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Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes playing for Sydney against Melbourne
at the MCG during the 2006 AFL Season
Personal information
Full name Adam Goodes
Date of birth 8 January 1980 (1980-01-08) (age 30)
Place of birth Wallaroo, South Australia
Recruited from Horsham, North Ballarat Rebels
Draft 43rd overall, 1997
Height/Weight 194cm / 96kg
Position(s) Centre/Forward
Club information
Current club Sydney
Number 37
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1999- Sydney 252 (267)   
State team honours
2008 Victoria (Australia) Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2001 Australia 1 (3)

1 Playing statistics to end of 2009 season .

Adam Goodes (born 8 January 1980 in Wallaroo, South Australia[1]) is an Australian rules football player and dual Brownlow Medal winner who plays for the Sydney Swans. Goodes holds an elite place in AFL/VFL history as a dual Brownlow Medallist, premiership player and member of the Indigenous Team of the Century. Goodes is well known for his indigenous Australian heritage, and is prominently involved and associated with several indigenous sport and community programs.


Early life

He was born in Wallaroo, to Lisa May (a Narungga child with Adnyamathanha ancestry who was one of the stolen generation in South Australia and raised by an English family) and Graham Goodes, with siblings Jake and Brett.[2] His parents were separated when he was four and his father moved to Queensland while Goodes moved between Wallaroo and Adelaide (in South Australia) and Merbein (in Victoria) with his mother.[3] While at Merbein, Adam attended primary school at Merbein West Primary School, and it was there that he began to play Australian Rules football.[3] Goodes moved with his family to Horsham, Victoria where he played football at high school and represented Victoria at under 16 and under 18 levels. He began playing with the North Ballarat Rebels as a 16 year old in the Victorian Football League and played in a winning premiership side where he was scouted by the Sydney Swans.[3]

AFL career


Early career

Goodes was drafted by Sydney into the Australian Football League as the No. 43 pick in the 1997 AFL Draft, Sydney's third round draft pick. Goodes spent the 1998 season in the reserves competition, but broke into the first team the following year, and went on to win the league's Rising Star Award.

During 2000 and 2001, Goodes played in a variety of positions, developing his game but lacking consistency at times. He played every game during this period. In early 2002, however, his form had slumped and it had been suggested that he may be dropped. However, coach Rodney Eade resigned mid-season, and under interim (now permanent) coach Paul Roos, Goodes found himself playing more in the ruck. In the second half of that season, his form improved dramatically, resulting in some of the best football of his career. After injuring his knee twice in the ruck, Goodes moved to play on the wing, and went on to win two Brownlow medals.

2003: Brownlow Medal success

In 2003, Goodes returned to the ruck position for significant parts of the year, in what became his best season so far. He played a critical role in the Swans revival and eventual Preliminary Final spot that year. In particular, his efforts were crucial in the Swans' win against Port Adelaide in the qualifying final.

At the end of the season, Goodes won the club's best and fairest award (the Bob Skilton Medal) and All-Australian selection for the first time. However, his greatest achievement was winning the league's highest honour, the Brownlow Medal, along with Collingwood's Nathan Buckley and Adelaide's Mark Ricciuto. This was the second time in the history of the medal that the award was shared between three players (the first time was in 1930). Adam Goodes attributes his great success to his long time mentor John Winter.


Goodes suffered an indifferent 2004, just like his team the Swans, who only managed the Semi-Final stage of the Finals series. He didn't repeat his heroic efforts of 2003, mainly due to niggling knee injuries, yet he still managed to play every game. Those knee injuries were due to an awkward fall during the season while playing in the ruck against the West Coast Eagles. Many expected Goodes to have suffered a posterior or anterior knee ligament damage, but he battled on. After this injury, coach Roos announced that Goodes' rucking days were over, and that he would be used in other positions. Goodes played in the backline for the remainder of 2004.

Goodes returned to form in 2005, playing mainly in the midfield. His year was highlighted with a near match-winning 33 disposals in round 18 against the Adelaide Crows. Goodes played well in the 2005 Grand Final, kicked a goal and gathering 20 possessions as the Swans won their first premiership since 1933.[4] He was also awarded life membership of the Swans after playing his 150th game during the year.[5]

2006: Second Brownlow Medal

In Round 7 2006 Goodes played his 150th consecutive match, an amazing effort for the injuries he endured in his 2004 year. By the end of the 2007 season, he had played 191 consecutive matches. Goodes returned to the Ruckman position in 2005 and 2006, but only occasionally around the ground, and not in the centre bounce where his knee injury occurred.

In 2006 Goodes had another extraordinary year and once again won the Brownlow Medal. He came into the count as a heavy favourite and he is only the twelfth player to have won two or more Brownlow Medals, the first Aboriginal to win two and the first player to win two with a non-Victorian club[6]. Goodes said of his performance, "I'd like to think with another couple of years in the midfield I could improve again."[7]. Goodes had a poor performance in the first half of the 2006 Grand Final versus the West Coast Eagles in a repeat match of 2005. However, he turned on the style in the second half with his team coming agonisingly close (losing by one point).



Seasons 2007-2008 saw Goodes drop off in form, as well as being hit with Brownlow Medal-threatening suspensions and charges. Goodes was ineligible in both years, and 2008 saw Goodes miss games through suspension and/or injury for the first time since 2000.

Goodes played his 250th game in 2009, against Geelong. Adam was arguably one of the best player through out the 2009 season, having to help out in the forward line because of Barry Hall's mid season departure. He finished the season with 38 goals and averaged 21 disposals.

All-Australian Selection

After a stellar 2009 season and a occasional move to half forward Goodes was selected last but managed to sneak into the 2009 All-Australian team in the interchange.

He has won this award 2 other times including:

  • 2003
  • 2006

Outside interests

Goodes is of Aboriginal descent, and is active in the Sydney indigenous community. He has spent time working with troubled indigenous youth, including those in youth detention centres, along with his cousin and teammate Michael O'Loughlin. His mother Lisa May is also involved in community work and works in a nursing home. He and his good friend Michael O'Loughlin have just helped to start an indigenous football academy. In September 2009 they launched the Goodes O'Loughlin Foundation ( a foundation aimed at empowering the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life across Australia. Adam and Michael co-Chair the Foundation, which focuses on Education, Employment and Healthy Lifestyles.

Goodes took his mother to the Brownlow Medal count in 2003.

Sporting family

Goodes' brother Brett is a semi-professional footballer who has played for both the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL and the North Ballarat Roosters in the Victorian Football League and has represented Victoria in interleague matches.[8] Adam goodes was born on the 8 January 1980 in Wallaroo, South Australia goodes had to brother jack and Brett they were nineteen and seventeen and his mum Lisa may. His parents were separated when he was four and his father moved to Queensland while Goodes moved between Wallaroo and Adelaide. Adam goodes went to Merbein West Primary School he was the only aborigienal kid in the hole school he felt like he didn't fit in.

Media appearances

In 2006, he appeared along with Shane Crawford in an advertisement for Campbell's chunky soup. He later appeared, along with teammates in the Barry Hall Hall series of commercials for the AFL in Sydney.

In 2009, he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, receiving the ball from Chris Judd while striding out in front of horses on a horse racing track. In addition, he also appeared in an advertisement for Powerade, as does rugby league Brisbane Broncos winger Israel Folau.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Byron Pickett
AFL Rising Star
Succeeded by
Paul Hasleby
Preceded by
Simon Black
Ben Cousins
Brownlow Medal
2003 (tied with Mark Ricciuto and Nathan Buckley)
Succeeded by
Chris Judd
Jimmy Bartel
Preceded by
Paul Williams
Brett Kirk
Bob Skilton Medal
Succeeded by
Barry Hall
Brett Kirk


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