Brad Sewell – Former Australian Rules Football Player
Brad Sewell born in 1984 is a former Australian Rules Footballer.
He played 11 seasons for Hawthorn Football Club in AFL. Brad has three siblings. His brother Myles won J. J. Liston Trophy in 2009 for North Ballarat. Hailing from Newlyn, Brad maintained a close tie and interest in his region’s football.
Sewell completed Bachelor Of Commerce from Deakin University with a Sports Management Degree. Before being invited to AFL in 2002, he was a tertiary student. Brad is a very strong and aggressive player with a height of 1.81m and weight of 86kg. He is an educated and a vigorous footballer, whose qualities are not often brought together.
Playing Career (2003 – 2014)
During his early life, he played junior football at the Newlyn Football Club. It was a part of the Central Highlands Football league. Later he played with North Ballarat RebelsTAC Cup competition.
Brad Sewell made his debut in the 2003 Rookie Draft. He was selected by the Hawthorn Football Club with the 6th pick. The year 2006 proved out to be a breakout year. He was awarded the club’s Best and Fairest player, collecting 130 voted behind Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell. For the 2006 season, Brad played 22 games and made his first goal in the last match of the season against Geelong.
Brad was a key played for Hawthorn during the 2007 season. He went to win Peter Crimmins Medal, wining 1-vote over Campbell Brown. Brad became a Premiership player in the year 2008 after the Hawks beat reigning premiers Geelong in the finals. He worked too hard to reach to the position where he is now. He pushed himself more in the off-season. According to data statistics, he ranks above average in almost all the areas in the 2007 season.
During the 2009 season, Brad suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket. He was knocked out by a shirtfront from Essendon captain Matthew Lloyd in the third quarter. As Hawthorn went on to lose the match and missed the finals.
Coming off a solid 2012 season, Brad failed at times to capture the same form, but was dropped in Round 16. He also played a very leading role in refocusing the disappointment of losing 2012 Grand Final. Lloyd received a suspension of 6-weeks for that hit. Brad Sewell became a dual Premiership player in the 2013 season, after the club defeated Fremantle Football Club in the 2013 AFL Grand Final.
The year 2014 was Brad’s final season, where he suffered 2 hamstring injuries. The first injury was during the final match practice and the second injury was during Round 16. Despite of the injuries, he played 10 games of the season with his last game being the qualifying final against Geelong. Brad brought up his 200th game during the first week of the finals and received a standing ovation from the staff of Hawthorn and supporters at Peter Crimmins Medal ceremony. He played 169 games with 26 goals throughout his entire career.
Post Football Career
In 2014, Hawthorn told that Brad would not be offered a new contract for the 2015 season. Later, Brad announced his retirement from AFL Football at Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest ceremony. He initially considered for a new club, but changed his mind before the ceremony. He played a very important role in the emergence of the Hawks. He is yet to announce his plans after retirement.
Awards And Achievements
- Peter Crimmins Medal • Hawthorn Football Club Best and Fairest players
- Australian squad – 2008 International Rules Series
- Hawthorn Football Club 2008 AFL Premiership
- Hawthorn Football Club 2013 AFL Premiership