Xavier Ellis (born 28 February 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club and West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Over 120 senior matches, and two AFL Clubs, Xavier played in three Grand Finals. 2008 would mark Xavier Ellis as a Premiership player but he would also play in the 2012 Grand Final and 2015 Grand Final.
|Full name||Xavier Ellis|
|Date of birth||28 February 1988|
|Original team(s)||Gippsland Power (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 3 (PP), 2005 national draft|
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|2014–2016||West Coast||34 (9)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Ellis was drafted by the Hawthorn Football Club with their first selection and third overall in the 2005 national draft. In 2006, he focused on completing his year twelve studies and playing football for Melbourne Grammar, where he was co-captain of the 1st XVIII. His season was wrecked by injuries, but he managed to play several games for Hawthorn's VFL affiliate, the Box Hill Hawks.
He made his senior debut against the Brisbane Lions in round one, 2007 and scored his first goal in round four against Geelong at Aurora Stadium. His debut season saw him rewarded with the club's best first year player.
During the 2008 season, he played 23 matches, averaging 20 disposals. Xavier played in the 2008 AFL Grand Final, where he amassed 28 disposals (the most on the ground) and helped his team defeat Geelong. This would be his first and only Premiership as a player but he would go onto play in two more Grand Finals.
From 2009 to 2012, he was hampered by a string of injuries throughout this period. He missed most of the 2012 season, only managing to play five matches, including the 2012 grand final loss. This would Xavier's second Grand Final appearance and first loss as a player.
In 2013, he was restricted to just two games after numerous calf injuries and at the end of the season he signed with the West Coast as an unrestricted free agent. This would be the same time former Hawthorn Football Club Assistant Coach Adam Simpson would become West Coast Eagles Head Coach.
From 2014 to 2015, he played the majority of both seasons including the 2015 AFL Grand Final against his old side, Hawthorn. This would Xavier's third Grand Final appearance and second loss as a player.
After managing just two matches in the 2016 season, Ellis announced his immediate retirement from the AFL in August via a post on Instagram.
In February 2017, Ellis was announced as co-host of Weekend Breakfast on Hit 92.9 with Heidi Anderson.
Throughout the 2018 WAFL season Xavier was seen on the Channel Seven television coverage. The following year, Ellis would replace Peter Bell for Channel Seven's coverage of AFL matches in Perth. His role has been primarily as a boundary rider and to conduct interviews during the quarter breaks.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Niall, Jake (15 October 2013). "Xavier Ellis to sign with West Coast". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Australian Associated Press (30 September 2015). "AFL Grand Final: Xavier Ellis ready to fire for West Coast Eagles against former club". Perth Now. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Premiership Player Retires Over Instagram". Triple M. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Heidi & Xavier confirmed for hit92.9 Weekend Breakfast". www.radiotoday.com.au. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Xavier Ellis". AFL Tables. Retrieved 20 August 2014.