Shaun Playford Burgoyne (born 21 October 1982) is an Australian rules footballer playing with the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Burgoyne played with Port Adelaide through to 2002 to 2009 before being traded to Hawthorn in late 2009, where he has now played the majority of his games. With 35 finals appearances, Burgoyne has the second most finals appearances of any AFL footballer, behind only Michael Tuck. At 37 years old, he is currently the oldest active AFL player. He is also the last active AFL player who participated in any AFL Grand Final from 2006 or earlier.
Burgoyne playing for Hawthorn in April 2017
|Full name||Shaun Playford Burgoyne|
|Date of birth||21 October 1982|
|Place of birth||Darwin, Northern Territory|
|Original team(s)||Port Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Draft||No. 12, 2000 national draft|
Round 3, 2002, Port Adelaide|
vs. St Kilda, at Colonial Stadium
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb)|
|2001–2009||Port Adelaide||157 (171)|
|Representative team honours|
|2005–2009||Indigenous All-Stars||3 (0)|
|2008||Dream Team||1 (1)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Burgoyne is the younger brother of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne and the son of former Port Adelaide (SANFL) player Peter Burgoyne Snr. He is of Indigenous Australian descent and his ancestry can be traced to the Kokatha clan.
Port Adelaide career (2002–2009)
In 2004 Burgoyne played every game for the season and was part of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL premiership.
Burgoyne was important in Port Adelaide's midfield in 2008, despite attracting the opposition's best tagger most weeks. While not reaching the heights of past seasons, he finished fourth in the best and fairest and was second at the club in centre clearances, tackles and inside 50s, and fourth in goals (23), contested possessions and bounces. 2009 was a disappointing year after injuring his knee in round three and missing three months of footy. He was able to come back and play a few good games late in the year.
Hawthorn career (2010–present)
As vice-captain he shocked the football club by requesting to play for a Victorian team in 2010 after his brother had retired. Port traded him to Hawthorn in a complicated deal involving four clubs, with Essendon and Geelong also involved. He was allocated former club champion Shane Crawford's No. 9 jumper.
After having surgery on his knee during the off season that delayed his preparation for the 2010 season, Burgoyne suffered a broken jaw while playing for Box Hill. He made his debut against Richmond in Round 8, 2010. Burgoyne played the last sixteen games of the season.
During 2011 Shaun Burgoyne played excellent football for Hawthorn, showcasing his silky disposal and hard running. He was part of a side that lost the preliminary final to eventual runners-up Collingwood by 3 points.
Burgoyne was part of Hawthorn's losing side in the 2012 AFL Grand Final.
In 2013, Burgoyne's performance in the Preliminary Final against Geelong saw him kick 3 goals and also provide goals assists, with his final goal putting Hawthorn back in front late in the fourth quarter. The match ended the 11-game losing streak against Geelong, in effect since the 2008 Grand Final win.
On 28 September 2013 Burgoyne became a dual Premiership player after Hawthorn defeated Fremantle Football Club in the Grand Final in front of 100,007 fans at the MCG. Burgoyne was the only player to remain completely in his game outfit when the players were presented on stage following the conclusion of the post-match concert.
With Hawthorn's win in the 2015 Grand Final, Burgoyne became a quadruple Premiership player.
On 24 May 2017 it was announced that he would wear number 67 on his guernsey, rather than his usual 9, for the round 10 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round game against Sydney. This was to commemorate the 1967 referendum which allowed Indigenous Australians to be counted with the general population in the census.
On 28 August 2017 Burgoyne signed a one-year contract extension with Hawthorn keeping him at the club until the end of 2018. In November, he was appointed captain of the Australian international rules football team for the 2017 series.
In 2019, Burgoyne was heavily linked to a move to the Gold Coast. Burgoyne himself addressed the speculation, admitting it had been stressful and that he had a big decision to make. On September 12, it was announced he would remain a Hawk for 2020.
Off the field, Burgoyne has become an important representative for the indigenous Australian sporting community. He was an inaugural member of the Indigenous Players Advisory Board when it was established in 2011 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2016.
He is also a regular guest on The Marngrook Footy Show.
Burgoyne is married to Amy née Phillips, who is the daughter of Port Adelaide legend Greg Phillips and sister of WNBA and AFLW superstar Erin Phillips. Together they have four children - Nixie, Leni, Ky and Percy.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
- "Burgoyne set to play 32nd final". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- Hawks and Indigenous Round
- Capel, Andrew (23 August 2006). "Francou anoints Shaun". The Advertiser. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011.
- "Players' number tribute to indigenous breakthrough". Australian Football League. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- "Silk signs on for 17th season". hawthornfc.com.au. Hawthorn Football Club. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "Silky veteran gets nod to skipper Australia". AFL.com.au. 10 November 2017.
- Cherny, Daniel (23 March 2018). "How Shaun Burgoyne keeps beating Father Time". The Age. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
- "Shaun Burgoyne". AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
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