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All-Australian Swingman

In just over half a season, Cale Hooker has proven he has what it takes to be an elite forward of the competition.

12:44pm  Aug 30, 2015

Trio nominated for AFL Players MVP

Three Bombers have been nominated by the AFL Players Association in the 2015 'Most Valuable Players' award.

9:24am  Aug 29, 2015

On the attack

Cale Hooker, lately reborn as an Essendon key forward, says club legend Matthew Lloyd was partly behind his move into attack.

1:56pm  Jul 28, 2015

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BTV: The Hangar - Episode 13

5:27pm  Jun 18, 2014

BTV: Hooker post match - Rd11

12:51am  Jun 1, 2014

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Cale
Hooker

Height
196 cm
DOB
13-10-1988
Weight
97 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2015
21
Career
132
Goals
2015
19
Career
26
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1722
Avg
82
CaleHooker

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Melville
Clubs: -
Debut: 2008
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WAFL)
Brownlow Votes: 5

Player Sponsors

Benefactors

A&M Galbraith Pty Ltd

Apple Mountain Investments Pty Ltd

Supporters


Kerrie & Lynne Ardley

Suzanne Adamson & Jewel Young

All-Australian selection capped an amazing turnaround in Hooker's career in 2014. The key defender became Essendon's most reliable backman, regularly shutting down important marking forwards. He started his season with a terrific 16-mark and 26-disposal performance against North Melbourne and continued in the saem vein by playing every game to be named in the AFL's team of the year and the runner-up in Essendon's best and fairest count. 

Season by Season

Season by Season

A persistent hamstring injury set back Hooker's development in 2011after he established himself as the club’s centre half-back in 2009 and 2010. The disciplined and reliable defender had an excellent start to the year before tearing his hamstring in round 13 against North Melbourne. He played only one more game for the year—against Port Adelaide in round 23. 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 10.6
    • Handballs 7.2
    • Disposals 17.9
    • Marks 7.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 82.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Collingwood Rd 4
Handballs 12 Brisbane Lions Rd 8
Disposals 24 Brisbane Lions Rd 8
Marks 13 North Melbourne Rd 16
Hit-outs 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 20
Tackles 5 Hawthorn Rd 2
Goals 3 Richmond Rd 22
AFL Fantasy 118 Port Adelaide Rd 17

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Sydney Swans L 72 - 60 13 6 19 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 75
2 Hawthorn W 78 - 76 13 10 23 10 2 0 0 5 1 0 117
3 Carlton W 84 - 105 11 10 21 12 1 0 2 0 0 0 84
4 Collingwood L 49 - 69 15 6 21 10 0 1 0 4 0 0 104
5 St Kilda W 80 - 82 7 7 14 0 0 1 2 4 0 1 47
6 Fremantle L 80 - 52 8 3 11 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 41
7 North Melbourne L 82 - 93 6 6 12 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 56
8 Brisbane Lions W 136 - 78 12 12 24 9 1 4 1 2 0 0 97
9 Richmond L 72 - 59 6 10 16 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 64
10 Geelong Cats L 53 - 122 9 7 16 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 53
11 West Coast Eagles L 96 - 46 12 9 21 9 0 2 1 4 0 0 96
13 Hawthorn L 114 - 76 9 9 18 6 0 1 2 3 0 0 70
14 St Kilda L 52 - 162 9 6 15 8 2 2 1 4 3 1 99
15 Melbourne W 69 - 60 13 5 18 6 1 1 4 1 0 3 64
16 North Melbourne L 93 - 68 14 2 16 13 0 1 0 2 1 4 104
17 Port Adelaide L 116 - 129 14 6 20 8 0 4 0 4 3 2 118
18 Western Bulldogs L 40 - 127 11 8 19 8 0 1 1 2 1 2 87
19 GWS Giants L 93 - 61 10 6 16 6 1 2 0 2 2 1 84
20 Adelaide Crows L 59 - 171 11 8 19 6 2 2 2 3 2 2 91
21 Gold Coast Suns L 97 - 95 10 10 20 6 0 2 4 1 3 1 81
22 Richmond L 47 - 74 10 6 16 6 0 2 1 3 3 1 90
23 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 16 223 152 375 153 11 29 25 48 19 19 1722

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 132
    • Kicks 8.1
    • Handballs 8.5
    • Disposals 16.5
    • Marks 6.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 67.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 St Kilda Rd 5, 2014
Handballs 19 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2013
Disposals 30 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2013
Marks 16 North Melbourne Rd 1, 2014
Hit-outs 13 Richmond Rd 17, 2009
Tackles 9 Western Bulldogs Rd 16, 2009
Goals 3 Richmond Rd 22, 2015
AFL Fantasy 131 St Kilda Rd 5, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Essendon 223 152 375 153 11 29 25 48 19 19 1722
2014 Essendon 240 182 422 170 4 12 14 35 0 0 1708
2013 Essendon 197 198 395 151 0 15 19 44 2 0 1586
2012 Essendon 149 125 274 95 0 10 17 28 0 2 1055
2011 Essendon 99 99 198 66 0 7 12 20 0 0 744
2010 Essendon 81 174 255 71 5 11 15 39 2 1 944
2009 Essendon 72 173 245 74 58 8 19 53 3 3 1026
2008 Essendon 3 17 20 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 68

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Milestone Games:

Milestone versus round venue result
AFL Debut Western Bulldogs rd 21, 2008 Etihad Stadium L 46
Finals Debut Adelaide EF, 2009 Football Park L 96
50th Game North Melbourne rd 1, 2012 Etihad Stadium W 2
100th Game Melbourne rd 13, 2014 MCG L 1

AFL Games:

111

Awards

AFL Awards

All-Australian Selection: 2014

Club Awards:

Runner Up B&F: 2014

Bill Hutchison Community Award: 2014

Q&A

Sportsperson (other than AFL) you love to watch the most: Luke Towers

Coach’s favourite saying:
“Do the basics”

Coach’s pet: -

Favourite Footy Commentator: Dennis Commetti

Whose autograph did you get as a kid? Tony Modra

Describe your perfect day off: Have a surf at sunset and sunrise with my mates.

Who inspires you?
My team mates

Best advice received: Back Yourself

What scares you the most? Upside-down rollercoaster’s

If you weren’t a footballer what would you be? A Cricketer or a Surfer

First job held:  A laborer

Person you would most like to meet: Michael Jordan

Three things you would like to do after your football career: Travel, surf and spend time with my family.

Greatest non- football achievement: 
-

How would your best friend describe you?
Messy

One thing you can’t eat: Social Club Burgers

What domestic chore do you refuse to do?  Sweeping

Which event would you prefer to attend, Olympics or World Cup? World Cup

Favourite Australian Personality: Carl Barron

iPhone,  Blackberry, or Android: Samsung

Best book read: -

Favourite TV show:
Entourage

Favourite band/ musical artist: Girltalk

Favourite movie: Taken