Kade Simpson

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Kade Simpson
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Personal information
Full name Kade Simpson
Date of birth (1984-05-05) 5 May 1984 (age 32)
Original team(s) Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 45, 2002 National Draft, Carlton
Height / weight 182cm / 75kg
Position(s) Half-back flank/Wing
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 6
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003– Carlton 263 (127)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2006–2010 Australia 6
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Kade Simpson (born 5 May 1984) is an Australian rules footballer, currently playing with the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League.

"Simmo" was drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 AFL Draft. He was Carlton's first pick in that year's draft, after the club was stripped of its higher selections as punishment for salary cap infringements. Carlton were so fortunate to have picked Simpson in the first place anyway, given his skills were immediately apparent, but he did not have enough weight to play regular seniors in his first two seasons; even now, his weight is a relatively light 79 kg. He played primarily for Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants, in his first two years, and on his few selections in the Carlton senior team, received so little ground time that he did not have a disposal in his first three games.

Simpson first broke into the senior team as a regular in the latter half of 2005. Still eligible for the AFL Rising Star in his third season on the list, Simpson was nominated in Round 18. He played nine of the last 10 games of the season, missing one game through injury, and his pace and skill began to attract attention.

Simpson took a big step up in the 2006 season, being elevated to the leadership group and running 4th in the best and fairest. He played every game, mainly as a running link-man from half-back. He finished in the top 5 in the AFL for running bounces, which was typical of his rebound play, averaged 19 disposals with a maximum of 30, and eleven goals. This style of running play prompted Kevin Sheedy to select Simpson for the Australian International Rules team for the 2006 tour of Ireland, and Mick Malthouse to do likewise for in 2008, a series in which he won the Jim Stynes Medal.

By 2007, Simpson had emerged as one of the leaders of the club. He captained the Blues between Rounds 14 and 19 during 2007, in the absence of regular captain and vice-captain Lance Whitnall and Nick Stevens, and has been vice-captain to Chris Judd since Stevens' retirement.

In 2010, Kade Simpson had arguably his best season for the Carlton Football Club, polling nine Brownlow votes (Second for Carlton, behind medal-winner Chris Judd). The most noticeable feature of his performances during the season was his tackling ability, because on 12 occasions he laid five or more tackles.

Simpson played 158 consecutive games from Round 15, 2005, until Round 15, 2012, before missing a match with a broken jaw.[1] He was, at the time, considered the club record holder for most consecutive games,[2] but in December 2012, the AFL amended the interpretation of this record such that Bruce Doull, who missed two club games during his streak due to playing in interstate matches on the same day, assumed the club record with 162 consecutive games.[3]

In the 2013 season, Simpson won the John Nicholls medal, Carltons best and fairest award. Kade had 533 disposals that season, after an outstanding year playing at half-back flank position under new coach Mick Malthouse.

In the 2016 season, Simpson had an outstanding year avergaing 27.2 disposals a Game. He was nominated in the All Australian squad of 40 but unfortunately was not named in the final 22. He finished second in Carlton's best and fariest award behind defender Sam Docherty.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of round 4, 2015[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)
2003 Carlton 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
2004 Carlton 6 3 1 1 7 5 12 4 5 0.3 0.3 2.3 1.7 4.0 1.3 1.7
2005 Carlton 6 15 9 10 118 56 174 57 26 0.6 0.7 7.9 3.7 11.6 3.8 1.7
2006 Carlton 6 22 11 8 296 124 420 147 53 0.5 0.4 13.5 5.6 19.1 6.7 2.4
2007 Carlton 6 22 17 12 281 130 411 103 64 0.8 0.5 12.8 5.9 18.7 4.7 2.9
2008 Carlton 6 22 9 14 242 170 412 137 61 0.4 0.6 11.0 7.7 18.7 6.2 2.8
2009 Carlton 6 23 15 12 287 202 489 129 82 0.7 0.5 12.5 8.8 21.3 5.6 3.6
2010 Carlton 6 23 17 19 328 210 538 142 93 0.7 0.8 14.3 9.1 23.4 6.2 4.0
2011 Carlton 6 24 17 18 361 175 536 147 79 0.7 0.8 15.0 7.3 22.3 6.1 3.3
2012 Carlton 6 19 15 13 267 159 426 106 62 0.8 0.7 14.1 8.4 22.4 5.6 3.3
2013 Carlton 6 24 6 9 350 183 533 140 51 0.3 0.4 14.6 7.6 22.2 5.8 2.1
2014 Carlton 6 22 4 6 349 171 520 139 52 0.2 0.3 15.9 7.8 23.6 6.3 2.4
2015 Carlton 6 4 1 0 53 33 86 24 7 0.3 0.0 13.3 8.3 21.5 6.0 1.8
Career 226 122 122 2939 1618 4557 1275 638 0.5 0.5 13.0 7.2 20.2 5.6 2.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Simmo's run comes to an end". Carlton Football Club. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Five players into the squad". Carlton Football Club. 8 Sep 2011. Retrieved 8 Sep 2011. 
  3. ^ de Bolfo, Tony (7 Dec 2012). "Bruce still the boss". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 10 Dec 2012. 
  4. ^ Kade Simpson's player profile at AFL Tables

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