Shane Ellen

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Shane Ellen
Personal information
Full name Shane Ellen
Date of birth (1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 41)
Original team Melton / Coburg
Height/Weight 188 cm / 82 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
11 0(1)
54 (15)
65 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2000 season.

Shane Ellen (born 1 January 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Bulldogs career[edit]

Ellen, a Footscray local, made his debut with the Bulldogs in 1993, and when he left in 1995 he had played just 11 games for 1 goal. He was then delisted, before being selected by the Adelaide Football Club in the 1996 Pre-season Draft.

Adelaide career[edit]

He arrived at the Crows in 1996 and was a largely unheralded player. That was until the 1997 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda. This proved to be a defining moment in his career, until the journeyman's AFL career ended at the end of 2000, after 54 games and 15 goals with the club.

Grand Final hero[edit]

In the 1997 Grand Final, Ellen was considered the unlikely hero for the Crows. In the first half he booted two goals from full-forward, playing there in place of the injured Tony Modra. He was then switched to the half-back line by coach Malcolm Blight, which proved to be an inspired move – Ellen kicked three of his five goals for the match after half-time.[1]

This amazing performance was understated by the fact he had kicked three goals in his previous 38 AFL matches. After the 1997 Grand Final he kicked eight more goals for the remainder of his career.[2][3]

Player honours[edit]

  • 1997 premiership player
  • 1998 premiership player


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 182. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ Shane Ellen's statistics from AFL Tables
  3. ^ Defender’s goal spree