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Daniel Ward

Image DOB: 9 July 1977

Debut: Round 10, 1998 against Adelaide at Football Park
Last Game: Round 22, 2007 against Carlton at MCG

From: Hoppers Crossing/Western U18/Fitzroy, Selection #19, 1996 Rookie Draft & Melbourne, Selection #81 1997 Rookie Draft

Number: 49 1998, 26 1999-2000, 10 2001-2007

Honours:
Grand Final team - 2000
Life Member - 2007

Games: 136
Goals: 31
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
5018536.76

Promoted from the rookie list when Brett Lovett retired, Ward played four games but his first year was derailed when he broke his arm and he missed out on the Demons finals series. Nevertheless he was voted Most Improved Player in 1998.

1999 was a breakout season for Ward, and he established himself in the senior side. 2000, though, was nearly a write off as he missed six weeks at the start of the season with a wrist injury and then five weeks with a torn hamstring. He didn't play his first game of the season until round 18 when he replaced the injured Matthew Whelan, but retained his spot all the way through to the losing Grand Final.

In 2001 Ward was finally freed from his injury issues and played all 22 games for the season, finishing fifth in the Best and Fairest. The next year he played 16 games in a much improved side and earned maximum Brownlow votes for his career high four goal performance against Brisbane in Melbourne's round 14 comeback victory at the Gabba.

Ward added another 20 games in 2003 but the side were a shadow of the team which had turned out the year before, and in July it was revealed that he was heavily in debt to a bookmaker. In 2007 he was forced to own up to a substantial gambling problem and was fined $10,000 after admitting to betting on AFL matches.

Ward saw his 2005 season destroyed by a shoulder injury during the pre-season, and he didn't play until late in the season. He returned to play for Sandringham and was best on ground in their winning Grand Final side. 2006 and 2007 saw him a regular in the side again, and he played 17 and 18 games respectively before being delisted at the end of 2007.

Also wore number 55 in 1997 Reserves games.

In 2011 Ward revealed that he had been forced to seek treatment for gambling addiction. That year he captain/coached Lalbert Football Club, who became the Mallee Eagles in 2012 during his second year with the club.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1998 400
1999 1840
2000 700
2001 22102
2002 1673
2003 2030
2004 1010
2005 400
2006 1730
2007 1830

Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 21, 1999 Melee $1000 fine
Grand Final 2000 Melee $3500 fine
Round 3, 2001 Abusive Language Withdrawn
Round 1, 2004 Unduly Rough Play 3 matches
Round 16, 2006 Melee $1500 fine


Media
"Demons furious over gambling claims" - The Age 26/07/2003
"Ward's journey to hell and back" - Herald Sun 06/04/2011

Links
Australian Rules Football profile
melbfc.com.au profile - 2001
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Friday 13 November 2015 22:10:25 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 31)

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