DOB: 12 April 1981
From: North Heidelberg/Preston U18, Selection #20, 1999 National Draft
Number: 31 (2000-2009)
A former reserves top-up player for Collingwood (four games) and North Melbourne (one game), Wheatley attracted the attention of the Demons with his performances in the 1999 Under-18 national championships and they used an early draft pick on him at the end of 1999.
He played twelve games in his rookie season, but missed a chance to play finals football when he suffered a hamstring injury late in the season. The next year he added 16 matches to his tally and 18 in 2002 - including his first finals - despite a hamstring injury which cost him six weeks in the middle of the year.
Renowned as one of the most thumping kicks in the competition, Wheatley kicked the first 9 point goal in NAB Cup history, and would go onto boot an MFC leading six in his career. His 2003 season was short on other highlights, as he played just five games while battling form issues and two separate hamstring injuries.
Wheatley played his last game in the last round of 2009. He treated the crowd to two monster torpedoes from kick-ins, and fittingly one his final kicks was a trademark bombed goal from outside 50.
After leaving Melbourne he played for Palmerston in the Northern Territory league and in 2011 was a playing Assistant Coach at Port Fairy. In August 2013 he was reported to be working as an electrician.
|Round 16, 2002||Wrestling||$1200 fine|
|Round 20, 2002||Charging||Not Guilty|
|Round 16, 2006||Melee||$1500 fine|
9 Point Goals