Michael Braun (footballer)

Michael Braun (born 24 March 1978) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the AFL's West Coast Eagles.

Michael Braun
Personal information
Full name Michael Braun
Date of birth (1978-03-24) 24 March 1978
Original team(s) Echuca United / Bendigo U18
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Position(s) midfield
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19972008 West Coast 228 (66)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Playing for Echuca United as a youngster in the Northern and Echuca Football League, he was recruited from Echuca/Bendigo Pioneers and made his debut in 1997.

Braun announced his AFL retirement midway through the 2008 AFL season, effective at the end of the season.

After retiring from playing football he became the Colts' coach at East Perth Football Club in the WAFL.

Honours

  • Runner-up in the Bendigo Pioneers best and fairest in 1996, and represented Victoria Country in the championships.
  • Runner-up in the club champion award 1999
  • Best Clubman in 2003
  • Member of the International Rules team in 2004
  • Member of the West Coast Eagles 2006 premiership team

Controversies

In 2007, he ended his acceptance speech for the Ross Glendinning Medal with "Let's have a fucking good year" on live television and in front of a crowd of 42,000 at Subiaco Oval.[1] The Eagles originally fined him $500, but the AFL stepped in, severely reprimanded the Eagles and fined him a further $5,000 for the blunder.[2] It was also the same match in which teammate Adam Selwood was involved in an altercation with Fremantle's Des Headland.

Statistics

[3]
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)
1997 West Coast 3871061339419150.10.08.74.713.42.72.1
1998 West Coast 1020141020110130265410.70.510.15.115.13.32.1
1999 West Coast 1024410287167454104300.20.412.07.018.94.31.3
2000 West Coast 1012641248921355190.50.310.37.417.84.61.6
2001 West Coast 10931693910832170.30.17.74.312.03.61.9
2002 West Coast 1020431858627161510.20.29.34.313.63.12.6
2003 West Coast 10224622512735278530.20.310.25.816.03.52.4
2004 West Coast 102399259172431119710.40.411.37.518.75.23.1
2005 West Coast 102475274222496127480.30.211.49.320.75.32.0
2006 West Coast 102548248256504110730.20.39.910.220.24.42.9
2007 West Coast 10246622728751493680.20.18.210.618.73.62.9
2008 West Coast 10184114719033765530.20.18.210.618.73.62.9
Career 228 66 63 2307 1769 4076 928 539 0.3 0.3 10.1 7.8 17.9 4.1 2.4

Outside football

Michael married his long-time girlfriend Bree in November 2007 and they have a son called Noah born in October 2008. They now also have a girl called Logan.

Braun can also be found regularly reviewing West Australian restaurants for a local website.[4][5]

References

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