Adelaide, South Australia
A tireless competitor for the Western Bulldogs since his debut in 2004, Will Minson has hit a new peak, leading the AFL for total hitouts through the Home and Away season in 2012 and again in 2013. Hailing from St Peter’s College in Adelaide, Minson was a surprise selection in the 2002 NAB AFL Draft with selection 20.
A NAB Rising Star nominee in his seventh AFL game, Minson developed in tandem with Bulldogs star Luke Darcy before taking over the number one ruck mantle and forming a fine partnership with Ben Hudson during the club’s Preliminary Final appearance during 2008-09. Minson kicked 35 goals through this stretch to be a genuine threat when forward.
Struggling to nail down a place in the Bulldogs side in 2011 despite posting a career-high 56 hitouts against Collingwood, Minson was prominent in Brendan McCartney’s first year in charge in 2012. Amassing 667 hit outs in 21 games, ranking fourth in the AFL for those to advantage.
An important presence in the young Dogs side, Minson’s 2013 saw him play his 150th game and be named the All Australian ruckman after amassing 860 hitouts. His year was capped off with a third place in the best and fairest and being awarded a Life Member of the club, Minson has many off-field interests. Fluent in German, Minson is pursuing a career in Civil Engineering and is a talented musician.
A partner in South Yarra café My Legendary Girlfriend with a couple of teammates, Minson is a keen fisherman and regularly travels in the off-season for this reason. Minson is one of the key contributors to Red Dust Role Models, which seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of indigenous communities at home and abroad.
Will also has a well established media presence, appearing and The Footy Show and regularly on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast through his ambassadorial role for the 2014 Formula One Australian Grand Prix in March and the MotoGP in October.