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Lewis
Taylor

Height
175 cm
DOB
17-02-1995
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2018
22
Career
107
Goals
2018
21
Career
85
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1589
Avg
72
LewisTaylor

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Terang Mortlake FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 1 2014
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
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Introduction

He might be the Lions' shortest player at just 173cm, but what Lewis Taylor lacks in size, he more than makes up for in on-field ability. The former Geelong Falcon is a powerful, quick and skilful midfielder, who proved to be one of the steals of the 2013 AFL National Draft.

 

Background

• Lewis Taylor was identified relatively early as one of the AFL's top draft prospects, following a stellar junior career which included selection in the AIS-AFL Academy squad and him being named Captain of the VIC Country side in the 2013 U18 National Championships.  

• He elevated himself into high-end draft contention with a superb Championships, where he averaged 25 disposals while operating at 78 per cent disposal efficiency rate; an effort which saw him claim All Australian honours. 

• Unfortunately a cracked bone in his foot prematurely ended his final season with TAC Cup side the Geelong Falcons.

• After being likened to North Melbourne superstar Brent 'Boomer' Harvey and having Talent Manager Michael Turner claim he was "as good as any player" to come through the Falcons system, a great deal of hype surrounded Taylor and he was expected to get picked up early in the first round - possibly even inside the top 10.  

• As a likely round one selection, he was one of only a few prospects invited to attend the AFL National Draft on the Gold Coast, but proved one of the meeting's big sliders. 

• The Lions couldn't believe their luck when Taylor was still available with their fourth selection (Pick No.28) overall, so had no hesitation in calling out his name. Although he might not have been part of their initial Draft plans, he was simply too good a player to pass up at Pick No.28.

Season by Season

Season by Season

•  Taylor took his speed and silky skills to a whole new level in 2017, much to the delight of Senior Coach Chris Fagan who said he is a “joy to coach.”

• He kicked a career-high of four goals in the Lions win over Fremantle in Round 14.

• Taylor played every game for the Lions in 2017

• His efforts this season were rewarded by being named in the AFL Players under 22 40-man squad

Season by Season

Season by Season

• The agile 21-year-old midfielder/small forward continued to prove his worth for the Lions after playing 19 out of 22 games for the 2016 season.

• Taylor impressed kicking 3 goals in Round 1 against West Coast Eagles and went on to average 14.7 disposals and 7.4 kicks.

• He reached a milestone in Round 6 against the Sydney Swans that only 2 other players for the Brisbane Football Club have ever reached which was his 50th consecutive AFL match from debut after having broken into the side in Round 1 of his first season at the Club.

• Taylor finished the Season with 18 goals to his name.

Season By Season

• As the reigning Rising Star, Lewy Taylor carried a great weight of expectation on his young shoulders in 2015 yet, rather than disappoint, the Victorian had a second terrific season.

• At just 173cm – the Lions' shortest player - what Taylor lacks in size, he more than makes up for in effort and ability.

• Taylor played every game in 2015 and he had 32 disposals against St Kilda and was one of the Lions’ best in their win over the Western Bulldogs, kicking three goals and collecting 28 possessions.

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. 

• Lewis Taylor was ranked in the top 4 for over 10 of the rising star achievements including 2nd in total kicks and disposals and otal uncontested possessions.  

• Taylor’s resilience and determination paid off as he was crowned the 2014 AFL Rising Star is the closest count ever. He polled 39 votes, one more than the Western Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli, to win the Ron Evans medal. 

• Taylor had a phenomenal year finishing off with 22 games and averaged 17 disposals for the season and kicking 12 goals.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 9.8
    • Handballs 8.0
    • Disposals 17.7
    • Marks 4.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 72.2

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 19
Disposals 27 St Kilda Rd 1
Marks 9 GWS Giants Rd 14
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Melbourne Rd 2
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 7
AFL Fantasy 104 St Kilda Rd 1

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 St Kilda L 107 - 82 15 12 27 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 104
2 Melbourne L 74 - 100 13 10 23 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 94
3 Port Adelaide L 97 - 92 8 7 15 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 46
4 Richmond L 110 - 17 11 12 23 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 81
5 Gold Coast Suns L 71 - 76 14 6 20 6 0 0 0 2 1 1 87
6 GWS Giants L 77 - 43 8 9 17 8 0 2 0 1 1 1 79
7 Collingwood L 114 - 121 11 7 18 3 0 0 0 1 4 2 86
8 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 93 3 7 10 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 37
9 Hawthorn W 129 - 73 11 7 18 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 69
10 Sydney Swans L 49 - 67 9 10 19 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 59
11 North Melbourne L 141 - 87 9 8 17 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 72
12 Essendon L 62 - 84 14 7 21 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 77
14 GWS Giants L 82 - 109 13 9 22 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 89
15 Fremantle W 64 - 119 11 6 17 3 0 1 2 2 3 0 75
16 Carlton W 120 - 55 7 7 14 5 0 1 1 1 1 0 58
17 Hawthorn W 65 - 98 7 6 13 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 56
18 Adelaide Crows L 88 - 93 6 6 12 4 0 3 1 2 1 0 56
19 Geelong Cats L 120 - 78 9 14 23 5 0 0 1 4 1 0 89
20 North Melbourne L 104 - 107 3 7 10 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 40
21 Collingwood L 104 - 73 9 6 15 7 0 1 0 1 2 0 77
22 Gold Coast Suns W 74 - 78 15 2 17 5 0 2 0 2 2 1 87
23 West Coast Eagles L 72 - 98 9 10 19 2 0 1 1 3 1 2 71
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 17 215 175 390 98 0 19 8 43 21 7 1589

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 107
    • Kicks 9.6
    • Handballs 8.4
    • Disposals 18.0
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 70.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015
Handballs 18 Melbourne Rd 16, 2015
Disposals 32 Melbourne Rd 16, 2015
Marks 10 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 19, 2017
Goals 4 Collingwood Rd 7, 2018
AFL Fantasy 115 North Melbourne Rd 15, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Brisbane Lions 215 175 390 98 0 19 8 43 21 7 1589
2017 Brisbane Lions 243 185 428 87 0 18 7 59 17 15 1710
2016 Brisbane Lions 140 139 279 61 0 9 11 37 18 13 1126
2015 Brisbane Lions 230 229 459 92 0 9 11 33 17 10 1644
2014 Brisbane Lions 197 174 371 88 0 16 9 44 12 8 1448

Legend

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Handballs
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Tackles
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Goals
B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

• Lewis Taylor was identified relatively early as one of the AFL's top draft prospects, following a stellar junior career which included selection in the AIS-AFL Academy squad and him being named Captain of the VIC Country side in the 2013 U18 National Championships.  

• He elevated himself into high-end draft contention with a superb Championships, where he averaged 25 disposals while operating at 78 per cent disposal efficiency rate; an effort which saw him claim All Australian honours. 

• Unfortunately a cracked bone in his foot prematurely ended his final season with TAC Cup side the Geelong Falcons.

• After being likened to North Melbourne superstar Brent 'Boomer' Harvey and having Talent Manager Michael Turner claim he was "as good as any player" to come through the Falcons system, a great deal of hype surrounded Taylor and he was expected to get picked up early in the first round - possibly even inside the top 10.  

• As a likely round one selection, he was one of only a few prospects invited to attend the AFL National Draft on the Gold Coast, but proved one of the meeting's big sliders. 

• The Lions couldn't believe their luck when Taylor was still available with their fourth selection (Pick No.28) overall, so had no hesitation in calling out his name. Although he might not have been part of their initial Draft plans, he was simply too good a player to pass up at Pick No.28.

Awards

Other Awards

AFLWPA 22Under22 40-Man Squad
2017

AFLPA 22Under22 40-Man Squad
2014 

VIC Country U18 Representative
2013

VIC Metro U18 Captain
2013

All-Australian U18
2013

AIS-AFL Academy Graduate
2013