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Brendan Fevola

Brendan Fevola at Brisbane Lions pre-season training, January 2010.
Personal information
Full name Brendan Fevola
Nickname(s) Fev, The Shag, Fevalenko
Birth 20 January 1981 (1981-01-20) (age 29)
Recruited from Beaconsfield /
Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
Draft 1998: #38 (Carlton)
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing Career
Position(s) Full-Forward
Club Brisbane Lions
Number 5
Club
Years Team Pld G
1999–2009 Carlton 187 575
2010– Brisbane Lions 0 0
Total 187 575
Representative
Years Team Pld G
2008 Victoria 1 6


Brendan Fevola (born 20 January 1981) is a professional Australian rules footballer currently with the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League.

Fevola is currently regarded as one of the most effective full-forwards in the AFL, having won the Coleman Medal for league leading goalkicker in 2006 and 2009 (kicking 84 and 86 goals respectively) as well as All-Australian selection in the position three times since 2006. His representative honours include playing for Victoria where he was awarded the Allen Aylett Medal for being the state team's best player and leading goalkicker. During his career at Carlton, he was the club's leading goalkicker and key forward from 2003 until 2009.

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Early Life

Brendan Fevola was born to parents Angelo Fevola (an Italian Australian who represented Victoria in lacrosse) and Karen Ralph in 1981.[1] His parents split when he was eight years old.[2] For a short time Fevola attended a Catholic school.[3]

Fevola began playing football with the Beaconsfield Junior Football Club in the Dandenong & District Junior Football League before playing senior football in the Victorian Country Football League.

His ability to kick goals for the Dandenong Stingrays earned him selection in the TAC Cup Team of the Year in 1998[4] and attracted the eye of recruiters and was one of three talented AFL prospects featured in the television documentary “The Draft”.

AFL career

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Carlton

Fevola at Carlton training, November 2007.

Fevola was recruited to Carlton with selection No. 38 overall in the 1998 AFL Draft.[5] Early in his career he showed signs of being a brilliant kick of the ball and a prospective key position player at full forward.[citation needed] During a practice game promoted as the "Millennium Match" against Collingwood, he kicked 12 goals, impressing his team-mates and supporters of the club.[citation needed]

The promising talent was given the No. 25 guernsey made famous by Carlton legend Alex Jesaulenko.

However Fevola struggled to maintain form over the next few years, with noticeably poor body language on-field as well as causing bad publicity through incidents off-field. Denis Pagan's appointment as coach, replacing Wayne Brittain, had an immediate impact on Fevola's discipline and form. In Round 5, 2003 Fevola kicked 8 goals against The Kangaroos, helping win the game for Carlton and launching himself into the eyes of AFL viewers. Fevola's unkempt dreadlocks and extroverted personality in the media earned him the nickname "The Shag" by fans.

Fevola's early goalkicking inconsistency saw him experiment with unorthodox styles of handling the ball in approach to taking set shots. However the resulting increase in goalkicking accuracy was a notable reason for his effectiveness as a full forward.

Fevola gradually developed a ritualistic set-shot routine of taking three quick steps to shoot on goal, often taking over a minute to kick. The length of Fevola's set-shots was indirectly responsible for the input of a new rule limiting players to 30 seconds to kick on goal (and Shot clock) before play-on would be called.

In 2006, Fevola capped off a stunning year and his best to that point by kicking 84 goals and winning the coveted Coleman Medal. He followed this up two years later to kick a personal best of 99 goals for the season, seeing him finish second to Lance Franklin in the race for the Coleman Medal. Much of Fevola's renewed success was attributed by his coaches to his self-imposed abstaining from alcohol during his wife's pregnancy.[citation needed]

In 2009, Fevola won his second Coleman Medal kicking 86 goals for the season, eight goals clear of the runner up Jonathan Brown. Fevola was Carlton's leading goal scorer again in a season which saw the club finish 7th and take part in its first finals series since 2001.

Brisbane Lions

Carlton announced on 30 September 2009 that it would seek a trade for Fevola during the 2009 trade week due to his off-field behaviour, most specifically due to antics at the 2009 Brownlow Medal Count. On 9 October he was officially traded to the Brisbane Lions, along with a second round draft pick (#27 overall) in exchange for Brisbane's Lachlan Henderson and a first round draft pick (#12 overall).[6] Fevola left Carlton as a life member of the club, after playing 187 senior games for 575 goals – the third most goals by any player in Carlton Football Club history. Despite the circumstances of his departure, Carlton has stated that Fevola's life membership was not affected, and that he remained welcome at the club.[7] At Brisbane, he was given the number 5 guernsey.[8] He made his Brisbane debut in the NAB Cup loss to the Western Bulldogs on Valentine's Day, but it was one to forget as he booted just one goal and racked up only five disposals.[9] The week after, he played against his old club Carlton in a trial match. He kicked 2 goals, but couldn't prevent a 13-point loss to the Blues.

Best career games

Round Year Team Opponent Goals Behinds
Round 15 2009 Carlton Richmond 9 1
Round 12 2008 Carlton Collingwood 8 6
Round 13 2004 Carlton Richmond 8 5
Round 3 2008 Carlton Essendon 8 4
Round 6 2009 Carlton Hawthorn 8 4
Round 19 2006 Carlton Hawthorn 8 3
Round 11 2009 Carlton Brisbane 8 3
Round 3 2007 Carlton Essendon 8 2
Round 5 2003 Carlton North Melbourne 8 2
Round 22 2008 Carlton Hawthorn 7 3
Round 7 2006 Carlton Essendon 7 2
Round 4 2008 Carlton Collingwood 7 2
Round 11 2004 Carlton Adelaide 7 1
Round 13 2008 Carlton Essendon 7 1
Round 5 2008 Carlton Melbourne 7 0
Round 21 2009 Carlton Melbourne 7 0

Fevola has also kicked eight goals in two pre-season games, in the 2005 Wizard Cup grand final against West Coast, earning him the Michael Tuck Medal, and in the semi-final of the 2007 NAB Cup against North Melbourne.

He kicked a personal best of 12 goals during the special New Years' Eve Millennium Match against Collingwood on 31 December 1999.

Playing honours

Media career

Fevola is a regular panellist on The Footy Show on the Nine Network, and is noted for his larrikinlike persona. Memorable appearances on the show include his appearance late in 2005 where he shaved off his trademark dreadlocks for charity and performed with teammates on the annual Player's Revue singing "Achy Breaky Heart" in 2005 and "U Can't Touch This" in 2006.

Personal life

On 7 October 2005, Fevola married Alex Cheatham at St John's Church in Toorak. However, on 12 December 2006 it was announced that they were separated after 14 months of marriage, amid allegations of Fevola's infidelity with an Australian model, rumoured to be Lara Bingle.[10] Alex stated in a Woman's Day interview that Fevola had become "disconnected" from her following the birth of Leni. Bingle later confessed to the five week affair, claiming that being a Sydney girl, she did not know that Fevola was married until she heard his baby in the background during a phone conversation.[11]

Fevola has two daughters, an adopted daughter Mia, who is Alex's child from a previous relationship and a biological daughter Leni Jay, born in 2006.[citation needed] On 30 May 2009, his wife confirmed to the Sunday Herald Sun that she was pregnant with Fevola's second child while the pair were briefly reconciled. Their daughter, Lulu, was born on in 2009.[citation needed]

Fevola owned a restaurant called Fellini located in Toorak Road, South Yarra. Fevola has also been noted as studying criminology via correspondence at Griffith University and says that becoming a police officer is a possible career after football.[12] He has also considered the option of pursuing a punting career in the United States with the NFL, following in the footsteps of Australians Ben Graham, Darren Bennett and Saverio Rocca.

In September 2009, Carlton announced its intention to seek to trade Fevola to another club.[13][14] On 9 October, Fevola was traded to the Brisbane Lions as a part of a two part deal.[6]

Controversy

Fevola assaulted a barman during a tour of Ireland in 2006 with the Australian team, and was sent back to Australia.[15] In March 2008, Fevola was fined $10,000 by the club and stood down from the leadership group after urinating on a window outside a Melbourne nightclub. Carlton did not suspend or delist Fevola, saying that taking such action would not assist Fevola in addressing his problems.[16]

In September 2009, Fevola was fined $10,000 and banned from appearing on the Grand Final Footy Show after behaving inappropriately at the 2009 Brownlow Medal count. Fevola withdrew from the traditional lap of honour by the Coleman Medallist at the 2009 AFL Grand Final and did not attend Carlton's award night.[17]

On 2 March 2010, Lara Bingle started proceedings to sue Fevola for breach of privacy, defamation and misuse of her image for the release of a nude photo in Women's Day released on the 1 March 2010. [18]

See also

References

  1. ^ Raising Fevola The Age Saturday May 12, 2007
  2. ^ ibid
  3. ^ ibid
  4. ^ http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-3020-0-0-0&sID=107190
  5. ^ AFL DRAFT 1998
  6. ^ a b "Fevola joins Lions' pride". ABC Sport. 9 October 2009. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/09/2709379.htm. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Blues excited by new-look forward line". Carlton Football Club. 9 October 2009. http://www.carltonfc.com.au/newsarticle/tabid/4311/newsid/85951/default.aspx. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Fevola excited about Lions' double act". Australian Associated Press Pty Limited. 11 November 2009. http://news.realfooty.com.au/breaking-news-sport/fevola-excited-about-lions-double-act-20091111-i8dl.html. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/14/2819178.htm?site=sport&section=all
  10. ^ Bingle blamed for Fevola marriage break-up
  11. ^ Bingle 'clears the decks' on Fevola affair from brisbanetimes.com.au
  12. ^ Fevola eyes future life as a policeman from au.sports.yahoo.com
  13. ^ Pierik, Jon (25 October 2009). "Fevola's disrespect forced Blues' hand". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/news/rfnews/fevolas-disrespect-forced-blues-hand/2009/10/24/1256147927417.html. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  14. ^ Cullen, Mic (1 October 2009). "Carlton to trade Fevola". Australian Football League. http://www.afl.com.au/news/blogarticle/tabid/8123/newsid/85513/default.aspx. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "Brawling Brendan flying home". Fox Sports. 1 November 2006. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,20679332-23211,00.html. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Brendan Fevola fined for urinating on nightclub". PerthNow. 17 March 2008. http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23391319-5005401,00.html. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "Fevola withdraws from lap of honour". ABC Sport. 25 September 2009. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/25/2696440.htm. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  18. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/02/2833739.htm?section=entertainment

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Awards
Preceded by
Robert Harvey
Michael Tuck Medal
2005
Succeeded by
Simon Goodwin
Preceded by
Fraser Gehrig
Lance Franklin
Coleman Medal
2006
2009
Succeeded by
Jonathan Brown

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