DOB: 28 June 1976
From: Kedron Grange/Geelong, multi-player trade 2001
Number: 3 (2002-2007)
Australian International Rules player - 2003
Games: 88 (163 total)
Goals: 7 (79 total)
Selected by Geelong with pick #74 in the 1995 National Draft, Bizzell could have been selected by the Brisbane Bears instead. He had twice trained with the Bears during summer but had been overlooked with zone selections, allowing the Cats to take a punt on him instead.
After 75 matches as a forward with Geelong a lack of opportunities saw him out of favour and he was traded to the Demons at the end of the 2001 season as part of a complicated multi-player trade which eventually saw Melbourne gain picks 26 and 55 lost 17 (James Kelly) and 41 (Henry Playfair) to the Cats.
Bizzell successfully transitioned into a defender in his first season with the Demons and finished fourth in that year's Best and Fairest despite finishing the season with a broken hand. The forward who had once been labelled "the new Gary Ablett" by Garry Hocking had quickly developed into his new side's key playmaker.
He missed two months of the 2004 season with a fractured cheekbone, but earned a three-year contract extension. The 2005 finals year saw him play 20 games and rack up his 150th career match, but he was dropped for the last three weeks of the season including Melbourne's losing Elimination Final.
He returned to play 10 games in 2007 before retiring. After his AFL career ended Bizzell turned his hand to acting, and has appeared in a number of shows including Neighbours and City Homicide.
afl.com.au - 16/01/2002