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Matthew Connell
Connell
DOB
3/8/1972
Height
181 cm
Weight
76 kg
Junior club
Subiaco/Scarborough JFC
Arrived
Drafted at pick 29 in the 1991 national draft
Number
42 (1992 – 1993)
16 (1994)
Debut
Round 1 1993 vs Essendon
(80th Eagles player)
Games
3
Goals
0
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
n/a
Last app.
Round 10 1993 vs St Kilda
Departed
Traded to Adelaide at the end of the 1994 season for pick 44 (Jeremy Dyer)
Other clubs
Subiaco (WAFL) 1991-1994, 2001-2003
Adelaide (SANFL) 1995-2000

How many midfielders did West Coast have in the early 1990s that just could not get a game? Connell was one of the legions of WAFL footballers stuck waiting for opportunities behind Kemp, Matera, Mainwaring, Pyke and co.

West Coast careerEdit

After spending his first year on the senior list at Subiaco, Connell was given a debut in the opening round of the 1993 season. He played the first two games of the year, but managed just one more game midseason against St Kilda and played out the year at the Lions. That’s where he spent the whole 1994 season, unable to work his way into the premiership-winning midfield.

Adelaide careerEdit

At the end of that season he was traded to Adelaide, where he was immediately successful. Connell played 21 games in his debut season as a Crow and won their best and fairest award. When he ended his AFL career at the end of the 2000 season he had played 96 games in the tri-colours and won two premiership medals.

Post-AFL careerEdit

On returning to WA, Connell played a few more seasons at Subiaco including being a part of the losing 2003 grand final side.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T WAFL Gm G
1992 0 Subi 19 11
1993 3 0 1 17 5 1 18 0 20 17
1994 0 22 14
Tot 3 0 1 17 5 1 18 0
Avg 0.0 5.7 1.7 0.3 6.0 0.0

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/M/Matthew_Connell.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Connell

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/34

http://waflfootyfacts.net/player/stats.php?PlayerID=1230