|Full name||Eddie Betts|
|Nickname(s)||Betts, Betsie, Buttsy|
|Date of birth||26 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Port Lincoln, South Australia|
|Original team||Templestowe (EFL)
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
|Draft||Pick #3, 2004 Pre-Season Draft, Carlton|
|Debut||Round 1, 2005, Carlton
v. Kangaroos, at Telstra Dome
|Height/Weight||173 cm (5 ft 8 in) / 73 kg (11 st 7 lb)|
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 3, 2015 season.
Eddie Betts (born Edward Roberts on 26 November 1986) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Betts was originally drafted by Carlton with pick #3 in the 2004 Pre-Season Draft, where he played for nine years before Adelaide signed him as a free agent at the end of 2013.
Betts was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and grew up with his mother in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. He played junior football for the Mines Rovers Football Club. At age 15, Betts had intended to move to Port Lincoln with his father to continue playing junior football there. However, he kept getting into trouble off the field, including smoking, drinking, drugs and truancy. As a result, his mother arranged for Betts to instead move to Melbourne, under a program run by indigenous former footballer Phil Krakouer.
In Melbourne, Betts played football for Templestowe, where he won the EFL Division 3 league best and fairest in 2002, and TAC Cup football for the Calder Cannons. He represented Vic Metro as a 16-year-old in the 2003 AFL National Under 18 Championships and was selected in the Under 18 All-Australian team that season. He was too young to be selected in the AFL Draft at the end of 2003, and he played another season with the Cannons, but was hindered by osteitis pubis. He was overlooked in the 2004 National Draft as a result.
After being overlooked in the National Draft, Betts was recruited to the AFL through the 2004 Pre-Season Draft by the Carlton Football Club with the No. 3 pick. He attracted attention as a lively small forward during the 2005 Pre-Season, and made his AFL debut in Round 1, 2005 against North Melbourne. His early performances saw him become a regular member of the senior team, filling the niche of goal-sneak and chaser for the club, while his sometimes freakish displays of skill saw him labelled an excitement machine by commentators.
Throughout his first four seasons, Betts had a consistent output of 20-25 goals as a small forward playing underneath full forward Brendan Fevola. In 2006, Betts won the Goal of the Year, for his goal in Round 21 against Collingwood; in an amazing solo effort, Betts smothered Tarkyn Lockyer's attempted clearing kick, ran to gather it just before it went out of bounds, and steadied himself to score with a banana from an impossible angle. From 2007, Betts began to spend some rotations as a midfielder, particularly late in the season after the appointment of Brett Ratten as Carlton coach, but remained primarily a small forward.
From 2009, Betts' goalkicking output increased. He kicked 38 goals in 2009, then 42 in 2010 to top Carlton's goal kicking for the first time. He played his 100th AFL game in Round 3, 2010 against Essendon at the MCG. His 2010 season saw him make the top 10 in the club Best and Fairest for the first time. Betts kicked another 50 goals in 2011, including a career-best eight goals against Essendon in Round 18, and then 48 goals in 2012 to be the club's leading goalkicker for the second time. He finished second in the best and fairest in 2012, narrowly beaten by Heath Scotland, and he was nominated in the 40-man All-Australian squad in both 2011 and 2012, but did not make the final team in either year.
The conclusion of the 2013 AFL season saw Betts enter the free agent market. On 3 October, Betts notified Carlton he has accepted a 4 year contract worth $2 million (AUS), to join Adelaide. Carlton had 72 hours to match the Crows offer but declined before that time elapsed, allowing the confirmation of Betts' switch to occur on 4 October.
In his first season at Adelaide, Betts played all 22 games and kicked a career-best 51 goals, leading Adelaide's goalscoring and finishing eighth in the Coleman Medal. He also had more goal assists than anyone else in the AFL and was ranked third in the league for tackles inside the forward 50. Betts played his 200th AFL game against Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval in round 17.
On May 26, 2015, the AFL launched an inquiry into Betts' signing with Adelaide after outgoing Carlton coach Mick Malthouse claimed to have been told by current Carlton and former Adelaide CEO Steven Trigg that Adelaide had illegally signed Betts 18 months prior to him departing Carlton. Adelaide categorically denied the claim, as did Carlton and Betts' manager. Betts and all other parties were subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing in the affair.
In December 2009, Betts was arrested and fined by police after being drunk in public following Carlton players' Christmas party. He was also fined and suspended for one month by the club for the incident. He and other players were sent to a boxing gym and underwent a strenuous training program. This in fact had a positive effect and they applied themselves so well that they achieved best ever levels of fitness (which had never been one of Eddie's strengths) and convinced the club that they had the right attitude.
He is engaged to Anna Scullie and together they have a son who was born in October 2012.
- Statistics are correct to end of Round 10, 2015 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Gullan, Scott (27 Aug 2010). "The Eddie Betts of both worlds". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 Dec 2011.
- "Colts". Eastern Football League. Retrieved 21 Dec 2011.
- Lucas, Jarrod (24 Dec 2004) Betts set for big time
- "Eddie Betts statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
- Burton, Rioli win awards
- Betts' goal provides Blues' bright spot
- "2012 Stats - Player Lists". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
- "Scotland wins his first Best & Fairest". Carlton Football Club. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Paton, Al (6 Sep 2011). "Leon Davis, Eddie Betts make All-Australian Squad". Herald Sun. Retrieved 6 Sep 2011.
- "Betts earns All-Australian nomination". Carlton Football Club. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- Green, Warwick; Windley, Matt (17 September 2012). "Jack Riewoldt, Matthew Pavlich miss the All-Australian cut". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Betts off: Free agent Eddie to join Crows
- "Eddie Betts - AFC.com.au".
- "League to look into Malthouse's claims of Crows poaching Betts". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "Club Statement: Eddie Betts". AFC.com.au. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "AFL Statement: Crows cleared". AFC.com.au. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Eddie Betts locked up for drunken behaviour in Melbourne's CBD
- Camp breaks, makes Blues
- Carlton trio back, wiser and fitter
- Last drinks for Carlton boys
- Banned Carlton Blues players set for return after NAB Cup
- "It's a boy!". 29 October 2012.
- Eddie Betts's profile on the official website of the Adelaide Football Club
- Eddie Betts's statistics from AFL Tables
- Eddie Betts Profile in Blueseum
|Awards and achievements|
|AFL Goal of the Year