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Tim Kelly (footballer)

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Tim Kelly
Male athlete in sleeveless guernsey
Kelly with Geelong in May 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 25)
Original team(s) South Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft No. 24, 2017 national draft
Debut Round 1, 2018, Geelong
vs. Melbourne, at MCG
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / forward
Club information
Current club West Coast
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2018–2019 Geelong 48 (48)
2020– West Coast 0 (0)
Total 48 (48)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Tim Kelly (born 26 July 1994) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He formerly played for the Geelong Football Club between 2018 and 2019.

Early life and WAFL career

Kelly is from Perth and played his junior football for Palmyra. He has an Indigenous Australian father and a Chilean mother.[1] He made his senior WAFL debut for the South Fremantle Football Club in 2013. He was runner-up in the club best and fairest in 2014.[2] During the 2017 WAFL season he finished runner-up in the Sandover Medal to Haiden Schloithe.[3] Before being drafted into the AFL, Kelly was an apprentice electrician. He has three children with his partner Caitlin Miller.[4]

AFL Career

Geelong (2018–2019)

Kelly was drafted by Geelong with their second selection and twenty-fourth overall in the 2017 national draft as an over age draftee[5] He made his debut in the three-point win against Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the opening round of the 2018 season.[6] At the 2018 AFL Players' Association Awards he was voted Best First Year Player by fellow players.[7] At the end of the 2018 season, Kelly requested a trade to the West Coast Eagles on familial grounds, but after long dicussions, Geelong refused to trade him despite his plea.[8] After a stellar 2019 which included his first All-Australian selection, a preliminary final appearance and a top 5 finish in the Brownlow Medal, Kelly again requested a trade to West Coast. He was traded on the 9th of October.[citation needed]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season [9]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2018 Geelong 11 23 24 16 277 249 526 77 81 1.0 0.7 12.0 10.8 22.9 3.3 3.5 13
2019 Geelong 11 25 24 18 381 254 635 89 106 1.0 0.7 15.2 10.2 25.4 3.6 4.2 24
Career 48 48 34 658 503 1161 166 187 1.0 0.7 13.7 10.5 24.2 3.5 3.9 37


  1. ^ AFL draft: South Fremantle star Tim Kelly ripe for the picking
  2. ^ Tim Kelly WAFL statistics
  3. ^ New recruit Tim Kelly fits the Cats to a T
  4. ^ Will it be a case of 'sixth time lucky' for South Fremantle star Tim Kelly at AFL draft?
  5. ^ Reid, Russell (25 November 2017). "AFL draft 2017: Cats pounce on Tim Kelly, the Bulldog who lit up the WAFL". The West Australian. Seven West Media. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  6. ^ Cleary, Mitch (23 March 2018). "'Big Sav' one of three debutants for Cats". Telstra Media. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  7. ^ Balmer, Matt (30 August 2018). "AFL best first year player 2018: Tim Kelly takes out AFL Players' Association award AFL Matt Balmer". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ Writers, Staff (5 October 2018). "Geelong midfielder Tim Kelly requests trade to West Coast Eagles". Fox Sports Australia.
  9. ^ "Tim Kelly". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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