Brent Guerra

Brent Guerra (born 29 May 1982) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL), having also previously played for Port Adelaide and St Kilda.

Brent Guerra
Guerra playing for Hawthorn during the 2007 AFL season
Personal information
Full name Brent Guerra
Date of birth (1982-05-29) 29 May 1982
Place of birth Koondrook, Victoria
Original team(s) Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup), Koondrook-Barham
Draft No. 28, 1999 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Forward and defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20002003 Port Adelaide 065 0(39)
20042005 St Kilda 031 0(44)
20062013 Hawthorn 159 0(25)
Total 255 (108)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Career

Port Adelaide

Beginning his career at Port Adelaide in 2000, he was seen as a potentially dangerous winger or forward. Brent Guerra also won three SANFL Premierships with Central District. However, at the end of 2003 he was traded from the club due to Guerra wanting to return to Victoria and the Saints picked him up for pick 39, who was the unsuccessful Robert Forster-Knight.

St Kilda

Guerra was a key figure for a period during the Saints' early season run in 2004[1] when St Kilda won the 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup and the first 10 games of the home and away season. He kicked 20 goals in six games, including seven in one game. From then, however, his form tapered and he finished with only nine more goals from the remaining 12 games. He was noted for a number of incidents when he shirtfronted players, including once before the opening bounce of a game (for which he was suspended).

In 2005, Guerra had another average year and, at the end of the season, the Saints delisted him.

Hawthorn

The Hawthorn Football Club selected Guerra with pick three in the 2005 AFL Pre-season draft. Guerra had a connection with Hawks' coach Alastair Clarkson from Clarkson's time as a premiership coach at Central Districts (2001) and assistant coach at Port Adelaide. Guerra was reinvented at Hawthorn as a strong-bodied half back flanker and added experience to a very young Hawks' lineup in 2006. His hard-nosed approach has at times attracted the attention of umpires. In 2007 and 2008 he averaged in excess of 20 possessions per game, displaying a consistency which was lacking earlier in his career up forward.

As a part of Hawthorn's 2008 premiership side, Guerra had 25 possessions in a reliable display.

In Round 23, 2012, a week before the finals with Hawthorn sitting on top of the ladder, Guerra sustained a hamstring injury. It occurred in the final quarter of Hawthorn's 25-point victory over West Coast. On 24 September, Guerra ruled himself out of the 2012 Grand Final against the Sydney Swans.[2]

On 2 October 2013, the week following his second premiership with the Hawthorn Football Club,[3] Guerra officially announced his retirement from AFL football to pursue a career in coaching.

Through Guerra's career he suffered from a recurring hamstring injury which kept him from playing in the 2012 Grand Final.

Guerra currently played for Deer Park in the Western Region Football League, having joined them on 29 October 2013.[4] He won a premiership with Deer Park in October 2014.[5]

Guerra also made a guest stint in three games for Devonport in the Tasmanian Football League in 2014.[6]

Coaching career

In his final year as a player, Guerra completed a Level 2 coaching accreditation course and a diploma of management. Shortly after retiring from playing, Guerra was appointed a part-time development coach at the Hawks in November 2013.[7]

On 19 September 2014, Guerra joined Chelsea in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League as player-coach.[8] Prior to the 2016 season, he was appointed as a development coach with Fremantle.[9]

Off field

Guerra experienced male pattern balding at a young age and made headlines in late 2005 when he underwent a hair transplant cosmetic surgery procedure.[10] He has said that the operation gave him confidence both on and off the field.[11]

Guerra has a brother, Luke, who currently plays with Deer Park in the Western Region Football League.[12]

Since retirement Guerra has revealed his struggle with gambling addiction whilst he was a professional footballer. [13]

Statistics

[14]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2000 Port Adelaide 34104457177417100.40.45.71.77.41.71.0
2001 Port Adelaide 34211341364017655210.60.26.51.98.42.61.0
2002 Port Adelaide 342016101374618351440.80.56.92.39.22.62.2
2003 Port Adelaide 341465753711228210.40.45.42.68.02.01.5
2004 St Kilda 3418295962311929591.60.35.31.36.61.63.3
2005 St Kilda 34131510723110333411.20.85.52.47.92.53.2
2006 Hawthorn 1815321849127584270.20.112.36.118.35.61.8
2007 Hawthorn 182434307174481130510.10.212.87.320.05.42.1
2008 Hawthorn 182104276158434142350.00.213.17.520.76.81.7
2009 Hawthorn 18165217213730968400.30.110.88.619.34.32.5
2010 Hawthorn 18231627116043193630.00.311.87.018.74.02.7
2011 Hawthorn 182284260129389132700.40.211.85.917.76.03.2
2012 Hawthorn 181925244106350104510.10.312.85.618.45.52.7
2013 Hawthorn 18193322812635493430.20.212.06.618.64.92.3
Career 255 108 68 2515 1275 3790 1059 576 0.4 0.3 9.9 5.0 14.9 4.2 2.3

References

  1. "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 13 March 2004. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  2. "Guerra ruled out", AFL website, 24 September 2012. Archived 27 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/news/2013-10-02/dual-premiership-player-guerra-retires.workstation
  4. D'Anello, Luke (29 October 2013). "Hawthorn premiership player Brent Guerra signs with Deer Park". Herald Sun. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/bayside/former-afl-man-brent-guerra-has-joined-chelsea-as-playingcoach/story-fngnvmn9-1227063813418
  6. http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2351278/brent-guerra-keen-to-finish-on-high-note-for-pies/
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20141006095112/http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/football/coaches
  8. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/bayside/former-afl-man-brent-guerra-has-joined-chelsea-as-playingcoach/story-fngnvmn9-1227063813418
  9. Malcolm, Alex (16 December 2015). "Shake up for Fremantle's coaching structure".
  10. Gleeson, Michael (21 February 2006). "The regrowth of Guerra". The Age.
  11. Robinson, Mark (20 April 2006). "Brent Guerra's hair force". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013.
  12. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/west/hawthorn-premiership-defender-brent-guerra-enjoying-life-with-flag-favourite-deer-park-after-his-afl-retirement/story-fngnvog3-1227030603531
  13. http://www.news.com.au/national/brent-guerra-reveals-gambling-addiction-cost-him-400000/story-e6frfkp9-1227411732561
  14. Brent Guerra's player profile at AFL Tables
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