Brendon James Goddard
(born 20 May 1985) is an Australian rules footballer
for the St Kilda Football Club
in the Australian Football League
Goddard was raised in Traralgon, Victoria
and later attended Caulfield Grammar School
as a boarder. He was an accomplished sportsman, co-captaining the school's First XVIII football team and co-captaining the First XI cricket team as a powerful batsman
and pace bowler
.He was selected by the St Kilda Football Club with the first pick in the 2002 AFL Draft
Goddard debuted for St Kilda in the 2003 season while completing his VCE
as a Year 12 student at Caulfield Grammar.
He played in St Kilda’s 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup
winning side – St Kilda Football Club’s second AFL Cup win.
For a number 1 draft pick, Goddard came under a lot of criticism in his early years. Around 2006 he quieted many of his critics after averaging over 20 disposals a game.
During 2006, Goddard joined fellow St Kilda player Aaron Fiora as one of the biggest kicks in the AFL after kicking a 70 metre goal against Fremantle.
During the Saints' Round 7 game against the Sydney Swans
, Goddard fell hard on his left knee which resulted in a ruptured ACL
. Goddard showed his frustration by slamming his fist into the ground after hurting the knee. The injury ended his season.
He returned to action in... Read More