David Wirrpanda

Last updated

David Wirrpanda
David Wirrpanda, 2005 AFL Grand Final parade.jpg
Wirrpanda with West Coast in 2005
Personal information
Full name David Selwyn Burralung
Merringwuy Galarrwuy
Wyal Wirrpanda [1]
Nickname(s) "Wirra"
Date of birth (1979-08-03) 3 August 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Healesville (YVMDFL)
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Defender, forward
Playing career
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1996–2010 East Perth 28 (30)
1996–2009 West Coast 227 (131)
International team honours
YearsTeamGames (Goals)
2003 Australia 2 (0)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

David Selwyn Burralung Merringwuy Galarrwuy Wyal Wirrpanda ( /wɪrəˈpʌndə/ wirr-ə-PUN-də; born 3 August 1979) is a former Australian rules footballer, best known for his career with the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Born in Melbourne, Wirrpanda was raised in Shepparton, Victoria. David attended Parkmore Primary School in Forest Hill, where in a school football match he kicked 32 goals in one game. He went on to attend Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville, which had been established by his mother's family. He began his football career with a local team, and subsequently progressed to the Eastern Ranges team in the under-18 TAC Cup. Selected by West Coast during the 1995 draft period, Wirrpanda made his debut for the club during the following season. Having played his first game for West Coast at the age of 16 years and 268 days, he remains the youngest player to have played a senior game for the club.

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 goal and behind posts.

West Coast Eagles Australian rules football club

The West Coast Eagles Football Club, nicknamed The Eagles, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Contents

Limited by injuries in his first few seasons, Wirrpanda did not establish himself as a regular player until the early 2000s, usually playing out of a back pocket or across a half-back flank. Outstanding form in these positions led to his selection in the 2005 All-Australian team, and the following season he was a member of the West Coast premiership side that defeated Sydney in the 2006 grand final. Often playing as a small forward towards the end of his career, Wirrpanda retired at the end of the 2009 season, finishing with 227 games for the club. Since the conclusion of his playing career, he has involved himself in charity work, including the establishment of the Wirrpanda Foundation, an organisation supporting Indigenous Australians. Wirrpanda has also expressed a desire to enter politics, and unsuccessfully contested 2013 federal election as the National Party's candidate for the Senate in Western Australia.

All-Australian team

The All-Australian team is an all star team of Australian rules footballers, selected by a panel at the end of each season. It represents a complete team, including an interchange bench, of the best performed players during the season, led by that season's premiership coach.

Sydney Swans Australian rules football club

The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). Established in Melbourne as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, the Swans relocated to Sydney in 1982, thus making it the first club in the competition to be based outside Victoria.

2006 AFL Grand Final grand final of the 2006 Australian Football League season

The 2006 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 30 September 2006. It was the 110th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2006 AFL season. The match, attended by 97,431 spectators, was won by West Coast by a margin of one point, marking that club's third premiership victory. As of 2019, this is the most recent Grand Final in which neither team was from Victoria.

Football career

Wirrpanda starred for Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup during 1995, and was scouted by West Coast Eagles recruiters and brought to Perth by longtime Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett. [2]

Eastern Ranges Australian rules football club

The Eastern Ranges is an Australian rules football team in the NAB League, the Victorian statewide under-18s competition.

Wirrpanda made his debut with West Coast in Round 5 of the 1996 AFL Season, at the age of 16 years, 268 days, and remains the Eagles' youngest ever debutant. Unfortunately, injuries and fluctuating form hurt him early in his career, and he managed only 12 of a possible 71 AFL games (including finals) in his first 3 seasons. During these early years, he also played 25 games for East Perth in the WAFL.

East Perth Football Club Australian rules football club in the WAFL

The East Perth Football Club, nicknamed the Royals, is an Australian rules football club based in Leederville, Western Australia, current playing in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Formed in 1902 as the Union Football Club, the club entered the WAFL in 1906, changing its name to East Perth. It won its first premiership in 1919, part of a streak of five consecutive premierships. Overall, the club has won 17 premierships, most recently in 2002. The club is currently based at Leederville Oval, which it shares with the Subiaco Football Club, having previously played home games at Wellington Square and Perth Oval from 1910 to 1999. The current coach of East Perth is Jeremy Barnard and the current captains are Kyle Anderson and Patrick McGinnity.

West Australian Football League

The West Australian Football League (WAFL) is an Australian rules football league based in Perth, Western Australia. The WAFL is the third-most popular league in the nation, behind the nationwide Australian Football League (AFL) and South Australian National Football League (SANFL). The league currently consists of ten teams, which play each other in a 20-round season usually lasting from March to September, with the top five teams playing off in a finals series, culminating in a Grand Final. The league also runs reserves, colts (under-19) and women’s competitions.

By the mid-2000s, Wirrpanda's career started to get on track, and he became a consistent contributor for the Eagles, playing mainly as a small defender in the back pocket or half back flank. After a solid year in 2004, he had a stellar 2005 season in which he won selection in the All-Australian team, his trademark clearances from defence being a vital part of the Eagles' success that year. He continued to do well in 2006, marking his 150th AFL game with a great performance.[ citation needed ]

Wirrpanda nearly missed out on the 2006 AFL Grand Final through injury, but came back to take his place in the side. He came in at the expense of Jaymie Graham, who had played every game of that season up until then, and out of respect for his younger teammate, Wirrpanda played in the match with Graham's #22 written on his hand.[ citation needed ]

Jaymie Graham Australian rules footballer

Jaymie Wayne Graham is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

In 2007 and 2008, Wirrpanda has shared time between his usual backline post and pinch-hitting up forward for his team, using his excellent footskills to both set up play and score some crucial goals for the Eagles in the process.

In 2008, Wirrpanda was met solidly by Geelong's Gary Ablett in a match at Skilled Stadium. The incident sparked some debate among the football media and fans alike, as although photographs revealed head high contact was made during the bump, Wirrpanda had also slid to the ground, assuring that Ablett had upheld his duty of care as best he could when bumping an opposition player, and therefore not resulting in a suspension for the incident. [3]

At the conclusion of Round 22, 2009, he had played in 227 of a possible 327 matches for the Eagles (including finals), and has scored 131 goals, averaging 16.6 disposals for his career.

In September 2009, Wirrpanda announced his retirement citing he may be standing in the way of another younger playing being fast tracked within the club. After the birth of his son, Wirrpanda also expressed his desire to move on citing his fatherhood is the most important aspect of his life, but also spending more time with the foundation that bears his name.

Wirrpanda has also announced his wishes to remain part of the West Coast Eagles, saying that he may one day serve on the board. [4]

Statistics

[5]
Legend
 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 West Coast 44545231841890.81.04.63.68.21.61.8
1997 West Coast 446223021511180.30.35.03.58.51.81.3
1998 West Coast 44110415001.00.04.01.05.00.00.0
1999 West Coast 44244427812640491270.20.211.65.316.83.81.1
2000 West Coast 44865129281573380.80.616.13.519.64.11.0
2001 West Coast 4421572455730266300.20.311.72.714.43.11.4
2002 West Coast 442126222547232670491.21.012.13.415.53.32.3
2003 West Coast 441910102515730862260.50.513.23.016.23.31.4
2004 West Coast 44222325910436356590.10.111.84.716.52.52.7
2005 West Coast 44202229711140893340.10.114.95.620.44.71.7
2006 West Coast 44248729711541290480.30.312.44.817.23.82.0
2007 West Coast 4421251226894362109431.20.612.84.517.25.22.0
2008 West Coast 441725162126327588301.50.912.53.716.25.21.8
2009 West Coast 44181132579435185370.60.214.35.219.54.72.1
Career22713198280496137658624080.60.412.44.216.63.81.8

Personal life

For most of his career, Wirrpanda has been known as "Wirrpunda", but in 2005 it was pointed out that his actual birth name was Wirrpanda. In the West Australian before the 2006 season Wirrpanda said that he had allowed his name to be misspelt to ensure it was pronounced correctly.

Wirrpanda is also known for his community work in helping to improve the lives of young Indigenous Australians, first and foremost through The David Wirrpanda Foundation, which he launched in 2005.

He was named the 9th most influential Aboriginal Australian by The Bulletin magazine in 2007 [6] and 2008. He also received the 2009 award for Young Western Australian of the Year. [7]

He and model Shannon McGuire have two sons together, Marley, born in August 2009, which caused him to miss West Coast's Round 22 match against Richmond that was played the previous evening [8] and Eli born in 2010.

He hosts a Saturday morning radio show called "Dead Set Legends" in Perth on MIX 94.5.[ citation needed ]

In 2010, Wirrpanda participated in the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars , partnering with Liza van Pelt. [9] However, in the competition's eighth round, he unexpectedly withdrew to concentrate on his foundation, becoming the first contestant to quit in the show's history. [10] [11]

In 2015 Wirrpanda was caught drunk driving recording a reading of 0.154, more than three times the legal limit. In court he was found guilty of driving under the influence, fined $900 and lost his driver's licence for 10 months. [12]

Related Research Articles

Chris Judd Australian rules footballer

Christopher Dylan Judd is a former professional Australian rules footballer and captain of both the West Coast Eagles and Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ben Cousins Australian rules footballer

Benjamin Luke Cousins is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for West Coast and Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Gary Ablett Jr. Australian rules footballer

Gary Ablett Jr. is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Gold Coast Suns from 2011 to 2017. The eldest son of Australian Football Hall of Fame member and former Hawthorn and Geelong player Gary Ablett Sr., Ablett was drafted to Geelong under the father–son rule in the 2001 national draft and has since become recognised as one of the all-time great midfielders. Regarded as one of the greatest players of the modern era, Ablett is a dual premiership player, dual Brownlow Medallist, five-time Leigh Matthews Trophy winner, three-time AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award winner and eight-time All-Australian.

Chad Fletcher Australian rules footballer

Chad Fletcher is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He also played for the Subiaco Football Club and the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). From Perth, Western Australia, Fletcher was recruited by West Coast in the 1998 Rookie Draft, and made his debut for the club in 1999. Having represented Australia in the 2003 International Rules Series against Ireland, he was subsequently named in the All-Australian team in 2004. Fletcher played in West Coast's 2006 premiership victory over Sydney, and retired at the end of the 2009 season after a total of 179 games for the club.

Don Pyke Australian rules footballer

Donald Lachlan Pyke is a former Australian rules footballer and the former senior coach of the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played for the West Coast Eagles from 1989 to 1996.

Shaun McManus Australian rules footballer

Shaun John McManus is a former Australian rules footballer. He is one of the most popular players to ever represent the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is often seen as an icon or favourite son of the club. He has been described as the AFL's uphill skiing champion due to his courage, persistence and resilience in overcoming two knee reconstructions.

Quinten Lynch Australian rules footballer

Quinten Peter Lynch is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Collingwood Football Club and the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally from Grass Patch, a rural farming community near Esperance, Western Australia, he played for the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before being recruited to West Coast with the 19th pick overall in the 2002 Rookie Draft.

Andrew Embley is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is known for winning the Norm Smith Medal as the best player in the 2006 AFL Grand Final.

Mark Nicoski is a former Australian rules footballer who previously played with the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). From Perth, Western Australia, Nicoski first played for Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), before being recruited by West Coast in the 2003 Rookie Draft. Promoted from the rookie list prior to the 2004 season, he made his debut for the club in round five, and became a regular in the side the following season as a half-back flanker, playing in West Coast's grand final loss to Sydney. In 2006, Nicoski fractured an ankle midway through the season, and thus missed out on playing in the club's premiership victory. Over the next seasons, shoulder and groin injuries restricted his time on the field, but in 2011 he took up a different role in the team, kicking 41 goals playing as a forward. Nicoski also represented Australia in the 2011 International Rules Series. However, after serious injuries, including a torn hamstring during the final of the 2012 pre-season tournament, he did not play at AFL level over the following two seasons. Having played 112 games for West Coast, Nicoski retired from the AFL at the end of the 2013 season.

Michael Gardiner Australian rules footballer, born 1979

Michael Strickland Gardiner is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles and the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally from Albany, Western Australia, Gardiner played for the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before being drafted by West Coast with the number-one pick in the 1996 National Draft. He made his debut for the club in 1997, and over the next seasons replaced Ryan Turnbull as the club's first-choice ruckman. After being named in the All-Australian team in 2003, Gardiner missed most of the 2004 season due to injury. Loss of form and a series of off-field controversies led to him being traded to St Kilda at the end of the 2006 season, having played total of 129 games for West Coast. During his time at St Kilda, Gardiner added another 52 games, including St Kilda's 2009 and 2010 losing grand final teams, before retiring at the end of the 2011 season.

Mark LeCras Australian rules footballer

Mark LeCras is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was predominantly used as a small forward, though he has occasionally played in the midfield. He won an AFL Premiership with West Coast in 2018, his last season.

Adam Hunter is an Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Hunter was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, and played with the South Bunbury Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before being recruited to West Coast with the 29th pick overall in the 1999 National Draft. Playing mainly in defence, though occasionally at centre half-forward, Hunter played a total of 151 games for the club between 2000 and 2009, including the 2006 premiership win.

Matthew Harley Priddis is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Chance Bateman Australian rules footballer

Chance Bateman is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Luke Shuey is an Australian rules footballer who is the current vice-captain for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Zachary Beeck is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the East Perth and Peel Thunder Football Clubs in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), as well as one match for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is known more for his Cricketing Career than his AFL career. He travelled around England in the early stages of life with a young Australian team and averaged 90 in his batting career as a number 3. He had a tough choice to make between AFL and Cricket and stuck to AFL much despite his better cricketing path.

Craig Smoker is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). After his AFL career ended, Smoker also played for Williamstown in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and West Perth in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL).

Gerrick Peter Weedon is an Australian rules footballer who previously played with the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Weedon moved to Perth to play for Claremont, before being recruited by West Coast with the 22nd pick overall in the 2009 National Draft, playing his first game for the club in round seven of the 2011 season. Due to his inability to break into West Coast's senior side, Weedon spent most of his time at the club playing in the WAFL, playing in Claremont's premiership sides in both 2011 and 2012. He was delisted from West Coast at the end of the 2012 season.

Kurt Mutimer is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

References

  1. Gleeson, Michael (2005). "David Selwyn Burralung Merringwuy Galarrwuy Wyal WIRRPANDA – and don't you forget it" The Age . Published 24 September 2005. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. AFL Record. Round 9, 2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  3. Never iron out the shirt-front by Campbell Brown for The Age. 13 April 2008
  4. http://www.westcoasteagles.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/7155/newsid/83988/default.aspx
  5. David Wirrpanda's player profile at AFL Tables
  6. Wirrpanda recognised for work Archived 6 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine 30 November 2007, AFL BigPond Network
  7. Australian of the Year Award 2009 Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine National Australia Day Council
  8. David Wirrpanda, Shannon McGuire have a baby son
  9. "West Coast Eagle David Wirrpanda joins Dancing With The Stars"PerthNow. Published 18 May 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  10. Pepper, Daile (2010). "Nice guy Wirra's shock exit" – WAToday. Published 16 August 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  11. Byrne, Fiona (2010). Dancing too much for David Wirrpanda"Herald Sun. Published 17 August 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  12. http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/david-wirrpanda-exwest-coast-eagle-fined-for-drink-driving-20150519-gh4uxj.html