Brandon Ellis (born 3 August 1993) is a professional Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He became a premiership player with the club in 2017.
Ellis with Richmond in March 2017
|Date of birth||3 August 1993|
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)|
West Coburg (EDFL)
|Draft||No. 15, 2011 AFL national draft|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Position(s)||Wing / Half-Back|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 14, 2019.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Early life and junior footballEdit
He first played football in the Auskick program in Brunswick at the age of four. At age seven he began playing with the under 10s side at West Coburg where he won the best and fairest award despite being many years younger than most of his teammates.
Ellis quit football temporarily in year 10 in the aftermath of his father's terminal cancer diagnoses.
Ellis represented the Victorian Metro side at the 2010 Under 18 national championships. He recorded a 76 per cent disposal efficiency and the most score involvements of any defender in the competition. He earned All-Australian selection for his performances.
He debuted on Round 1 the following season, in a 44-point loss to traditional rivals Carlton. He was nominated for the 2012 AFL Rising Star award in Round 17 after recording 21 disposals and 5 marks in Richmond's close loss to North Melbourne.
In Round 8, 2013 Ellis recorded a career-best 39 disposals in Richmond's 34-point victory over Melbourne. Ellis placed equal fifth at the club in the Brownlow Medal tally that year, recording 5 votes. The same year he was selected in the inaugural AFL Players Association 22under22 team, as one of the best young players in the league.
Ellis received the Jack Titus medal in 2014, for finishing second in the Richmond Best-and-Fairest count. He led the club in disposals and rebound 50s and placed fourth in the club at the Brownlow Medal. He was also nominated to the All-Australian squad of 40 but was ultimately not selected to the final side. That same year he earned his second selection to the AFLPA's 22under22 team.
Ellis had another strong season in 2015, relishing his role as the club's number one outside midfielder. He topped the club for uncontested possessions and ranked second for total disposals. He failed to make an impact in Richmond's losing elimination final however, recording only 10 disposals on the day.
Between round 4 2014 and round 18 2015, Ellis recorded a club record streak of 27 straight matches with 20 or more disposals.
In 2017 he changed roles, shifting from the wing and into Richmond's half back line.
After 111 consecutive matches played at AFL level, Ellis was omitted from the Richmond side to face Collingwood in round 6, 2018. It was his first missed match since round 12, 2013. He returned to senior football in round 10, after spending four weeks with the club's reserves side at VFL level.
After playing in each of the final 13 matches of the season, Ellis was dropped from the club's side for the Qualifying final against Hawthorn in order to make way from the injury return of All-Australian squad member Kane Lambert.
He is contracted to the Tigers until the end of the 2019 season.
- Statistics are correct to the end of round 14, 2019
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievementsEdit
Ellis has a sister, Kate, and a brother, Sean.His mothers name is Nancy
His father Dale was treated for kidney cancer when Brandon was a child. In 2009 he also received a terminal throat cancer diagnoses but overcame the illness through six months of extensive radiation and chemotherapy.
As a teenager Ellis was frequently exposed to the crime prevalent in his area. He has spoken of having his clothes regularly stolen from the flat's shared clothesline, himself thieving clothes from city retailers and watching friends stabbed and assaulted in front of him.
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