Brad Ottens

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Brad Ottens
Brad Ottens 2011 Premiership Parade 1.JPG
Brad Ottens in 2011
Personal information
Full name Bradley Ottens
Date of birth (1980-01-25) 25 January 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth South Australia
Original team(s) Glenelg Football Club/Richmond
Draft 2nd overall, 1997
Richmond
Height 202 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 106 kg (234 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman / Full-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1998–2004 Richmond 129 (152)
2005–2011 Geelong 116 (109)
Total 245 (261)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
Career highlights

AFL

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Brad "Otto" Ottens (born 25 January 1980) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club and Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

AFL career[edit]

Richmond: 1998–2004[edit]

Selected at pick 2 in the 1997 AFL Draft, Ottens rose to prominence at Richmond as a strong overhead marker, with an accurate and long kick for goal. He was also a part-time ruckman. However a season ending ACL knee injury (and reconstruction) posed a major setback to his career. In subsequent years he struggled to regain his form. He kicked 47 of his goals in 2001 for Richmond

Geelong: 2005–2011[edit]

Ottens playing for Geelong in 2008.

In search of a ruckman and key forward target, Geelong picked up Ottens in a trade for the 2005 season. After debuting in Round 1, and becoming the one thousandth player to play a game for Geelong, he again struggled to have a major impact in the first year at his new club. He was the subject of an infamous post-match press conference by Mark Thompson in 2005. Here Thompson defended Ottens by saying "For some silly reason, you people want to assassinate him. It's just rubbish. You people, all of you, ALL OF YOU, leave him alone!"[1] Some see it as a defining moment for Brad.

Since then Ottens has been Geelong's preferred first ruckman. In 2006 Ottens showed signs of improvement, particularly in the ruck. He also took the AFL Mark of the Year in round 5 against Sydney. He played all 22 games in 2006.

The week after Geelong's exit from the 2006 AFL season, Ottens was involved in a drink driving incident which saw him have his licence cancelled for 11 months.[2]

In 2007 Ottens was in near career best form. He played a majority of the season as Geelong's main ruckman rather than as a forward where he had played mostly since joining the club. During the Cats' five-point preliminary final win against Collingwood Ottens was voted best-on-ground after giving a game-winning performance in the ruck. The following week he capped off a stellar season, among the best players in his side's record breaking grand final victory over Port Adelaide. He noted that it was the highlight of his career.

Despite missing most of 2009 with injuries, Ottens made a late comeback and played in another Geelong premiership side. An injury interrupted season in 2010 resulted in a muted effort for the club's disappointing 2010 AFL finals series. In the 2011 AFL season a relatively injury free Ottens had led to him being able to improve his output on recent years. He retired at the end of the 2011 season.

Statistics[edit]

[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
1998 Richmond 5 12 2 2 30 33 63 29 5 70 0.2 0.2 2.5 2.8 5.3 2.4 0.4 5.8
1999 Richmond 5 22 21 15 110 96 206 82 9 266 1.0 0.7 5.0 4.4 9.4 3.7 0.4 12.1
2000 Richmond 5 21 30 12 174 113 287 117 20 317 1.4 0.6 8.3 5.4 13.7 5.6 1.0 15.1
2001 Richmond 5 24 46 21 230 124 354 166 44 321 1.9 0.9 9.6 5.2 14.8 6.9 1.8 13.4
2002 Richmond 5 20 27 16 160 114 274 102 41 377 1.4 0.8 8.0 5.7 13.7 5.1 2.1 18.9
2003 Richmond 5 12 10 5 90 93 183 71 34 240 0.8 0.4 7.5 7.8 15.3 5.9 2.8 20.0
2004 Richmond 5 18 16 8 102 129 231 99 38 424 0.9 0.4 5.7 7.2 12.8 5.5 2.1 23.6
2005 Geelong 6 15 23 12 81 88 169 69 29 172 1.5 0.8 5.4 5.9 11.3 4.6 1.9 11.5
2006 Geelong 6 22 26 20 139 104 243 104 45 319 1.2 0.9 6.3 4.7 11.0 4.7 2.0 14.5
2007 Geelong 6 22 21 16 133 163 296 115 69 417 1.0 0.7 6.0 7.4 13.5 5.2 3.1 19.0
2008 Geelong 6 16 14 8 73 136 209 72 52 325 0.9 0.5 4.6 8.5 13.1 4.5 3.3 20.3
2009 Geelong 6 6 2 5 28 38 66 21 21 89 0.3 0.8 4.7 6.3 11.0 3.5 3.5 14.8
2010 Geelong 6 15 8 5 40 123 163 40 54 298 0.5 0.3 2.7 8.2 10.9 2.7 3.6 19.9
2011 Geelong 6 20 15 9 87 183 270 73 70 500 0.8 0.5 4.4 9.2 13.5 3.7 3.5 25.0
Career 245 261 154 1477 1537 3014 1160 531 4135 1.1 0.6 6.0 6.3 12.3 4.7 2.2 16.9

Tribunal history[edit]

Season Round Charge category (level) Victim Result Verdict Ref(s)
2001 2 Melee involvement Guilty (accepted fine) $2,000 fine [4][5]
Key:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lovett, Michael (11 May 2011). "Big Cat". AFL Record. p. 68. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Ottens done for drink-driving". ABC Sport. 2006-09-09. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Brad Ottens". AFL Tables. 
  4. ^ "Tribunal History in Season 2001". AFL Historical Statistics. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Brad Ottens, Geelong Cats @ FanFooty". FanFooty. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 

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