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Darcy
Gardiner

Height
191 cm
DOB
22-09-1995
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2016
14
Career
39
Goals
2016
0
Career
3
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
614
Avg
44
DarcyGardiner

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Queenscliff FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 5 2014
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

After proving himself a "competitive beast" at junior level, key backman Darcy Gardiner arrived in Brisbane eager to learn from one of the great defenders of the modern era, Justin Leppitsch. He is a 191cm full-back who is being groomed to eventually replace Daniel Merrett as the Lions' full back in the future.   

Background

• Darcy Gardiner was widely rated as the best defender from the draft class of 2013, after performing key defensive roles on quality talls such as Jesse Hogan and eventual No.1 pick Tom Boyd, who later rated Gardiner as his toughest opponent. 

• He played a total of 11 games for the Geelong Falcons throughout the 2013 TAC Cup competition 

• He earned U18 All-Australian selection for his performances with VIC Metro at the National Championships, despite battling a niggling ankle injury.

• With newly appointed Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch desperate to address the Lions' aging backline, it was no surprise to hear Gardiner's name read out with the Club's second selection (Pick No.22 overall) at the 2013 AFL National Draft. 

Season By Season

Season By Season

• Defender Darcy Gardiner played eight games for the Lions this season as he struggled initially with injury.

• The 20 year-old eventually succumbed to injury again – being ruled out for the season due to an injured shoulder and ankle requiring surgery.

• As he continues his development in 2016, Gardiner will form an integral place in the Lions’ back six.

Season by Season

• The Lions selected key defender Darcy Gardiner and lightning quick midfielder Lewis Taylor, both from the Geelong Falcons, in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. 

• Gardiner played superb football and played a key role in the Lions' scrappy 23-point win over Melbourne. The back man took a career-high, 12 marks against Jack Watts, Chris Dawes and James Frawley. 

• During this game, Gardiner also collected 18 possessions – which he used at an elite 94 per cent efficiency – to earn the Rising Star gong. 

• He finished the season with 17 senior games, kicking 2 goals and averaging 11.3 disposals for the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 14
    • Kicks 5.6
    • Handballs 6.5
    • Disposals 12.1
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 43.9

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Port Adelaide Rd 7
Handballs 14 Fremantle Rd 12
Disposals 23 Fremantle Rd 12
Marks 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 13
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 5
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 83 Fremantle Rd 12

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 7 9 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 18
2 North Melbourne L 83 - 117 6 5 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 32
3 Geelong Cats L 125 - 56 10 7 17 3 0 3 2 2 0 0 58
4 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 4 11 15 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 47
5 Western Bulldogs L 120 - 67 5 5 10 3 0 0 5 8 0 0 51
6 Sydney Swans L 94 - 97 5 5 10 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 30
7 Port Adelaide L 136 - 59 12 4 16 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 51
8 Collingwood L 65 - 143 2 2 4 1 0 0 3 4 0 0 20
9 Melbourne L 131 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Hawthorn L 87 - 135 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton L 102 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Fremantle L 64 - 147 9 14 23 7 0 2 1 2 0 0 83
13 West Coast Eagles L 82 - 131 10 7 17 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 73
14 Richmond L 117 - 75 4 2 6 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 31
16 Gold Coast Suns L 139 - 113 1 7 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20
17 GWS Giants L 67 - 146 5 8 13 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 49
18 Essendon W 91 - 128 4 7 11 4 0 0 0 3 0 1 51
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
23 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 15 79 91 170 38 0 11 21 33 0 1 614

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 39
    • Kicks 5.5
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 11.2
    • Marks 3.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 42.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Port Adelaide Rd 7, 2016
Handballs 14 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016
Disposals 23 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016
Marks 12 Melbourne Rd 19, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 5, 2014
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 5, 2016
Goals 1 Essendon Rd 8, 2015
AFL Fantasy 83 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Brisbane Lions 79 91 170 38 0 11 21 33 0 1 614
2015 Brisbane Lions 42 34 76 22 0 6 16 16 1 0 288
2014 Brisbane Lions 92 100 192 61 1 12 15 31 2 0 763

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

• Darcy Gardiner was widely rated as the best defender from the draft class of 2013, after performing key defensive roles on quality talls such as Jesse Hogan and eventual No.1 pick Tom Boyd, who later rated Gardiner as his toughest opponent. 

• He played a total of 11 games for the Geelong Falcons throughout the 2013 TAC Cup competition 

• He earned U18 All-Australian selection for his performances with VIC Metro at the National Championships, despite battling a niggling ankle injury.

• With newly appointed Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch desperate to address the Lions' aging backline, it was no surprise to hear Gardiner's name read out with the Club's second selection (Pick No.22 overall) at the 2013 AFL National Draft. 

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