Joel Bowden

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Joel Francis Bowden
Joel Bowden (cropped).jpg
Bowden in May 2009
Personal information
Full name Joel Bowden
Date of birth (1978-06-21) 21 June 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Mildura, Victoria[1]
Original team(s) West Alice Springs (CAFL)
Draft Father-Son Selection, 1995
Richmond
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Half Back Flank/Half Forward Flank
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2009 Richmond 265 (171)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Joel Bowden (born 21 June 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Richmond Football Club in the AFL. In 2007, he was declared the new president of the AFL Players Association.

Since his debut in 1996, he has carved a reputation as one of the Tigers' favourite sons. He was drafted at the end of 1995 under a father-son selection, and is the son of former Richmond 1969 premiership player Michael Bowden. Bowden plays as a Backman but can also be a play as a key Forward

In 2006, Bowden was among the leading possession getters in the AFL, and had the most possessions shared between any two players with his brother Patrick. He played his 200th AFL game in Round 8 against Adelaide, gathering 34 possessions as the Tigers upset the then-ladder-leading Crows by three points just a week after suffering a 118-point loss to the Sydney Swans.[2]

In Round 16, 2008, Bowden was at the centre of a major controversy regarding rushed behinds. With Richmond up by 6 points against Essendon with less than a minute left, Bowden proceeded to wipe the remaining time off the clock by rushing 2 behinds from the kick out - tactics which caused an uproar with many calling for the current rules to be changed. Football journalist Mike Sheahan even likened it to the infamous Trevor Chappell underarm delivery. He played his last game against the Collingwood Football Club, who thrashed the Tigers by 93 points.[3]

Statistics[edit]

[4]
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)
1996 Richmond 11 5 4 3 17 14 31 7 3 0.8 0.6 3.4 2.8 6.2 1.4 0.6
1997 Richmond 11 13 21 9 146 75 221 51 21 1.6 0.7 11.2 5.8 17.0 3.9 1.6
1998 Richmond 11 18 17 19 178 131 309 72 36 0.9 1.1 9.9 7.3 17.2 4.0 2.0
1999 Richmond 11 22 15 11 238 183 421 82 38 0.7 0.5 10.8 8.3 19.1 3.7 1.7
2000 Richmond 11 22 19 14 293 203 496 124 51 0.9 0.6 13.3 9.2 22.5 5.6 2.3
2001 Richmond 11 25 26 22 381 210 591 149 51 1.0 0.9 15.2 8.4 23.6 6.0 2.0
2002 Richmond 11 22 18 17 334 171 505 125 63 0.8 0.8 15.2 7.8 23.0 5.7 2.9
2003 Richmond 11 22 12 9 300 181 481 128 74 0.5 0.4 13.6 8.2 21.9 5.8 3.4
2004 Richmond 11 21 9 6 345 177 522 128 51 0.4 0.3 16.4 8.4 24.9 6.1 2.4
2005 Richmond 11 22 7 5 324 188 512 131 38 0.3 0.2 14.7 8.5 23.3 6.0 1.7
2006 Richmond 11 21 3 0 326 169 495 133 37 0.1 0.0 15.5 8.0 23.6 6.3 1.8
2007 Richmond 11 22 3 2 329 220 549 179 38 0.1 0.1 15.0 10.0 25.0 8.1 1.7
2008 Richmond 11 18 17 6 259 153 412 153 39 0.9 0.3 14.4 8.5 22.9 8.5 2.2
2009 Richmond 11 12 3 1 195 101 296 84 20 0.3 0.1 16.3 8.4 24.7 7.0 1.7
Career 265 174 124 3665 2176 5841 1546 560 0.7 0.5 13.8 8.2 22.0 5.8 2.1

Achievements & Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 56. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ Phelan, Jason (20 May 2006). "Crows come up short". Adelaide Football Club official website. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  3. ^ The Rushed Behind Debate
  4. ^ Joel Bowden's player profile at AFL Tables

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