Minson in 2008
|Full name||William Gerald Minson|
|Date of birth||11 April 1985|
|Original team(s)||Norwood (SANFL)|
|Draft||No. 20, 2002 National Draft, Western Bulldogs|
|Height||199 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (234 lb)|
|2004–2016||Western Bulldogs||191 (81)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He was a student at St Peter's College, Adelaide, where he played the majority of his junior football, while also playing as a junior footballer at Walkerville FC.
In round 14 2008, with the Bulldogs playing Port Adelaide in their annual game in Darwin, Minson was involved in a confrontation with Kane Cornes, a Port Adelaide midfielder. Minson appeared two days later in an interview with the Foxtel AFL program On the Couch, apologising on the couch for a derogatory comment made to Cornes. The actual comment is said to have concerned or been directed towards Kane's newborn son who has suffered from health problems, and in particular questioning Kane's priorities in choosing to play football in Darwin that weekend, rather than being back in Adelaide in support of his wife and son. Minson claimed that what was said was in "the heat of battle".
In round 12 2012, following the Western Bulldogs' victory over Port Adelaide, Minson was again embroiled in a controversy over allegedly sledging Danyle Pearce, another Port Adelaide player. The comments, which are said to have concerned Pearce's mother, were made in the final quarter of the match, immediately after the two were wrestling at a stoppage and during a subsequent melee. Whilst the incident was not elevated to the AFL tribunal, the Western Bulldogs fined Minson and imposed a one-week suspension on him as punishment for the silly indiscretion. Because of the prior incident with Kane Cornes, a media frenzy ensued. In a press conference two days after the game, Minson said he was "deeply regretful for any comments that were made", and that he had "no intention of ever putting anyone through that again".
In October 2016, Minson announced he would no longer be playing for the Western Bulldogs and he would explore his options during the free-agency period. After failing to find a new club during the free-agency period, he was subsequently delisted by the Western Bulldogs.
|Led the league for the season only|
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Off the field, Minson is known for his intelligence and multi-faceted abilities - he plays saxophone, speaks fluent German and is currently studying civil engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is also heavily involved with the charity Red Dust, which operates sporting and lifestyle clinics in remote aboriginal communities and, more recently, in very poor areas of India.
- Lalor, Peter (1 July 2008). "Minson sorry after Cornes sledge".
- Devlin, Rebekah (19 June 2012). "The dumbest smart bloke in the AFL".
- "Will Minson's Kennel career comes to an end". WesternBulldogs.com.au. Bigpond. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
- Schmook, Nathan (28 October 2016). "Dogs promise rookie spot for delisted knee victim Josh Prudden". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "Will Minson". AFL Tables. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- Young Port ruckman Hugh Minson retires
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