Kepler Bradley – Australian Rules Football Player
Kepler Bradley, born on November 13, 1985 is an Australian rules footballer.
He plays for Fremantle in the AFL. Previously, he played for Essendon between 2004-2007. He started his career as a junior football player with Kingsley Junior Football Club and made his senior football debut in the year 2003 for West Perth in West Australian Football League. He played 5 games including the grand final.
Football career (2003 – 2014)
He started his career in 2003, where he played for West Perth. The match was won by West Perth. In the same year he represented Western Australia at AFL National Championships 2003. He won the Larke Medal for being the best player in the championship. In the same year, he won Jack Clarke medal as the best player in WAFL competition. He was drafted in the 2003 AFL draft at number 6.
During the 2004 season, Kepler Bradley made his first debut in the first game of the season and played 5 games. He is a very tall player with a good physique. He played as a defender, Ruckman, forward and ruck rover. He used to be mainly in key defensive positions and became a permanent member in the side. The year 2006 was a great year for Bradley, where he was selected for all the games of the season.
Kepler Bradley’s opportunities were limited in the first half of 2007. He has only two appearances, which were because of recruiting of former Brisbane fullback Mac Michael. The meteoric rise of Paddy Ryder is another reason for leaving this tall player in the backline. His career was out down many times by his crucial mistakes in the Anzac Day Clash. The disposal skills of Bradley were put under scrutiny after the risky kick across the goal. Due to this, he had to play only two games for Essendon.
At the end of 2007, Bradley was amongst the 4 players who were delisted after the deal to trade them to Fremantle Dockers was not made. He returned to Australia and started training with Dockers. Dockers selected Bradley with 5th round selection in the National Draft.
During the 2008 season, Bradley made his debut in Fremantle in Round 8. He collected a goal and 21 possessions. Bradley has to wait till Rou8nd 8 to play in the 2010 season. Bradley played as a forward as well as Ruckman this season. The 4-goal effort in Round 10 against North Melbourne at Subiaco Oval was one of his best performances. He gave his best performance during the season and became the leading goal scorer of the club for the 2011 season. He kicked 25 goals and has a tie with Chris Mayne.
The year 2012 is another vacillating season, where he appeared in 12 games and made 6 goals. He won his spot back in the team after not playing between rounds 4-14 in 2012. 2012 predominates as a pivotal year for his career. Bradley made a great start to the season. During the season, Kepler has a rupture on the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. He went through knee reconstruction surgery and had to miss the season. He managed to play 32 games in 8 years due to hamstring and persistent back problems.
Post Football Career
Kepler Bradley announced that he would be retiring at the end of 2014 season. He played 117 AFL games with pick 6 in the 2003 National Draft. He may go back to the WAFL club and help the younger guys.
Awards And Achievements
- 2003 AFL National Draft
- 2005 AFL Rising Star nominees
- Australian Squad-2005 International Rules Series
- 2007 AFL National Draft
- Leading Goal kicker into The Fremantle Football Club