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Moloney's Achilles heel

Brent Moloney says an ongoing Achilles issue forced him to retire

6:37pm  Aug 11, 2014

Moloney hangs up his boots

Midfielder Brent Moloney has announced his retirement from AFL

11:28am  Aug 11, 2014

"Can't believe we won"

Brent Moloney was still shaking his head in disbelief on Monday morning

12:26pm  Jun 24, 2013

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Brent Moloney Club Champions speech

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Brent
Moloney

Height
181 cm
DOB
28-01-1984
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2003
Games
166
Goals
46
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Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: South Warrnambool
Clubs: Geelong
Debut: 2003
Recruited from: Geelong U18/Geelong
Brownlow Votes: 27

Introduction

Former Geelong and Melbourne midfielder Brent Moloney is a 'clearance machine' who made history as the Brisbane Lions' first ever signing under the new Free Agency rule at the end of 2012.

Background

• Moloney hails from South Warrnambool in country Victoria and played the bulk of his junior football with the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup U18 competition.

• He was originally drafted by Geelong with Pick No.4 in the 2003 Pre-Season draft, and went on to make his senior debut with the Cats in Round 14 of that same year. He proved an immediate talent, earning an AFL Rising Star nomination in his first season. 

• After two seasons and 23 matches with Geelong, Moloney was traded to Melbourne in a deal that saw Brad Ottens head to the Cats and Richmond receive Picks 12 (Danny Meyer) and 16 (Adam Pattison) in the Draft. 

• Moloney has a strong first season at the Demons, playing 21 senior games and also featuring in the Australian side that played Ireland in the International Rules Series in 2005.

• His next three seasons were plagued by injury, but Moloney returned to form in 2009 by playing in every one of Melbourne's senior matches and finishing Runner-Up in their Best and Fairest award.  

• Arguably his best season came in 2011, when he won Melbourne's Best and Fairest and also polled 19 votes in the Brownlow.

• He fell out of favour with the Demons in 2012, and was given limited senior opportunities, so at season's end exercised his right as a Free Agent to join another club. Fortunately the Lions were in desperate need of a player with his skills set, and he quickly proved a valuable and popular addition at the Gabba.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• After another solid pre-season, Moloney assumed his role in the Lions' midfield and had 20-plus possessions in each of the team's first four games (most of which were contested).

• He was surprisingly selected as the substitute for the Round 5 Easter Thursday match against Richmond, and was omitted the following week. The Tigers match would later prove to be his final game of senior AFL football.   

• Moloney played a valuable mentoring role with the Lions Reserves for much of the season in the NEAFL, but also spent periods on the sidelines due to soreness. 

• It was later revealed that a persistent Achilles injury was the reason behind Moloney's inability to run-out senior matches, and he made the difficult decision to retire from the game in August.  

• He was afforded a farewell lap of honour at half-time of the Lions' final home match of the season against Fremantle, and the Club also paid tribute to his short, but valuable, contribution at the Club Champion Dinner. 

• Moloney finished his career with 166 senior AFL games - 21 of which were played in two seasons with the Lions. 
 

• Moloney really worked on his fitness during his first pre-season with the Lions, and the results showed with some blistering form in the clinches during the NAB Cup – where he helped deliver the Club’s first pre-season premiership since the merger.

• In the regular absence of Simon Black, Moloney played a key midfield role for the Lions in each of the Club’s first 10 matches of the season.

• He saved arguably his best performance for his 150th match against his former side, Melbourne, when he racked up 36 disposals and 10 clearances.

• A spate of soft tissue injuries limited Moloney to just six of the team’s final 12 matches, however he continued to prove damaging when out on the park.

• He finished his first season in Brisbane by finishing equal 8th in the Merrett-Murray Medal count.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 166
    • Kicks 10.4
    • Handballs 8.7
    • Disposals 19.0
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Adelaide Crows Rd 7, 2011
Handballs 26 Melbourne Rd 5, 2013
Disposals 38 Collingwood Rd 12, 2010
Marks 10 Fremantle Rd 7, 2008
Hit-outs 1 Collingwood Rd 11, 2012
Tackles 10 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2014
Goals 3 Geelong Cats Rd 13, 2013
AFL Fantasy 138 Brisbane Lions Rd 3, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF

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

Awards

AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination
2003

International Rules Series
2005

Club Awards

Melbourne Club Champion
2011

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Milestones

Milestone Matches

50 GAMES
Melbourne v Hawthorn
Round 8, 2006 @ MCG

100 GAMES
Melbourne v Geelong
Round 10, 2010 @ Kardinia Park

150 GAMES
Brisbane Lions v Melbourne
Round 5, 2013 @ Gabba