|Full name||James "Jimmy" Bartel|
|Date of birth||4 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Geelong, Victoria|
|Original team||Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||8th overall, 2002 National Draft|
|Height/Weight||187 cm / 89 kg|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
2 State and International statistics correct as of 2008.
James 'Jimmy' Bartel (born 4 December 1983) is an Australian rules footballer and the current vice-captain for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A utility, 1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in) tall and weighing 86 kilograms (190 lb), Bartel is able to contribute as a midfielder, forward, or defender.
A standout junior cricketer, Bartel chose to turn his focus towards football and joined the TAC Cup competition as a bottom-aged player. His accomplishments as a junior included Most Valuable Player awards at state and club level, selection in the All-Australian and TAC Cup Team of the Year sides over two consecutive seasons, and winning both a National Championship and a TAC Cup Premiership. After his final junior season with the Geelong Falcons, Bartel was selected with Geelong's first pick, and eighth overall, in the 2001 AFL Draft.
Bartel made his AFL debut in 2001, and has since garnered a long list of accolades and achievements. He is a triple premiership player, a dual NAB Cup winner, a VFL premiership player, a Brownlow Medallist, Norm Smith Medallist, and a two-time All-Australian. Bartel has also represented the Victorian state team, and is the only player in VFL/AFL history to have won a premiership at every playing level in his career.
James Bartel was born to Terry Bartel and Dianne Bennett in Geelong, Victoria. He spent much of his childhood in Herne Hill without his father. When his parents divorced while he was just one year old, Bartel's mother was left to raise him and his two elder sisters, Olivia and Emma, by herself.
After beginning his junior football in Bell Park, Bartel left to attend St. Joseph's College, where his talent for sports became evident early. Bartel displayed initial promise as a cricketer, representing the 'Joeys' in 1st XI cricket as a 16-year old, and winning the school's batting awards in both 2000 and 2001. This led to selection in the state under-17 team, before a switch in focus toward football instead saw Bartel selected to play for the Geelong Falcons team in the TAC Cup competition. Although his age made him ineligible for the 2000 AFL Draft, Bartel garnered an impressive array of accolades and honours as a bottom-aged player. Bartel won mid-year State honours for Victoria Country in the AFL National Under-18 Championships, with his performances in the championship games earning him end-of-year All-Australian honours and the Most Valuable Player award for Victoria Country. In addition, he was named in the TAC Cup Team of the Year, won a TAC Cup premiership medallion with the Geelong Falcons, and also claimed the Best and Fairest Award while still only 16 years of age.
Entering his second year with the Falcons, Bartel was rewarded with the team captaincy for the season. Bartel again won mid-year state honours for Victoria Country, and was additionally awarded the state captaincy. Although failing to repeat his previous success as national champion with Victoria Country, Bartel's individual performances saw him earn All-Australian honours and gain selection in the TAC Cup Team of the Year for the second consecutive season.
2002–2006: Early career
Bartel was drafted by the Geelong Football Club with their first selection, and the eighth overall draft pick, in the 2001 AFL Draft. After making his debut in the opening round of the 2002 AFL premiership season, which was a heavy defeat to Essendon, Bartel went on play in 11 out of a possible 22 senior games over the course of the year. After gathering 21 disposals in Round 4, Bartel was awarded an AFL Rising Star nomination. Having been dropped back to the club's VFL team to play out the second half of the season, Bartel went on to play a key part in helping a young Geelong reserves side capture the 2002 VFL Premiership. In helping the Cats defeat Port Melbourne by 22 points, Bartel saw the club secure its first major piece of silverware since 1982.
Despite an impressive debut season, Bartel struggled to maintain his spot within the team during the 2003 AFL season, featuring in only 13 senior games. Averaging just 12 disposals a game, Bartel was unable to help the Cats qualify for the finals series for the third successive season. After just two senior appearances to begin the 2004 AFL season, Bartel was again dropped back to the VFL and instructed by coaching staff to work on particular aspects of his game. Despite compiling a series of impressive games in the VFL, Bartel was deliberately made to work hard over a two-month period before earning a Round 10 recall into the senior side. Bartel's re-introduction to the senior team coincided with Geelong winning ten out of their final twelve games and securing a top four spot ahead of the finals series. Although Geelong were eliminated in the preliminary final by reigning premiers Brisbane, Bartel's averages of 22 disposals and 5 tackles a game over the course of the season had seen him secure his position within the team's midfield rotation. His performances during the second half of the season, during which he averaged 29 disposals and 5 tackles a game, also saw him recognised as the highest-polling Geelong player—with 13 votes in total—during the 2004 Brownlow Medal count.
Bartel continued to build on his reputation as a tough, courageous midfielder during the 2005 AFL season, earning his first nomination for the AFLPA Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player in the league. Averaging 19.6 disposals a game, Bartel again helped Geelong qualify for the season-ending finals series, where they met Sydney in the semi-finals. After developing a slim lead for much of the game, Geelong struggled to maintain their advantage during the final minutes of the match. Bartel was restricted to just 9 disposals as the Swans eventually won through to the preliminary finals, defeating Geelong by 3 points.
2007–present: Individual and team success
During the 2007 season, Bartel established himself as one of the premier ball-winning midfielders in the competition, averaging over 27 disposals per game—the second highest possession average in the league—and finishing amongst the top 10 within the league for total disposals (632), total handballs (291), total tackles (122), and tackles per game (5.3). After helping the Cats claim the McClelland Trophy, he was again nominated for the AFLPA Robert Rose Award as the game's most courageous player, and was also rewarded with his first All-Australian jumper.
Bartel's standout season continued when he was awarded the prestigious Brownlow Medal, winning with 29 votes—the highest amount of votes ever by a Geelong medalist, and the third highest ever by any player under the current polling system—in a season that included eight best on ground performances. Despite missing the final two games of the regular season due to a burst appendix, Bartel also set an AFL record alongside teammate Gary Ablett, Jr., for polling the most combined votes ever by two players of the same club. In addition, the pair combined with teammate Joel Corey to set another AFL record for most votes ever polled by three players of the same club, at 61 votes.
Capping off a finals series in which he had averaged 29 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, and a goal a game, Bartel won his first premiership medallion when he helped Geelong claim the 2007 AFL Premiership. Bartel's 28 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, and 2 goals in the 2007 AFL Grand Final helped the Cats claim an AFL-record 119 point victory over Port Adelaide.
Bartel didn't drop off the pace at all in the 2008 season. He had a relatively quiet start to the season for his standards, but by mid-season he seemed to have hit full throttle and was close to best on ground for a number of weeks consecutively. After 21 rounds, Bartel was second in the competition in disposals (589) behind teammate Joel Corey.
Bartel was a very important player in Geelong's 2009 Grand Final victory over StKilda, earning him his 2nd AFL Premiership Medallion.
With three goals in the 2011 AFL Grand Final win over Collingwood, Bartel earned his first Norm Smith Medal and 3rd Premiership Medallion. Jimmy's natural ability to read the flight of the ball, reading the play, and ability to play in and under, and ability to take strong overhead marks combined with his accuracy on goal make him one of the greatest players of all time, and an undisputed big game performer.
Jimmy obtains the nickname of "Jimmy Everywhere" (and "Jimmy you Superstar") from some of his fans for his ability to pop up on all parts of the ground. He is a very important playmaker for The Cats, creating important passages of play off Half Back, off The Wing, and at Half Forward either assisting goals or kicking the goals himself.
Jimmy is now part of an elite group of individual footballers who have a Premiership Medal, Norm Smith Medal, and Brownlow Medal. Others in the elite group include Simon Black, James Hird, Chris Judd, and Greg Williams.
- Statistics are correct as of 1 October 2011 (Grand Final)
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- AFL Premiership (Geelong): 2007, 2009, 2011
- AFL McClelland Trophy (Geelong): 2007, 2008
- NAB Cup (Geelong): 2006, 2009
- VFL Premiership (Geelong): 2002
- Brownlow Medal: 2007
- All-Australian: 2007, 2008
- Norm Smith Medal: 2011
- Victorian Team representative honours in AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match: 2008
- Geelong Advertiser Bendigo Bank Sports Star of the Year Award: 2007
- Sports Performer of the Year Award: 2007
- TCM AFL Performers of the Year Award: 2007
- Other achievements
- Inducted into the Geelong Football Club Hall of Fame: 2009
- 2nd in Carji Greeves Medal: 2006, 2007
- 3rd in AFLPA Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player: 2007
- Most Geelong votes in the Brownlow Medal: 2004, 2007
- TAC Cup
- All Australian U/18 (2000, 2001)
- TAC Cup Team of the Year (2000, 2001)
- TAC Cup Premiership (2000)
- Vic Country Most Valuable Player Award (2000)
- Vic Country U/18 (2000, 2001)
- Vic Country U/18 Captain (2001)
- Geelong Falcons Captain (2001)
- Geelong Falcons Best & Fairest (2000)
- Runner-Up Geelong Falcons Best & Fairest (2001)
Although his father kept in regular contact and maintained a stable relationship with Jimmy and his sisters throughout their childhood, an incident during Bartel's 21st Birthday caused ties to be severed. Accusing his father of being an aggressive and heavy drinker, Bartel was forced to take a stand, and has since severed all contact with him. In the aftermath of Bartel's victory in the 2007 Brownlow Medal count, the family's issues were spotlighted throughout the media, after an interview with Terry Bartel by the Herald Sun revealed his plea for reconciliation with his children.
Off the field, Bartel holds a part-time job within the Geelong Football Club's social welfare department. He studied Social Work at Deakin University, and is now completing a degree in business and law through Open University.
- Geelong Football Club
- Brownlow Medal
- After the siren kicks in Australian rules football
- Queensland State of Origin team
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- Jimmy Bartel's profile on the official website of the Geelong Football Club
- Jimmy Bartel's statistics from AFL Tables
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