Brad Ottens

Brad "Otto" Ottens (born 25 January 1980) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club and Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Brad Ottens
Brad Ottens in 2011
Personal information
Full name Bradley Ottens
Date of birth (1980-01-25) 25 January 1980
Place of birth South Australia
Original team(s) Glenelg Football Club/Richmond
Draft 2nd overall, 1997
Height 202 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 106 kg (234 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman / Full-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19982004 Richmond 129 (152)
20052011 Geelong 116 (109)
Total 245 (261)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
Career highlights


Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Richmond: 19982004

Selected at pick 2 in the 1997 AFL Draft, Ottens rose to prominence at Richmond as a strong overhead marker, with an accurate and long kick for goal. He was also a part-time ruckman. However a season ending ACL knee injury (and reconstruction) posed a major setback to his career. In subsequent years he struggled to regain his form. He kicked 47 of his goals in 2001 for Richmond

Geelong: 20052011

In search of a ruckman and key forward target, Geelong picked up Ottens in a trade for the 2005 season. After debuting in Round 1, and becoming the one thousandth player to play a game for Geelong, he again struggled to have a major impact in the first year at his new club. He was the subject of an infamous post-match press conference by Mark Thompson in 2005. Here Thompson defended Ottens by saying "For some silly reason, you people want to assassinate him. It's just rubbish. You people, all of you, ALL OF YOU, leave him alone!"[1] Some see it as a defining moment for Brad.

Since then Ottens has been Geelong's preferred first ruckman. In 2006 Ottens showed signs of improvement, particularly in the ruck. He also took the AFL Mark of the Year in round 5 against Sydney. He played all 22 games in 2006.

The week after Geelong's exit from the 2006 AFL season, Ottens was involved in a drink driving incident which saw him have his licence cancelled for 11 months.[2]

In 2007 Ottens was in near career best form. He played a majority of the season as Geelong's main ruckman rather than as a forward where he had played mostly since joining the club. During the Cats' five-point preliminary final win against Collingwood Ottens was voted best-on-ground after giving a game-winning performance in the ruck. The following week he capped off a stellar season, among the best players in his side's record breaking grand final victory over Port Adelaide. He noted that it was the highlight of his career.

Despite missing most of 2009 with injuries, Ottens made a late comeback and played in another Geelong premiership side. An injury interrupted season in 2010 resulted in a muted effort for the club's disappointing 2010 AFL finals series. In the 2011 AFL season a relatively injury free Ottens had led to him being able to improve his output on recent years. He retired at the end of the 2011 season.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
1998 Richmond 51222303363295700.
1999 Richmond 5222115110962068292661.
2000 Richmond 5213012174113287117203171.
2001 Richmond 5244621230124354166443211.
2002 Richmond 5202716160114274102413771.
2003 Richmond 512105909318371342400.
2004 Richmond 51816810212923199384240.
2005 Geelong 6152312818816969291721.
2006 Geelong 6222620139104243104453191.
2007 Geelong 6222116133163296115694171.
2008 Geelong 6161487313620972523250.
2009 Geelong 66252838662121890.
2010 Geelong 615854012316340542980.
2011 Geelong 6201598718327073705000.
Career 245 261 154 1477 1537 3014 1160 531 4135 1.1 0.6 6.0 6.3 12.3 4.7 2.2 16.9

Tribunal history

Season Round Charge category (level) Victim Result Verdict Ref(s)
2001 2 Melee involvement Guilty (accepted fine) $2,000 fine [4]


  1. Lovett, Michael (11 May 2011). "Big Cat". AFL Record. p. 68. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  2. "Ottens done for drink-driving". ABC Sport. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
  3. "Brad Ottens". AFL Tables.
  4. "Tribunal History in Season 2001". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
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