Nathan Lovett-Murray

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Nathan Lovett-Murray
Personal information
Full name Nathan Lovett-Murray
Date of birth (1982-11-18) 18 November 1982 (age 34)
Draft No. 33, 2001 Rookie Draft, Collingwood
No. 27 2004 Rookie Draft, Essendon
2005 Rookie elevation, Essendon
Height / weight 190cm / 87kg
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004–2013 Essendon 145 (73)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Nathan Lovett-Murray (born 18 November 1982) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club.

Early life[edit]

Nathan has Indigenous Australian heritage and his tribal ancestry can be traced to the Wamba-Wamba and Gunditjmara.[1]

He began his football in Victoria playing country football with Heywood and the North Ballarat Rebels.

AFL career[edit]

Lovett-Murray was initially rookie listed by Collingwood, playing for the Williamstown Seagulls in the Victorian Football League.

After switching to the Bendigo Bombers, he was rookie listed by Essendon in the 2003 Rookie Draft.

Lovett-Murray was promoted to the senior list early in the 2004 season and played 20 games. He spent the 2005 season on the rookie list again, he was promoted again that season and stayed on the senior list since then.

Lovett-Murray, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[2] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in December 2016; as a result, he served approximately fifteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 season, when he had intended to play and coach for Rumbalara Football Club.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2009, it was reported that Lovett-Murray's home had been raided by police on 3 August. He was charged with possession of a drug of dependency, after the search found a single tablet of ecstasy at his home.[4] However, on 11 December it was reported that the drug charge against him had been dismissed.[5][6]

On 22 May 2013, he was stabbed in a domestic incident by his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and hospitalised.[7]

Lovett-Murray belongs to a sporting family and is the great-grandson of pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls who played for Fitzroy Football Club. In addition he is the cousin of former Essendon Football Club player Andrew Lovett.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of 2012 season.[8]
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)
2004 Essendon 42 20 21 11 110 65 175 60 34 1.0 0.6 5.5 3.2 8.8 3.0 1.7
2005 Essendon 42 17 7 4 134 96 230 46 28 0.4 0.2 7.9 5.6 13.5 2.7 1.6
2006 Essendon 42 19 7 10 250 111 361 112 37 0.4 0.5 13.2 5.8 19.0 5.9 2.0
2007 Essendon 42 9 3 1 89 55 144 41 17 0.3 0.1 9.9 6.1 16.0 4.6 1.9
2008 Essendon 42 20 9 5 171 159 331 94 59 0.4 0.2 8.6 8.0 16.6 4.7 3.0
2009 Essendon 42 14 9 4 118 168 266 52 62 0.6 0.3 7.6 11.4 19.0 4.8 3.4
2010 Essendon 42 12 6 2 118 168 286 52 62 0.5 0.2 9.8 14.0 23.8 4.3 5.2
2011 Essendon 42 14 2 2 99 128 227 38 56 0.1 0.1 7.1 9.1 16.2 2.7 4.0
2012 Essendon 42 17 8 7 113 123 236 46 53 0.5 0.4 6.6 7.2 13.9 2.7 3.1
Career 142 72 46 1191 1065 2256 556 394 0.5 0.3 8.4 7.5 15.9 3.9 2.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  2. ^ Twomey, Callum (March 31, 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Jake Niall (4 August 2009). "Lovett-Murray on drugs charge". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ Kate Jones. "Essendon's Nathan Lovett-Murray escapes conviction after drug charge dismissed". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Lovett-Murray cleared of drug charge". 11 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray stabbed in domestic spat". The Age. Melbourne. 
  8. ^ "Nathan Lovett-Murray statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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