Main content

Latest Player News

Not a Backwards Step

The Lions don't see yesterdays result as a backward step, midfielder Ryan Lester says.

1:13pm  May 25, 2015

Lester gets first crack

Ryan Lester first crack at filling the void left by dual club champ Joel Patfull.

1:55pm  Feb 6, 2015

Lester ‘couldn’t be happier’

Ryan Lester had no hesitation in re-signing with the Lions for two years

11:03am  Jul 30, 2014

Latest Player Video

The Long Walk

11:51am  May 25, 2015

Senior Players List

35

Ryan
Lester

Height
190 cm
DOB
26-08-1992
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2015
9
Career
61
Goals
2015
8
Career
20
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
539
Avg
60
RyanLester

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Mulgrave
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Deut: Rd 1 2011
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Brownlow Votes: -

Sponsor

 

Introduction

Ryan Lester is a versatile 191cm utility whose speed and strength allows him to play up forward, back in defence or even in the midfield. Although still at the beginning of his AFL development, he looks set to become a key component of the Lions' future.

Background

• Lester proved a promising talent as a teenager, but was unfortunately dealt some hard luck through injuries during his final year with the Oakleigh Chargers in the U18 TAC Cup.

• An ankle troubled him through his final pre-season with the Chargers, before a fractured thumb just five minutes into the TAC Cup season left Lester watching from the sidelines. But he fought his way back onto the field after eight weeks and, to his own surprise, he made the Vic Metro side for the National U18 Championships.

• But in the final game of the Championships, Lester strained his hamstring which kept him out of a couple TAC Cup games. Then, in the last game of the TAC Cup season, he went over on his ankle again, missed the Chargers' first final and then hobbled through the rest of the finals.

• While his height would suggest he could play forward or back, Lester suggests his preferred position as a junior was in the midfield. However, he shone during a cameo run at full-back for Vic Metro during the National Championships which further proved his incredible versatility.

• The Lions ultimately drafted Lester with the Club's second round selection (Pick No.28 overall) at the 2010 AFL National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Ryan Lester played 14 games in the 2014 Season. After the Lions defeat in Round 9, Lester played in the Reserves team where he was predominantly played up forward and through the midfield in order to add to his already strong repertoire. After some strong performance, he soon made his return to the Senior Side. 

• Lester was a quality performer in 2014, and celebrated his 50th Game Milestone against the Gold Coast at the Gabba in the Round 18 QClash game. Lester gathered 19 possessions and laid 6 tackles in the Lion’s big win over their Queensland rivals.  

• In 2014, Lester recommitted to the Club for a further two years and he was also one of three lions named in the AFL Player Associations’ prestigious 22Under22 team.

• On the back of his third pre-season, Lester got himself stronger and fitter with an eye of playing more minutes in the midfield, but missed out on being selected in the team's triumphant NAB Cup Grand Final side. 

• He managed just one senior game, and was an emergency three times in the first five matches of the season, before a breakout game against Sydney at the SCG saw him collect a career-best 27 disposals (17 contested) and lay six tackles. 

• He went on to play in 15 of the final 17 matches, and averaged 16.8 disposals per game - his best return since arriving at the Club. 

• Lester made news for probably the wrong reasons in the team's final match of the season against Geelong at Simonds Stadium, when he missed a hurried snap in front of goal in the dying seconds. A goal at that critical stage would have not only given his side a remarkable victory away from home against the second-placed Cats, but potentially even an unlikely finals berth. As it turned out, a win wouldn't have been enough for the Lions to feature in September anyway, which helped ease the burden on the young Victorian.

• After an injury disrupted first season, Lester completed a full pre-season and quickly became a regular member of the Lions’ senior side.

• He played in all but three of the team’s 22 matches – two of which were official ‘rests’ as the Club tried to keep him fresh throughout the year.

• He proved himself a genuine utility, playing roles up forward, down back, and even in the midfield. His versatility gave the Lions’ coaching staff the luxury, and confidence, of having him available to plug holes as needed.

• He averaged over 15 disposals for the season and finished 17th in the 2012 Club Champion voting.

• Lester proved the bolter of the Lions' crop of 2010 draftees, impressing coaches with his fitness throughout the pre-season period.

• He earned a regular place in the Club's pre-season campaign, playing predominantly as a third tall forward option. His safe hands and football smarts proved a feature of his game. 

• Such was his form over summer, Lester was one of three Lions selected to make his debut in Round 1 against Fremantle at the Gabba. He proceeded to collect 16 disposals, take six marks and kick a goal in his first-up senior effort.

• He kept his senior spot in each of the team's first three matches, before a stress reaction in his foot discovered after Round 3 resulted in an extended period on the sidelines.

• As it turned out, the injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season. But in just three games, Lester always looked suited to the senior AFL stage.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 6.7
    • Handballs 6.7
    • Disposals 13.3
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.9
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 59.9

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 St Kilda Rd 9
Handballs 13 St Kilda Rd 9
Disposals 23 St Kilda Rd 9
Marks 8 St Kilda Rd 9
Hit-outs 4 GWS Giants Rd 10
Tackles 6 GWS Giants Rd 10
Goals 4 St Kilda Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 101 St Kilda Rd 9

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood L 74 - 86 7 4 11 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 38
2 North Melbourne L 133 - 51 5 6 11 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 49
3 Richmond L 58 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 West Coast Eagles L 65 - 118 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Carlton W 75 - 84 8 5 13 3 0 1 0 4 1 1 67
7 Port Adelaide W 102 - 65 8 7 15 1 3 1 1 2 1 0 56
8 Essendon L 136 - 78 9 7 16 4 0 1 0 1 2 0 70
9 St Kilda L 86 - 108 10 13 23 8 0 0 1 0 4 0 101
10 GWS Giants L 97 - 67 4 5 9 3 4 0 0 6 0 1 60
12 Western Bulldogs L 146 - 74 4 8 12 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 49
13 Adelaide Crows L 69 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Fremantle L 84 - 48 5 5 10 3 1 0 2 5 0 0 49
15 Sydney Swans L 49 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne L 60 - 36 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne L 38 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Geelong Cats L 113 - 57 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 114 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Carlton W 131 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows L 131 - 44 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 17 60 60 120 38 8 4 7 21 8 2 539

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 61
    • Kicks 7.9
    • Handballs 8.1
    • Disposals 16.0
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 63.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Richmond Rd 5, 2014
Handballs 17 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Disposals 27 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2013
Marks 9 GWS Giants Rd 8, 2012
Hit-outs 4 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2015
Tackles 9 St Kilda Rd 6, 2014
Goals 4 St Kilda Rd 9, 2015
AFL Fantasy 106 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Brisbane Lions 60 60 120 38 8 4 7 21 8 2 539
2014 Brisbane Lions 116 148 264 49 20 19 5 65 3 1 1094
2013 Brisbane Lions 122 147 269 46 0 18 8 41 4 5 985
2012 Brisbane Lions 168 120 288 77 1 14 17 30 3 4 1081
2011 Brisbane Lions 15 22 37 11 0 3 0 1 2 1 142

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: 22 games, 5 goals

Awards

Other Awards

Victoria Metro U18 Representative
2010

 

AFLPA 22Under22 Preliminary Squad
2014