Brett Voss

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Brett Voss
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-02-22) 22 February 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Queensland
Original team(s) Morningside (QAFL)
Debut Round 5, 27 April 1997, Brisbane
vs. Port Adelaide, at Football Park
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1997–2000 Brisbane Lions 035 (11)
2001–2007 St Kilda 135 (56)
Total 170 (67)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
  • St Kilda pre-season premiership 2004
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Brett Charles Voss (born 22 February 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Brisbane Lions and the St Kilda Football Club.

He was drafted by the Brisbane Bears as a zone selection in 1995. Voss, now with the Lions, made his debut in 1997 but was delisted at the end of 2000, struggling to gain selection in a successful Brisbane side, and over-shadowed by his older brother, Brownlow Medallist Michael Voss.

The St Kilda Football Club, under the leadership of then coach Malcolm Blight, recruited Voss in the 2001 pre-season draft. His 2001 season with the club was inconsistent, but he played 19 matches and found some confidence. It was in 2002 that Voss came into his own as an AFL footballer. He played almost every match between 2004 and 2006 for the Saints, who played finals in each of those three seasons.

Voss played in St Kilda’s 2004 AFL Wizard Home Loans Cup winning side – St Kilda Football Club’s 2nd AFL Cup Win.[1]

Voss became known for his courage, and often played well above his height in defence. A feature of his game during 2004 and 2005 was his strong marking in the backline, and Voss was one of the Saints' toughest and most reliable players during his time at the club. Voss won Network Ten's Before The Game 'Tool of the Year' award in 2004.

The 2006 season saw Voss have close to his best year, racking up 350 possessions, 140 marks and kicking 15 goals for the year playing in a new role as a half-forward. He finished 10th in the 2006 B&F.

Voss entered the 2007 season struggling with injury, and was unable to hold a place in the side. There was a perception that he had lost some pace, and Voss did not reach his previous standards in his 11 matches for the year.

After some deliberation at the end of the season, and after consultation with coach Ross Lyon, 29-year-old Voss announced his retirement on 18 September 2007 [1]. It was a selfless decision, and many thought he may have had one more year left in him. As always, Voss did what was best for the club.

Brett Voss now plays for the Old Haileyburians Amateur Football Club. Voss finished his career with 170 games of AFL football in a career that spanned 11 seasons at the elite level.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 13 March 2004. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-07.