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Darcy
Gardiner

Height
193 cm
DOB
22-09-1995
Weight
92 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2019
24
Career
106
Goals
2019
1
Career
5
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1389
Avg
58
DarcyGardiner

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Queenscliff FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 5 2014
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

After proving himself a "competitive beast" at junior level, key backman Darcy Gardiner arrived in Brisbane eager to learn from one of the great defenders of the modern era, Justin Leppitsch. He is a 191cm full-back who is being groomed to eventually replace Daniel Merrett as the Lions' full back in the future.   

 

Background

• Darcy Gardiner was widely rated as the best defender from the draft class of 2013, after performing key defensive roles on quality talls such as Jesse Hogan and eventual No.1 pick Tom Boyd, who later rated Gardiner as his toughest opponent. 

• He played a total of 11 games for the Geelong Falcons throughout the 2013 TAC Cup competition 

• He earned U18 All-Australian selection for his performances with VIC Metro at the National Championships, despite battling a niggling ankle injury.

• With newly appointed Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch desperate to address the Lions' aging backline, it was no surprise to hear Gardiner's name read out with the Club's second selection (Pick No.22 overall) at the 2013 AFL National Draft. 

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Gardiner had a prominent season in the Senior side, playing all bar three AFL games.

• Having earned a reputation as the ‘competitive beast’ after being awarded the Shaun Hart award for the Club’s Most Competitive Player in 2016, the tall defender had a status to fulfil.  

• Despite suffering from a dislocated elbow during the Round 15 victory over Essendon, Gardiner made a return by Round 18 and finished his season on a high.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• The 20-year-old defender impressed throughout the year despite injury setbacks which saw him sidelined for three games after Round 8 against Collingwood.

• The 191cm tall earned a reputation as a ‘competitive beast’ at junior level, an attitude which has followed him till now as he took home the 2016 Shaun Hart award for Most Competitive Player at the Club Champion night.

• Gardiner had his best year to date at the football club, finishing in the top ten in the Club's Best and Fairest.

Season By Season

• Defender Darcy Gardiner played eight games for the Lions this season as he struggled initially with injury.

• The 20 year-old eventually succumbed to injury again – being ruled out for the season due to an injured shoulder and ankle requiring surgery.

• As he continues his development in 2016, Gardiner will form an integral place in the Lions’ back six.

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. 

• Gardiner played superb football and played a key role in the Lions' scrappy 23-point win over Melbourne. The back man took a career-high, 12 marks against Jack Watts, Chris Dawes and James Frawley. 

• During this game, Gardiner also collected 18 possessions – which he used at an elite 94 per cent efficiency – to earn the Rising Star gong. 

• He finished the season with 17 senior games, kicking 2 goals and averaging 11.3 disposals for the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 24
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 3.6
    • Disposals 13.6
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 57.9

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Hawthorn Rd 11
Handballs 7 Richmond Rd 23
Disposals 21 Hawthorn Rd 11
Marks 9 St Kilda Rd 14
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
Goals 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21
AFL Fantasy 78 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles W 102 - 58 12 3 15 6 0 2 2 2 0 0 64
2 North Melbourne W 87 - 107 7 4 11 3 0 2 0 3 0 0 52
3 Port Adelaide W 107 - 90 11 3 14 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 51
4 Essendon L 112 - 65 10 3 13 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 50
5 Collingwood L 61 - 123 11 4 15 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 68
6 Gold Coast Suns W 62 - 111 9 4 13 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 49
7 Sydney Swans W 103 - 81 8 5 13 4 0 1 1 3 0 0 56
8 Western Bulldogs L 92 - 76 10 5 15 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 58
9 Adelaide Crows W 93 - 92 10 5 15 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 50
10 Fremantle L 73 - 72 10 2 12 5 0 2 2 4 0 0 61
11 Hawthorn W 85 - 66 15 6 21 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 78
12 Carlton L 78 - 63 9 3 12 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 44
14 St Kilda W 59 - 115 10 4 14 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 62
15 Melbourne W 107 - 74 11 5 16 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 58
16 GWS Giants W 74 - 94 10 1 11 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 53
17 Port Adelaide W 49 - 97 9 1 10 7 0 1 3 1 0 0 46
18 North Melbourne W 87 - 75 7 2 9 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 59
19 Hawthorn W 60 - 87 9 2 11 4 0 2 3 2 0 0 44
20 Western Bulldogs W 98 - 80 13 1 14 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 66
21 Gold Coast Suns W 144 - 53 8 4 12 5 0 1 0 6 1 0 78
22 Geelong Cats W 75 - 74 13 5 18 5 0 1 2 4 0 0 75
23 Richmond L 82 - 55 4 7 11 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 47
FW1 Richmond L 65 - 112 14 4 18 6 0 1 2 0 0 0 63
SF GWS Giants L 80 - 83 9 4 13 5 0 1 2 3 0 0 57
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 8 239 87 326 112 0 22 26 53 1 0 1389

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 106
    • Kicks 7.4
    • Handballs 5.3
    • Disposals 12.7
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 51.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Hawthorn Rd 11, 2019
Handballs 14 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016
Disposals 27 Carlton Rd 16, 2018
Marks 15 Carlton Rd 16, 2018
Hit-outs 1 Richmond Rd 5, 2014
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 5, 2016
Goals 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2019
AFL Fantasy 118 Carlton Rd 16, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Brisbane Lions 239 87 326 112 0 22 26 53 1 0 1389
2018 Brisbane Lions 172 126 298 113 0 21 29 39 0 0 1197
2017 Brisbane Lions 134 110 244 89 0 10 15 44 1 1 1037
2016 Brisbane Lions 107 108 215 45 0 15 26 43 0 1 782
2015 Brisbane Lions 42 34 76 22 0 6 16 16 1 0 288
2014 Brisbane Lions 92 100 192 61 1 12 15 31 2 0 763

Legend

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Milestones

• Darcy Gardiner was widely rated as the best defender from the draft class of 2013, after performing key defensive roles on quality talls such as Jesse Hogan and eventual No.1 pick Tom Boyd, who later rated Gardiner as his toughest opponent. 

• He played a total of 11 games for the Geelong Falcons throughout the 2013 TAC Cup competition 

• He earned U18 All-Australian selection for his performances with VIC Metro at the National Championships, despite battling a niggling ankle injury.

• With newly appointed Senior Coach Justin Leppitsch desperate to address the Lions' aging backline, it was no surprise to hear Gardiner's name read out with the Club's second selection (Pick No.22 overall) at the 2013 AFL National Draft. 

Awards

Club Awards

Shaun Hart Award - Most Competitive Player
2016