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Brett Burton says the coming four day break will aid in Gardiner’s recovery from a shoulder injury.

5:38pm  Mar 24, 2015

Gardiner good to go

Lions defender Darcy Gardiner has received good news on his injured shoulder.

7:57pm  Mar 23, 2015

Gardiner Rd19 Rising Star

Darcy Gardiner is the Round 19 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

5:44pm  Aug 4, 2014

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Rising Star Rd19: Darcy Gardiner

9:31am  Aug 5, 2014

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Darcy
Gardiner

Height
191 cm
DOB
22-09-1995
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2015
1
Career
18
Goals
2015
0
Career
2
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
24
Avg
24
DarcyGardiner

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Queenscliff FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 5 2014
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

After proving himself a "competitive beast" at junior level, key backman Darcy Gardiner arrived in Brisbane eager to learn from one of the great defenders of the modern era, Justin Leppitsch. He is a 191cm full-back who is being groomed to eventually replace Daniel Merrett as the Lions' full back in the future.   

Background

• Darcy Gardiner was widely rated as the best defender from the draft class of 2013, after performing key defensive roles on quality talls such as Jesse Hogan and eventual No.1 pick Tom Boyd, who later rated Gardiner as his toughest opponent. 

• He played a total of 11 games for the Geelong Falcons throughout the 2013 TAC Cup competition 

• He earned U18 All-Australian selection for his performances with VIC Metro at the National Championships, despite battling a niggling ankle injury.

• With newly appointed Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch desperate to address the Lions' aging backline, it was no surprise to hear Gardiner's name read out with the Club's second selection (Pick No.22 overall) at the 2013 AFL National Draft. 

Season by Season

Season by Season

• The Lions selected key defender Darcy Gardiner and lightning quick midfielder Lewis Taylor, both from the Geelong Falcons, in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. 

• Gardiner played superb football and played a key role in the Lions' scrappy 23-point win over Melbourne. The back man took a career-high, 12 marks against Jack Watts, Chris Dawes and James Frawley. 

• During this game, Gardiner also collected 18 possessions – which he used at an elite 94 per cent efficiency – to earn the Rising Star gong. 

• He finished the season with 17 senior games, kicking 2 goals and averaging 11.3 disposals for the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 1
    • Kicks 3.0
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 9.0
    • Marks 1.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 24.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 3 Richmond Rd 3
Handballs 6 Richmond Rd 3
Disposals 9 Richmond Rd 3
Marks 1 Richmond Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 24 Richmond Rd 3

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood L 74 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 133 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond L 58 - 137 3 6 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
4 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
9 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
10 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 3 3 6 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 24

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 5.3
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 11.2
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 43.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 North Melbourne Rd 9, 2014
Handballs 13 Richmond Rd 16, 2014
Disposals 22 Richmond Rd 16, 2014
Marks 12 Melbourne Rd 19, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 5, 2014
Tackles 5 Fremantle Rd 22, 2014
Goals 1 Collingwood Rd 21, 2014
AFL Fantasy 81 Richmond Rd 16, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Brisbane Lions 3 6 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
2014 Brisbane Lions 92 100 192 61 1 12 15 31 2 0 763

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

Awards