Shane Ellen

Shane Ellen (born 1 January 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Shane Ellen
Personal information
Full name Shane Ellen
Date of birth (1973-01-01) 1 January 1973
Original team(s) Melton / Coburg
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–1995 Footscray 11 0(1)
1996–2000 Adelaide 54 (15)
Total 65 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2000.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Bulldogs career

Ellen, a Footscray local, made his debut with the Bulldogs in 1993, and when he left in 1995 he had played just 11 games for 1 goal. He was then delisted, before being selected by the Adelaide Football Club in the 1996 Pre-season Draft.

Adelaide career

He arrived at the Crows in 1996 and was a largely unheralded player. That was until the 1997 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda. This proved to be a defining moment in his career, until the journeyman's AFL career ended at the end of 2000, after 54 games and 15 goals with the club.

Grand Final hero

In the 1997 Grand Final, Ellen was considered the unlikely hero for the Crows. In the first half he booted two goals from full-forward, playing there in place of the injured Tony Modra. He was then switched to the half-back line by coach Malcolm Blight, which proved to be an inspired move – Ellen kicked three of his five goals for the match after half-time.[1]

This amazing performance was understated by the fact he had kicked three goals in his previous 38 AFL matches. After the 1997 Grand Final he kicked eight more goals for the remainder of his career.[2][3]


 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)
1993 Footscray 4740122931620.
1994 Footscray 200
1995 Footscray 2071236743830.
1996 Adelaide 1317211287820655170.
1997 Adelaide 131052704511539140.
1998 Adelaide 1317791224616845210.
1999 Adelaide 136112210321120.
2000 Adelaide 13403285331310.
Career 65 16 19 428 200 628 177 60 0.2 0.3 6.6 3.1 9.7 2.7 0.9


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 182. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. Shane Ellen's playing statistics from AFL Tables
  3. Defender’s goal spree
  4. Shane Ellen's player profile at AFL Tables

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