David Hale (footballer)

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David Hale
David hale kangaroos.jpg
Personal information
Full name David Hale
Date of birth (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Hobart, Tasmania[1]
Original team(s) Broadbeach Football Club (QLD)
Draft No. 7, 2001 National Draft, North Melbourne
Debut Round 5, 2003, North Melbourne
vs. Carlton, at Telstra Dome
Height / weight 201 cm / 104 kg
Position(s) Forward/Ruck
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2010
2011–2015
Total
North Melbourne
Hawthorn
129 (119)
108 0(98)
237 (217)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Career highlights
  • 3× AFL premiership player: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Represented QLD in U18 championships 2001
  • North Melbourne Leading Goalkicker 2008 (37)

David Hale (born 22 May 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Hale was born in Hobart, Tasmania but moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland with his parents prior to his first birthday.[2] He grew up in the Coolangatta area of the Gold Coast and attended Marymount College during his schooling years. In 2000, he began playing with the Coolangatta club in Division 2 of the state league where he was selected in the AIS/AFL Academy squad .[1] In 2001, he switched to Broadbeach and represented Queensland at the under 18 national championships.

AFL career[edit]

Hale was recruited from the Broadbeach Football Club. He represented the Queensland Scorpions at U16 and U18 state championship levels before being taken at pick 7 in the 2001 AFL Draft by the Kangaroos Football Club.

Hale spent the 2002 season playing for the Murray Kangaroos in the VFL[3] before making his AFL debut for North Melbourne in Round 5, 2003.

In 2008 Hale lead the goalkicking for North Melbourne with 37 goals but Hale then seemed to fall out of favor with the coaching staff playing only 16 games in 2009 and 12 in 2010.

On 8 October 2010, David Hale was traded to Hawthorn in exchange for a 1st round draft pick.

His first season at the Hawks Hale played a predominantly forward role, providing a tall marking target, then he would provide relief to Bailey in the ruck. In 2012 with Bailey injured, Hale took the number one ruck mantle, rotating duties with forward partner, Jarryd Roughead. Hale enjoyed more time on the ball and used his mobility to have an impact around the ground. Bailey returned in 2013 so Hale again was 2nd mantle in rucking until Bailey would get subbed off and then he took the lead rucking spot.

Hale played in all three of Hawthorn's victorious Grand Finals from 2013 to 2015. Hale was substituted off for Matt Suckling late in the 3rd quarter of the 2015 AFL Grand Final; with abolition of the substitute rule at the end of the 2015 AFL season, this meant that Hale became the last player to be substituted out of the game.[4] He announced his retirement on 6 October 2015.[5]

Coaching[edit]

On October 23, 2015 it was announced that he had joined Fremantle Football Club as an assistant coach alongside former premiership teammate Brent Guerra for the 2016 AFL season.[6]

Statistics[edit]

[7]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Kangaroos 31 3 0 0 5 3 8 4 1 8 0.0 0.0 1.7 1.0 2.7 1.3 0.3 2.7
2004 Kangaroos 31 11 4 2 47 27 74 37 10 62 0.4 0.2 4.3 2.5 6.7 3.4 0.9 5.6
2005 Kangaroos 31 23 14 2 132 76 208 86 46 224 0.6 0.1 5.7 3.3 9.0 3.7 2.0 9.7
2006 Kangaroos 31 22 11 12 166 84 250 120 42 243 0.5 0.5 7.5 3.8 11.4 5.5 1.9 11.0
2007 Kangaroos 31 20 14 11 122 99 221 88 39 166 0.7 0.6 6.1 5.0 11.1 4.4 2.0 8.3
2008 North Melbourne 31 22 37 19 156 94 250 130 38 187 1.7 0.9 7.1 4.3 11.4 5.9 1.7 8.5
2009 North Melbourne 31 16 22 13 94 45 139 79 21 54 1.4 0.8 5.9 2.8 8.7 4.9 1.3 3.4
2010 North Melbourne 31 12 17 8 58 34 92 34 17 38 1.4 0.7 4.8 2.8 7.7 2.8 1.4 3.2
2011 Hawthorn 20 20 19 15 115 125 240 98 41 273 1.0 0.8 5.8 6.3 12.0 4.9 2.1 13.7
2012 Hawthorn 20 24 24 18 139 192 331 94 54 547 1.0 0.8 5.8 8.0 13.8 3.9 2.3 22.8
2013 Hawthorn 20 24 20 26 139 174 313 98 60 405 0.8 1.1 5.8 7.3 13.0 4.1 2.5 16.9
2014 Hawthorn 20 22 22 11 101 123 224 77 55 360 1.0 0.5 4.6 5.6 10.2 3.5 2.5 16.4
2015 Hawthorn 20 18 13 5 66 97 163 41 43 285 0.7 0.3 3.7 5.4 9.1 2.3 2.4 15.8
Career 237 217 142 1340 1173 2513 986 467 2852 0.9 0.6 5.7 4.9 10.6 4.2 2.0 12.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Hale
  2. ^ Hawk Hale on pace in Hobart
  3. ^ http://www.afl.com.au/news/2002-06-29/our-best-youngsters-where-are-they-now
  4. ^ Lyon, Karen. "Lake, Hale left to consider AFL futures". Wide World of Sports. Nine Network. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Phelan, Jennifer (6 October 2015). "Veteran Hawthorn pair Lake and Hale retire with three-flag haul". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.fremantlefc.com.au/news/2015-10-23/fremantle-add-premiership-trio-to-coaching-group
  7. ^ "David Hale". AFL Tables. 

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