Jordan Bannister

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Jordan Bannister
Personal information
Full name Jordan Scott Bannister
Date of birth (1982-10-31) 31 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Melbourne
Original team(s) Therry-Penola/Calder Cannons
Draft 47th overall, 2000 AFL Draft
69th overall, 2003 AFL Draft
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2003 Essendon 14 (0)
2004–2009 Carlton 53 (17)
Umpiring career
Years League Role Games
2010–2011 VFL Field umpire 17
2012-2016 AFL Field umpire 97
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Jordan Scott Bannister (born 31 October 1982) is a former Australian rules football player and umpired, who played for Carlton and Essendon and umpired in the Australian Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Bannister made his debut for the Essendon Football Club in Round 12, 2001 against Adelaide. He was delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2003 season, and decided to re-nominate for the national draft, where he was selected by the Carlton Football Club with its sixth round selection (#69 overall). He made his debut there in Round 1, 2004 against Fremantle. He was noted as a hard-running defender, often taking tagging roles on mobile forwards, and he polled two Brownlow Medal votes against Collingwood in a shut down role against Nathan Buckley. He struggled for regular selection in 2005, finally breaking through for a regular berth in mid-2006, playing ten out of eleven games before being suspended by the AFL Tribunal.

Bannister began the 2007 season playing with Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants, and it appeared that he would struggle for selection under Carlton's youth policy. He was brought back to the seniors against the hard-running Western Bulldogs, and made an immediate impact with consecutive shut-downs of Brad Johnson and Chad Cornes, ensuring his position in the team for the rest of the year. He played the first five games of 2008, but was struck down by injury and was unable to regain his position in the team for the rest of the year. In 2009, Bannister was unable to break into the Carlton senior team on a regular basis, playing only two games for the year. He was a member of the Bullants' losing grand final team in 2009. Bannister was delisted from the Carlton Football Club at the end of the 2009 season.[1]

Umpiring career[edit]

Following retirement from playing, Bannister pursued umpiring under the AFL's Player Pathway Program.[2] He umpired at metropolitan and country level for most of 2010 but was appointed to his senior VFL debut in Round 17. Formally added to the VFL list in 2011 he umpired 15 senior matches and the VFL Reserves elimination final that year.[3][4]

Successfully trialing in the 2012 pre-season, Bannister was appointed to the AFL list of umpires for 2012 in the specially created 33rd position reserved for player pathway umpires. He officiated in his first AFL match in Round 1, between North Melbourne and his former club Essendon.[5][6] Capping an outstanding first season he was selected to umpire in the finals and officiated in the Geelong-Fremantle elimination final.[7]

On 15 April 2013, Bannister's brother, Rick, was involved in a horse jumping accident which left him a quadriplegic. Jordan umpired the remainder of the 2013 season but announced his retirement in October citing the difficulty of balancing work, family and umpiring;[8] but five months later, after Rick's condition and rehabilitation had improved, Bannister returned to the AFL umpiring panel;[9] Rick died later that year.[10]

Bannister retired from umpiring shortly before the 2017 season, finishing his career having umpired 97 AFL games.[10] Across an AFL career spanning sixteen years, Bannister played and umpired a total of 164 games.

Bannister's father, Wayne Bannister was a boxer who was the Australian welterweight champion.


  1. ^ "Changes to the Carlton list for the 2010 season". Carlton Football Club web site. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  2. ^ McFarlane, G., Herald Sun, "Jordan Bannister now policing game", 14 February 2010, Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 VFL senior umpires". AFL Victoria record (Round 1): 27. 2–3 April 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Bannister, Jordan. "My life as an umpire". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Umpires". AFL record: 37. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Female field umpires on way". Herald Sun. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Umpires". AFL record: 63. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Ralph, John (9 October 2013). "Jordan Bannister has retired from umpirint (sic) to focus on his family". Herald-Sun News Pictorial. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Jon Ralph (17 February 2014). "Popular umpire Jordan Bannister will return to AFL ranks this season". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Callum Twomey (8 February 2017). "Former player Bannister calls it quits as an umpire". Australian Football League. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 

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