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Mark of the Year

Dan McStay has been nominated for the AFL's Mark of the Year.

12:07pm  Aug 21, 2017

Recovery Report: Round 18

Brisbane Lions’ Head of Medical Peter Blanch says Dan McStay is the club’s main injury concern following their 30 point win over Carlton on Sunday afternoon.

3:15pm  Jul 25, 2017

Easy decision for McStay

The go-home factor loomed large for Dan McStay, but the re-signed Brisbane Lion says his young teammates helped pave the way for his contract extension.

3:18pm  Jun 26, 2017

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A monster McStay grab

3:19pm  Aug 20, 2017

McStay wins the Golden Fist

10:40am  Jul 4, 2017

McStay on SEN

10:10am  Jul 3, 2017

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Daniel
McStay

Height
195 cm
DOB
24-06-1995
Weight
94 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2017
19
Career
60
Goals
2017
1
Career
31
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
962
Avg
51
DanielMcStay

Player Bio

At a Glance

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

• 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

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 6.3
    • Handballs 5.4
    • Disposals 11.7
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 50.6

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Carlton Rd 18
Handballs 11 Essendon Rd 15
Disposals 19 Essendon Rd 15
Marks 11 Essendon Rd 15
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 5
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 14
AFL Fantasy 77 Carlton Rd 18

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 98 4 6 10 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 43
2 Essendon L 84 - 111 4 3 7 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 30
3 St Kilda L 107 - 76 2 8 10 5 0 0 2 4 0 0 47
4 Richmond L 67 - 119 8 3 11 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 47
5 Western Bulldogs L 122 - 90 5 7 12 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 61
6 Port Adelaide L 67 - 150 9 2 11 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 47
7 Sydney Swans L 135 - 81 5 5 10 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 40
8 Hawthorn L 113 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows L 60 - 140 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Collingwood L 129 - 84 7 3 10 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 50
12 Fremantle W 121 - 64 8 6 14 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 53
13 Port Adelaide L 121 - 81 7 5 12 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 52
14 GWS Giants L 86 - 146 6 4 10 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 45
15 Essendon W 82 - 90 8 11 19 11 0 2 2 0 0 0 75
16 Geelong Cats L 78 - 163 5 4 9 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 31
17 Richmond L 112 - 81 10 4 14 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 72
18 Carlton W 112 - 82 11 7 18 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 77
19 West Coast Eagles L 113 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs L 89 - 103 5 5 10 6 0 0 1 3 0 1 53
21 Gold Coast Suns W 142 - 84 4 6 10 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 42
22 Melbourne L 104 - 91 6 7 13 5 0 0 2 2 0 0 49
23 North Melbourne L 79 - 130 5 7 12 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 48
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 17 119 103 222 95 0 11 12 33 1 1 962

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 60
    • Kicks 5.5
    • Handballs 5.1
    • Disposals 10.5
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 47.8

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 5 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016
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
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
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

• 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