JOEL BOWDEN - LEGEND (2012)

Centralian Joel Bowden epitomised the spirit of the proud and courageous Tiger in every single one of the 265 games he played for Richmond Football Club from 1996 until 2009.

Joel was a Northern Territory Schoolboys Representative in 1993 when he was named in the All Australian Schoolboy’s team, winning the J.L Williams Medal for best player of the championship and represented the NT a second time the following year.

The third in line of four Bowden’s to play for the Tigers, his father Mike and brothers Sean and Patrick also donned the famous yellow and black. Joel Bowden joined the Tigers via the father son rule and made his debut against Hawthorn in the freezing Melbourne winter of 1996.

Initially a running half forward Bowden graduated to the backline where he quickly made his mark by reinventing the art of defence. Often asked to play on taller and stronger opponents Bowden used his pace, superior ball handling skills and devastating left foot to beat many opponents.

Although only playing in three finals throughout his career Joel Bowden excelled in all three, proving to the football world that he was a big game player who excelled in the cauldron-like atmosphere of finals football.

In a highly decorated career Joel Bowden proudly represented his country twice against Ireland in the International Rules series in 2001 and 2004, won Richmond’s Best & Fairest in 2004 & 2005 and was named an AFL All Australian in 2005 and 2006.

Inducted into the AFL Central Australia Hall of Fame in 2005, Joel Bowden was also named in 8HA’s CAFL Outback Team of Champions as the Federals Football Club’s best player since records began in 1948.

We are honoured to induct a man who gave his all for the yellow and black, a man who never once shirked a contest and who never gave less than 100% in the relentless pursuit of victory throughout his 265 game career,

We welcome Joel Bowden, a hero of Tigerland and a proud Centralian, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.