Jude Bolton – Retired Australian Rules Football Player

Jude Bolton is an Australian rules footballer. He represents Sydney Swans in AFL and played between 1999 and 2013.

BOLTON Jude 2He was born in 15 March, 1980 and attended St.Bernards College Essendon, where he started playing active football. He played football for his school as well as Calder Cannons before he was being selected as 8th pick in 1998 National Draft. He is one of the toughest players, but when it comes to family he can’t get enough of his beautiful daughters. With a height of 1.82 meters and weight of 86kg, he has a very strong muscular physique. He plays midfield position with a jersey number 24. He played for below 18 team Calder Cannons. Later, he was recruited into AFL by Sydney Swans club. He contributed a lot to several charities and worked for thousands of homeless people.

Football Career (1996-2013)

Jude Bolton played his first game for Sydney against Carlton in round 12 of 1999 season and was honoured with Rising Star Award nomination in 2000. Bolton was selected in the first 3 picks during the first round of 1998 draft. He entered Sydney Swans after bad days of early 1990s. There was a time when strong players were on the same boat. He was a regular player of the team by 2001and represented Australia in International rules series in 2004. With a never ending determination to run after the ball, he accumulated a huge number of tackles. His contribution in 2005 premiership was remarkable. His man-on-man style of play became very popular. He made 122 tackles, which is the 2nd highest score for club and 3rd highest record for AFL.

Bolt floated for few years as trade bait, he stepped back in 2009 to play his best game. He led way for Swans in different areas such as ball winning, tackling and hardness at the contest. His game against Essendon at the SCG in 2010 was very impressive than other games. He picked up 36 disposals, laid 12 tackles, won 5 free kicks, 12 clearances and sent the ball inside 5 times. He provided handball to Adam Goodes for the goal that sealed the entire match.

The year 2011 was started in a great way, which showed that he was not ready to retire. Due to a knee injury, the 2nd half of the year slowed down a bit. He still managed to contribute to the side’s performance, seeing which he was awarded w3ith one year extension after 2012 season. In 2011, he laid an AFL record of 19 tackles in a match and played a very important role in victory over the West Coast Eagles. He has a big record of tackles in AFL career, surpassing the tally of 1278 career tackles of former captain Brett Kirk. His ended his career with a score of 1490 tackles, which was a big record. It was surpassed by Lenny Hayes in 2014.

Post football career

Jude Bolton announced his retirement on 26 August 2013 at the conclusion of 2013.His last game was Sydney’s preliminary final loss to Fremantle on Sept 21, 2013. He scored his final goal for Swans. Post football career, he became crew member aboard racing supermaxi yacht Perpetual Loyal in 2013 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race along with his other crew members. He is also seen as boundary rider for Seven Network’s coverage for AFL matches. Football is a part of Bolton family, even after his retirement.

Awards And Achievements

  • AFL national draft in 1998
  • AFL rising star nominees in 2000
  • Australian Squad in 2004 international rules series
  • AFL 2007 community leadership award
  • Sydney Swans 2005 AFL premiers
  • Sydney Swans 2012 AFL premiers
  • Madden medal winner 2013
  • Phillips Sports Dad of the year 2013
  • Most tackles in game (19 tackles against WC)
  • Most tackles in AFL career

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