Luke Breust

Luke Breust (born 11 November 1990) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Luke Breust
Breust playing for Hawthorn in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Luke Bruest
Nickname(s) Punky[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990
Place of birth Temora, New South Wales
Original team(s) Temora (Farrer Football League)
Draft No. 47, 2009 rookie draft
Debut Round 8, 2011, Hawthorn
vs. St Kilda, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 22
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009 Hawthorn 207 (392)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early career

Recruited from Temora, New South Wales, Breust played both rugby league and Australian rules football as a junior but turned his focus to Australian rules from age 14.[2] Breust played football and basketball with Isaac Smith in Temora before the latter moved to Wagga Wagga when he was 13, with both ending up at Hawthorn where they played together in the 2013 AFL Grand Final.

As stated on the NSW AFL website, 'Before being drafted at the age of 18, Breust played with many current stars of the game as a member of the NSW/ACT Rams side that took out the Division 2 title at the NAB AFL Under-18 National Championships in 2008.'

"Craig Bird was my captain and I played with Taylor Walker, Dean Terlich and guys like that," he said.[3]

He was drafted by Hawthorn with selection 47 in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft in December 2008. Breust fractured his left tibia during 2008, but after recovering from that injury he received an invitation to trial with the Hawks and was then selected in the draft.[4]

AFL career

In Round 8 of the 2011 AFL season, Breust made his debut against St Kilda after performing well for Hawthorn's affiliate side in the Victorian Football League, Box Hill.[5] He kicked 2 goals after coming on as a substitute. In Round 15 after a 2-goal, 16-possession game against Collingwood, he was nominated for the 2011 AFL Rising Star Award.[6]

Breust improved more during the 2012 AFL season, particularly with his five-goal effort in Hawthorn's eight-goal win over Collingwood. He played predominantly as a forward, but had short bursts in the midfield throughout the year. Breust played in Hawthorn's losing Grand Final team. At the end of the year, he placed fourth in the Peter Crimmins Medal behind winner Sam Mitchell.

In 2013, Breust kicked a goal in the last quarter of the AFL Grand Final against the Fremantle Dockers to win his first AFL Premiership.

In 2014, Breust began a streak of 29 consecutive goals without scoring a behind, tying with the record set by Tony Lockett in the 1995 season. The streak began during the last quarter of Round 5 against the Geelong Cats and was broken in Round 17 against the Adelaide Crows.

In Round 21, 2017, Bruest kicked his 300th career goal in a 27-point victory over North Melbourne.


Statistics are correct to the end of 2019. [7]
 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)
2009 Hawthorn 47
2010 Hawthorn 47
2011 Hawthorn 471730151169120756501.
2012 Hawthorn 22244525175199374771131.
2013 Hawthorn 22254030192173365911101.
2014 Hawthorn 2225571219918338280852.
2015 Hawthorn 2225521919617136794962.
2016 Hawthorn 2224472721516237785942.
2017 Hawthorn 2221331717612530169851.
2018 Hawthorn 2224542422115737899992.
2019 Hawthorn 2222341716513730261851.
Career 2073921861655139830537128171.

Honours and achievements



Personal life

Bruest's partner is Anthea Pellow, a primary school teacher. He is the cousin of rugby league coach Trent Barrett.


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