Whitecross in June 2017
|Full name||Brendan Whitecross|
|Date of birth||25 January 1990|
|Place of birth||Australia|
|Original team(s)||Zillmere Eagles|
|Draft||No. 29, 2007 national draft|
|Debut||Round 1, 2009, Hawthorn
vs. Geelong, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He is an all round sportsman having represented his state in Athletics and is an accomplished cricketer, cross country runner, rugby union player and swimmer and Captained his schools St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe, Brisbane Athletics Squad.
Whitecross started his football life at the Kedron Districts Junior Football Club in Brisbane, Queensland playing there for 11 seasons before moving on to the Zillmere Eagles to commence his senior career. He represented Queensland in under 12s (2002), under 16s (2005–2006), captaining the team in 2006 and in under 18s in 2007. He was selected to the AIS/AFL Academy and traveled with the Australian under 17 team to South Africa in 2007.
Whitecross debuted in the round 1 grand final rematch against Geelong. On 14 June 2009, Whitecross re-signed with Hawthorn Football Club for two more seasons. Whitecross closed an outstanding 2009 season at Hawthorn by winning the club's 2009 "Most Improved Player" Award. He polled 31 votes to finish 19th in the best and fairest vote-count.
By 2011, Whitecross had cemented his place in the Hawthorn line-up. It was his ability to apply pressure, to find the ball, present as a link up option going forward and uncanny goal sense that immediately made him a dangerous player. His sure hands enabled him to become an important link man as the Hawks moved the ball from the middle to the forward line.
Whitecross again ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Geelong in the 2013 Preliminary final. Hawthorn went on to win the game breaking an 11 game losing streak to Geelong since 2008. His injury meant he missed the 2013 AFL Grand Final and all of the 2014 AFL season.
- Statistics are correct to the end of 2017
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
- http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2013-05-15/whitecross-nearing-return[permanent dead link]
- "Brendan Whitecross". AFL Tables. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
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