Shane Ellen

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Shane Ellen
Personal information
Full name Shane Ellen
Date of birth (1973-01-01) 1 January 1973 (age 43)
Original team(s) Melton / Coburg
Height/Weight 188 cm / 82 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–1995
1996–2000
Total
Footscray
Adelaide
11 0(1)
54 (15)
65 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2000 season.

Shane Ellen (born 1 January 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Bulldogs career[edit]

Ellen, a Footscray local, made his debut with the Bulldogs in 1993, and when he left in 1995 he had played just 11 games for 1 goal. He was then delisted, before being selected by the Adelaide Football Club in the 1996 Pre-season Draft.

Adelaide career[edit]

He arrived at the Crows in 1996 and was a largely unheralded player. That was until the 1997 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda. This proved to be a defining moment in his career, until the journeyman's AFL career ended at the end of 2000, after 54 games and 15 goals with the club.

Grand Final hero[edit]

In the 1997 Grand Final, Ellen was considered the unlikely hero for the Crows. In the first half he booted two goals from full-forward, playing there in place of the injured Tony Modra. He was then switched to the half-back line by coach Malcolm Blight, which proved to be an inspired move – Ellen kicked three of his five goals for the match after half-time.[1]

This amazing performance was understated by the fact he had kicked three goals in his previous 38 AFL matches. After the 1997 Grand Final he kicked eight more goals for the remainder of his career.[2][3]

Statistics[edit]

[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)
1993 Footscray 47 4 0 1 22 9 31 6 2 0.0 0.3 5.5 2.3 7.8 1.5 0.5
1994 Footscray 20 0
1995 Footscray 20 7 1 2 36 7 43 8 3 0.1 0.3 5.1 1.0 6.1 1.1 0.4
1996 Adelaide 13 17 2 1 128 78 206 55 17 0.1 0.1 7.5 4.6 12.1 3.2 1.0
1997 Adelaide 13 10 5 2 70 45 115 39 14 0.5 0.2 7.0 4.5 11.5 3.9 1.4
1998 Adelaide 13 17 7 9 122 46 168 45 21 0.4 0.5 7.2 2.7 9.9 2.6 1.2
1999 Adelaide 13 6 1 1 22 10 32 11 2 0.2 0.2 3.7 1.7 5.3 1.8 0.3
2000 Adelaide 13 4 0 3 28 5 33 13 1 0.0 0.8 7.0 1.3 8.3 3.3 0.3
Career 65 16 19 428 200 628 177 60 0.2 0.3 6.6 3.1 9.7 2.7 0.9

Player honours[edit]

  • 1997 premiership player
  • 1998 premiership player

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 182. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ Shane Ellen's statistics from AFL Tables
  3. ^ Defender’s goal spree
  4. ^ Shane Ellen's player profile at AFL Tables