Tom Williams (Australian footballer)
Tom Williams (born 17 July 1986) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League. Drafted with the 6th pick in the 2004 AFL Draft, Williams was a late convert to Australian Rules, having been an all-round sportsman, playing representative rugby union for Queensland in U-18s. Williams retired in 2014.
|Date of birth||17 July 1986|
|Original team(s)||Morningside (QAFL)|
|Draft||No. 6, 2004 National Draft, Western Bulldogs|
|Height||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
|2007–2014||Western Bulldogs||85 (14)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Williams was identified as a talent by Mark Browning, former Sydney Swan turned AFL Queensland talent manager. He was rushed into the 2004 Under 18 championships having played just 15 games of Australian rules football, from which he was taken as the Bulldogs first round pick in the draft.
Despite having broken his ankle three times since joining the club, Williams has shown promise of becoming a key position defender, giving the club plenty of reason to keep him on the list.
Williams made his debut against Richmond in round four of the 2007 AFL season where the Bulldogs registered a victory against Richmond. Willams played well enough to earn a NAB Rising Star nomination in round 18.
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Victoria Harbour incidentEdit
On 4 October 2007, Williams and fellow team member Daniel Cross leaped into the water of Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong to rescue a woman attempting to commit suicide. The woman did not want to be saved. They hauled her to safety after hearing bystanders screaming for help. When they emerged from the harbour they both had minor bruises and cuts. Both were reported to be in good spirits after the incident.
Following the incident, both Williams and Cross were awarded certificates of commendation by Hong Kong's Director of Marine.
- AFL Record Round 19, 2007. pg 74
- Lange, G., Williams & Harbrow to debut Archived 23 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Western Bulldogs Football Club, 19 April 2007. Retrieved on 23 April 2007.
- Witham, J., Williams puts his best foot forward, Western Bulldogs Football Club, 8 August 2007. Retrieved on 12 August 2007.
- "Tom Williams". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- AAP, Bulldogs AFL stars to the rescue, The Age, 5 October 2007. Retrieved on 5 October 2007.
- AAP, Bulldogs awarded for bravery Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, westernbulldogs.com.au, 5 December 2007. Retrieved on 5 December 2007.