Troy Simmonds

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Troy Simmonds
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Personal information
Full name Troy Simmonds
Date of birth (1978-07-13) 13 July 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Original team(s) Box Hill
Draft 9th overall, 1998 Pre-Season Draft
Height/Weight 197cm / 99 kg
Position(s) Ruckman, Forward
Club information
Current club Richmond
Number 5
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1999 – 2001
2002 – 2004
2005 – 2010
040 00(7)
064 0(59)
093 0(66)
197 (132)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2010 Victoria (Australia) Victoria 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2010 season.
Career highlights

Troy Simmonds (born 13 July 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, Fremantle and Richmond in the Australian Football League.


Melbourne: 1999 – 2001[edit]

Simmonds was first drafted by Melbourne in the 1999 Preseason Draft. He played only five 5 games in 1999 but then played 22 in 2000, including the Grand Final, during which he was carried from the field on a stretcher following a head-on charge by Essendon's Michael Long.[1]

Fremantle: 2002 – 2004[edit]

In 2002 he was traded to Fremantle as part of a three way trade that included Daniel Bandy moving to the Western Bulldogs and Craig Ellis moving to Melbourne.[2] This was seen as a chance for Simmonds to become Fremantle's main ruckman, as opposed to being Jeff White's understudy at Melbourne. In three seasons at Fremantle Simmonds played in 64 out of a possible 67 games, including Fremantle's first ever finals game in 2003.

Richmond: 2005 – 2010[edit]

At the end of the 2004 season, Simmonds was traded back to Victoria, again in a three-way deal, with Heath Black returning to Fremantle, Aaron Fiora moving to St Kilda and Simmonds moving to Richmond.[3] In a move surprising to many, Simmonds signed a five-year deal with the Tigers, as opposed to the usual two or three-year contracts.[4] After a serviceable first year with Richmond, Simmonds played some of the best football of his career in 2006 - taking several big marks and scoring several goals up forward. At the end of 2009 Simmonds signed a one-year contract for the 2010 season. Prior to Round 10, 2010, Simmonds announced his retirement.[5]


  1. ^ Short, Paul (3 Sept 2000) Essendon crash Melbourne's party
  2. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2002). AFL 2002. Melbourne, Victoria: AFL Publishing. p. 333. ISBN 0-9580300-0-6. 
  3. ^ Greenberg, Tony (2012-10-09). "Top 20 Tiger trade pick-ups: No. 19". Richmond Football Club. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Simmonds deserves more credit: Wallace; The Age; 16 February 2006
  5. ^ Smith, Patrick & Denham, Greg (3 July 2009) Sheedy's new pitch welcomed; The Australian

External links[edit]

Troy Simmonds Official Site