Brad Green (footballer)
Brad Green playing for Melbourne
during the 2007 AFL season
|Full name||Brad Green|
|Date of birth||13 March 1981|
|Place of birth||George Town, Tasmania|
|Original team(s)||Tassie Mariners|
|Draft||No. 19, 1999 National Draft|
|Height/Weight||184 cm (6 ft 0 in) / 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2012.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Brad Green (born 13 March 1981) is a former Australian rules football player and current North Melbourne development coach. He played for 13 seasons with Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Drafted with the 19th selection in the 1999 AFL Draft, Green played in a losing Grand Final in his first season. In 2010 he won the club's best and fairest award and was the club's leading goalkicker, with many commentators stating he was unlucky to miss out on All-Australian selection. Green was named Melbourne's captain for the next season, but the appointment was short-lived as he held the position for only one year. He also represented the Australian International rules football team in 2004, 2010 and 2011, captaining the side in 2011.
A natural sportsman, Green played representative cricket and soccer as a teenager. During his teenage years Green played senior Soccer with Launceston United SC in the Tasmanian football championship. Green attended the Launceston Church Grammar School in Tasmania, and later Victoria University and La Trobe University. He captained the Australian under-15 cricket team. During his early soccer-playing days as a teenager he was scouted by Manchester United. After spending a month at Old Trafford, the 15-year-old Green trained with Walsall, a lower division English club, and was offered a contract but turned it down, choosing to finish his schooling in Tasmania. Green remains a soccer fan and supporter of Melbourne Victory. Surprisingly Green only began playing Australian rules seriously in his mid teens – after returning from England – but his talent was obvious. Green decided to focus his sporting attention on the local game and was subsequently drafted to Melbourne in the 1999 AFL Draft.
Green made his AFL debut in 2000. Melbourne had a highly successful year in 2000 and in his first year of AFL football Green played an important role in the Melbourne forward line. Melbourne made the Grand Final, but were ultimately unsuccessful, losing to Essendon.
After working his way into a greater role in the midfield in 2004, Green found plenty of the ball both forward and through the midfield in 2005. His penetrating and very accurate left foot kicking was effective to leading forwards or in front of goals. He often sets up Melbourne's marking forwards. He played in 21 of a possible 23 games in 2005, consolidating himself as an integral part of the Demons outfit in 2006 with consistent displays in the midfield and excelling as part of the leadership group. Green wears the number 18 guernsey for Melbourne.
Described, as a "soft" player early in his career, Green became renowned for his acts of courage mid-career, attacking the football with vigour and courage. This resulted in him taking a higher number of contested marks in 2007. In the 2007 season, he played very good football both in defence, the midfield, and in the forward line. Green continued his solid form into the 2008 season, being one of Melbourne's few highlights in a miserable season. It took time for Green to decide if he wanted to go on and play with the Demons in 2009 but eventually signed a contract and agreeing to stay red and blue for another three years.
In 2010, Green had his best season to date, kicking 55 goals and taking 153 marks, both ranked sixth in the AFL, in a young Melbourne side to make the All-Australian squad and win his first Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal. Green finished on 295 votes to win the award from James Frawley (277) and Mark Jamar (231). He also won the Ron Barrassi Leadership Award and the "Heart and Soul" Award, pushing his case to be the next captain of the Demons, after the retirement of James McDonald.
The 2011 season started successfully for Green as he was named the new Melbourne captain in late January. Succeeding James McDonald, who retired at the end of 2010, Green described being named captain as a "surreal experience". After a relatively successful first year as captain of the club, Green was named captain of the Australian International rules football team for the 2011 Series in Australia. Green was the only Australian to kick a goal during the 2011 International Rules Series, many commentators named this goal a 'captain's goal'.
Before the 2012 season, under new coach Mark Neeld, Green was removed from the captaincy and the leadership group altogether in favour of a new and younger group of whom only two were retained from the previous year.
Green played his 250th AFL game in Round 18 against North Melbourne, coincidentally the same team against whom he made his AFL debut back in 2000. On 8 August 2012, Green announced that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal: 2010
- Melbourne F.C. Captain: 2011
- Melbourne F.C. Leading Goalkicker: 2010 (55 Goals)
- Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2004, 2010, 2011 (Captain)
- AFL Rising Star Nominee: 2000 (Round 19)
On 5 November 2012, Carlton Football Club announced that Green had been appointed as a development coach under Mick Malthouse. After three years at Carlton, Green joined the North Melbourne Football Club as their defensive coach.
- "Brad Green joins North". NMFC.com.au. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "2015 Coaching Panel". carltonfc.com.au. Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- Pierik, Jon; Wilson, Caroline (30 September 2015). "Neil Craig quits Essendon to join Carlton as coaching director". The Age. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- Acid placed on Demons within By Matt Burgan 12:16 PM Thu 1 April 2010
- Kicking around Martin Boulton for The Age 11 January 2008
- Clark, Jay (3 September 2010). "Brad Green wins Keith "Bluey" Truscott gong". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- Australian Associated Press (28 January 2011). "Brad Green the new Melbourne captain". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- Green to lead Aussies
- Loyal Green fires one more shot, Melbourne Football Club official website, 27 July 2012
- Burgan, Matt (8 August 2012). "Green announces retirement". Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Brad Green's Player Profile at AFL Tables
- Seewang, Niall. "Coach Green turns Blue". afl.com.au. Retrieved 5 November 2012.