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179 cm
79 kg
2015 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: North Geelong
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: -
Recruited from: Geelong U18 (VIC)
Brownlow Votes: -


Callum Bartlett has undergone two consecutive knee reconstructions since starring for the Geelong Falcons U18s as a 17 year-old. Highly rated within the Lions' ranks, he presents a quick and agile goal-kicking midfield option with excellent ball-winning ability.


• Bartlett spent his junior career at North Geelong before joining the Geelong Falcons U18 side as a 16 year-old.

• He averaged 15 disposals per game as an underage player in his first season with the Falcons and received plaudits for his hard workrate, explosive pace and penetrating left foot kick.

• Tragically, Bartlett tore the ACL in his left knee during the last training session before the Falcons' season-opener in early April 2009. "It was something I had done a illion times," he said. "I won the footy, changed direction and my knee sort of just gave way on me."

• After suffering the season-ending injury, Bartlett remained involved with the Falcons by sitting with their assistant coaches on match-day, keeping statistics and keeping an eye on the opposition. He would studying the team's upcoming opponents and discuss their strategies with his team-mates.

• He remained diligent with his recovery and even completed part of his rehabilitation at Skilled Stadium in the same facilities used by the 2009 premiers - Geelong. It further proved the young man's desire to play AFL the following year.

• Bartlett's obvious abilities as a 17 year-old proved enough for the Brisbane Lions who drafted him with their first selection at the 2009 National Draft (Pick No.27 overall).

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Without the being stuck in rehab, Bartlett was able completed his AFL best pre-season yet. However, he was overlooked for the Lions’ NAB Cup campaign as he continued to build his fitness after a long lay-off.

• He lined-up regularly for the Lions Reserves from the beginning of the season, but was rested at times as a way of managing him through the season. He was effectively used in the midfield, in run-with roles, and in attack as a small forward.

• He remained with the Reserves for the entire season, and earned praise from Reserves Coach Nathan Clarke for some of his “feisty” performances.

• Bartlett proved a key member of the Lions Reserves side, and helped lead them to the Club’s first State League Premiership in 11 years. He was also a member of the team that defeated Queanbeyan in the NEAFL Inter-Conference Championship.

• Much like his first season with the Club, Bartlett spent his pre-season in rehabilitation from a second consecutive knee reconstruction.

• After taking a cautious approach to his recovery, Bartlett eventually returned through the Lions Reserves in July and was eased back into action.

• He impressed the Lions coaching staff with his unwavering commitment, and enjoyed arguably his most complete month of football with the Club during the final month of the season.

• Unfortunately time ran out in 2011 for Bartlett to make his senior debut, but he was buoyed by the fact he got through unscathed and could approach the 2012 pre-season injury-free for the first time of his young career.

• He also managed to catch the eye of the NEAFL umpires who awarded him four votes in the Grogan Medal - which was the fourth most received by any of the listed Lions players.

• Bartlett spent his first AFL pre-season in rehabilitation from his previous year's knee surgery before making his on-field return with the Lions Reserves side for their Round 2 clash against Morningside.

• He quickly became an integral part of the Lions Reserves side with his dash and awareness key features of his game. After more than a month of solid performances, Bartlett was on the cusp of being selected to make his debut in the senior side.

• But disaster struck again in the Reserves' Round 9 clash against Aspley when Bartlett ruptured the ACL in his opposite knee which forced him to undergo another full knee reconstruction.


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 0
    • Kicks 0.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 0.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 0.0

Career Highlights

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

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player
2012, 2013