Brenton Sanderson

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Brenton Sanderson
Personal information
Full name Brenton Sanderson
Date of birth (1974-02-27) 27 February 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Sturt (SANFL)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–1993
1994
1995–2005
Total
Adelaide
Collingwood
Geelong
006 0(4)
004 0(1)
199 (29)
209 (34)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2012–2014 Adelaide 69 (39–30–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2014.
Career highlights

As Player:

As Coach:

Brenton Sanderson (born 27 February 1974) is a former Australian rules football player and is the former senior coach of the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, Sanderson moved from Sturt to Adelaide as one of their 10 concession picks. While at Sturt he injured his right leg and had to learn to kick left footed, this subsequently became his primary kicking foot. He finally made his debut in 1992 but had limited opportunities and played just 6 games until he moved to Collingwood. He played just 4 games with the club following two hamstring injuries during the year, but Sanderson once said he learned a lot about the right attitude to preparation and training, as he learned from living with Nathan Buckley.[1]

Geelong[edit]

In 1995 Sanderson moved to Geelong and reinvented himself as a half-back flanker, generating a lot of run out of defence. He had his best season in 2001, when he took out the Carji Greeves Medal as well as earning International rules selection.[1]

In 2005 before the finals series, Sanderson announced he would be retiring from AFL football. Unfortunately he went out following a heartbreaking loss in the Semi-final to Sydney.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Immediately after Sanderson's retirement from playing he moved back to Adelaide to become an assistant coach at Port Adelaide Football Club,[3] before heading back to Geelong to become an assistant coach in 2007.[4] On Monday 19 September 2011 Sanderson was appointed coach of the Adelaide Football Club ahead of red hot favourite Scott Burns and premiership captain Mark Bickley.

After getting to within a goal of reaching the AFL Grand Final in 2012, the Crows underachieved in the ensuing two years, finishing 11th and 10th respectively and therefore failing to make the finals. As a result, on 17 September 2014 (almost three years to the day since he was appointed) Sanderson was sacked as coach of the Adelaide Crows.[5] He left the Crows having won 39 of his 69 games in charge – a 56.5 per cent success rate – the second-best of any Crows coach to date.

Personal life[edit]

Sanderson was at the Sari Club, just hours before the 2002 Bali bombings killed 202 people. He is also a qualified pilot.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

[7]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1992 Adelaide 36 4 3 2 25 26 51 9 3 0.8 0.5 6.3 6.5 12.8 2.3 0.8
1993 Adelaide 36 2 1 1 11 13 24 7 2 0.5 0.5 5.5 6.5 12.0 3.5 1.0
1994 Collingwood 17 4 1 0 20 17 37 9 3 0.3 0.0 5.0 4.3 9.3 2.3 0.8
1995 Geelong 27 13 2 0 60 57 117 42 7 0.2 0.0 4.6 4.4 9.0 3.2 0.5
1996 Geelong 27 21 2 2 224 124 348 101 23 0.1 0.1 10.7 5.9 16.6 4.8 1.1
1997 Geelong 27 21 8 6 205 81 286 84 29 0.4 0.3 9.8 3.9 13.6 4.0 1.4
1998 Geelong 27 22 5 3 291 98 389 102 33 0.2 0.1 13.2 4.5 17.7 4.6 1.5
1999 Geelong 27 15 4 5 204 55 259 81 14 0.3 0.3 13.6 3.7 17.3 5.4 0.9
2000 Geelong 27 23 1 0 247 102 349 107 29 0.0 0.0 10.7 4.4 15.2 4.7 1.3
2001 Geelong 27 22 2 1 240 98 338 104 29 0.1 0.0 10.9 4.5 15.4 4.7 1.3
2002 Geelong 27 12 1 1 105 40 145 48 24 0.1 0.1 8.8 3.3 12.1 4.0 2.0
2003 Geelong 27 22 2 0 264 120 384 116 38 0.1 0.0 12.0 5.5 17.5 5.3 1.7
2004 Geelong 27 17 1 0 147 74 221 76 21 0.1 0.0 8.6 4.4 13.0 4.5 1.2
2005 Geelong 27 11 1 2 93 77 170 64 20 0.1 0.2 8.5 7.0 15.5 5.8 1.8
Career 209 34 23 2136 982 3118 950 275 0.2 0.1 10.2 4.7 14.9 4.5 1.3

Coaching statistics[edit]

[8]
Season Team Games Coached Wins Losses Draws Points % Ladder Position League Teams
2012 Adelaide 25 18 7 0 72.0% 2 18
2013 Adelaide 22 10 12 0 45.5% 11 18
2014 Adelaide 22 11 11 0 50.0% 10 18
Career totals 69 39 30 0 56.52% 7.67 18.00

* = Unfinished season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 576. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ Swans pull off unlikely win, Cats go out
  3. ^ Sanderson backs Port's young guns
  4. ^ Gullan, Scott (7 November 2006) Bomber labels Cats review 'crappy'; Herald Sun
  5. ^ Crows, coach part ways, Adelaide Football Club official website, 17 September 2014
  6. ^ Russell, Dwayne (2 March 2003) Sanderson sets sights
  7. ^ Brenton Sanderson's player profile at AFL Tables
  8. ^ Brenton Sanderson's coaching profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Bickley (caretaker)
Adelaide Football Club coach
2012–2014
after = Phil Walsh
Awards
Preceded by
Steven King
Carji Greeves Medal
2001
Succeeded by
Steven King