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Pearce
Hanley

Height
185 cm
DOB
15-11-1988
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2014
15
Career
91
Goals
2014
4
Career
33
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1467
Avg
98
PearceHanley

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: County Mayo (Ireland)
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut:
Rd 21 2008
Recruited from: Ireland
Brownlow Votes: 4

Introduction

The Lions’ Irish recruit Pearce Hanley has quickly developed a taste for Australian Rules football since arriving in Brisbane at the end of 2007. He is a quick and good-sized midfielder/half-back who – in only a short period of time – has become highly skilled with the oval shaped ball.

Background

• Hanley hails from the small dairy town of Ballaghaderreen in County Mayo, Ireland where he played Gaelic football and regularly watched his homeland heroes play in the AFL on television.

• He represented Ireland in the hybrid 2006 U17 International Rules Series in Fremantle where he first shot to prominence by winning the Ron Barassi Medal as Ireland’s best player.

• After catching the eyes of the Club’s recruiting staff, Hanley was signed by the Lions on a two-year International Rookie contract at the end of 2007.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Hanley's meteoric rise to stardom continued in 2013, with the Irishman being compared to the likes of Jim Stynes and Tadhg Kennelly as one of the Emerald Isle's greatest AFL imports.

• He ran riot during the pre-season competition, and was one of the team's best in their NAB Cup Grand Final victory over Carlton. However, he was ultimately pipped for the Michael Tuck Medal by teammate Daniel Rich.

• He averaged 26 disposals across the opening three rounds, before frustration got the better of him in Round 4 against North Melbourne, and he was suspended for one week for an off-the-ball incident involving Lindsay Thomas.

• In Round 6 he collected a season-high 31 disposals against West Coast, and had 19 or more disposals in 15 of his 20 senior matches.

• Playing across half-back and occasionally on the wing, he also lit up at the chance to kick a goal - booting an equal career-high three in Round 16 to help spark a come-from-behind win against North Melbourne at the Gabba. In fact, he finished with a career-best 16 goals for the season - the sixth most at the Club. 

• He was sidelined for Round 18 after breaking his hand against Melbourne in Darwin, but returned in Round 19 and wore a protective guard for the remainder of the season. It didn't seem to limit his effectiveness, and he went on to play a key role in the Lions' run home towards September, in which the Club ultimately fell short.    

• At season's end he had established himself as one of the AFL's most damaging defenders, leading the Club in kicks (296), inside 50s (96), and running bounces (140).

• He was a surprise omission from the AFL's All-Australian Preliminary Squad. His one-match suspension and hand injury also proved costly in the Merrett-Murray Medal vote count, with Hanley finishing Runner-Up to Joel Patfull by just one single vote.

• He did, however, claim the Members Player of the Year Award and polled a career-best eight votes at the Brownlow Medal. 

• Hanley played in all 22 senior matches for the second consecutive season, and elevated his game to a new level.

• He ranked second in total marks (119) and third in total disposals (461) at the Club after enjoying greater freedom playing on the wing.  

• He collected 20 or more disposals in 13 matches, including a career-best 34-possession performance against Sydney in Round 15 at the SCG. .

• He also proved he could impact the scoreboard, booting a personal-best three goals in a memorable display against Melbourne at the Gabba.

• Hanley was rewarded with his first podium finish in the Lions’ Club Champion award, finishing third behind winner Joel Patfull and Runner-Up Daniel Rich.

• He also received four votes at the Brownlow Medal – the first of his AFL career.

• Following the off-season departure of Justin Sherman, Hanley inherited the Lions' famous Number 11 guernsey in the hope that a change in jumper could bring a change in luck for the Irishman.

• His fortunes definitely improved in 2011, as he put behind him those frustrating soft tissue injuries to find a permanent position in the Lions' back six and establish himself as one of competition's most promising running defenders.  

• He was named in the Lions' senior team from Round 1 and went on to be one of only five players to feature in all 22 matches throughout the season.

• Hanley seemed to achieve career-best figures every second week and maintained a high level of consistency throughout the season. In fact, he collected 20 or more disposals in 12 of his 22 senior matches, including a career best 30-possession effort against eventual Premiers Geelong at the Gabba in Round 17.

• By season's end, he led the Club in total marks (130), rebound 50s (116) and running bounces (38), and was rewarded for his breakthrough season by the Match Committee with an equal fourth placing in the Club Champion award.

• During the off-season, Hanley represented Ireland in the 2011 International Rules Series.

• Hanley started the 2010 season strongly for the Lions Reserves. He was among the best on ground in the Lions round 2 clash against Morningside, keeping a tight lid on 2009 leading goalkicker Darren Ewing.

• Hanley got his first call-up for the senior side in round 7 against Fremantle, but returned to the Reserves the next round.

• He returned for the seniors again to take on St Kilda in round 15, and remained part of the Lions’ defence for the remainder of the season.

• It was a deserving end to the year for the Irishman, who brought up his total AFL games to 12.

 

• With more than 12 months of AFL training and experience to his name, International Rookie Hanley was looking forward to becoming a more regular fixture in the Lions' senior side.  

• However, soft tissues injuries including a troublesome quad limited his opportunities in the first half of the season. It seemed that every time he recovered and was on the verge of senior selection, he would suffer another setback. 

• He eventually found his way into the senior team by Round 17 against North Melbourne at the Gabba. However, a tweaked hamstring made him unavailable for the following week's fixture.

• He was elevated to the Club's senior list in April replacing young draftee Kieran King who was placed on the long-term injury list.

• However, soft tissues injuries including a troublesome hamstring limited his opportunities in the first half of the season. It seemed that every time he recovered and was on the verge of senior selection, he would suffer another setback. 

• He eventually found his way into the senior team by Round 17 against North Melbourne at the Gabba. However, a tweaked hamstring made him unavailable for the following week's fixture.

• Despite an injury ravaged second season that produced just one senior match, Hanley was permanently elevated to the Club's senior list during the 2009 post-season. The good news made the Irishman more determined to add to his three senior AFL matches in 2010.

 

• The 18 year-old – who hadn’t touched an AFL football until November 2007 – spent much of his first pre-season learning the basic Australian Rules skills with some help from fellow Irish co-patriot Colm Begley.

• Hanley began his football apprenticeship with the Suncoast Lions reserves side and despite being a little rusty with some of the rules, showed he had the athleticism and ability to play this previously foreign game.

• He injured his quad early in the AFLQ season which sidelined him for the better part of three months, which stunted his development.

• He returned from injury in blistering form and within a month was knocking on the door of senior selection.

• When Nigel Lappin was placed on the long-term injured list, Hanley was temporarily elevated to the senior list and immediately broke through for his debut senior match in Round 21 at the Gabba against Carlton.

• He collected 10 disposals in the team’s loss to Carlton and retained his spot for the Lions’ final match of the season against Sydney at the SCG when he had an impressive 17 touches.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 15.5
    • Handballs 9.0
    • Disposals 24.5
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.7
    • Tackles 4.1
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 97.8

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Handballs 17 Essendon Rd 8
Disposals 45 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Marks 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Hit-outs 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 12
Tackles 12 Western Bulldogs Rd 12
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
AFL Fantasy 182 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 139 - 91 16 1 17 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 79
2 Geelong Cats L 68 - 93 19 13 32 6 0 2 1 3 0 1 113
3 Gold Coast Suns L 114 - 61 24 6 30 6 0 1 0 2 1 1 118
4 Port Adelaide L 159 - 46 6 3 9 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 44
5 Richmond L 63 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 St Kilda W 79 - 82 16 4 20 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 76
7 Sydney Swans L 44 - 123 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon L 57 - 65 10 17 27 4 1 1 0 3 0 0 90
9 North Melbourne L 125 - 38 9 8 17 6 1 2 2 7 0 1 87
11 Carlton W 98 - 91 14 8 22 4 0 2 3 9 0 0 99
12 Western Bulldogs W 87 - 95 12 11 23 3 4 1 1 12 1 1 124
13 GWS Giants L 80 - 125 18 10 28 9 1 2 1 3 0 0 113
14 Fremantle L 105 - 22 6 3 9 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 47
15 North Melbourne W 70 - 66 24 10 34 6 0 2 0 5 0 1 133
16 Richmond L 79 - 54 18 16 34 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 95
17 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 76 12 9 21 3 2 2 3 2 0 1 67
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 29 16 45 9 1 2 0 5 2 1 182
19 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 12 233 135 368 78 11 19 14 61 4 8 1467

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 91
    • Kicks 13.6
    • Handballs 7.1
    • Disposals 20.7
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 82.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2014
Handballs 17 Essendon Rd 8, 2014
Disposals 45 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2014
Marks 13 Western Bulldogs Rd 13, 2012
Hit-outs 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2014
Tackles 12 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2014
Goals 3 North Melbourne Rd 16, 2013
AFL Fantasy 182 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Brisbane Lions 233 135 368 78 11 19 14 61 4 8 1467
2013 Brisbane Lions 296 134 430 98 4 18 22 50 16 9 1711
2012 Brisbane Lions 314 147 461 119 6 11 17 53 7 3 1816
2011 Brisbane Lions 299 150 449 130 0 7 23 54 3 5 1764
2010 Brisbane Lions 78 61 139 32 0 5 5 26 3 0 564
2009 Brisbane Lions 3 7 10 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 27
2008 Brisbane Lions 17 10 27 9 0 2 4 6 0 0 112

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: 56 games, 13 goals

Awards

Club Awards

Equal 4th Lions Club Champion
2011

3rd Lions Club Champion
2012

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Members' Player of the Year
2013

Club Champion Runner-Up
2013

 

Other Awards

Ron Barassi Medal
2006

International Rules Series (Ireland)
2010, 2011