Heritier Lumumba

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Heritier Lumumba
Heritier Lumumba 2015.JPG
Lumumba at training during July 2015
Personal information
Nickname(s) 'Harry', 'H' or 'Tier'[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-15) 15 November 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Original team Claremont Football Club (WAFL)
Draft #20, 2005 Rookie Draft
Debut Round 18, 2005, Collingwood
v. Fremantle, at MCG
Height/Weight 188cm / 91kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 8
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2014
2015–
Collingwood
Melbourne
Total
199 (28)
15 (2)
214 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of round 17, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Heritier "Harry" Lumumba (born 15 November 1986) (formerly known as Harry O'Brien[1]) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Since his debut in 2005, during his career at the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Football Club he has achieved All-Australian honours and won an AFL premiership, playing mostly as a half back.

He is the first Brazilian-born player in the AFL.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Collingwood[edit]

Lumumba in 2012

The 187 cm Lumumba, who has played most of his football as a medium defender.[3] He was picked up with pick 21 in the 2004 AFL Rookie Draft by Collingwood, and made his debut in Round 18 of 2005 against Fremantle at the MCG. He kicked a great goal against the Kangaroos shortly after his debut, and did enough to be retained on the rookie list. In 2006 Harry showed more improvement and was elevated to the senior list again during the year, this time due to the absence of Sean Rusling, playing a total of 9 games.

Coach Mick Malthouse at one point in an interview challenged the AFL's rules on rookies in response to not being able to permanently play Lumumba in the seniors on the basis of his excellent form.[4]

He was elevated to the senior list for season 2007. In 2008, he came 5th in the Copeland Trophy count, Collingwood's Best and Fairest.[5] In 2009, he came 4th in the Copeland Trophy.

He has played in numbers 43, 30 and his current number 8. In 2010 he has won his first All-Australian honour in the half-back flank. He was instrumental in Collingwood's 2010 grand final replay win over St Kilda and kicked a long goal from the boundary line late in the game.

Melbourne[edit]

On 15 October 2014, after issues with the club and management, Lumumba and Collingwood agreed to part ways and he joined the Melbourne Football Club in a three-club deal with Mitch Clark going to Geelong and Travis Varcoe joining Collingwood.[6]

Lumumba made his Melbourne debut in Round 1, 2015, against Gold Coast, in what was also his 200th AFL game. He kicked a goal in a 26-point win for his new club.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He was born to a Brazilian mother and a Congolese father in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Western Australia when he was 3 years old.[8] However he was raised by his Australian stepfather and was 19 years old when he found out about his biological father.[9] He supported the Essendon Bombers as a child, with his family owning a pet dog named Sheedy after the long-time Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy.

He went to school at Rossmoyne Primary from 1994–99, and also went to Rossmoyne Senior High School.

Lumumba changed his name to Harry O'Brien when he was 9 years old, taking an anglicised Christian name and the O'Brien surname of his step-father. In December 2013, he decided to change his name back and officially be named "Heritier Lumumba" in recognition of his father's family name and his paternal Congolese heritage.[1][10]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of round 16, 2015[11]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Collingwood 43 4 1 1 22 16 38 8 7 0.3 0.3 5.5 4.0 9.5 2.0 1.8
2006 Collingwood 43 9 0 0 51 43 94 25 12 0.0 0.0 5.7 4.8 10.4 2.8 1.3
2007 Collingwood 30 23 0 1 153 93 246 74 57 0.0 0.0 6.7 4.0 10.7 3.2 2.5
2008 Collingwood 8 24 2 1 189 140 329 106 45 0.1 0.0 7.9 5.8 13.7 4.4 1.9
2009 Collingwood 8 25 5 0 230 172 402 106 45 0.2 0.0 9.2 6.9 16.1 4.2 1.8
2010 Collingwood 8 26 6 4 264 142 406 99 62 0.2 0.2 10.2 5.5 15.6 3.8 2.4
2011 Collingwood 8 24 1 2 245 176 421 110 43 0.0 0.1 10.2 7.3 17.5 4.6 1.8
2012 Collingwood 8 24 3 2 239 146 385 94 58 0.1 0.1 10.0 6.1 16.0 3.9 2.4
2013 Collingwood 8 19 7 10 263 161 424 105 47 0.4 0.5 13.8 8.5 22.3 5.5 2.5
2014 Collingwood 8 21 3 5 222 198 420 82 55 0.1 0.2 10.6 9.4 20.0 3.9 2.6
2015 Melbourne 8 14 2 0 120 104 224 49 50 0.1 0.0 8.6 7.4 16.0 3.5 3.6
Career 213 30 26 1998 1391 3389 858 481 0.1 0.1 9.4 6.5 15.9 4.0 2.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Niall, Jake (6 December 2013). "Harry O'Brien no longer: Magpie to change surname to Lumumba". The Age. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Courtney (31 May 2008) Magpies Harry O'Brien defender a leader in the making
  3. ^ Walsh, Courtney (31 May 2008) Magpies Harry O'Brien defender a leader in the making
  4. ^ Boulton, Martin (11 May 2006) Give rookies a better go: Pies
  5. ^ Lane, Samantha & Gleeson, Michael (4 October 2008) Swan named Magpies' best
  6. ^ Ryan, Peter (15 October 2014). "Clark a Cat, three-way deal sees Varcoe join Magpies". AFL.com.au. BigPond. 
  7. ^ Burgan, Matt (4 April 2015). "Lumumba cherishes win in 200th". MelbourneFC.com.au. BigPond. 
  8. ^ "African journey helps O'Brien". Realfooty.com.au. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  9. ^ Warner, Michael (11 March 2009) Pies confirm tragic loss; Herald Sun
  10. ^ Rielly, Stephen (6 December 2013). "Harry reclaims his birth name: Heritier Lumumba". Collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond. 
  11. ^ "Heritier Lumumba". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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