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Key Facts

Full name
Craig Ellis

Known as
Craig Ellis

4 June 1975 (age 47)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 316d
Last game: 27y 75d

Height and weight
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs
Western Bulldogs; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Western Bulldogs: 32
Melbourne: 4

Recruited from
Western Bulldogs (2002)

Craig Ellis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Western BulldogsAFL1994-200110760.0652%6.793.833.393

AFL: 10,491st player to appear, 1,833rd most games played, 5,684th most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 843rd player to appear, 122nd most games played, 468th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,220th player to appear, 674th most games played, 964th most goals kicked

Craig Ellis enjoyed a fine AFL career at two clubs, but were it not for the regular intervention of injury it could have been stellar. Drafted by Footscray from Western Jets he debuted with the Dogs in 1994 and went on to play 107 games for the club, finishing in 2001. His best season was probably 1997 when he was a resolute and formidable presence at centre half back, taking numerous intercept marks. A knee injury sustained in 2000 caused him to miss a lot of football but he resumed in 2001 and played a full season. However, at the end of the year he was traded to Melbourne where he added 15 games in 2002 only to injure his knee again late in the year. By mid-2003 it seemed apparent that he was not going to regain his place in the side whereupon he retired.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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