Joel Bowden

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Joel Bowden
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Personal information
Full name Joel Bowden
Date of birth (1978-06-21) 21 June 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Mildura, Victoria[1]
Original team West Alice Springs (CAFL)
Draft Father-Son Selection, 1995
Height/Weight 188 cm / 90 kg
Position(s) Half Back Flank/Half Forward Flank
Club information
Current club Richmond
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2009 Richmond 265 (171)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2008 season.
Career highlights

Joel Bowden (born 21 June 1978) was an Australian rules footballer with the Richmond Football Club in the AFL. In 2007, he was declared the new president of the AFL Players Association.

Since his debut in 1996, he has carved a reputation as one of the Tigers' favourite sons. He was drafted at the end of 1995 under a father-son selection, and is the son of former Richmond 1969 premiership player Michael Bowden. Bowden plays as a Backman but can also be a play as a key Forward

In 2006, Bowden was among the leading possession getters in the AFL, and had the most possessions shared between any two players with his brother Patrick.

In Round 16, 2008, Bowden was at the centre of a major controversy regarding rushed behinds. With Richmond up by 6 points against Essendon with less than a minute left, Bowden proceeded to wipe the remaining time off the clock by rushing 2 behinds from the kick out - tactics which caused an uproar with many calling for the current rules to be changed. Football journalist Mike Sheahan even likened it to the infamous Trevor Chappell underarm delivery. He played his last game against the Collingwood Football Club, who thrashed the Tigers by 93 points.[2]

Bowden currently works at AFL Northern Territory alongside David Kennedy as their Stakeholder and Engagement Manager. He is currently contemplating an NTFL comeback. [3]

Achievements & Honours[edit]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 56. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ The Rushed Behind Debate
  3. ^[tt_news]=678&tx_ttnews[backPid]=5&cHash=f598f556d6

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Preceded by
Mark Coughlan
Richmond Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Kane Johnson