Neville Jetta

Image DOB: 12 February 1990

Debut: Round 1, 2009 against North Melbourne at MCG

From: Carey Park/Swan Districts, Selection #51, 2008 National Draft and Selection #50 2013 Rookie Draft

Number: 39 (2009-2021), 50 (2017)

Australian International Rules player - 2017
Life Member - 2018

Games: 159
Goals: 24
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical Categories Led:
Equal most goal assists in a game - 4, Round 9, 2010
Most games in jumper 39
Equal most substituted off player - 7

One of four players to debut in the opening round of the 2009 season, Jetta played the first five matches of the season and fifteen in total for the season impressing as a small forward.

Spent the first two months of the 2010 season at Casey before returning to play six games in a row from round 9 onwards. He returned to the VFL after that and his season ended in August when he suffered a shoulder injury while playing against Gold Coast.

After playing the first two rounds of 2011, Jetta was dropped to Casey, gaining a call-up in round 8, where he laid a game-high 12 tackles. Despite his pre-season form being amongst the best at the club he was unable to cement a permanent position throughout the season and after being dropped for the second time returned only for the last two matches of the year for nine in total.

Another injury, this time to his ankle caused Jetta to miss the first half of the season, and he returned for six matches later in the year - missing just one of the last seven due to a suspension.

He signed a one year contract extension at the end of 2012, and before the 2013 season played for the Indigenous All-Stars team in their annual match against Richmond. Despite this he failed to impress during the season proper, playing just five matches - four in the first half of the season before returning for Melbourne's last game of the year.

He was delisted at the end of the season but the club picked him up again with their final selection in the 2013 Rookie Draft.

Jetta was promoted back to the senior list before Round 5, 2014 after Jack Trengove was placed on the long term injury list. He reinvented himself as one of the team's best small defenders and received a two year contract extension in August that year.

Before the 2015 season Jetta represented the Indigenous All-Stars team, and throughout the year continued to be a first choice player in Melbourne's defence despite missing several weeks with a concussion. In 2016 he played his most complete year yet, missing one game and being one of his side's best defenders.

2017 was another strong year in defence, and after playing every game he was unlucky not be shortlisted for All Australian honours. He was later named in the Australian International Rules squad. In Round 10 he temporarily switched to Number 50 as part of an indigenous recognition campaign.

Played every game of the year for 2018, including three finals. Won the AFL's Jim Stynes Community Award at that year's Brownlow Medal.

Hit by injuries in 2019, he missed 12 weeks with a knee injury, then returned for three more games before further knee trouble ended his year. Jetta struggled in 2020, playing just six games, and going out of the side between Round 8 and Round 17. In 2021 he lost his spot in the side after Round 4, playing just one more game and retiring at the end of the year. He joined Collingwood as a development coach and VFL player for 2022.

2009 1570
2010 660
2011 950
2012 610
2013 500
2014 1610
2015 1610
2016 2100
2017 2230
2018 2500
2019 700
2020 600
2021 500

Tribunal Record

Round 18, 2012 Rough Conduct 1 match
Round 4, 2013 Rough Conduct 2 matches
Round 15, 2014 Rough Conduct 1 match
Round 8, 2016 Striking 1 match

Grand Final Sprint
Indigenous Players
Interstate recruits

melbournefc.com.au - 21/11/2012
Age - 17/04/2014
melbournefc.com.au - 12/08/2014
Age - 05/10/2021

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