Paul Wheatley

Image DOB: 12 April 1981

Debut: Round 2, 2000 against Kangaroos at MCG
Last Game: Round 22, 2009 against St. Kilda at MCG

From: North Heidelberg/Preston U18, Selection #20, 1999 National Draft

Number: 31 (2000-2009)

Life Member - 2009

Games: 135
Goals: 34
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical Categories Lead
Equal most uncontested possessions in a game : 33 - Round 20, 2008

A former reserves top-up player for Collingwood (four games) and North Melbourne (one game), Wheatley attracted the attention of the Demons with his performances in the 1999 Under-18 national championships and they used an early draft pick on him at the end of 1999.

He played twelve games in his rookie season, but missed a chance to play finals football when he suffered a hamstring injury late in the season. The next year he added 16 matches to his tally and 18 in 2002 - including his first finals - despite a hamstring injury which cost him six weeks in the middle of the year.

Renowned as one of the most thumping kicks in the competition, Wheatley kicked the first 9 point goal in NAB Cup history, and would go onto boot an MFC leading six in his career. His 2003 season was short on other highlights, as he played just five games while battling form issues and two separate hamstring injuries.

He returned as a regular in 2004 and 2005 but was back down to seven games in 2006, a year in which he played in the Sandringham premiership side.

Wheatley played his last game in the last round of 2009. He treated the crowd to two monster torpedoes from kick-ins, and fittingly one his final kicks was a trademark bombed goal from outside 50.

After leaving Melbourne he played for Palmerston in the Northern Territory league and in 2011 was a playing Assistant Coach at Port Fairy. In August 2013 he was reported to be working as an electrician.

2000 1240
2001 1650
2002 18110
2003 510
2004 2020
2005 2130
2006 710
2007 1442
2008 1925
2009 310
Tribunal Record
Round 16, 2002 Wrestling $1200 fine
Round 20, 2002 Charging Not Guilty
Round 16, 2006 Melee $1500 fine

9 Point Goals

melbfc.com.au profile - 2001
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