Simon Minton-Connell

Simon Minton-Connell (born 26 April 1969) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and its successor, the Australian Football League (AFL).

Simon Minton-Connell
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-04-26) 26 April 1969
Original team(s) North Hobart
Draft No. 38, 1986 national draft
Debut Round 15, 1989, Carlton
vs. Collingwood, at Waverley Park
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19861991 Carlton 019 0(50)
19921994 Sydney 046 (169)
19951996 Hawthorn 022 0(33)
19971998 Western Bulldogs 025 0(53)
Total 112 (305)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Career highlights
  • Sydney Leading goalkicker 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Western Bulldogs Leading goalkicker 1997
  • Tasmanian State of Origin representative
  • Tasmanian Team of the Century nominee
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

VFL/AFL career

Nephew of the great full-forward Peter Hudson and cousin of Paul Hudson,[1] Minton-Connell was selected at pick 38 in the 1986 VFL Draft by Carlton Football Club. Minton-Connell eventually played for four different VFL/AFL clubs; Carlton, Sydney, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs in his twelve-year career, amassing 112 games and 305 goals in the process. Despite this lack of career stability Minton-Connell was an effective forward judged by today's standards, despite being overshadowed by the more glamorous and prolific spearheads of the era.

Local league career

Retiring to local league football, Minton-Connell reached the 100-goal milestone for the Aberfeldie Football Club of the Essendon District Football League in 2002,[2] ending the season with 121 majors after tearing a thigh muscle in the opening minutes of that year's Grand Final versus Oak Park.[3]

In 2004 he played for the Moonee Valley Football Club, before spending a year with NOBs in 2005 and returning to Aberfeldie in the role of coach in 2006.

References

  1. "Simon Minton-Connell". Hawk Headquarters. Hawk Headquarters. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. G. McLure, 'Sporting Life', The Age, 29 July 2002
  3. Anonymous, 'Top guns in shoot-out', The Age, 28 June 2003


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