Jarrad McVeigh

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Jarrad McVeigh : biography

7 April 1985 –

Jarrad McVeigh (born 7 April 1985) is a New South Wales-born Australian rules football player with the Sydney Swans. He is the younger brother of Essendon’s Mark McVeigh. Since 2011, he has a co-captain of the Sydney Swans, alongside Adam Goodes.

Personal life

McVeigh is married to Clementine McVeigh. On 25 July 2011 they had their first child, Luella who died barely a month later following serious heart complications.

In the first match since this tragedy, on 27 August 2011 the Swans caused one of the biggest upsets of the season knocking off on its home ground, where it had not lost in 1462 days. For Sydney, it was their first win at the venue for more than 12 years. Sydney and Geelong players wore black armbands in the match ‘as a mark of respect for their absent co-captain Jarrad McVeigh and his wife Clementine’. The remarkable victory by the Swans was considered a tribute to McVeigh and his daughter.

‘s Mark McVeigh, the older brother of Jarrad who had a baby daughter himself earlier this year, paid tribute to Luella by ‘blowing a kiss to the heavens’ following his team’s dramatic seven-point win over in the same round. Essendon’s players also wore black armbands in their match in respect to Mark’s niece.

It was confirmed in February 2012 that Jarrad and his wife Clementine were expecting another baby. The McVeighs’ announced a safe arrival of their baby girl Lolita-Luella McVeigh who arrived into the world on 8 July 2012 at 3.17pm weighing in at 3.2 kg.

Season statistics

Year Team Number Games Kicks Handballs Disposals Marks Tackles Goals Behinds Accuracy % Brownlow Medal Votes7
2004 Sydney 3 20 85 60 145 32 26 6 7 46 0
2005 Sydney 3 13 66 54 120 34 28 4 6 40 0
2006 Sydney 3 25 173 79 252 82 71 21 7 75 0
2007 Sydney 3 23 212 106 318 105 52 11 15 42 1
2008 Sydney 3 24 251 216 467 114 75 32 14 70 4
2009 Sydney 3 18 189 190 379 69 56 14 10 58 10
2010 Sydney 3 24 277 240 517 91 85 16 11 59
Totals 147 1253 945 2198 527 393 104 70 60% 15


Playing in New South Wales with Pennant Hills AFC and the NSW/ACT Rams, in 2001 he was the joint winner of the McLean Medal for best player at the National AFL Under 16 Championships. He performed well at the AFL Draft camp, recording the highest score in the beep test and the fastest three-kilometre run time.

Recruited by the Sydney Swans with fifth selection in the 2002 AFL Draft, McVeigh made his AFL debut, wearing guernsey number 3, in Round 1 of the 2004 season against the Brisbane Lions at The Gabba.

Earning the Swans Most Improved Award from the 2007 season, McVeigh established himself from a tagger to a goal-kicking midfielder. In round 18, 2008 against the Western Bulldogs, he kicked a career-high 6 goals.

At the end of the 2008 season, McVeigh won his first Bob Skilton Medal, as the Swans Best and Fairest, posting 578 votes, 10 points in front of runner-up Brett Kirk, polling the maximum 50 votes in the round-18 clash against the Western Bulldogs.

In 2009, McVeigh had a less successful year, missing some games due to a hamstring injury, and finishing sixth in the Best and Fairest award.

In 2010, McVeigh finished fourth in the Bob Skilton Medal. He was also selected on the International Rules squad for the tour to Ireland in October.

In 2011, McVeigh was appointed co-captain of the Sydney Swans alongside Adam Goodes. The death of his newborn daughter, Luella, marred his season. The Swans managed to pull off a victory over Geelong at Skilled Stadium (the first time a visiting side had won at that location in approximately four years) and dedicated the win to the McVeigh family and Luella. Despite such a tragedy, McVeigh still managed to finish 10th in the 2011 Skilton Medal.

In 2012, McVeigh captained the Sydney Swans to the 2012 premiership. His strong year was rewarded with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 Bob Skilton Medal.