David Hille

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David Hille
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Personal information
Full name David Barry Hille
Date of birth (1981-06-02) 2 June 1981 (age 35)
Original team(s) Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 40, 1999 National Draft, Essendon
Height / weight 202cm / 108kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2013 Essendon 197 (153)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

David Hille (born 2 June 1981) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club.

Early life[edit]

In his senior year at high school, Hille and seven other schoolmates from The Peninsula School lodged themselves into a station wagon and crashed it 500m up the road from where they took off in South Frankston. Three of the boys in the car were killed, and the other three seriously injured, but Hille was not injured. The accident report claims that Hille was wearing his seatbelt, which is why he has appeared on commercials about buckling up when driving.[1]

Football career[edit]

He made his debut in 2001 with the Essendon Football Club and has been a solid ruckman for a number of years. In a surprise decision, Hille was appointed stand-in captain for the 2006 AFL season after Matthew Lloyd suffered a season-ending hamstring injury.[2]

He captained his first game in Round 6, 2006. During 2007 through to 2012 he upheld the role of Vice-Captain of the Essendon Football Club which was shared with Mark McVeigh for the most part.

In the Round 17, 2006 clash between Essendon and Brisbane Lions (the first match Essendon won under his captaincy, and since the beginning of April that year), Brisbane ruckman Jamie Charman fell heavily in a contest, seriously injuring his shoulder. The image of David Hille comforting his opponent whilst medical help arrived was often replayed by the football media as a rare example of sportsmanship in such a competitive game.

At the 2008 Essendon Best and Fairest, Hille swept the floor by taking the most prestigious award of the night, the 'Best and Fairest'. Hille also came away with the 'Cheersquad award'.

Hille suffered a knee injury in the second minute of the Bomber's annual ANZAC Day match against Collingwood in Round 5, 2009. Scans confirmed he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, requiring a full knee construction and ending his season.[3]

Retirement[edit]

On 29 August 2013, Hille announced his intention to retire from AFL Football at season's end. Hille has led a colourful career at Essendon, including captaining the team in 2006 in the absence of injured forward and captain Matthew Lloyd, Essendon best and fairest W.S. Crichton Medal in 2008 and the Yiooken Award in 2010, awarded for being judged best on ground in the Dreamtime at the 'G match between Essendon and Richmond Tigers commemorating the Aboriginal presence within the AFL.

Hille, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[4] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016, although by this stage had already retired from football at all levels.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Studied a Bachelor of Business at RMIT University and currently lives in Melbourne.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to Round 6 of the 2013 season.[6][7]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2001 Essendon 34 6 1 3 23 12 35 13 3 0.2 0.5 3.8 2.0 5.8 2.2 0.5
2002 Essendon 34 19 11 10 100 65 165 77 27 0.6 0.5 5.3 3.4 8.7 4.0 1.4
2003 Essendon 19 24 20 14 171 91 262 78 32 0.8 0.6 7.1 3.8 10.9 3.2 1.3
2004 Essendon 19 23 25 18 149 92 241 83 29 1.1 0.8 6.5 4.0 10.5 3.6 1.3
2005 Essendon 19 13 10 7 83 100 183 56 19 0.8 0.5 6.4 7.7 14.1 4.3 1.5
2006 Essendon 19 21 13 15 136 164 300 92 29 0.6 0.7 6.5 7.8 14.3 4.4 1.4
2007 Essendon 19 18 7 8 113 115 228 70 33 0.4 0.4 6.3 6.4 12.7 3.9 1.8
2008 Essendon 19 20 19 18 177 147 324 103 34 1.0 0.9 8.8 7.4 16.2 5.2 1.7
2009 Essendon 19 5 1 3 25 34 59 15 4 0.2 0.6 5.0 6.8 11.8 3.0 0.8
2010 Essendon 19 16 16 11 123 139 262 90 24 1.0 0.7 7.7 8.7 16.4 5.6 1.5
2011 Essendon 19 19 20 13 147 149 296 110 27 1.0 0.7 7.7 7.8 15.6 5.8 1.4
2012 Essendon 19 9 9 7 73 54 127 47 10 1.0 0.8 8.1 6.0 14.1 5.2 1.1
2013 Essendon 19 3 1 4 24 20 44 10 3 0.3 1.3 8.0 6.7 14.7 3.3 1
Career 196 153 131 1344 1182 2526 844 274 0.8 0.7 6.9 6.0 12.9 4.3 1.4
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lane, Samantha (10 August 2010). "Footy star says: don't go down road I travelled". The Age. Melbourne. 
  2. ^ Hille appointed acting captain | Essendon Football Club | News Story
  3. ^ Hille out for season
  4. ^ Twomey, Callum (March 31, 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "David Hille statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "David Hille of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 10 August 2013. 

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