cairns in the AFL Cairns competition.

During his teenage years, he moved up and down between his father's town of Mooroopna, Victoria and Queensland and gave his brother bone marrow to survive leukemia.[3]

Harbrow represented Queensland at both the 2004 AFL National Under 16 Championships and 2006 AFL National Under 18 Championships, both sides winning the respective division titles.

In 2005 he moved to Victoria where he played for the Mooroopna Football Club before joining the TAC Cup side the Murray Bushrangers in a bid to nominate for the AFL Draft. He was overlooked in the 2006 AFL Draft, however had already attracted the attention of AFL talent scouts Peter Dean and Scott Clayton.

AFL career[edit]

Drafted as a rookie, Harbrow was picked up by the Bulldogs in the 2007 rookie draft.

Following only a short time in development playing for the Bulldogs VFL affiliate Werribee, Harbrow was called up for his AFL debut against the Richmond Tigers in Round 4, 2007.

He has since become a senior regular and impressed with his pace, skill, defensive pressure and evasive running abilities.

In 2009, after struggling to get a game in the first few weeks of the season, he was thrown into defence against North Melbourne. Since then, he was often seen among the Bulldogs' best, became a regular senior player. He had many highlights in 2009 and shut down some of the league's best small forwards, including Matt Campbell, Stephen Milne, Brad Dick, and Mathew Stokes.

At the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs confirmed Jarrod would be the newest uncontracted player to join the Gold Coast Suns. Jarrod wasted no time with the announcement to the football world, coming just days after the Bulldogs' loss to St Kilda in the preliminary final. After being the subject of much speculation all year, the lure of returning home to Queensland proved too strong, despite the Bulldogs' best efforts to retain the rebounding damaging defender.

Jarrod was the fifth uncontracted player from an AFL club to join the Suns.

Jarrod played his 100th AFL game in Round 18, 2012 against Sydney.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aflq.com.au/index.php?id=467
  2. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  3. ^ http://www.aflq.com.au/index.php?id=467

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