Simon Minton-Connell

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Simon Minton-Connell
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-04-26) 26 April 1969 (age 45)
Original team North Hobart
Debut Round 15, 15 July 1989, Carlton
v. Collingwood, at Waverley Park
Height/Weight 194cm / 92 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1986–1991
1992–1994
1995–1996
1997–1998
Total
Carlton
Sydney
Hawthorn
Western Bulldogs
019 0(50)
046 (169)
022 0(33)
025 0(53)
112 (305)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1998 season.
Career highlights
  • Sydney Leading goalkicker 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Western Bulldogs Leading goalkicker 1997
  • Tasmanian State of Origin representative
  • Tasmanian Team of the Century nominee

Simon Minton-Connell (born 26 April 1969) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and its successor, the Australian Football League (AFL).

VFL/AFL career[edit]

Nephew of the great full-forward Peter Hudson and cousin of Paul Hudson, Minton-Connell was selected at pick 38 in the 1986 VFL Draft by Carlton Football Club. Minton-Connell eventually played for four different VFL/AFL clubs; Carlton, Sydney, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs in his twelve year career, amassing 112 games and 305 goals in the process. Despite this lack of career stability Minton-Connell was an effective forward judged by today's standards, despite being overshadowed by the more glamorous and prolific spearheads of the era.

Local league career[edit]

Retiring to local league football, Minton-Connell reached the 100-goal milestone for the Aberfeldie Football Club of the Essendon District Football League in 2002,[1] ending the season with 121 majors after tragically tearing a thigh muscle in the opening minutes of that year's Grand Final versus Oak Park.[2]

In 2004 he played for the Moonee Valley Football Club, before spending a year with NOBs in 2005 and returning to Aberfeldie in the role of coach in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ G. McLure, 'Sporting Life', The Age, 29 July 2002
  2. ^ Anonymous, 'Top guns in shoot-out', The Age, 28 June 2003