Brent Harvey

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Brent Harvey
Personal information
Full name Brent Harvey
Nickname(s) Boomer
Date of birth (1978-05-14) 14 May 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Preston, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Preston RSL Junior Football Club/Northern Knights
Draft 47th overall, 1995
North Melbourne
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Small Forward
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1996–2016 North Melbourne 432 (518)
Representative team honours
YearsTeamGames (Goals)
1999, 2009 Victoria 2 (8)
International team honours
2000–2008 Australia 11 (12)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Brent Harvey (born 14 May 1978), often known by his nickname "Boomer", is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He holds the record for most matches played by an individual in AFL history, breaking Michael Tuck's previous record in 2016. [1]

Australian rules football Contact sport invented in Melbourne

Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between goal posts or between behind posts.

North Melbourne Football Club Australian rules football club

The North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Kangaroos or less formally the Roos, the Kangas or North, is the fourth oldest Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. It is based at the Arden Street Oval in the inner Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne, Victoria, but plays its home matches at the nearby Docklands Stadium.

Australian Football League Australian rules football competition

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football in Australia. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.


Drafted by the Kangaroos in the third round of the 1995 AFL Draft, Harvey played in his only premiership side in 1999, following an E. J. Whitten Medal victory playing for Victoria in the State of Origin series. He won the Syd Barker Medal in 2003, as well as the Jim Stynes Medal in the International rules series, captaining the Australian team in the 2008 International Rules Series. [2]

The E.J. Whitten Medal is awarded to the best Victorian player in an Australian rules football State of Origin football match. The award is named after Ted Whitten, also known as "Mr. Football", who played for and coached Footscray and was an advocate of interstate football. He played 29 games for Victoria, and coached the state side nearing his death of cancer in 1995.

Interstate matches in Australian rules football

Australian rules football matches between teams representing Australian colonies, states and territories have been held since 1879. For most of the 20th century, the absence of a national club competition and international matches meant that football games between state representative teams were regarded with great importance. Football historian John Devaney has argued that: "some of the state of origin contests which took place during the 1980s constituted arguably the finest expositions of the game ever seen".

The Syd Barker Medal is awarded to the North Melbourne Football Club player who has been judged the best and fairest of the footy season. The award has been given out continuously since 1937. Before then it was known as the Syd Barker Memorial Trophy.

A highlight of his 2003 season was against Carlton at the Telstra Dome in Round 22. Playing in his 150th game, Harvey kicked three goals in the Roos' record-breaking 124-point victory. [3]

He was the only North Melbourne player to have played every game at Manuka Oval during North Melbourne's nine-year stint at the venue.

Manuka Oval stadium in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Manuka Oval is a sporting venue in Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is located in Griffith, in the area of that suburb known as Manuka. Manuka Oval has a seating capacity of 13,550 people and an overall capacity of 16,000 people, although this is lower for some sports depending on the configuration used. The area on which the ground is situated has been used for sport since the early 20th century, but was only enclosed in 1929. It has since undergone several redevelopments, most recently beginning in 2011.

In 2007 Harvey polled 22 votes in the Brownlow Medal, finishing equal second and in 2008 Harvey polled 17 votes to finish in eighth place despite being one of the favourites to win the award in both years. [4] [5]

Brownlow Medal award for fairest and best player in the Australian Football League

The Charles Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal, is awarded to the "best and fairest" player in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the home-and-away season, as determined by votes cast by the officiating field umpires after each game. It is the most prestigious award for individual players in the AFL. It is also widely acknowledged as the highest individual honour in the sport of Australian rules football.

In 2010, the week after a career-low five possession game against St Kilda, Harvey led North Melbourne to a 25-point win over West Coast Eagles with a career-best 44 disposals, along with 11 marks, six goal scoring assists and one goal. Harvey also almost kicked a candidate for goal of the year, taking seven bounces of the ball in a run from defence before hitting the post with his shot at goal. [6] In 2011, playing his 312th game, he broke Glenn Archer's all-time club record for games played.

West Coast Eagles Australian rules football club

The West Coast Eagles, also known simply as West Coast or the Eagles, is a professional Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). Based in Perth, Western Australia, it represents its home state and the Perth metropolitan region. It trains at Lathlain Park and plays its home games at Perth Stadium, also known as Optus Stadium, in Burswood, having previously played at Subiaco Oval and the WACA Ground. The club is one of two AFL clubs based in Western Australia, the other being its main rival, the Fremantle Football Club.

Harvey's grandfather, Bill Harvey, played two games for North Melbourne in 1948. His brother, Shane Harvey, played 14 games for Essendon and North Melbourne from 2002 to 2004.

In Round 17 of the 2015 AFL season, Harvey played his 400th career game, becoming the first North Melbourne player to do so and fourth overall. He kicked two goals in a performance that suggested his career was far from over.

In Round 19 of the 2016 AFL season, Harvey broke the all-time record for most AFL matches by a player; the previous record was held by Michael Tuck. [7] The Kangaroos wore the number 427 applied to the vertical royal blue bars of their guernseys, and the number 50 on the 50-metre arc was replaced by 29, the number Harvey has worn for his entire AFL career. In August, North Melbourne announced they would not renew his contract for the 2017 season. [8]

On Friday October 7, 2016 at the 2016 Syd Barker Medal night Brent Harvey announced his retirement from AFL football, choosing not to wear another club's jersey although his form could allow him to do so.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
SeasonTeamNo.Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
TotalsAverages (per game)
1996 North Melbourne 29100011000.
1997 North Melbourne 2917108105541592690.
1998 North Melbourne 292332202098929844311.
1999 Kangaroos 2923241427311238566281.00.611.94.916.72.91.2
2000 Kangaroos 29253532375160535107501.41.315.06.421.44.32.0
2001 Kangaroos 2920171933817251075290.
2002 Kangaroos 2920301229613342965451.50.614.86.721.53.32.3
2003 Kangaroos 2921282031413745194381.
2004 Kangaroos 2921301321811733571371.40.610.45.616.03.41.8
2005 Kangaroos 29232317325188513108491.00.714.
2006 Kangaroos 29221711335195530121460.80.515.28.924.15.52.1
2007 Kangaroos 29253617351243594116531.40.714.09.723.84.62.1
2008 North Melbourne 29232519339230569110541.10.814.710.
2009 North Melbourne 291512819314233562310.80.512.99.522.34.12.1
2010 North Melbourne 2922252231323454792631.
2011 North Melbourne 2922312530418849280591.
2012 North Melbourne 292335928523552099471.50.412.410.
2013 North Melbourne 291619921017538575431.20.613.110.924.14.72.7
2014 North Melbourne 29222920310249559106661.30.914.111.325.44.83.0
2015 North Melbourne 2925241530426657074531.00.612.210.622.83.02.1
2016 North Melbourne 2923362429020649698561.60.712.

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
1996 0
1997 0
1998 4
1999 6
2000 14
2001 16
2002 10
2003 16
2004 3
2005 11
2006 6
2007 22
2008 17
2009 9
2010 13
2011 8
2012 4
2013 9
2014 15
2015 4
2016 4
Red / Italics = Ineligible

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