Andrew Swallow (born 2 June 1987) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was the captain of North Melbourne from 2012 to 2016.
Swallow in 2012
|Full name||Andrew Swallow|
|Date of birth||2 June 1987|
|Original team(s)||East Fremantle (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 43, 2005 national draft|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|2006–2017||North Melbourne||224 (80)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
He received a nomination for the NAB Rising Star for his performance against Geelong in Round 17, 2006 when he managed 28 possessions and a goal.
Swallow's form improved during the 2007 season, consistently gaining high numbers of disposals each week. This culminated in the spectacular 1-point win over Melbourne in Round 9 in which he scored the winning goal.
Swallow played the first 3 games in 2008, before being sent back to the VFL to work on his outside run and spread from the stoppages. After some positives performances at North Ballarat Roosters, he injured his ankle during a game and missed 7 weeks. On his return to the VFL he went on to become a crucial member of the Roosters premiership team.
2009 (Syd Barker Medallist)
But he was back to his best in 2009 returning to the side to be one of North's finest throughout the season. His disposal has notably improved, and he has worked on all aspects of his game to play every game, and is now recognised as one of the best tacklers and clearance players in the North Melbourne side, and the AFL. On 2 October 2009, Swallow was awarded the Syd Barker Medal by North Melbourne for being the club's best and fairest player for the year.
In 2011, he would have arguably his best season to date again playing every game and taking home his second Syd Barker Medal which he shared with Daniel Wells. He would also be one of four North Melbourne players selected in the 40 man All Australian squad however he missed out on being selected in the final 22. He would however be selected as part of Australian squad for the International Rules series against Ireland.
In February 2012, Swallow was announced captain of North Melbourne Football Club replacing Brent Harvey. As a captain, Andrew Swallow capped off a fantastic year to win the Syd Barker Medal with 60 votes becoming a three time Syd Barker Medalist.
By the conclusion of the 2017 season, Andrew Swallow announced his retirement from AFL
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Swallow is the older brother of Gold Coast Suns midfielder David Swallow, who was taken at pick #1 in the 2010 AFL Draft. Swallow was born and raised in Western Australia attending Rehoboth Christian College. Swallow is a Christian.
- Fantasy goal gives Roos a dream win
- Swallow named best in AFL for Kangaroos
- Wood, Lauren (8 December 2016). "Jack Ziebell to take over North Melbourne captaincy in 2017 from Andrew Swallow". Retrieved 11 December 2016.
- "Andrew Swallow". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- "Andrew Swallow AFL testimony". Bible Society of NSW. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrew Swallow.|
- Andrew Swallow's profile on the official website of the North Melbourne Football Club
- Andrew Swallow's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Andrew Swallow on Twitter