Heritier Lumumba

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Heritier Lumumba
Heritier Lumumba 2015.JPG
Lumumba at training in July 2015
Personal information
Nickname(s) Harry, H, Tier[1]
Date of birth (1986-11-15) 15 November 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Original team(s) Claremont Football Club (WAFL)
Draft No. 20, 2005 rookie draft
Debut Round 18, 2005, Collingwood
vs. Fremantle, at MCG
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2014 Collingwood 199 (28)
2015–2016 Melbourne 024 0(2)
Total 223 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Heritier Lumumba (born 15 November 1986) (formerly known as Harry O'Brien[1]) is a Brazilian-born Australian former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Since his debut in 2005, he achieved All-Australian honours and won an AFL premiership, playing mostly as a half back. He is the first Brazilian-born player who played an AFL match.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Collingwood[edit]

Lumumba in 2012

The 188 cm Lumumba played most of his football as a medium defender.[2] 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 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.[3]

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.[4] In 2009, he came 4th in the Copeland Trophy.

He played in numbers 43, 30 and his final number 8. In 2010 he won All-Australian honours playing off 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.[5]

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.[6]

Lumumba missed the round one match against Greater Western Sydney in 2016, before playing the next five matches; he missed the remainder of the season after suffering from concussion symptoms.[7] Despite being cleared to train by Melbourne doctors, he did not return to pre-season training in November after being advised to retire by several specialists.[8] He retired from AFL football in December.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Lumumba was born to a Brazilian mother and a Congolese-Angolan father in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Melbourne, Australia when he was 3 years old.[10] He was raised by his Australian stepfather and was 19 years old when he was reunited with his father, after spending 13 years apart.[11] 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.[citation needed]

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

Lumumba’s surname was changed to O'Brien when he was 9 years old and was given the nickname ‘Harry’ shortly after, and became known as Harry O’Brien. In December 2013, he changed his surname back to Lumumba and discontinued the use of the nickname ‘Harry’, citing his journey of decolonization as the reason for the change.[1][12][13]

In 2017, the documentary Fair Game was released about Heritier's life, and experience of racism while playing professional football. He called the culture at Collingwood a “boys’ club for racist and sexist jokes”[14] and stated his team mates nicknamed him 'chimp', a term with a strong history of connotations as a racial slur against Black people[15].He stood up to the racism and continues to do so.[16]

Lumumba became the AFL’s first multicultural ambassador and worked to engage migrant communities through football.[17][18] He was AFL’s multicultural ambassador from 2006-2013. In 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard recognized Lumumba as one of the People of Australia Ambassadors.[19][20] He was also made the ambassador to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Australia in June 2011.[21] He attracted criticism and public outrage when his desire to meet Barack Obama during his proposed visit to Australia, in 2010, was reported in the media.[22]

Statistics[edit]

Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. 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 19 2 1 143 127 270 61 61 0.1 0.1 7.5 6.7 14.2 3.2 3.2
2016 Melbourne 8 5 0 0 41 45 86 21 8 0.0 0.0 8.2 9.0 17.2 4.2 1.6
Career 223 30 27 2062 1459 3521 891 500 0.1 0.1 9.3 6.5 15.8 4.0 2.2

Honours and achievements[edit]

Team

Individual

Books[edit]

Lumumba is the author of the book It’s Cool To Be Conscious, that includes personal stories from his life, both on and off the field. ASIN: B00HQZMBOA[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Niall, Jake (6 December 2013). "Harry O'Brien no longer: Magpie to change surname to Lumumba". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Walsh, Courtney (31 May 2008). "Magpies Harry O'Brien defender a leader in the making". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  3. ^ Boulton, Martin (11 May 2006). "Give rookies a better go: Pies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  4. ^ Lane, Samantha; Gleeson, Michael (4 October 2008). "Swan named Magpies' best". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  5. ^ Ryan, Peter (15 October 2014). "Clark a Cat, three-way deal sees Varcoe join Magpies". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  6. ^ Burgan, Matt (4 April 2015). "Lumumba cherishes win in 200th". MelbourneFC.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. ^ Raplh, Jon (6 November 2016). "Heritier Lumumba ready to return for Melbourne in 2017 after concussion ruined 2016". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  8. ^ Ryan, Peter (21 November 2016). "Lumumba still not training as concussion lingers". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^ Warner, Michael (21 December 2016). "Heritier Lumumba retires from AFL following medical advice over concussion issues". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  10. ^ Gleeson, Michael (12 February 2008). "African journey helps O'Brien". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  11. ^ Warner, Michael (11 March 2009). "Pies confirm tragic loss". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
  12. ^ Rielly, Stephen (6 December 2013). "Harry reclaims his birth name: Heritier Lumumba". Collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  13. ^ Holmes, Tracy. "Heritier Lumumba: How he shed the game and the name that once defined him". ABC News. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Lumumba slams Pies as 'racist, sexist boys' club'". The West Australian. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Heritier Lumumba Collingwood, documentary, Eddie McGuire, Nathan Buckley". Fox Sports. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  16. ^ "The man who stood up to Eddie McGuire". SBS Guide. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  17. ^ Muling, Elizabeth. "Harry talks multiculturalism in AFL". Collingwood FC. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  18. ^ Phelan, Jennifer. "O'hAilpin, Carlile sign up as multicultural ambassadors". AFL.com. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  19. ^ Ferguson, John. "Gillard names Collingwood star local champion". The Australian. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Humble Harry recognised for multiculturalism work". ABC News. Retrieved 18 January 2012.
  21. ^ Blake, Martin. "Dalai Lama kicks goal on Harry O". The Age. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  22. ^ "Harry O'Brien, the thinking man's AFL player". The Age. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  23. ^ "It's Cool To Be Conscious". Amazon.

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