Lance Whitnall

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Lance Whitnall
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Personal information
Date of birth (1979-08-23) 23 August 1979 (age 40)
Original team(s) Lalor / Northern Knights
Debut Round 1, 31 March 1997, Carlton
vs. Essendon, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1997–2007 Carlton 216 (348)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,
  • Carlton Hall of Fame (2018)

Lance Whitnall (born 23 August 1979) is a former Australian rules footballer, and a former captain of the Carlton Football Club.

Early career (1997–1999)[edit]

Debuting in 1997 as a 17-year-old, the young Whitnall was recruited in the 1996 AFL Draft under the father-son rule, with his father Graeme having played 66 games for Carlton in the 1970s and 1980s.

The young red-headed, freckled Whitnall, known as "Banger", "Big Red" or simply "Red", quickly established himself in Carlton's best 22, kicking four goals on debut, and missing only a handful of games in 1997 and playing every game in 1998 and 1999. He became a vital part of Carlton's forward line, and in Round 17, 1998 against the Western Bulldogs, the then-19-year-old Whitnall became one of the youngest players to kick 8 goals in a game. It was in this match that he well and truly had established his presence. Whitnall finished with 46 goals for the 1998 season, followed by 55 goals in 1999.

Mid-career (2000–2003)[edit]

In 2000 Whitnall had his best ever season when he kicked 70 goals, including his career best 9.4 against Brisbane in Round 16, and was named in the All-Australian Team.

However, From there, the talented Whitnall had suffered a number of setbacks in his career, with ongoing injury and weight problems.

Late career (2004–2007)[edit]

In 2005, Whitnall turned around his previous weight problems and came out looking as fit as he had ever been. He performed very well during 2005 and 2006, playing predominately as the senior member of the Blues' young backline. He capped off a solid 2006 with victory in the Blues' best and fairest (the John Nicholls Medal), and at the age of 27, Whitnall became the second youngest Carlton player (after Robert Walls) to play 200 AFL games.

A long term member of the leadership team, and widely regarded as having one of the best football brains in the game, Whitnall first took over the captaincy of the team during Anthony Koutoufides' hand injury in 2006, and became the full-time captain in 2007 after Koutoufides relinquished the position. However he struggled in 2007 with ongoing problems with a degenerative condition in his knee. At the completion of the 2007 season, concerns by the club about his degenerative knee being able to stand up to the pressures of AFL football forced Whitnall into retirement, bringing his 11-season, 216 game career at Carlton to an end at 28 years of age.

Post-AFL career[edit]

Whitnall was recruited by NTFL side the Palmerston Magpies after being delisted by Carlton and played in two of the club's matches in the 2007/08 season, kicking several goals.

In the 2008 winter season, Whitnall returned to play for original club Lalor in the NFL. He played there in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Whitnall shifted to the EDFL's Craigieburn Football Club where he served as playing assistant coach for two seasons;[1] in 2011, Whitnall was the EDFL's A-Grade leading goalkicker, after kicking fourteen goals in the final round to secure the title. Whitnall finished his playing career at Glenroy, also in the EDFL, and also coached there from 2012 until 2015.[2][3] He has been in an assistant coaching role at the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup since 2016.[4]

Whitnall also played cricket at a suburban level for the Lalor Warriors Cricket Club in the North Metro Cricket Association, where he was an opening or top order batsman,[5] and was on the club's committee until 2016.[4]

In 2017, Whitnall returned to play football for the Division 3 NFL side, Laurimar Power Football Club, where he was their leading goal kicker, kicking 29 goals for the season.[6]


  1. ^ "Family brings Whitnall to Craigieburn". Hume Leader. 5 May 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  2. ^ Landsberger, Sam (19 September 2011). "Lance Whitnall to coach Glenroy". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  3. ^ Tim Michell (28 September 2015). "Reservoir premiership coach Ross Terranova inks deal with EDFL club Glenroy for 2016 season". Preston Leader. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Peter Rolfe (15 April 2016). "Former Carlton captain Lance Whitnall stands aside at suburban cricket club over cash scandal". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Player Career Statistics: Batting". North Metro Cricket Association. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  6. ^ "2017 Season Review – Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3". Retrieved 8 October 2017.

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