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Tom
Rockliff

Height
185 cm
DOB
22-02-1990
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2014
14
Career
97
Goals
2014
9
Career
50
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1817
Avg
130
TomRockliff

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Benalla
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 18 2009
Recruited from: Murray Bushrangers U18 (VIC)
Brownlow Votes: 17

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Introduction

After being initially overlooked by AFL recruiters as a junior, Tom Rockliff has proven to be one of the Lions' greatest success stories in recent times. The once clever and creative midfielder/forward has become an elite runner who can accumulate plenty of the ball. The 2011 Club Champion now forms a critical part of the Lions' promising midfield brigade.

Background

• Hailing from Benalla in country Victoria, Tom Rockliff is a natural footballer who achieved almost everything during his final year as a junior footballer.

• He was a standout for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup U18 competition, kicking a competition-high 59 goals as a small forward and averaging 23 disposals per match.

• He kicked four or more goals on eight occasions including a season-high eight goals against the Sandringham Dragons in Round 13.

• He also helped lead the Bushrangers to their first TAC Cup premiership since 1998 with 30 possessions and four goals in the U18 Grand Final. His super individual performance was overshadowed only by team-mate Steele Sidebottom, whose 10 goal effort from the midfield earned best-on-ground honours.

• His consistent season with the Bushrangers culminated in him winning the Club’s Best & Fairest award – the John Byrne Medal – ahead of highly fancied team-mates Jack Ziebell and Sidebottom.

• He also represented Victoria Country in the 2008 NAB U18 championships where he ranked second overall for goals and first in score assists.

• He was largely considered to feature in the first two rounds of the 2008 National Draft – but was surprisingly overlooked by all 16 AFL clubs at the selection meeting.

• With one remaining spot on their senior list, the Lions earmarked the country Victorian and eventually drafted him with their first selection (Pick No.5 overall) in the 2008 Pre-Season Draft in December.

 

Season by Season

• The reigning Best and Fairest winner joined his fellow leadership group members on a pre-season trip to Arizona for altitude training, and the results were evident from Round 1.

• Rockliff started the season with a best-on-ground performance against Melbourne in the Lions’ season opener at the MCG in the unusual position of full-forward, where he was too clever for opponent Jack Grimes, kicking three goals and collecting 23 disposals.

• He continued to show outstanding leadership throughout the season and further cemented himself as an elite midfielder of the AFL competition.

• Arguably Rockliff’s most dominant performance was in the Lions’ Round 13 clash against the Western Bulldogs on the eve of the Inaugural Hall of Fame event. Rockliff collected a club-high 40 disposals and kicked two goals in the Lions’ 58-point victory.

• Rockliff’s trip to Arizona proved worthwhile, with the hard-nosed midfielder playing all 22 matches in the 2012 season – one of just five Lions to do so.

• While he handed his Best and Fairest ‘crown’ to defender Joel Patfull at the end of the season, Rockliff finished within the top six of the Merrett-Murray Medal count, before going on to be the equal-best represented Lion at the Brownlow Medal (alongside Daniel Rich) with 8 votes.

• Fresh from a breakthrough season, Rockliff took his game to a new level in 2011 and capped off a stunning third year with the Lions by becoming the youngest player ever to receive the Merrett-Murray Medal as the Club Champion.

• After being elevated into the Lions' Leadership Group at the beginning of the season, he played 20 of a possible 22 matches in 2011 and averaged a Club-high and career-best 27.7 disposals per game.

• Such was his consistency, Rockliff collected no fewer than 23 disposals in any game - with the exception of the Round 9 clash against North Melbourne when he was substituted off the ground before half time with a strained calf. The injury also forced him to miss the next two matches.

• As well as being a consistent accumulator, Rockliff also worked hard defensively and ranked among the top handful of Lions players in total tackles. In fact, he laid a remarkable 27 tackles over the final two matches of 2011. 

• He finished the season in outstanding form, with 30-disposal efforts in seven of his final nine matches - including twice collecting a career-best figure of 34 possessions in back-to-back matches against Adelaide and the Gold Coast SUNS.  

• His stunning finish to the season proved enough to edge him ahead of team-mates Simon Black and Jack Redden to win the 2011 Merrett-Murray Medal as the Club's Best & Fairest player.

• Rockliff and Black also shared the honour of being the top-polling Lions players at the Brownlow Medal count. Rockliff's polled nine votes (the first of his career) including a three-vote performance against Port Adelaide at the Gabba.

• Despite managing just one senior game in 2009, Rockliff emerged this year as a future star for the Lions.

• After a gruelling pre-season, Rockliff found himself a consistent member of the Lions’ senior side and undoubtedly one of the team’s most improved players.

• He played in 19 matches and averaged 22.8 disposals per game, which put him fourth at the Club.

• Arguably Rockliff’s best game of the season was in round 17 against Geelong at Skilled Stadium where he racked up a career-best 32 disposals.

• Rockliff’s efforts and form were rewarded when he finished third in the NAB Rising Star awards where he polled 24 votes.

• Rockliff was awarded the Rookie of the Year at the Club Champion Awards, and finished 12th overall.

 

• Rockliff suffered a minor setback early in his first pre-season when he developed shin splints. However, he worked hard to regain a strong fitness base and soon became an integral part of the Lions Reserves side.

• He split his on-field duties largely between the midfield and forward line where his uncanny nous around goals and ball-winning ability were features of his game.

• Regular 30-plus disposal efforts coupled with a number of multiple goal-scoring performances saw Rockliff eventually selected to make his senior AFL debut against Collingwood at the MCG in what was also Simon Black's 250th match.

• The Lions' sixth debutant for the season also locked horns for the first time with former Murray Bushrangers premiership team-mate Steele Sidebottom who was drafted to the Magpies.

• Unfortunately Collingwood accounted for the Lions by 40 points on that occasion and Rockliff received only limited game time. He returned to the Lions Reserves the following week.  

• His standout performances with the Lions Reserves were recognised at the end of the season when he was the only Lions player selected in the AFLQ Velocity Sports Cup Team of the Year.

 

Season by Season

• Rockliff further stamped himself as one of the competition's most prolific ball-winners in 2013 by averaging a career-best 27.4 disposals across his 21 senior matches. 

• His 2013 campaign started off in promising fashion, after he was part of the Lions' breakthrough NAB Cup premiership side. It was his first premiership success of any type since leading the Bushrangers to the TAC Cup title in 2008. 

• During the regular season he gathered 30 or more disposals on nine occasions, with his season-high of 39 possessions coming in the Lions' Round 19 win over St Kilda at the Gabba.

• Not only was Rockliff the Club's leading possession-getter, he also led the Lions in clearances and ranked second (behind Jack Redden) in tackles. 

• The only match he missed for the season was the team's Round 10 Friday night blockbuster against Collingwood at the Gabba on the eve of the Bye. He was ruled out with a sore quad. 

• His output wasn't enough to secure a second Merrett-Murray Medal - in fact, he finished equal fourth for the Club's highest individual honour, with Joel Patfull claiming his second straight Club Champion award.

• Rockliff was, however, recognised by the AFL umpires, who awarded him 21 votes in the Brownlow Medal, which placed him equal sixth overall alongside Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury and Sydney's Daniel Hannebery. He became only the second Lions player since the merger to poll 20 or more votes at the Brownlow, joining former winners Simon Black and Jason Akermanis.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 14
    • Kicks 16.9
    • Handballs 13.7
    • Disposals 30.6
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.9
    • Tackles 9.2
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 129.8

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 31 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Handballs 19 Fremantle Rd 14
Disposals 47 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18
Marks 11 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3
Hit-outs 3 Carlton Rd 11
Tackles 13 Carlton Rd 11
Goals 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 190 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 139 - 91 13 6 19 3 0 1 1 5 3 0 96
2 Geelong Cats L 68 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Gold Coast Suns L 114 - 61 18 17 35 11 0 1 1 5 3 0 157
4 Port Adelaide L 159 - 46 14 16 30 3 0 1 1 13 0 0 133
5 Richmond L 63 - 106 19 13 32 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 116
6 St Kilda W 79 - 82 9 8 17 3 0 1 3 8 0 0 76
7 Sydney Swans L 44 - 123 12 18 30 7 2 1 2 11 1 1 141
8 Essendon L 57 - 65 18 17 35 7 2 1 3 11 0 0 147
9 North Melbourne L 125 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton W 98 - 91 19 17 36 6 3 1 4 13 0 0 153
12 Western Bulldogs W 87 - 95 11 9 20 1 2 0 0 10 1 0 102
13 GWS Giants L 80 - 125 10 9 19 5 0 1 3 5 0 0 75
14 Fremantle L 105 - 22 26 19 45 5 1 1 3 12 0 0 172
15 North Melbourne W 70 - 66 18 10 28 4 1 1 2 10 0 0 122
16 Richmond L 79 - 54 19 17 36 5 1 1 4 10 0 1 137
17 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 31 16 47 5 0 4 0 10 1 0 190
19 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 12 237 192 429 70 12 15 29 129 9 2 1817

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 97
    • Kicks 13.8
    • Handballs 12.3
    • Disposals 26.1
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 5.2
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 102.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 31 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2014
Handballs 22 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2013
Disposals 47 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2014
Marks 11 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3, 2014
Hit-outs 3 Carlton Rd 11, 2014
Tackles 14 Sydney Swans Rd 24, 2011
Goals 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 3, 2014
AFL Fantasy 190 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Brisbane Lions 237 192 429 70 12 15 29 129 9 2 1817
2013 Brisbane Lions 291 284 575 95 1 19 21 108 7 8 2165
2012 Brisbane Lions 280 256 536 87 0 14 25 96 18 17 2061
2011 Brisbane Lions 310 244 554 111 1 23 16 108 12 10 2241
2010 Brisbane Lions 220 214 434 103 1 19 15 64 4 5 1657
2009 Brisbane Lions 3 2 5 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 23

Legend

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Milestones

AFL Brisbane Lions: 62 games, 34 goals

 

Awards

AFL AWARDS

AFL Rising Star Nomination
2010

3rd AFL Rising Star Award
2010

Equal 6th Brownlow Medal
2013

CLUB AWARDS

Lions Rookie of the Year
2010

Lions Leadership Group
2011-2012

Lions Club Champion
2011

Equal 4th Lions Leading Goal-Kicker
2012

Lions Vice-Captain
2013

Equal 4th Lions Club Champion
2013

OTHER AWARDS

Victoria Country U18 Representative
2008

TAC Cup U18 Leading Goal-Kicker
2008

TAC Cup Team of the Year
2008

Murray Bushrangers Premiership Player
2008

Murray Bushrangers Best and Fairest
2008

QAFL Team of the Year 

2009

Marcus Ashcroft Medallist
2012