James “Jimmy” Bartel is a true jack of all trades, having been influential as a midfield, forward, and defender. This tremendous versatility has garnered Jimmy a long list of awards and accolades; earning himself a Brownlow, Norm Smith Medal, two times all-Australian player alongside being a triple premiership player.
Drafted 8th in the 2001 draft, Bartel’s talent was quickly recognised debuting in round 1 2002. Over the following years he preceded to build a reputation as a tough, courage and unfaltering player, securing himself a spot in the Geelong senior side. During the 2007 season, Bartel established himself as a premier ball winning midfielder, averaging the second highest possessions in the league, driving his team to a premiership whilst earning himself a Brownlow. Following another spectacular performance in 2008, Bartel earned All-Australian for the second year in a row whilst leading his team to play in a second consecutive grand final that was narrowly lost to Hawthorn. Bartel continued to perform in outstanding fashion finding premiership success in 2009 and 2011 and earning himself a Norm Smith for his 2011 for his grand final excellence.
In 2016 Bartel pledged to help put an end to domestic violence following his own experience being raised by a single mother and has since spoken on shows such as Sunrise to spread the message. In addition, Bartel has committed to grow out his hair and beard for a full season to raise money for domestic violence support and prevention.
A true hero both on and off the field, Bartel has cemented his place as a superstar of the game who will go down in history as one of the best utilities the game has seen.