Sewell training with Hawthorn in 2011
|Full name||Brad Sewell|
|Date of birth||2 February 1984|
|Original team(s)||North Ballarat Rebels (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 7, 2003 rookie draft|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Sewell played junior football at the Newlyn Football Club which is part of the Central Highlands Football League and later with the North Ballarat Rebels in the U18 TAC Cup competition. Sewell attended Ballarat High School for his secondary education.
Sewell was selected by the Hawthorn Football Club with the 7th overall pick in the 2003 Rookie Draft. 2006 proved to be his breakout year, when he was third in the club's Best and Fairest, collecting 130 votes behind Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge. He played all 22 games for the season, and kicked his first and second goal in the last match of the year against Geelong.
In 2007, Sewell was a key player for Hawthorn as he went to win the Peter Crimmins Medal, winning by one vote over runner-up Campbell Brown.
On 27 September 2008, Sewell became a Premiership player, after the Hawks beat the reigning premiers Geelong in the Grand Final. Sewell was outstanding on this day coming 3rd overall in the Norm Smith medal voting.
In the final round of 2009, Sewell suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket when he was knocked out by a shirtfront from Essendon captain Matthew Lloyd early in the third quarter. This was the turning point in the match, as Hawthorn went on to lose the match and miss the finals after leading at the time of the incident. Lloyd later received a 6-week suspension (reduced to 4-weeks with guilty plea) for the hit; a month after the incident, Lloyd announced his retirement.
2014 was his final season, Sewell twice suffered from hamstring injuries. The first in the final practice match before the season began and then again in round 16, early in a game against North Melbourne. He managed ten games for the season with his last game being the Second Qualifying Final against Geelong.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
In 2011, Sewell completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Sport Management Degree from Deakin University. In 2017, Sewell graduated from Monash University with a Master's in Business Administration.
In March 2016, Sewell, along with ex-teammate Michael Osborne, launched the Australian Rules Football College. Based in North Melbourne, and based on a US college model, the Australian Rules Football College focuses on developing the football skills of their students, whilst also placing an emphasis on education, through offering certificates in health, personal training, massage, leadership, management and diplomas in business.
- Squaring up ... again
- Three Bombers to miss season 2010 start
- "Bailey's rotten luck continues". Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
- Matthew Lloyd retires in tears
- "Brad Sewell". AFL Tables. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- Sewell looks to follow in brother's footsteps
- Evans, Heath (8 September 2011). "Education and Training Award nominees". AFL Players Association. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- Day, Mikaela. "Hawthorn premiership player Brad Sewell's master in his latest field". Herald Sun. News Corporation. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- "Kicking goals in the community: Hawks player Brad Sewell receives MBA from Monash University". Monash University. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
- King, Travis. "Ex-Hawks Sewell, Osborne launch new footy college". Australian Football League. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- Green, Warwick. "FORMER HAWKS ARE ALL ABOUT CLASS". AFL Players Association. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- "08: Where are they now?". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
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