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Billy
Longer

Height
202 cm
DOB
12-05-1993
Weight
101 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2014
11
Career
20
Goals
2014
1
Career
1
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
693
Avg
63
BillyLonger

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Macleod JFC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 3 2012
Recruited from: Northern Knights (VIC)
Brownlow Votes: -

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Introduction

An incredibly quick ruckman, Billy Longer's height, skill and agility helped him to excel at stoppages as a junior courtesy his supreme tap work. He is strong overhead, and has been shifted forward on occasions with great success. His credentials were such that he was honoured with the Captaincy of Victoria Metro's side in the 2011 U18 Championships.

Background

• Hailing from Macleod JFC in Victoria, Longer was an early developer who dominated the local junior leagues before heading down the elite pathway with the Northern Knight's U18 TAC Cup side.

• Longer was a gun junior basketballer and also took up the martial art of Muay Thai for a number of years to help strengthen his cardiovascular abilities and hand-eye co-ordination.

• He was part of the AIS/AFL Academy group that toured South Africa in 2010, and in the same year was selected in the Victorian Metro side as an underage player.

• Despite suffering a bout of Glandular Fever during the 2011 pre-season, he overcame the illness and played a dominant role in the TAC Cup competition, finishing Runner-Up in the Northern Knight's Best & Fairest award and being named as ruckman in the TAC Cup Team of the Year.

• Longer was also honoured with Captaincy of the 2011 Victorian Metro team, and helped lead Metro to their first U18 National Championships title since 2008.

• Throughout the Championships, he averaged 10.8 disposals, 21.5 hitouts and 5.3 marks per game, and was subsequently named in the U18 All-Australian team.

• A tweaked hamstring meant that Longer was unable to participate in much of the 2011 Draft Combine fitness testing, however he remained one of the most sought after draft prospects in the country.

• Despite being touted as a potential Top 5 selection pre-Draft, Longer slipped to the Brisbane Lions who took no time in reading out the 202cm ruckman's name with their first round select (Pick No.8 overall).

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Longer made an immediate impression in the AFL during the NAB Cup, playing predominantly as a forward/ruckman, and was among the team’s best players in their final practice match against Essendon.

• He was ultimately overlooked by selectors in Round 1, in preference to the more senior ruck combination of Matthew Leuenberger and Ben Hudson.

• He was eventually named to make his senior AFL debut in Round 3 against Fremantle, which ended up being a trial by fire. After losing Leuenberger early in the match with a season-ending Achilles injury, Longer was forced to ruck solely against Dockers giant Aaron Sandilands. It proved a huge learning curve for the 18 year-old, who approached the challenge head-on.   

• After another two-week stint with the Lions Reserves, he went on to play four straight games between Round 6-9 – including a 15-disposal and 31-hitout effort against GWS in his first ever win at the Gabba.

• With the Club keen to manage the teenager’s workload, he was sent back to the NEAFL where he ended up spending the remainder of his 2012 campaign.

• He escaped serious damage after a heavy collision in Round 16 against Labrador, but was later diagnosed with a partial tear of his left medial ligament which kept him sidelined for a month.

• He returned in time for the Reserves’ Finals campaign, and was a dominating force in the ruck on NEAFL Grand Final day as the Club claimed its first State League Premiership in 11 years. “The young guys that have come through this year have really bonded well. Winning a Grand Final together has only added to the good morale," he said.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 11
    • Kicks 2.6
    • Handballs 5.2
    • Disposals 7.8
    • Marks 1.1
    • Hit-Outs 26.7
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 63.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 Carlton Rd 8
Handballs 7 Richmond Rd 15
Disposals 14 Carlton Rd 8
Marks 3 Richmond Rd 15
Hit-outs 37 Fremantle Rd 18
Tackles 7 Richmond Rd 15
Goals 1 Richmond Rd 15
AFL Fantasy 92 Richmond Rd 15

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne W 68 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 GWS Giants W 95 - 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 West Coast Eagles L 83 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Adelaide Crows L 50 - 136 1 7 8 1 24 2 1 4 0 0 59
5 Essendon W 65 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Brisbane Lions L 79 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Hawthorn L 175 - 30 1 6 7 1 28 1 1 2 0 0 52
8 Carlton L 69 - 101 7 7 14 1 26 0 0 6 0 0 88
9 Gold Coast Suns L 87 - 125 0 4 4 0 37 0 0 2 0 0 53
11 Collingwood L 54 - 140 1 7 8 0 31 1 1 4 0 0 62
12 Port Adelaide L 129 - 59 5 4 9 1 22 2 1 1 0 0 51
13 Geelong Cats L 133 - 37 1 2 3 2 16 0 0 5 0 0 49
14 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 103 4 7 11 0 25 0 3 5 0 0 62
15 Richmond L 73 - 117 4 7 11 3 23 3 1 7 1 0 92
16 Carlton L 151 - 66 3 3 6 2 25 1 1 2 0 0 52
17 North Melbourne L 92 - 33 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Fremantle W 118 - 60 2 3 5 1 37 0 1 6 0 0 73
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 13 29 57 86 12 294 10 10 44 1 0 693

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 3.0
    • Handballs 4.5
    • Disposals 7.5
    • Marks 1.4
    • Hit-Outs 23.8
    • Tackles 3.6
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 58.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 GWS Giants Rd 8, 2012
Handballs 7 Richmond Rd 15, 2014
Disposals 15 GWS Giants Rd 8, 2012
Marks 3 Richmond Rd 15, 2014
Hit-outs 37 Fremantle Rd 18, 2014
Tackles 7 Richmond Rd 15, 2014
Goals 1 Richmond Rd 15, 2014
AFL Fantasy 92 Richmond Rd 15, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 St Kilda 29 57 86 12 294 10 10 44 1 0 693
2013 Brisbane Lions 11 17 28 6 70 6 13 13 0 1 175
2012 Brisbane Lions 21 16 37 11 113 4 4 15 0 0 293

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

AFL Brisbane Lions: 5 games, 0 goals

Awards

Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player
2012, 2013

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Other Awards

TAC Cup Team of the Year
2011

Victoria Metro Representative
2010, 2011

Victoria Metro Captain
2011

All Australian U18
2011

AIS/AFL Academy Graduate
2011