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Player Reviews: Part 4

Today lions.com.au brings you the next part of the player review series. This time, for players with guernsey numbers 16-20.

11:33am  Sep 19, 2016

Recovery Report: Round 18

Claye Beams is set to miss the rest of the Season after re-injuring his knee against Southport in the NEAFL on the weekend.

6:38pm  Jul 26, 2016

Behinds Matter

The Jodi Lee Foundation will launch its Behinds Matter campaign with Brisbane Lions Football Club on 18 June at the Gabba.

10:54am  Jun 16, 2016

Latest Player Video

Post Match: Claye Beams

8:12pm  Apr 2, 2016

Claye Beams Returns!

3:01pm  May 12, 2014

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Claye
Beams

Height
182 cm
DOB
01-09-1991
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2016
9
Career
45
Goals
2016
2
Career
23
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
411
Avg
46
ClayeBeams

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Mudgeeraba Saints
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 1 2011
Recruited from: Labrador (QLD)
Brownlow Votes: 1

Introduction

Claye Beams is a talented all-round sportsperson who played first grade cricket before focussing on Australian Rules. He is a half-back/midfielder with good decision-making ability and clean skills, who has unfortunately been hampered with injuries in the early stages of his young AFL career.

Background

• Beams was born in Melbourne but moved to the Gold Coast with his family at the age of two.

• He began playing football from the age of five at Mudgeeraba and went on to win the Gold Coast League U12 Best & Fairest Medal and represent the Gold Coast at U14 level and the South Coast U15s.

• He played the first six games of the U16 season in 2007 but gave football away to concentrate on cricket.

• He returned to football in May 2009 after watching his brother Dayne play for Collingwood reignited his passion for the sport.

• Beams decided to join Labrador - due to a family connection - and after a three-week training block and just four reserves matches, he was elevated to the seniors where he played six games.  

• He obviously caught the eye of the Lions recruiters because he was drafted to the Club with its Queensland Priority Selection (Pick No.76 overall) in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft.

Season By Season

Season By Season

• Beams’ season came to an abrupt end in Round 9 when he injured his medial ligament in the Lions loss to St Kilda.

• It was the second serious knee injury for Beams, who underwent a full reconstruction in 2013 after a training mishap.

• Beams' had a consistent start to the year, playing off half-back and gathering a season best 22 disposals in Round 1 against Collingwood and 20 possessions against the Tigers in Round 3.

Season by Season

• Claye Beams signs a one-year contract extension with the club and hopes to have a big 2014 after recovering from a knee reconstruction. 

• Beams missed the first eight weeks of the 2014 season due to an injury, to the fifth metatarsal of his left foot that was sustained during a practice match against the Sydney Swans. 

• He was straight back to business after a 2014 highlight performance in his third game back against the western Bulldogs. Beams shined with 24 disposals, 4 kicks and a goal to prove he was ready to take on the rest of the season.  

• Beams received 45 votes in the Merrett-Murray medal resulting in an equal 22nd finish, topping his previous best 30th.

• After a strong finish to the 2012 and a promising pre-season, Claye Beams looked set for a breakout AFL season. 

• He was a member of the Lions' pre-season premiership side, and held his position in the senior side for the opening two rounds of the season proper. 

• But tragedy struck at training on the eve of Round 3, when Beams injured his knee during a regulation drill. Scans later revealed he had ruptured his ACL and required a full knee reconstruction. It was a cruel blow for the unlucky Queenslander, who would be sidelined for the better part of 12 months.

• Having overcome his stress fracture, Beams proved a standout during the pre-season and earned his place in the Round 1 senior side. He didn’t disappoint either, blanketing Melbourne midfielder Brent Moloney and collecting 25 disposals of his own to receive a Rising Star Nomination. 

• A back injury suffered in Round 3 forced Beams to miss the next month of football. He eventually returned through the Reserves side but didn’t get another opportunity at senior level until Round 15 against Sydney, when he was a late replacement for Simon Black who hurt himself in the team’s pre-game warm-up at the SCG.

• Beams returned to the Reserves the following week, and continued to dominate the local competition for the next four matches.  

• He was recalled to the senior team in Round 19, and booted two goals in less than a quarter of football as the team’s substitute. The performance earned him a full game in each of the team’s final three matches – all of which were wins.

• In the team’s final match of the AFL season against the Bulldogs at the Gabba, he collected a career-high 26 disposals and laid five tackles – which was enough to earn his first ever vote in the Brownlow Medal.

• He also penned a new deal which would see him remain at the Club for a further two seasons. 

• Once the AFL season was over, Beams returned to the Reserves side and helped them achieve their first State League Premiership since 2001.

• His NEAFL Grand Final performance was one for the ages. He collected 33 disposals, had 11 clearances, laid six tackles, and booted four sensational goals in a scintillating display. It was no surprise to see him awarded the Joe Grant Medal as the best afield.    

• Beams received a late call-up to make his senior debut in Round 1 after Luke Power withdrew late from the Lions' side with a minor back injury suffered after lifting his newborn baby out of the bath.

• Beams made the most of his opportunity by booting two goals and collecting 13 disposals in an impressive first half against Fremantle at the Gabba. But a heavy knock to the ribs saw him subbed off just after half-time, effectively cutting short his debut AFL appearance.

• He maintained his position in the senior team in five of the Club's first six matches and was regularly used as an impact player off the bench.

• But his season was ended prematurely after Round 7 when a stress reaction in his foot flared up and forced him to sit out the remainder of the year.

• Despite playing just five senior AFL matches, Beams' efforts were rewarded at the annual QAFL Grogan Medal count with selection in Queensland's Team of the Year for the first time alongside brother Dayne from Collingwood.

• Beams was a standout for the Lions Reserves side during his first season on the Club's rookie list playing predominantly across half-forward and on the wing.

• His run and creativity was not missed by the AFLQ selectors who added him to the Queensland State team that played Tasmania at Southport mid-season.

• Despite being the youngest player on the field, Beams' performance in his Queensland's 79-point thrashing of Tasmania earned praise from State coach Jason Cotter.

• He continued his great form into the second half of the QAFL season and was close to being elevated for his senior debut late in the year as the Lions struggled on the field, but the opportunity never arose.

• At season's end, he was recognised for his efforts in the local competition by winning a spot on the half-forward flank in the QAFL Team of the Year. 

• During the off-season, Beams was selected among a host of young Lions players to face Melbourne in the 'Shanghai Showdown' Exhibition Match - the first AFL game ever played in China. He did his chances of elevation no harm by starring with three goals in the team's narrow loss.

• The Lions took little time in adding Beams to the Club's senior list - making his elevation official at the 2010 National Draft.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 9
    • Kicks 7.0
    • Handballs 3.9
    • Disposals 10.9
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 45.7

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 West Coast Eagles Rd 13
Handballs 6 Geelong Cats Rd 3
Disposals 18 West Coast Eagles Rd 13
Marks 9 West Coast Eagles Rd 13
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 1
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 7
AFL Fantasy 82 West Coast Eagles Rd 13

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 166 - 102 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 44
2 North Melbourne L 83 - 117 10 5 15 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 69
3 Geelong Cats L 125 - 56 5 6 11 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 31
4 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 10 5 15 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 54
5 Western Bulldogs L 120 - 67 7 5 12 3 0 2 1 4 0 0 55
6 Sydney Swans L 94 - 97 4 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 19
7 Port Adelaide L 136 - 59 8 2 10 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 40
8 Collingwood L 65 - 143 3 3 6 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 17
9 Melbourne L 131 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Hawthorn L 87 - 135 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton L 102 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Fremantle L 64 - 147 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 West Coast Eagles L 82 - 131 14 4 18 9 0 0 1 2 0 0 82
14 Richmond L 117 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Gold Coast Suns L 139 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants L 67 - 146 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon W 91 - 128 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide L 79 - 173 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Adelaide Crows L 177 - 39 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Carlton W 99 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Geelong Cats L 69 - 129 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 St Kilda L 161 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 19 63 35 98 26 0 5 5 18 2 0 411

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 45
    • Kicks 7.3
    • Handballs 5.5
    • Disposals 12.8
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 52.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2012
Handballs 13 Melbourne Rd 1, 2012
Disposals 26 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2012
Marks 9 West Coast Eagles Rd 13, 2016
Hit-outs 2 Richmond Rd 16, 2014
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 1, 2016
Goals 2 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
AFL Fantasy 114 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Brisbane Lions 63 35 98 26 0 5 5 18 2 0 411
2015 Brisbane Lions 69 52 121 27 0 2 1 14 0 2 449
2014 Brisbane Lions 88 79 167 37 5 7 7 25 9 5 683
2013 Brisbane Lions 14 10 24 6 0 1 2 2 1 2 91
2012 Brisbane Lions 71 47 118 25 0 5 3 26 6 2 520
2011 Brisbane Lions 24 23 47 13 1 3 3 8 5 3 217

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: 13 games, 11 goals

Awards

AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination
2012

Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player
2012

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Other Awards

Queensland State Representative
2010

QAFL Team of the Year
2010

Queensland Team of the Year
2011

Joe Grant Medallist (NEAFL Grand Final BOG)
2012