Robert Campbell (Australian rules footballer)

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Robert Campbell
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Robert Campbell playing for Hawthorn on 5 August 2008
Personal information
Full name Robert Campbell
Date of birth (1982-06-02) 2 June 1982 (age 32)
Original team Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft #75, 2011 Rookie Draft, Melbourne
Height/Weight 199 cm / 125 kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2009
2011
Hawthorn
Melbourne
116 (25)
0 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2011 season.
Career highlights
  • Hawthorn premiership player 2008

Robert "Robbie" Campbell (born 2 June 1982) is an Australian rules footballer who finished playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). At 200 cm tall, he made his AFL debut with the Hawthorn Hawks in 2002. After appearing sporadically in his first few seasons, Campbell starred in 2006 with 230 disposals and 300 hit outs, playing in each of the club's 22 games.

In 2007, he became the Hawks' number one ruckman after Peter Everitt's departure to the Sydney Swans. He played in every game for the season, including two finals appearances.

Campbell has a reputation for providing value around the ground with his strength and tenacious attitude. Campbell was rewarded for his efforts with a Premiership medallion after the Hawks upset Geelong in the 2008 Grand Final.

In percentage terms, no other AFL ruckman hits the ball to the advantage of his on-ballers more often than Campbell.[1] In 2007 & 2008, Campbell and Hawks teammate Sam Mitchell were rated the highest ruck to rover combination in the AFL.

He has evolved into one of the competition’s most durable and reliable ruckmen, missing only one of the Hawks’ past 71 matches. He was first for Hawthorn's hit-outs last season, averaging about 15 a match. Tough competitor who handles the ball well for his size, tackles ferociously and can fill key-position roles when needed. He finished 13th in the Best & Fairest Award (Peter Crimmins Medal) in 2007 & 2008.

Highly underrated in the AFL, Campbell got the job done for the Hawks and was a crucial part of the Premiership side, as the number one ruckman at the Hawks.

Draft History: 2001 Rookie Elevation (Hawthorn).

Retirement[edit]

Robbie announced his retirement at the 2009 Hawthorn Peter Crimmins Medal Count on 3 October due to a knee injury. A tearful Campbell thanked fans, players, his girlfriend and coaching staff in a heartfelt speech.

Comeback[edit]

He returned to football in 2010 playing in finals and including 8 games for the Box Hill Hawks (VFL) after finding out his knee wasn't as bad as they first thought. Robert then stated he would like to make a comeback to AFL football and would enter the draft at the end of 2010.

Campbell was selected by the Melbourne Demons during round 5 at pick number 63 in the 2011 Rookie Draft. Due to Melbourne's strong ruck depth in 2011, notably Mark Jamar, Stefan Martin and Max Gawn, Campbell was unable to break into Melbourne's senior team. As a result, he retired at the end of the season.[1]

Statistics[edit]

[2]
Legend
 D  Disposals  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs  G  Goals  B  Behinds
Year Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Hawthorn 39 7 46 27 19 14 24 60 0 0 6.6 3.9 2.7 2.0 3.4 8.6 0.0 0.0
2003 Hawthorn 39 10 53 29 24 16 23 130 0 1 5.3 2.9 2.4 1.6 2.3 13.0 0.0 0.1
2004 Hawthorn 39 14 68 28 40 17 24 121 1 0 4.9 2.0 2.9 1.2 1.7 8.6 0.1 0.0
2005 Hawthorn 39 1 4 1 3 0 4 18 0 0 4.0 1.0 3.0 0.0 4.0 18.0 0.0 0.0
2006 Hawthorn 39 22 230 82 148 75 56 300 10 6 10.5 3.7 6.7 3.4 2.5 13.6 0.5 0.3
2007 Hawthorn 39 24 243 70 173 71 54 385 6 2 10.1 2.9 7.2 3.0 2.3 16.0 0.3 0.1
2008 Hawthorn 39 24 253 93 160 84 55 358 7 1 10.5 3.9 6.7 3.5 2.3 14.9 0.3 0.0
2009 Hawthorn 39 14 136 38 98 35 23 94 1 0 9.7 2.7 7.0 2.5 1.6 6.7 0.1 0.0
2011 Melbourne 26 0
Career 116 1033 368 665 312 263 1466 25 10 8.9 3.2 5.7 2.7 2.3 12.6 0.2 0.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Luke (19 October 2011). "Demons axe Maric, rookies". Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Robert Campbell's player profile at AFL Tables

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