Nathan Bock – Former Australian Rules Football Player
Nathan Bock, born on March 20, 1983 is a former Australian Rules Footballer in AFL and played for the Adelaide Football Club.
He also played for the Gold Coast Football Club. He was well liked by all the players. In the early years, he used to do heavy lifting and was unable to demonstrate on the field following his injury in 2012.
Playing Career (2003 – 2014)
He started his football career with the Adelaide Football Club at the start of the 2003 season. He was drafted with selection 25 in Rookie Draft 2002 from Woodville-West Torrens in South Australian National Football League. He played for the first time at an age of 21 years and did well in the forward line of the Adelaide Club. In his debut game, he made 3 kicks and 9 disposals. He kicked 10 goals in the first 10 games. Since then, he transformed into a tough centre half-back.
During the 2005 season, he missed the first 7 rounds, but made a great return in the round 8. During this round, he proved that he and Ben Rutten, the All-Australian defender would become the best defensive combination in the AFL. The duo played great games for years. In the later years, he has to lose his forward origin. He either has to kick 2 goals from tight angles against Fremantle in the 3rd quarter in 2006.
Nathan Book took a mark in the left forward pocket in Brad Johnson’s 300th game in round 1 for the Western Bulldogs with Adelaide trailing by 4 points with a few seconds remaining. He made the goal from a distance of 45 metres out from the goal with a 45 degree angle. He missed the shot and Adelaide lost the game. To have a fine season, he soon recovered from this, and won AFL All-Australian selection as the team’s centre half-back. He won 2008 Crows Club Champion award as well as the Club’s most valuable player award.
During an incident in 2009, he was charged for assaulting his partner. He was detained by police and was asked to appear in court in later date. He was suspended by the Adelaide Football Club after this incident, but his suspension lifted after 1 game. He contributed a lot towards the 48-point loss to Geelong. He missed some more weeks due to a hamstring injury and returned midway through the season. In Round 17, he won Showdown Medal.
In 2008, Nathan Bock represented Australia in the International Rules Series against Ireland. He was selected as goalkeeper in the 1st test. This position does not exist in Australian Rules football. He was switched to a usual role of centre half back, where he played very well. He was amongst the Adelaide players who were selected for Australian squad.
In the year 2010, Bock announced that he would quit Adelaide and join Gold Coast Suns club.
Post Football Career
The Gold Coast Defender announced his retirement from the game in July, 2014. He never recovered fully after his leg injury in 2012. Though he returned in 2013, he couldn’t play well. He played only 2 games before surgery. He admitted that it was a difficult end to his AFL career, without getting a chance to recover from injuries.
Awards And Achievements
- Malcolm Blight Medal
- Adelaide Football Club Best and Fairest Winners
- Inaugural Gold Coast Football Club AFL team
- Showdown Medal • Showdown Best on Ground
- 2008 All-Australian team
- Dream Team – 2008 Hall of Fame Tribute Match
- Australian squad – 2008 International Rules Series