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Daniel
McStay

Height
195 cm
DOB
24-06-1995
Weight
98 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2018
10
Career
70
Goals
2018
9
Career
40
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
530
Avg
53
DanielMcStay

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: East Ringwood Juniors
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 15 2014
Recruited from: Eastern Ranges
Brownlow Votes:
0

Introduction

In a similar mould to Geelong's Harry Taylor, Daniel McStay is a tall and athletic defender with a competitive nature. During his years with the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup U18 competition, he showed an ability to shut down opposition forwards while providing good counter-attack.

Background

• A predominant left-foot defender as a junior, McStay's strong marking ability and versatility was also occasionally put to good use as a lead-up forward.  

• In his final year in the TAC Cup, he played 16 games and kicked 14 goals for the Eastern Ranges - averaging 10 kicks, 5 handballs and 5 marks.

• He injured his elbow on the eve of the 2013 U18 National Championships, but returned to play three games for VIC Metro, playing predominantly down back. 

• He injured his elbow on the eve of the 2013 U18 National Championships, but returned to play three games for VIC Metro, playing predominantly in defence.

• He attracted plenty of interest from AFL clubs, but eventually landed in Brisbane with Pick No.25 overall at the 2013 AFL National Draft - the same draft his Ranges teammate and close friend Tom Boyd went No.1 to Greater Western Sydney.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• A highlight for McStay in 2017 was his nomination for AFL’s Mark of the Year in Round 19, when he soared on top of Melbourne Demons players to claim the ball.

• McStay signed on with the Club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Season by Season

• Third year player Daniel McStay’s season was characterised by steady development.

• The 21-year-old was strong for the Lions in defence, and was occasionally thrown forward when needed.

• He was number 3 for the Club in marks from opposition with 20.

• His season came to an end after an ankle break in Round 17 against GWS.

Season By Season

• Second year player Daniel McStay’s season was characterised by steady development and a handful of standout performances.

• The 20-year-old had two 3 goal hauls and a career best four goals in Round Six against Carlton.

• McStay missed two matches with a finger injury, and struggled for consistency at times, as he shifted between playing forward and back as Coach Justin Leppitsch experimented as the Lions struggled with injuries.

• McStay holds plenty of promise for Lions fans, with his strong marking hands and big-bodied presence suggesting a strong future in the Club’s forward line.

Season by Season

• Daniel McStay played in Brisbane’s reserve team for the first half of the year. McStay was moved around on the field and showed he was a versatile player with a promising future with the club.  

• McStay made his AFL debut this year against North Melbourne in round 15, playing at centre halfback.  

• Justin Leppitsch described the young defender as an uncovered gem after his magnificent performance in round 19 against Melbourne. He kicked three crucial goals to secure a 23-point win over the Demons.  

• McStay finished off the year with 9 senior games and averaged an impressive 12 disposals as well as 7 goals.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 5.4
    • Handballs 3.8
    • Disposals 9.2
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 53.0

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 North Melbourne Rd 11
Handballs 8 Melbourne Rd 2
Disposals 15 Melbourne Rd 2
Marks 8 North Melbourne Rd 11
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 8
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 11
AFL Fantasy 90 Western Bulldogs Rd 8

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 St Kilda L 107 - 82 5 6 11 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 33
2 Melbourne L 74 - 100 7 8 15 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 58
3 Port Adelaide L 97 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Richmond L 110 - 17 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Gold Coast Suns L 71 - 76 6 5 11 5 0 1 2 1 1 3 51
6 GWS Giants L 77 - 43 4 2 6 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 36
7 Collingwood L 114 - 121 3 4 7 3 0 1 0 3 2 0 51
8 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 93 6 4 10 6 0 1 0 8 2 1 90
9 Hawthorn W 129 - 73 3 4 7 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 35
10 Sydney Swans L 49 - 67 5 1 6 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 42
11 North Melbourne L 141 - 87 9 1 10 8 0 1 0 3 2 2 80
12 Essendon L 62 - 84 6 3 9 4 0 0 2 4 1 2 54
14 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
20 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
23 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 1 - L: 11 54 38 92 42 0 7 5 27 9 12 530

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 70
    • Kicks 5.4
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 10.3
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 48.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Carlton Rd 18, 2017
Handballs 11 Essendon Rd 15, 2017
Disposals 21 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016
Marks 11 Essendon Rd 15, 2017
Hit-outs 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 16, 2016
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 8, 2018
Goals 4 Carlton Rd 6, 2015
AFL Fantasy 95 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Brisbane Lions 54 38 92 42 0 7 5 27 9 12 530
2017 Brisbane Lions 119 103 222 95 0 11 12 33 1 1 962
2016 Brisbane Lions 66 72 138 46 2 10 5 24 4 0 597
2015 Brisbane Lions 92 72 164 72 0 6 8 26 19 10 846
2014 Brisbane Lions 50 57 107 42 0 1 4 10 7 0 461

Legend

K
Kicks
H
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D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Frees Against
T
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G
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B
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

• A predominant left-foot defender as a junior, McStay's strong marking ability and versatility was also occasionally put to good use as a lead-up forward.  

• In his final year in the TAC Cup, he played 16 games and kicked 14 goals for the Eastern Ranges - averaging 10 kicks, 5 handballs and 5 marks.

• He injured his elbow on the eve of the 2013 U18 National Championships, but returned to play three games for VIC Metro, playing predominantly down back. 

• He injured his elbow on the eve of the 2013 U18 National Championships, but returned to play three games for VIC Metro, playing predominantly in defence.

• He attracted plenty of interest from AFL clubs, but eventually landed in Brisbane with Pick No.25 overall at the 2013 AFL National Draft - the same draft his Ranges teammate and close friend Tom Boyd went No.1 to Greater Western Sydney.

Awards

Other Awards

VIC Metro U18 Representative
2013