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Sam
Mayes

Height
187 cm
DOB
20-05-1994
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2015
14
Career
53
Goals
2015
2
Career
25
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
842
Avg
60
SamMayes

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior Clubs: Port FC, Port Pirie
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 3 2013
Recruited from: North Adelaide
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Introduction

Since being drafted to the Lions with their first round selection at the 2012 AFL National Draft, Sam Mayes has looked comfortable at senior AFL level. He's a skilful half-forward/wingman who played senior football with North Adelaide in the SANFL as an 18-year-old and made an immediate impact in his debut year with the Lions.

Background

• Sam Mayes was a quality junior who first caught the attention of AFL recruiters playing as a lead-up forward. He represented South Australia as an underage player in 2011, and went on to earn U18 All Australian honours. 

• But a move to the midfield during the 2012 U18 Championships saw him rocket up the draft ratings, with Mayes earning All Australian honours for the second consecutive season.  

• He also impressed while playing in the senior ranks with North Adelaide. 

• He was always on the Lions' radar, and ultimately landed in Brisbane with the Club's first round selection (Pick No.8 overall) at the 2012 AFL National Draft.

• Upon being drafted to the Lions, National Talent Manager Rob Kerr said: "We feel he is a forward who is developing into a midfielder. He will probably learn his footy up forward, but we expect him to eventually go into the midfield. He's a very clever player, spreads well, reads the game very well. We hope he can be one of those players who can play forward and mid."

Season By Season

Season By Season

• Sam Mayes spent time playing off half back and on the wing in the Lions’ line-up in 2015, a season in which he notched up his 50th game for the Club.

• A stress reaction in his foot caused Mayes to be sidelined early in the season, and patches of inconsistency in form forced him back to the NEAFL.

• Mayes’ best game came in Round 20 against Carlton, where he gathered 20 disposals and kicked two goals and again in Round 17 against North Melbourne, where he recorded 21 possessions and four tackles.

Season by Season

• Despite losing five players under the age of 21, who all departed sighting homesickness, Sam Mayes was excited to stay on for another season at the Lions.  

• Starting the season up forward, Mayes had a standout performance against Geelong in Round 2 where he kicked 4 goals.  

• Mayes continued to show his versatility moving from half forward to the backline after Rich was struck with an injury.  

• Despite the move, Mayes played 21 games and was able to reach 20 or more possessions on seven separate occasions.

• A minor groin complaint meant Mayes was carefully managed throughout the latter stages of his first pre-season, with the Lions reluctant to expose him in any NAB Cup matches. 

• He lined up for the Lions Reserves in Round 1 of the NEAFL season, and immediately impressed with his game sense and neat disposal. He was named as a senior emergency a week later, before being named to make his senior debut in QClash 5 against the Gold Coast in Round 3. 

• Mayes made an immediate impact at senior level, collecting 21 disposals and taking a game-high 10 marks in the Lions' narrow win. 

• He went on to play in the next seven senior matches - racking up a career best 28 touches in Round 5 against Melbourne - before he was afforded a well-deserved rest in Round 10 before the team's Bye. 

• A two-week break was just the tonic for Mayes, who returned in Round 12 with a 25-disposal effort against eventual Grand Finalists Fremantle in Perth. Although the Lions lost the match, his performance was recognised with an AFL Rising Star Nomination.

• He was omitted again in Round 14, before starring in the final two months of the season - averaging 17 disposals and booting 12 goals – four of which came in a stunning first half against the GWS Giants in Round 21 - in the final nine matches of the season. 

• It proved an impressive debut season from Mayes, who not only played 18 senior matches, but also took home the Club's Rookie of the Year award and claimed a top 10 finish in the Merrett-Murray Medal.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 14
    • Kicks 7.7
    • Handballs 6.7
    • Disposals 14.4
    • Marks 4.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 60.1

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19
Handballs 12 North Melbourne Rd 17
Disposals 22 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19
Marks 9 Sydney Swans Rd 15
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 North Melbourne Rd 17
Goals 2 Carlton Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 87 North Melbourne Rd 17

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood L 74 - 86 4 0 4 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 33
2 North Melbourne L 133 - 51 7 1 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 42
3 Richmond L 58 - 137 7 4 11 3 0 2 0 3 0 1 53
4 West Coast Eagles L 65 - 118 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Carlton W 75 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Port Adelaide W 102 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon L 136 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 St Kilda L 86 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 GWS Giants L 97 - 67 5 8 13 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 62
12 Western Bulldogs L 146 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Adelaide Crows L 69 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Fremantle L 84 - 48 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 23
15 Sydney Swans L 49 - 70 13 4 17 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 80
16 Melbourne L 60 - 36 11 3 14 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 67
17 North Melbourne L 38 - 110 9 12 21 7 0 2 1 4 0 0 87
18 Geelong Cats L 113 - 57 6 9 15 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 59
19 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 114 13 9 22 4 0 2 1 3 0 0 80
20 Carlton W 131 - 67 9 11 20 6 0 1 0 0 2 1 81
21 Adelaide Crows L 131 - 44 5 11 16 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 46
22 Hawthorn L 134 - 62 7 11 18 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 58
23 Western Bulldogs W 130 - 122 11 8 19 6 0 2 2 2 0 0 71
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 18 108 94 202 68 0 12 5 28 2 5 842

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 53
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 6.7
    • Disposals 16.1
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 67.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Melbourne Rd 5, 2013
Handballs 13 Port Adelaide Rd 4, 2014
Disposals 28 Melbourne Rd 5, 2013
Marks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3, 2013
Hit-outs 2 North Melbourne Rd 16, 2013
Tackles 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 17, 2014
Goals 4 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2014
AFL Fantasy 114 GWS Giants Rd 21, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Brisbane Lions 108 94 202 68 0 12 5 28 2 5 842
2014 Brisbane Lions 191 159 350 92 0 12 11 47 11 11 1411
2013 Brisbane Lions 198 103 301 87 2 7 5 45 12 5 1312

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
2013

Club Awards

Lions Rookie of the Year
2013

Other Awards

AIS-AFL Academy Graduate
2011

All Australian U18 
2011

South Australian U18 Representative 
2011, 2012

South Australian U18 Vice-Captain 
2012