Daniel Pratt (footballer)

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Daniel Pratt
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Pratt
Date of birth (1983-03-21) 21 March 1983 (age 34)
Original team(s) Northern Eagles (QAFL)
Draft No. 42, 2000 National Draft, Kangaroos
No. 16, 2003 Rookie Draft, Brisbane Lions
No. 74, 2004 National Draft. Kangaroos
Height / weight 185 cm / 93 kg
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004 Brisbane Lions 3 (1)
2005–2011 North Melbourne 116 (9)
Total 119 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Daniel Pratt (born 21 March 1983) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for both Brisbane and North Melbourne in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early career[edit]

Pratt was taken at pick 42 in the 2000 National AFL Draft from the Northern Eagles in the AFL Queensland league to the Kangaroos. He did not play a game and was delisted at the end of the 2002 season.

Brisbane[edit]

Pratt was rookie-listed for 2003 by the Brisbane Lions, a serious hand injury in mid-season required surgery resulting in no further games in 2003. He showed good form and was elevated for 2004. He played three games in 2004 and was not successful. He was subsequently delisted and he nominated for the draft.

North Melbourne[edit]

He did not expect that he would be drafted but the Kangaroos decided to take a punt and draft him at pick 74 for 2005. He played 17 games in his first season back at the Kangaroos and impressed Dean Laidley. In 2006 he played 18 games but chose to end his season after surgery which would enable him to start pre-season training with the team on 16 October. Daniel had an outstanding 2007 season gaining some consistency to his game. He ended up playing every game for the Roos and ended up finishing third in the Syd Barker Medal. Pratt was delisted by North Melbourne on 17 October 2011 possibly due to his form or his age, after playing 119 AFL matches.[1]

Box Hill[edit]

With no offers from any AFL club forthcoming, Pratt accepted a two-year contract with the Box Hill Hawks. His onfield leadership saw him appointed co-captain (with Beau Muston) of the VFL team in 2012 and captain in 2013. Unfortunately due to injury he was not able to play in the 2013 Grand Final in which his team won.

Development coach[edit]

Daniel Pratt joined West Coast as a development coach in 2014. Pratt filled the void left by Adrian Hickmott who was promoted to a senior assistant role at the Eagles. Pratt is an ex-teammate Adam Simpson at North Melbourne.[2]

Positions[edit]

Daniel Pratt usually plays as a back pocket but can also be deploy as half back flanks or midfield.

Controversies[edit]

Chicken video scandal[edit]

Pratt was the club ringleader (along with teammate Adam Simpson) in a scandal which involved the uploading of a video to YouTube featuring a condom covered rubber chicken's head sexually penetrating a chicken corpse.[3] In the video, locations inside North Melbourne club rooms and players names were identifiable. Several groups, including the AFL, the Victorian Women's Trust and National Council of Women of Australia labelled the content of the video highly offensive and sexist to women, treating them as sex objects and openly encouraging of rape.[4]

Rushed behind incident, round 4 2009[edit]

Daniel Pratt was the first victim of the AFL's new rule in regards to deliberately rushed behinds, giving away a free kick for that offence in his side's match against Essendon. Despite this, the Kangaroos won the match.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmook, Nathan (17 October 2011). "North culls seven". Australian Football League. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.afl.com.au/news/2013-11-04/pratt-joins-simpsons-roo-crew-at-west-coast
  3. ^ "North Melbourne players to give $10,000 to charity over Chookgate". 9 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Women's groups unhappy with North Melbourne's apology". 10 April 2009. 

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