Wayde Skipper

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Wayde Skipper
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-03-01) 1 March 1983 (age 32)
Original team West Perth (WAFL)
Debut Round 4, 19 April 2003, Western Bulldogs
v. Essendon, at Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Height/Weight 193 cm / 90 kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Total -
Western Bulldogs
45 (19)
15 0(1)
60 (20)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2010 season.

Wayde Skipper (born 1 March 1983) is an Australian rules footballer who has played for the Hawthorn Football Club and the Western Bulldogs . Standing at 193 cm, Skipper won the 2003 best first year player for his original club the Western Bulldogs.

Skipper was drafted to the Western Bulldogs through the 2000 AFL Draft as a 5th round selection, number 70 overall. Not noted for kicking goals, Skipper kicked 5 goals in Round 17 of 2005 against Geelong at the Telstra Dome, with his first being a contender for Goal of the Year, with a left foot banana from the boundary line. The Dogs won the game.

In 2007, Skipper took a big pack mark in the goalsquare against St Kilda in Round 18. The goal he kicked put the Dogs in front with a minute remaining. The Saints however, after a 75m pass from Jason Gram from defense to Nick Riewoldt 50 meters out on the boundary line, kicked a point through Riewoldt on the siren to level the scores for the 4th draw of the season.

Skipper played one game in 2008 and did not play an AFL game in 2009.

At the end of the 2009 season, Skipper was delisted from the Western Bulldogs, and picked up by Hawthorn with selection 13 in the Rookie Draft on 15 December 2009.

On the eve of the 2010 season, with the Hawks' ruck stocks thin, Skipper suffered another setback with a hamstring injury keeping him out of the team.[1] He made his debut for the Hawks in round eight against Richmond .

Skipper played his fiftieth game against Adelaide in Launceston.[2]

He was delisted by Hawthorn on 19 October 2010. Hawthorn felt that new recruit David Hale and the raw talent of Brent Renouf, would make Skipper surplus to requirements for the 2011 season.[3]

Skipper moved over to the Port Melbourne in the VFL. He was part of their premiership team in 2011.

In the 2014 Season, Skipper will play for Hoppers Crossing in a move that will take him back to his original club


  1. ^ Hawks lose another ruckman, Herald Sun, Retrieved on 18 March 2010.
  2. ^ seventh-heaven-as-skipper-hits-50-games
  3. ^ [1]

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