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Stefan
Martin

Height
199 cm
DOB
17-11-1986
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2017
22
Career
136
Goals
2017
1
Career
39
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2194
Avg
100
StefanMartin

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Sandringham Dragons
Debut: Rd 14 2008
Recruited from: Sandringham
Brownlow Votes: 4

Introduction

A former basketballer, Stefan Martin is a tall and athletic utility who was traded from Melbourne to Brisbane during the 2012 Exchange Period. At 197cm, he adds a great deal of flexibility to the side as he can play in the ruck, up forward, or down back.

 

Background

• Martin was a relatively late-bloomer in AFL terms, with basketball occupying most of his sporting life in his late teens. However, a brief taste of Australian Rules had him immediately hooked, and his talent was quickly noticed by AFL scouts.   

• He was eventually drafted by Melbourne with their 3rd pick at the 2008 Pre-season Draft from the Sandringham Zebras (VFL). He made his senior debut in Round 14 - coincidentally against the Brisbane Lions at the MCG.

• 2011 was a breakout year for Martin, as he played the number one ruck role in the absence of the injured Mark Jamar. He relished the responsibility, playing 21 games, mostly in the ruck. He also proved dangerous when moved forward, contributing 10 goals for the season. He ended up finishing 8th in Melbourne's club best and fairest.

• Martin's 2012 season was marred by a hip injury, which limited him to just seven games for the year.

• At the end of the season, the Lions approached Melbourne in a bid to secure the big man's services. A trade was ultimately struck which saw Martin pack his bags for Brisbane in exchange for Picks 52 (Matt Jones) & 71 (Daniel Nicholson).  

Season by Season

Season by Season

• While the hard working big man’s season was down on his Merrett-Murray winning 2015 season, he continued to impress throughout the year despite a number of injuries and setbacks including a head knock that made global headlines in Round 4 against the Gold Coast Suns. 

• Martin surprised with a return the very next week. He amassed a career-high 51 hit outs in Round 7 against Port Adelaide, and averaged 16.8 disposals, 7.5 kicks and 27.9 hit outs across the season.

• Stefan Martin claimed the Alastair Lynch Trophy for 3rd place at this year’s Club Champion. 

 

Season By Season

• A winner of this year’s Merrett-Murray Medal, Martin has been regarded as one of the League’s best big men over the past 12 months, averaging 32.5 hit outs and 21 disposals from 20 matches in 2015 (missing two games due to suspension).

• The league’s most outstanding ruckman in Round 23, Martin was dominant both at stoppages and around the ground with 50 hit-outs and 32 possessions.

• He had an equal team-high eight clearances and seven inside 50s in a complete performance.

• Martin's consistency across the year (playing for the majority of the season as the Lions’ sole ruckman) has earned Martin the respect of the Club and fans alike.

Season by Season

• Martin's injury concerns continued through his second pre-season with the Lions, with a combination of hamstring and back complaints keeping him on the sidelines until midway through the year. 

• He eventually made his return through the Lions Reserves in Round 8, and showed promising signs in each of his two NEAFL matches before being thrust back into the senior team following a season-ending injury to ruckman Trent West.  

• With both West and Matthew Leuenberger out for an extended period, Martin was left to play a lone hand in the ruck, and seemed to relish the responsibility. 

• Far from simply being a stop-gap in the ruck, Martin went on to be one of the Lions' best performers in the second half of the season, producing career-best figures almost every weekend. 

• Martin's impact was such that his name was even being thrown around in All Australian discussions, with his stats more than matching up against the best in the competition.   

• He was ultimately overlooked in the All Australian squad (not surprising considering he only played half the season), but earned the first Brownlow Medal votes of his career.   

• He went on to finish 11th overall in the Merrett-Murray Medal, but ranked second behind eventual winner Tom Rockliff in terms of votes per game with 85 votes from his 12 outings (an average of seven per game).

• With his career seemingly at the crossroads early in the season, Martin's incredible form was duly rewarded with a new contract that tied him to the Lions until at least the end of 2016.

• Martin's first season at the Lions started positively, with the big man playing a key role in the team's NAB Cup premiership side.

• Playing in tandem with first-choice ruckman Matthew Leuenberger, he booted goals in each of his first three regular season games with the Club, before injuring his ankle early in the Round 4 clash against North Melbourne.  

• The ankle injury kept him on the sidelines for 10 weeks, before he was eased back through the NEAFL.

• He eventually earned a senior recall for the team's Round 20 clash against Richmond at the MCG, however suffered a hamstring strain that would effectively end his campaign. 

• 2013 could probably best be described as a 'season of frustration' for Martin, who was limited to just five senior games with his new Club due to injury.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 8.6
    • Handballs 8.8
    • Disposals 17.4
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 35.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 99.7

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Carlton Rd 18
Handballs 13 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Disposals 23 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Marks 7 Fremantle Rd 12
Hit-outs 63 Hawthorn Rd 8
Tackles 10 Hawthorn Rd 8
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 14
AFL Fantasy 134 Hawthorn Rd 8

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 98 10 13 23 4 33 2 2 1 0 0 101
2 Essendon L 84 - 111 12 11 23 5 42 4 2 2 0 0 121
3 St Kilda L 107 - 76 11 10 21 7 44 4 0 1 0 0 126
4 Richmond L 67 - 119 9 9 18 3 52 3 1 2 0 0 114
5 Western Bulldogs L 122 - 90 5 13 18 6 49 0 1 4 0 0 121
6 Port Adelaide L 67 - 150 9 12 21 3 25 0 1 1 0 0 86
7 Sydney Swans L 135 - 81 10 11 21 4 40 1 3 2 0 0 104
8 Hawthorn L 113 - 75 6 7 13 1 63 2 2 10 0 0 134
9 Adelaide Crows L 60 - 140 9 7 16 7 33 0 0 3 0 0 107
10 Collingwood L 129 - 84 11 6 17 0 20 1 2 1 0 0 64
12 Fremantle W 121 - 64 11 11 22 7 26 2 0 4 0 0 120
13 Port Adelaide L 121 - 81 8 8 16 4 15 1 1 1 0 0 69
14 GWS Giants L 86 - 146 10 7 17 4 27 2 1 4 1 0 104
15 Essendon W 82 - 90 5 6 11 3 28 4 1 2 0 1 74
16 Geelong Cats L 78 - 163 12 4 16 2 31 1 2 2 0 1 85
17 Richmond L 112 - 81 5 7 12 2 28 2 1 4 0 0 78
18 Carlton W 112 - 82 12 7 19 6 24 2 0 1 0 1 99
19 West Coast Eagles L 113 - 45 9 4 13 3 50 3 0 4 0 0 113
20 Western Bulldogs L 89 - 103 5 8 13 3 43 2 1 2 0 0 90
21 Gold Coast Suns W 142 - 84 10 13 23 6 34 2 2 2 0 0 112
22 Melbourne L 104 - 91 6 9 15 5 27 0 0 1 0 0 82
23 North Melbourne L 79 - 130 5 10 15 3 36 1 1 3 0 0 90
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 17 190 193 383 88 770 39 24 57 1 3 2194

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 136
    • Kicks 8.3
    • Handballs 8.1
    • Disposals 16.4
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 21.4
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 83.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2015
Handballs 26 Collingwood Rd 21, 2014
Disposals 32 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2015
Marks 11 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19, 2015
Hit-outs 63 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2017
Tackles 10 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2017
Goals 3 Fremantle Rd 13, 2011
AFL Fantasy 152 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Brisbane Lions 190 193 383 88 770 39 24 57 1 3 2194
2016 Brisbane Lions 149 186 335 81 558 34 26 42 5 7 1781
2015 Brisbane Lions 238 195 433 128 650 34 30 40 5 9 2281
2014 Brisbane Lions 123 147 270 69 338 17 14 39 1 4 1349
2013 Brisbane Lions 19 18 37 11 43 5 4 8 4 3 221
2012 Melbourne 55 42 97 31 100 7 2 13 7 1 538
2011 Melbourne 225 139 364 96 314 27 26 42 10 4 1736
2010 Melbourne 8 10 18 4 18 1 2 0 0 1 70
2009 Melbourne 76 113 189 59 114 14 11 22 6 6 856
2008 Melbourne 47 59 106 36 6 5 4 3 0 0 378

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

Awards

Club Awards

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Milestones

Milestone Matches

50 GAMES
Melbourne v Port Adelaide 
Round 24, 2011 @ Adelaide Oval