Sharrod Wellingham

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Sharrod Wellingham
Personal information
Full name Sharrod Wellingham
Date of birth (1988-07-07) 7 July 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Western Australia
Original team South Perth Junior Football Club Perth (WAFL)
Draft 10th, 2007 Rookie Draft: Coll
Height/Weight 185 cm / 85 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club West Coast
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008–2012
2013–
Total
Collingwood
West Coast
92 (55)
23 (13)
115 (68)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Sharrod Wellingham (born 7 July 1988 in Western Australia) is a professional Australian rules football player currently playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League.

A pacy wingman from Western Australia, Wellingham became the fifth Indigenous footballer on the Magpies list having been selected with the 10th pick in the 2006 AFL Rookie Draft.

Wellingham's initial season at the club was spent with Collingwood's VFL affiliate side, Williamstown. Due to VFL limits on the number of AFL-listed players eligible for selection against non AFL-affiliated clubs, Wellingham was demoted to the Williamstown reserves towards the end of 2007. Despite this Wellingham was promoted to the Collingwood senior list to replace Chris Egan. Despite being named an emergency in round 19 against Richmond, he did not make his Collingwood debut in 2007 and was subsequently been demoted back to 'rookie' status. He survived the cut post-season, and remained on the Collingwood 2008 rookie list. He then switched guernsey numbers, switching from the lowly 41 to Guy Richards' old number 21.

In January 2008, Collingwood lost their sponsorship from the Transport Accident Commission after Wellingham was charged with drink-driving. Wellingham was moving a car 100 metres up the road (so he says, the other AFL players with him had been drinking) after being out on Saturday 5 January, when he was pulled over by the police. The club fined him $5000.[1]

Before the 2008 Anzac Day Clash Between Essendon and Collingwood he was promoted to the senior list again and was initially named as an emergency,[2] but made his debut[3] when Anthony Rocca was unable to play due to injury.[4]

After 2008, Wellingham went on to entrench himself as a vital member of Collingwood's midfield. His pace, footskills, overhead marking and ferocity at the contest became valuable assets to the Magpies' side.[5]

He played in the 2010 grand final-winning team.

He put himself in the spotlight with a career-best 37 possessions in the 2011 Queen's Birthday game against Melbourne, where he stood up in the absence of a number of star team-mates to lead Collingwood to a dominant 88 point win.[6]

On 6 July 2012, in a Friday night game against arch-rival Carlton, Wellingham laid a head-high bump on Carlton's Kade Simpson when Simpson was running back with the flight of the ball, attempting to take a mark. The Match Review Panel deemed the hit worthy of a five-match suspension, but due to Wellingham's five-year good record, the suspension was reduced to four weeks, and reduced a further 25% to three weeks due to an early guilty plea.[7]

At the end of the 2012 season during the AFL Trade Period, Wellingham was traded to the West Coast Eagles, Collingwood in return receiving the Eagles' first round pick, #17. His first season at the Eagles was marred by an ankle injury sustained while using a trampoline during the pre-season, while his second season, 2014, was limited by injury and poor form. He has, by his own admission, been lazy, and many Eagles supporters believe that his first two seasons at the club have not been worth the draft pick given up for him.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2008 Collingwood 21 12 4 4 80 84 164 41 35 0.3 0.3 6.7 7.0 13.7 3.4 2.9
2009 Collingwood 21 16 6 4 130 147 277 53 40 0.4 0.3 8.1 9.2 17.3 3.3 2.5
2010 Collingwood 21 24 15 18 265 203 468 93 95 0.6 0.8 11.0 8.5 19.5 3.9 4.0
2011 Collingwood 21 20 17 10 220 150 370 63 79 0.9 0.5 11.0 7.5 18.5 3.2 4.0
2012 Collingwood 21 20 13 13 233 151 384 88 87 0.7 0.7 11.7 7.6 19.2 4.4 4.4
2013 West Coast 12 10 8 3 111 80 191 32 27 0.8 0.3 11.1 8.0 19.1 3.2 2.7
2014 West Coast 12 13 5 3 124 103 227 41 38 0.4 0.2 9.5 7.9 17.5 3.2 2.9
Career 115 68 55 1163 918 2081 411 401 0.6 0.5 10.1 8.0 18.1 3.6 3.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collier, Karen and Warner, Michael (8 January 2008). "Drink-drive rookie Sharrod Wellingham costs Collingwood $500,000". PerthNow. 
  2. ^ "AFL 2008 Round 6 Teams". 
  3. ^ "Pies deliver Anzac Day lesson". Herald Sun. 25 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Pierik, Jon and Williams, Rebecca (25 April 2008). "Pies, Bombers suffer blow on eve of Anzac Day clash". The Courier-Mail. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Jon (23 September 2011). "Sharrod Wellingham seriously good, just quietly". Herald Sun. 
  6. ^ Lienert, Sam (13 June 2011). "Collingwood thrash Demons by 88 points". 
  7. ^ "Sharrod Wellingham bump on Carlton star Kade Simpson labelled as sport's 'worst dog act of the year'". Fox Sports. 11 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Sharrod Wellingham's player profile at AFL Tables

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