|Full name||Shane Mumford|
|Date of birth||5 July 1986|
|Original team(s)||Bunyip (EDFL)|
|Draft||No. 57, 2008 rookie draft|
|Height / weight||199 cm / 108 kg|
|Current club||Greater Western Sydney|
|2014–||Greater Western Sydney||51 (8)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Shane Mumford (born 5 July 1986) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). He started his career at the Geelong Football Club, before going to the Sydney Swans, where he played in their 2012 premiership team.
In 2006, Mumford was the recipient of the Bunyip Football Club best and fairest award, as well as being the runner-up for the Ellinbank and District Football League medal. After being made aware of his abilities by Geelong VFL player, Jason Davenport, who was also in the AFL side as a rookie, Geelong's VFL side welcomed Mumford into their ranks for the 2007 season. It became quite a disappointing season for Mumford, only playing in six games for the premiership winning side, (being replaced by Steven King for the VFL Grand Final, and then the next week, Steven King replaced Mark Blake in the 2007 AFL Grand Final), but his pure rucking ability won over the Geelong recruiters, who then drafted him with their last pick (57) in the 2007 Rookie Draft.
After being drafted, Mumford showed up to pre-season training having re-invented himself, losing 20 kg and improving his fitness levels. Mumford was elevated from Geelong's rookie list on 23 April 2008, due to long-term injury of Matthew Egan, and was then immediately named to play in his first match in round 6 - the following weekend. He replaced fellow ruckman Trent West to take part in Geelong's one-point win over Fremantle at Subiaco.
After a good season in 2009, where he was replaced in the side by ruckman Mark Blake towards the end of the year, Mumford accepted a deal from the Sydney Swans which saw him move to the Harbour City on a three-year million dollar deal (which was extended to four years).
Overall, Mumford played in 18 of 22 regular season matches and was overlooked for the 2009 AFL Grand Final, which was won by the Cats.
The Swans had high expectations of Mumford following Mark Seaby's injury. During 2010 the Swans were impressed with Mumford's improvement considering in 2009 he was only a Geelong Rookie. Mumford was named in the 44-man squad from which All-Australian selection would be made but narrowly missed out when the actual team of 22 was chosen. Mumford finished second in the 2010 Sydney Swans Bob Skilton Medal, 9 votes behind Kieren Jack.
Mumford was suspended for two weeks in his return to Geelong in round 7 following a spear tackle on Gary Ablett Jr., in a match Sydney lost by 67 points. Mumford again got into trouble for a similar tackle against Carlton in round 16, but no tribunal action was taken.
Mumford returned against Hawthorn in round 10, being one of the Swans' best players as they lost by just two points, despite outscoring the Hawks by 11 goals to 10. His best game for the Swans came against Essendon the week after, with a season-high 46 hitouts against the Bombers whose ruckman David Hille was injured in the same match.
At the end of the 2010 season Shane Mumford was third in the AFL for hitouts despite missing three matches due to suspension and a knee injury.
Another strong start to the year set Mumford up for a successful 2nd season at the Swans. Unfortunately injury and suspension didn't allow him to have as good a year as in 2010 when he finished runner up in the Bob Skilton Medal. He still managed to finish 8th in the 2011 count however, underlining his importance to the side and the quality and consistency of his play when he is fit.
Mumford played his 100th AFL game in the Sydney Swans' preliminary final loss to Fremantle on 21 September 2013. Coincidentally, his first AFL game was against the same club and he opposed the same ruckman, Aaron Sandilands.
Greater Western Sydney (2014 – present)
Mumford moved across to Greater Western Sydney prior to the commencement of the 2014 AFL season, after he was forced out of the Swans due to their acquisition of Lance Franklin during the 2013/14 off-season. He debuted for the club against his old side in round 1, 2014, and despite missing five matches early in the season due to a knee injury, he won the club's best and fairest award at the end of an improved season for the club.
After a strong start to the season for both Mumford and the Greater Western Sydney Giants, the ruckman suffered a serious ankle injury against Collingwood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round 11. The injury ended his season.
Mumford returned from his ankle injury in the Giants' season-opening loss to Melbourne at the MCG on 26 March. In round two against Geelong, Mumford pulled off what could possibly be "the greatest AFL hit of all time" when he took out Mitch Duncan with a solid shirtfront in the third quarter. Despite the nature of the hit, it later went unpunished by the Match Review Panel.
- Statistics are correct to round 22, 2014
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|2014||Greater Western Sydney||41||16||4||2||55||150||205||33||93||0.3||0.1||3.4||9.4||12.8||2.1||5.8|
- Gullan, Scott (24 April 2008). "Shane Mumford to make debut". Herald Sun. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
- Auciello, Michael (25 April 2008). "20kg weight loss turns Cat rookie Shane Mumford's life around". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
- Lofty task for Mumford’s milestone, Sydney Swans official website, 17 September 2013
- Shane Mumford to join Greater Western Sydney from Swans, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 2 October 2013
- Giants recruit claims surprise best and fairest win, AFL.com.au official website, 5 September 2014
- Curley, Adam (16 June 2015). "Season over for Giant Mumford, Davis sidelined for up to two weeks". Australian Football League. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Is this the biggest AFL tackle in recent memory?". 7Sport. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- "Mummy's big hit cleared by AFL panel". Yahoo!7. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
- Sygall, David (14 February 2016). "Shane Mumford's GWS Giants return supported by Australian Open tennis star Johanna Konta". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- "Mumford and son: Big Giant becomes a dad". Australian Football League. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- Shane Mumford's player profile at AFL Tables