Leroy Jetta

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Leroy Jetta
Personal information
Full name Leroy Jetta
Date of birth (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Pingelly, Western Australia
Original team South Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft #18 (PP), 2006 National Draft, Essendon
Height/Weight 177cm / 75kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2014 Essendon 93 (80)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights
  • 2004 Kevin Sheehan Medallist
  • 2005 Under 18 All-Australian
  • 2006 Under 18 All-Australian

Leroy Jetta (born 6 July 1988) is an Australian rules footballer who last played with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League. An outstanding junior, Jetta was twice named in the Under 18 All-Australian Team as well as being adjudged the joint winner of the Kevin Sheehan Medal, awarded to the Best Player in Division 1 at the Under 16 National Championships. He was also a Graduate of the AIS-AFL Academy in 2005.

The speedy forward was drafted by the Bombers with the priority selection (18th overall) in the 2006 AFL Draft from South Fremantle. He was drafted as a player renowned for outstanding pace, good foot skill and terrific vision on the ground. He made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2007 season, along with another of the club's 2006 recruits, Alwyn Davey. Jetta went on to play the following 3 matches before being sidelined by a groin complaint. Despite returning to play with Essendon's VFL affiliate, the Bendigo Bombers, this injury ultimately ended his 2007 season.

The 2008 pre-season saw Jetta return to the club in excellent condition. He equaled the then club record for the 20m sprint with a time of 2.75 seconds, and his skin folds were the lowest they had been. His strong performances in the NAB Cup reflected that increase in fitness. As a result of that good form, Jetta earned selection in Essendon's Round 1 encounter with North Melbourne in which he gathered 13 possessions and showcased his terrific tackling. Unfortunately, his good start to the season was interrupted by a hamstring injury sustained in Essendon's round 3 clash with Carlton. He returned in round 7, but had a subsequent dip in form. However, Essendon coach Matthew Knights persisted with Jetta and was paid back by his outstanding performance against Fremantle in round 14.

The 2009 season was an another important year in Jetta's development. A few quiet performances in the pre-season led to his omission from the side for the opening two rounds of the season. However, strong form for the Bendigo Bombers led to a recall for Essendon's vital round 3 encounter with Carlton.

On 7 September 2014, Jetta parted ways with Essendon after eight seasons with the club.[1]

Jetta's brother, Jerome, plays for the Bendigo Bombers. He is also a relative of Melbourne Demons forward Neville Jetta.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of the 2012 season.[2][3]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2007 Essendon 7 4 3 1 16 10 26 9 7 0.8 0.2 4.0 2.5 6.5 2.2 1.8
2008 Essendon 7 18 11 9 98 68 166 26 54 0.6 0.5 5.4 3.8 9.2 1.4 3.0
2009 Essendon 7 6 1 3 35 38 73 12 15 0.2 0.5 5.8 6.3 12.2 2.0 2.5
2010 Essendon 7 11 9 9 93 97 190 38 43 0.8 0.8 8.4 8.8 17.3 3.4 3.9
2011 Essendon 7 23 27 9 196 151 347 57 88 1.2 0.4 8.5 6.6 15.1 2.5 3.8
2012 Essendon 7 21 22 22 178 120 298 61 67 1.0 1.0 8.5 5.7 14.2 2.9 3.2
Career 83 73 53 616 484 1100 203 274 0.9 0.6 7.4 5.8 13.3 2.4 3.3
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jetta quits the Bombers to explore free agency
  2. ^ "Leroy Jetta statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Leroy Jetta of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Footywire. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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