Will Minson

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Will Minson
Will minson.jpg
Photographed in March 2008
Personal information
Full name William Gerald Minson
Date of birth (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 29)
Original team Norwood (SANFL)
Draft #20, 2002 National Draft, Western Bulldogs
Height/Weight 199cm / 106kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Number 27
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004– Western Bulldogs 158 (73)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

William Gerald Minson (born 11 April 1985 in South Australia) is a professional Australian rules footballer who plays for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Minson grew up in Norwood, South Australia and played football with the Norwood Football Club up until the under 18's.

He was a student at St Peter's College, Adelaide, where he played the majority of his junior football, while also playing as a junior footballer at Walkerville FC.

AFL career[edit]

The Western Bulldogs recruited Minson in the 2002 AFL Draft at pick number 20. He made his debut with the club in 2004.

He is considered very mobile for his size and is also very strong. He is known for his physical presence, being suspended for striking Geelong star Cameron Ling in just his second game.

In Round 14 2008, with the Bulldogs playing Port Adelaide in their annual game in Darwin, Minson was involved in a confrontation with Kane Cornes, a Port Adelaide midfielder. Minson appeared two days later in an interview with the Foxtel AFL program On the Couch, apologising for a derogatory comment made to Cornes. The actual comment is said to have concerned or been directed towards Kane's newborn son who has suffered from health problems, and in particular questioning Kane's priorities in choosing to play football in Darwin that weekend, rather than being back in Adelaide in support of his wife and son. Minson claimed that what was said was in "the heat of battle". [1]

In Round 12 2012, following the Western Bulldogs victory over Port Adelaide, Minson was again embroiled in a controversy over allegedly sledging Danyle Pearce, another Port Adelaide player. The comments, which are said to have concerned Pearce's mother, were made in the final quarter of the match, immediately after the two were wrestling at a stoppage and during a subsequent melee. Whilst the incident was not elevated to the AFL tribunal, the Western Bulldogs fined Minson and imposed a one-week suspension on him as punishment for the indiscretion. Because of the prior incident with Kane Cornes, a media frenzy ensued. In a press conference two days after the game, Minson said he was "deeply regretful for any comments that were made", and that he had "no intention of ever putting anyone through that again".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Minson has a younger brother, Hugh, who formerly played in the Australian Football League with Port Adelaide before being forced to retire through injury.[3]

Off the field, Minson is known for his intelligence and multi-faceted abilities - he plays saxophone, speaks fluent German and is currently studying civil engineering at the University of Melbourne.[4] He is also heavily involved with the charity Red Dust, which operates sporting and lifestyle clinics in remote aboriginal communities and, more recently, in very poor areas of India.[2]


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