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Troy Broadbridge

Image DOB: 5 October 1980
Died: 26 December 2004

Debut: Round 8, 2001 against Essendon at MCG
Last Game: Elimination Final 2004 against Essendon at MCG

From: Port Adelaide Magpies, selection #12 1998 Rookie Draft

Number: 20 2001-2004

Honours:
VFL premiership player - 2000

Games: 40
Goals: 2
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
2002050.00

Despite being from a football family (his dad Wayne played 130 games with Port Adelaide) it took a long time for the former national 400m junior bronze medallist to chose football over athletics and basketball. After finishing the national championships in third place and four seconds away from the Olympic qualification mark Broadbridge decided to give football a try instead.

Once he made the switch, playing for the same club as his dad, he came on in leaps and bounds and was rookie listed by the Demons at the end of 1998, where he was given jumper number 50.

Despite a disappointing first year where he played just six games in the reserves due to a shoulder injury, Broadbridge was elevated from the rookie list before Round 22, 2000 to replace Luke Ottens who had gone onto the long term injury list. He didn't manage a senior match but played in the 2000 Sandringham VFL premiership side.

Debuting in 2001 Broadbridge was voted the Most Improved Player of the year and played 11 games at the end of that season. He added 14 games in his second season but suffered a serious knee injury during the Round 18, 2002 match against Richmond and was forced out of football for the rest of the year.

He was lucky to avoid a knee reconstruction, but his 2003 return was hampered by a shoulder injury and when he returned through the VFL he injured his shoulder again, leaving him without a senior match for the season.

The defender broke back into the side in 2004 and completed his best stretch of football, culminating in a finals appearance against Essendon. It was to be his last game. In December 2004 he married his wife Trisha on Phi Phi Island, Thailand but was caught up in the Indian Ocean tsunami and swept out to sea just eight days later.

The Round 1, 2005 clash was dedicated as a tribute to Troy's memory. His widow put together the concept for the Broadbridge Education Centre on Phi Phi Island, and it was constructed by his ex-teammates in his memory. His number 20 jersey number was retired for two years after his passing.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
2001 1220
2002 1401
2004 1400


Lists
Goal with their first kick

Media
Interview with melbfc.com.au - 23/05/01
2003 profile
"AFL player's body found in Thailand" - ABC 03/01/05

Links
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Thursday 26 November 2015 22:01:23 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 29)

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