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Senior Players List

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Ben
Keays

Height
185 cm
DOB
23-02-1997
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2019
2
Career
30
Goals
2019
0
Career
11
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
105
Avg
52
BenKeays

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Morningside
Debut: Round 6, 2016
Recruited from: Lions Academy
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

Ben Keays was taken at Pick No. 24 in the 2015 National AFL Draft.

A prolific ball-magnet with a terrific work rate, Keays was developed through the Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy and has demonstrated a capacity to push forward into the forward line and kick goals.

He made his debut in Round 6, 2016, and went on to play 16 Senior matches in his first season, averaging just over 11 disposals per game.  

 

Background

  • Born in Melbourne, Keays moved to Brisbane at five years of age and attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace throughout his schooling years.
  • Ben began playing junior football for the Morningside Panthers and was placed in the Brisbane Lions talent academy at the age of 14.
  • He was selected to represent Queensland in the 2014 and 2015 AFL Under 18 Championships and was selected in the 2014 and 2015 All-Australian teams.
  • He also captained Queensland to their first division 2 title in nine years at the 2015 AFL Under 18 Championships and won the 2015 Hunter Harrison Medal for his performances across the three games.

Season by Season

Season by Season

  • Ben Keays was outstanding in the NEAFL in his third year at the Lions, but couldn't quite take the next step up to cracking a consistent starting spot in the Senior side. 
  • The young midfielder/forward played two Senior matches, with his 17 and one goal performance against North Melbourne in Round 11 a highlight. Unfortunately, a quieter effort the next week against Essendon saw him moved back to the NEAFL for the remainder of the season. 
  • At the NEAFL level, Keays dominated, being named in the best players on eight occasions in his 16 matches.
  • A highlight of Keays' game in 2018 was his defensive pressure, which saw him average just over five tackles a game. He also averaged 27 disposals per game and kicked 14 goals for the season. 
  • At the Lions' 2018 Club Champion, Keays was rewarded for his great year by winning the Neville Fallon Reserves Best and Fairest Award in a four-way tie with Corey Lyons, Ryan Bastinac and Claye Beams. 
  • Senior matches: 2, NEAFL matches: 16 

Season by Season

• Keays played 10 Senior matches and 12 NEAFL matches in 2017.

• Averaged 15 disposals per game and kicked six goals in the Seniors. 

• Was named best on ground against the Sydney Swans in the NEAFL grand final after collecting a game-high 30 disposals and kicking two goals. 

 

Season by Season

  • The hard-working forward/midfielder impressed with his debut season for the Brisbane Lions - playing 16 matches for 2016, averaging 11 disposals and 8 handballs.
  • The 19-year-old kicked his first career goal against the Sydney Swans in Round 6 and went on to score another 3 goals for the season.
  • Leading into his second pre-season at the Brisbane Lions, Keays has set the bar high for 2017.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 2
    • Kicks 7.5
    • Handballs 6.0
    • Disposals 13.5
    • Marks 3.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 52.5

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 10 Port Adelaide Rd 17
Handballs 7 Hawthorn Rd 11
Disposals 15 Port Adelaide Rd 17
Marks 5 Port Adelaide Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Hawthorn Rd 11
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 53 Port Adelaide Rd 17

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles W 102 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne W 87 - 107 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Port Adelaide W 107 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Essendon L 112 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Collingwood L 61 - 123 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Gold Coast Suns W 62 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Sydney Swans W 103 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Western Bulldogs L 92 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows W 93 - 92 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Fremantle L 73 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Hawthorn W 85 - 66 5 7 12 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 52
12 Carlton L 78 - 63 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 St Kilda W 59 - 115 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne W 107 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 GWS Giants W 74 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Port Adelaide W 49 - 97 10 5 15 5 0 1 4 2 0 1 53
18 North Melbourne W 87 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn W 60 - 87 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs W 98 - 80 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Gold Coast Suns W 144 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Geelong Cats W 75 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Richmond L 82 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 Richmond L 65 - 112 - - - - - - - - - - -
SF GWS Giants L 80 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 8 15 12 27 7 0 1 4 6 0 2 105

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 30
    • Kicks 5.2
    • Handballs 7.8
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 2.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.9
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 54.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 6, 2017
Handballs 14 West Coast Eagles Rd 19, 2017
Disposals 25 Port Adelaide Rd 6, 2017
Marks 5 Port Adelaide Rd 17, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2017
Goals 2 Richmond Rd 17, 2017
AFL Fantasy 80 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Brisbane Lions 15 12 27 7 0 1 4 6 0 2 105
2018 Brisbane Lions 11 18 29 5 0 3 2 8 1 1 120
2017 Brisbane Lions 70 81 151 30 0 3 11 41 6 3 635
2016 Brisbane Lions 60 122 182 22 0 10 7 62 4 8 759

Legend

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Milestones

Awards

2015

  • Won the Hunter Harrison Medal