Crisp and Karnezis have been named in the 2013 NEAFL Team of the Year
10:49am Sep 10, 2013
Patrick Karnezis announced himself on the AFL stage with goals from his first two kicks
12:02pm Jun 23, 2011
Junior Clubs: Hawthorn Citizens
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 13 2011
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Brownlow Votes: -
Patrick Karnezis is a versatile tall who has traditionally played up forward, but could also move into the midfield. He is highly skilled, reads the play well and has the ability to win his own ball. After only a short time at the Lions, he has already become a crowd favourite at the Gabba.
• Karnezis played AFL since he was 11, but took five months off to play futsal and club soccer for Doncaster Rovers at U16 level before joining the Oakleigh Chargers TAC Cup side aged 15.
• Just like it did for the likes of Adam Goodes, Alan Didak and Brad Green, Karnezis believed his soccer background helped him become a more 'dangerous' footballer.
• He stopped playing futsal before Oakleigh's 2009 pre-season to concentrate on his AFL career, and quickly became one of the brightest prospects heading into the 2010 AFL National Draft.
• He represented Victoria Metro in the National U18 Championships and in eight games for the Chargers (excluding Finals) kicked 28 goals and averaged 19 disposals per game (54% of which were contested).
• He was so highly rated, that the Lions used their second round selection (Pick No.25 overall) at the 2010 AFL National Draft to secure the services of the Marcellin College graduate.
• Karnezis added considerable bulk to his light frame over the off-season, but struggled to recapture his form from the previous season during the NAB Cup pre-season period.
• It wasn’t until Round 5 that he received his first senior call-up for 2012, but after having only limited impact in the next four matches, he was sent back to the NEAFL to regain his touch.
• In a bid to improve his match fitness and running capacity, Karnezis was trialled as a midfielder in the NEAFL and responded with a string of standout performances, where his cunningness around goals was more than matched by his supreme ball-winning ability.
• Despite his obvious advancements, Karnezis still struggled to translate his form at senior level and finished with a total of just seven senior games for the season.
• His dominance at State League level was recognised at the 2012 Grogan Medal when he was the Lions Reserves’ highest vote-getter.
• He also was a valuable member of the Club’s first State League Premiership in 11 years, collecting 33 disposals against the NT Thunder in the NEAFL Grand Final triumph.
• Karnezis spent much of his pre-season in the gym trying to bulk up his slight 80kg frame, before lining up with the Lions Reserves throughout the first half of the season.
• A 191cm swingman, Karnezis was trialled in a number of positions - and showed class beyond his years. But it was up forward where he proved most dangerous and regularly contributed bags of goals.
• In Round 13, he earned his first selection in the senior team to play Richmond at the Gabba, starting on the interchange bench as the substitute.
• But an injury to Mitch Clark activated Karnezis, who proceeded to join rare company by booting goals with each of his first kicks. He immediately had the attention of the Lions fans who had found a new cult hero.
• He held his position in the team for the remaining 11 matches and made a valuable contribution as a third tall forward - kicking goals in all but one of his matches and bagging two goals in seven of his 11 outings.
• One of his finest performances was against eventual Premiers Geelong, when he collected a season-high 14 disposals and kicked two goals (and two behinds) as the Cats found it difficult to find a suitable match-up for the clever Victorian.
• He was desperately unlucky not to earn an AFL Rising Star Nomination by season's end, but was ultimately recognised by the Club as the Lions' 2011 Rookie of the Year.
AFL Brisbane Lions: 18 games, 24 goals
Lions Rookie of the Year
Lions Reserves Premiership Player
Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
Victoria Metro U18 Representative
NEAFL Team of the Year