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Matthew Whelan
Date of Birth
13 November, 1979
Height/Weight
180cm, 80kg
Nickname
Wheels
Position
Defender
Number(s)
45 (Melbourne)
Debut
Round 4, 2000
Clubs
Recruited from
Woodville-West Torrens/Darwin, NT
AFL
Melbourne (2000-2009)
SANFL
Woodville-West Torrens (1999)
MPNFL
Pines (2010)
Draft
No 50, 1999 AFL National Draft

Matthew Whelan (born 13 November 1979) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the AFL and Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL.

Originally from Darwin, Whelan played a season of SANFL for Woodville-West Torrens before being drafted by Melbourne in 1999. He made his debut early the following year, playing 16 games before a neck injury ruled him out of the rest of the season, missing Melbourne's grand final appearance as a result. He was nevertheless named Melbourne's Best First Year Player. Injuries limited Whelan to nine games in 2001 and again ruled him out of finals in 2002 after he played the first 21 games. He bounced back to play every game in 2003 and 20 games in 2004, including making his first finals appearance in Melbourne's elimination final loss to Essendon. Injury struck again in the 2006 finals series when he hurt an AC joint in the Demons' first-up win over St Kilda, ruling him out of the semi-final. Whelan played 27 games over the next three years before announcing his retirement at the end of 2009, after 150 games.

Whelan joined Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League side Pines for 2010. He later rejoined Melbourne as an indigenous project officer.

References[]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Whelan

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/M/Matthew_Whelan.html

http://www.demonwiki.org/Matthew+Whelan

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