Bowden in May 2009
|Full name||Joel Francis Bowden|
|Date of birth||21 June 1978|
|Place of birth||Mildura, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||West Alice Springs (CAFL)|
|Draft||Father-son selection, 1995 AFL Draft|
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Joel Francis Bowden (born 21 June 1978) is an Australian politician, former union leader and former professional Australian rules footballer. He was elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly at the 2020 Johnston by-election, representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He previously played professional football for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) from 1996 to 2009.
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.
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. These 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 incident. He played his last game against Collingwood, who defeated Richmond by 93 points.
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Achievements and honours
- Richmond Best and Fairest 2004, 2005
- All-Australian 2005, 2006
- International Rules 2004
- 100 Tiger Treasures "Goal of the Century" Nominee (2008)
In 2018, Bowden was appointed general secretary of Unions NT, the peak body for the labour movement in the Northern Territory.
- 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.
- Phelan, Jason (20 May 2006). "Crows come up short". Adelaide Football Club official website. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Joel Bowden Rushed Behinds (AFL, Richmond v Essendon, Round 16, 2008)". YouTube. Channel93. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
- The Rushed Behind Debate Archived 10 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Joel Bowden's player profile at AFL Tables
- Manicaros, Ashley (21 July 2018). "Bowden to carry the banner for Unions NT" (PDF). Northern Territory News. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joel Bowden.|
- Joel Bowden's profile on the official website of the Richmond Football Club
- Joel Bowden's playing statistics from AFL Tables
|Northern Territory Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Johnston