Heath Hocking

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Heath Hocking
Personal information
Full name Heath Hocking
Date of birth (1987-12-27) 27 December 1987 (age 29)
Original team(s) Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 20, 2006 rookie draft
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 39
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007– Essendon 125 (43)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 4, 2017.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Heath Hocking is an Australian rules footballer who plays for Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Originally from Mooroolbark, he was drafted by Essendon with the 20th selection in the 2006 rookie draft from Eastern Ranges in TAC Cup. He was elevated to the main list in 2007, playing one game late in the 2007 season.

Hocking is a solid and hard-at-it midfielder, who primarily plays a defensive tagging role on opposition midfielders.[1] He finished second in the Essendon's best and fairest award, the Crichton Medal, in 2010 and fifth in 2011.[2]

His father, Graham Hocking played one game for South Melbourne in 1971 and his older brother Evan has played in the Victorian Football League for Port Melbourne Football Club.[1]

Hocking, 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,[3] 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; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 AFL season.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gullan, Scott (7 June 2013). "Essendon gun Heath Hocking carves out career the hard way". Herald Sun. 
  2. ^ "Club Best and Fairest Awards". 
  3. ^ Twomey, Callum (March 31, 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 

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