Brendon Lade

Brendon Lade (born 10 July 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is currently a senior assistant coach at St Kilda Football Club.

Brendon Lade
Lade in April 2018
Personal information
Full name Brendon Lade
Date of birth (1976-07-10) 10 July 1976
Place of birth Kangaroo Island, Australia
Original team(s) South Adelaide (SANFL)
Height 199 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19972009 Port Adelaide 234 (182)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Early career (1992–1999)

Lade was born on Kangaroo Island and grew up playing football for the local Western Districts Football Club, where his father coached the A grade side. At the age of 8 Lade moved to the Wisanger Football Club, where he played the remainder of his football until he turned 16. Able to play as both a relieving ruckman and forward, Lade played for South Australian National Football League club South Adelaide before his recruitment to Port Adelaide in the lead up to their inaugural season in the AFL in 1997. Lade made his senior AFL debut for Port Adelaide in Round 1, 1997, Port Adelaide's debut AFL match.

Injury (2000–2001)

Lade missed just one game in his first three years, before he suffered a serious leg injury in Round 2 of 2000 which sidelined him for the rest of the season and also caused him to miss the entire 2001 AFL season after a re-injury. However, he recovered from these injuries to become one of the best ruckmen in the league.

Career high (2004–2009)

In 2004 Lade had a great year, leading the club's hitouts statistics in the absence of injured Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Primus, finishing second in the goalkicking to Warren Tredrea, and capping it off with a premiership medal when Port Adelaide won its first AFL premiership, defeating the Brisbane Lions. In 2006 Lade won All-Australian selection and also took out the John Cahill Medal, Port Adelaide's Best and Fairest. In 2007 Lade continued his career-best form, winning another All-Australia selection, and earning a rare 2 year contract with the Power at 31 years old.

Lade retired at the end of the 2009 season. He and team-mate Peter Burgoyne, the last remaining members of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL team, both played their final games in Round 22, 2009.

Coaching career (2010–present)

After ending his 234-game AFL career in 2009, Lade immediately joined Richmond Football Club to become the ruck coach, joining former Port Adelaide teammate Damien Hardwick, Richmond's senior coach.[1] He later became the midfield stoppage coach,[2] and held this position until the end of 2016, after which he returned to Port Adelaide as an assistant coach for the 2017 AFL season. At the end of the 2018 season, Lade returned to Melbourne to become the Assistant Coach for St Kilda Football Club, after 2 seasons at Port Adelaide.


 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)
1997 Port Adelaide 202214121567623298161710.
1998 Port Adelaide 2022201418297279115282390.
1999 Port Adelaide 202110816793260100113250.
2000 Port Adelaide 2020133630110.
2001 Port Adelaide 200
2002 Port Adelaide 5141265725823381390.
2003 Port Adelaide 5191241297720690252720.
2004 Port Adelaide 5243110156120276110413821.
2005 Port Adelaide 524241516098258112273061.
2006 Port Adelaide 5221812253102355187324360.80.511.54.616.18.51.519.8
2007 Port Adelaide 525155207102309131375170.
2008 Port Adelaide 51710121217319491253490.
2009 Port Adelaide 5221671427021297243950.
Career 234 182 106 1733 936 2669 1167 274 3542 0.8 0.5 7.4 4.0 11.4 5.0 1.2 15.1


  1. "Brendon Lade named as Tigers' ruck coach". Herald Sun. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  2. "Staff Members". RFC. Richmond Football Club. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. "Brendon Lade". AFL Tables.
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