Chris Newman (footballer)

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Chris Newman
Newman (cropped).jpg
Newman in August 2009
Personal information
Full name Christopher Newman
Date of birth (1982-05-18) 18 May 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Victoria
Original team(s) Beaconsfield (MPNFL)
Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
Draft 55th overall, 2000
Richmond
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2015 Richmond 268 (56)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Christopher Newman (born 18 May 1982) is the coach of the Box Hill Hawks in the Victorian Football League and a former player with the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted at pick 55 in the 2000 national draft from the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup. Newman grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren where his neighbour and childhood friend was former AFL player Brendan Fevola. Newman led Box Hill to a VFL premiership in 2018 and formerly served as an assistant coach at Hawthorn in 2016.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Early career (2000-2004)[edit]

Newman struggled to get himself into the first Richmond side for his first two seasons. He was held back by nagging injuries which meant he could not get any form.

After a strong run of form for the Coburg Tigers in the VFL, Newman made his debut for Richmond in Round 9 of the 2002 season. He was then to play every game except the Tigers' Round 22 game due to bad form for the previous month. He played every game though in the 2003 season and looked like he might have a career in the big league. He excelled as the Richmond team struggled, kicking 5 goals for the season and averaging 13 disposals off half back. In 2004, he played yet another good year. He played 19 games, once again averaging 13 disposals and also kicking 2 goals.

2005 season[edit]

2005 was the break-through year for Newman. As Richmond struggled, Newman was very solid in the heart of their defence. He picked up a career high 24 disposals against Sydney in Round 14, in a stirring one point win over that season's premiers. He averaged 15 disposals for the year after playing every game, and kicked a couple of goals. Following the 2005 season, Newman was named in the Australian Squad for the 2005 International Rules Series, and performed well enough in the first test to be named in the bests.

2006 season[edit]

2006 was a disappointing season for Newman despite a fairly strong start. After averaging 14 disposals for the first 12 games of the year, things went horribly wrong in round 13 against Collingwood. Newman, in an awkward collision with Leon Davis, broke his leg in two places. This was a similar break to that of fellow Richmond player Nathan Brown in 2005.

2007 season[edit]

Newman was able to successfully recover from this horrible break and become one of Richmond's most consistent performers for the year. His run off the half-backline was crucial to the Tigers counter-attacking game plan.

He scored one of the goals of 2007 against Fremantle when he received a 50 m penalty which led him to the centre square after a scuffle with Dean Solomon. Newman kicked a long bomb from the centre square which was going to be the last goal of the 1st quarter. This goal was considered for nomination as one of the "Tiger Treasures of the Century" during Richmond's centenary celebrations in 2008.[2]

2008 season[edit]

In 2008, Newman was named as Richmond's Deputy Vice Captain along with Nathan Foley.

His 2008 season was statistically his best to date. He averaged 20.4 disposals per game whilst maintaining a solid level of defensive accountability. He won the Tiger's Most Courageous Player award and also managed a 4th-place finish in the Jack Dyer Medal.

On 19 November 2008, following his strong 2008 season, Newman was named Captain of the Richmond Football Club.[3]

2009-2012: Richmond's captain[edit]

From 2009 to 2012 Chris Newman was Richmond's captain and used as the key defensive playmaker for the Tigers. He is the 39th captain in Richmond’s history.[2]

During the 2012 season he played his 200th game against Essendon, but announced that he would resign as captain at the conclusion of the 2012 season.[4]

2014 season[edit]

In August 2014, Newman played his 250th AFL game in which the Tigers defeated minor premiers the Sydney Swans by three points to win their ninth consecutive match and clinch the last place in the finals after the club languished in 16th place on the ladder after Round 14.[5] In the lead-up to that match he signed a further contract which means he will remain at the club until at least the end of the 2015 season.[6]

2015 season[edit]

Newman did not have the most successful start to the season and required minor heart surgery two weeks before the season opener against Carlton. There were serious doubts about him playing but the Tigers named him and he played. He announced in August 2015 that he would retire at the end of the season.[7] He played his 268th and final match in a losing elimination final against North Melbourne at the MCG.

Coaching career[edit]

On 20 October 2015, Newman joined Hawthorn as a development coach.[8] In September 2016 it was announced he would move into the head coaching role at the Hawks' VFL affiliate, Box Hill in 2017.[9] He was named the coach of the league's Team of the Year after leading Box Hill to second place in the home and away season in 2017. Newman lead Box Hill to the 2018 VFL premiership.[10]

Playing statistics[edit]

[11]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Richmond 35 13 0 0 58 38 96 26 19 0.0 0.0 4.5 2.9 7.4 2.0 1.5
2003 Richmond 35 22 5 2 161 130 291 74 43 0.2 0.1 7.3 5.9 13.2 3.4 2.0
2004 Richmond 35 19 2 4 152 101 253 66 47 0.1 0.2 8.0 5.3 13.3 3.5 2.5
2005 Richmond 35 22 2 3 227 112 339 97 65 0.1 0.1 10.3 5.1 15.4 4.4 3.0
2006 Richmond 1 13 1 1 125 41 166 54 37 0.1 0.1 9.6 3.2 12.8 4.2 2.8
2007 Richmond 1 22 4 2 272 129 401 138 47 0.2 0.1 12.4 5.9 18.2 6.3 2.1
2008 Richmond 1 22 3 6 303 146 449 141 44 0.1 0.3 13.8 6.6 20.4 6.4 2.0
2009 Richmond 17 21 3 5 271 165 436 89 67 0.1 0.2 12.9 7.9 20.8 4.2 3.2
2010 Richmond 17 21 5 3 301 109 410 101 68 0.2 0.1 14.3 5.2 19.5 4.8 3.2
2011 Richmond 17 17 4 3 233 83 316 79 54 0.2 0.2 13.7 4.9 18.6 4.6 3.2
2012 Richmond 17 22 3 5 252 114 366 114 51 0.1 0.2 11.5 5.2 16.6 5.2 2.3
2013 Richmond 1 19 8 8 198 99 297 98 40 0.4 0.4 10.4 5.2 15.6 5.2 2.1
2014 Richmond 1 18 4 3 174 68 242 69 45 0.2 0.2 9.7 3.8 13.4 3.8 2.5
2015 Richmond 1 17 12 9 136 74 210 60 40 0.7 0.5 8.0 4.4 12.4 3.5 2.4
Career 268 56 54 2863 1409 4272 1206 667 0.2 0.2 10.7 5.3 15.9 4.5 2.5

Achievements and honours[edit]

Playing honours[edit]

Individual

Coaching honours[edit]

Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coaching Staff". Box Hill Hawks. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "17 things about Chris Newman". Richmond Football Club. 17 May 2012. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Newman to lead next wave". Richmond Football Club. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Newman steps down as Richmond captain". The Age. Melbourne. 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ "YELLOW AND BLACK: Tigers secure finals berth after cliffhanger win over Sydney". Herald Sun. News Ltd. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Chris Newman announces he'll play on in 2015 ..." Herald Sun. News Ltd. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Newman to retire". RichmondFC.com.au. Bigpond. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  8. ^ Duxon, Nick. "Newman joins Hawks in development role". hawthornfc.com.au. Hawthorn. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Newman appointed Box Hill coach". Hawthorn FC. Bigpond. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  10. ^ "VFL TEAM OF THE YEAR". VFL. SportsTG. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Chris Newman". AFL Tables. Retrieved 5 September 2016.

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