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Player Reviews: Part 9

We take a look at the highlights and low-lights of the 2015 AFL season in Part Nine of our Player Reviews.

11:42am  Oct 7, 2015

List Changes

The Lions have made list changes ahead of the upcoming AFL Trade Period.

3:20pm  Sep 14, 2015

"We can match it"

The Brisbane Lions are looking on the bright side of their cruel collapse to Adelaide.

1:30pm  Jun 30, 2015

Latest Player Video

Press Conference: Jordon Bourke

2:13pm  Jun 30, 2015

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193 cm
88 kg

Player Bio


Junior Clubs: Morningside (QLD)
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd23, 2014
Recruited From: Morningside (QLD)
Brownlow Votes: -


The son of former Bears ruckman Damian Bourke, Jordon is a tall strong-marking forward who emerged as a legitimate AFL prospect following his standout performance with Queensland at the NAB AFL U16 Championship with Queensland. He possesses the size, speed, and agility required to hold down a key post at either end of the ground, with most of his time these days spent in defence.


• Jordon Bourke grew up in Coorparoo - only a stone's throw from the Gabba - and followed in his famous father's footsteps by pursuing an AFL career. 

• He was soon identified by Brisbane Lions scouts for his natural ability, and became part of the Hyundai Lions Academy to develop further. 

• He shot to prominence during the 2011 NAB AFL U16 Championships, when he helped lead Queensland to the Division Two title. His efforts were recognised with the Championships' Division Two Most Valuable Player award. 

• He was promptly selected in the AIS-AFL Academy program alongside some of best young talent throughout the country. 

• He went on to represent Queensland once again in 2012, and while he wasn't as productive as the previous year, Bourke still averaged 12.4 disposals and 4.2 marks at the 2012 AFL U18 Championships.

• He recorded the fourth best overall agility score (8.30 sec), and seventh fastest 20m sprint time (2.92 sec) at the 2012 AFL Draft Combine. 

• His quieter 2012 campaign saw him surprisingly overlooked at that year's AFL National Draft - with both Geelong (who could have selected him under the Father-Son rule) and Gold Coast (who still had first option to recruit all Queenslanders) passing up on the opportunity to draft him. 

• Bourke eventually found a home at the Brisbane Lions via the Rookie Draft, with his local Club selecting him with Pick No.63 overall. In the process, he made history by becoming the first ever Lions Academy member to graduate onto the Lions' official playing list.

AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan Says

“Tall forward who is exceptionally strong overhead and a reliable shot for goal. Quick on the lead and reads the ball well in the air. Son of former Geelong Cats ruckman Damien Bourke. Averaged 12.4 disposals and 4.2 marks for QLD in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships showing his overall potential. AIS-AFL Academy graduate.

Queensland Talent Manager Bob Batty Says

“Son of former Cat Damian, but Geelong has decided not to nominate him as a father son. He is a quick, athletic tall who takes a strong contested mark. He has a big upside and in an AFL system could be a big improver.”

Lions National Talent Manager Rob Kerr Says
"Jordon is a leading forward whose marking is his strength."

"He was highly rated at the conclusion of 2011, but probably didn’t quite have the year he would have liked this year."

"With his speed, agility and reach, we also think he has a lot of the attributes that could see him play as a defender if developed in that area of the ground."

"It’s not unusual that players from the non-traditional football States don’t quite develop at the rate of the traditional football States. So we’re hoping that by placing Jordon in the system full-time, he fulfils the undoubted potential he has."

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Despite playing most of his junior career as a forward, Bourke played the majority of his debut AFL season developing into a defender.

• His strong hands and excellent reading of the play saw him become a quality tall in the Lions Reserves' backline.

• Such was his promising form, that he was selected in the NEAFL Northern Conference (QLD/NT) representative squad that was to face off against the best of the SANFL in Adelaide. Unfortunately an untimely injury meant Bourke was a late withdrawal from the team.

• He went on to play a key role with the Reserves in the NEAFL, and helped guide the Lions to their second State League title in a row.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 6
    • Kicks 6.7
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 10.7
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 1.2
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 48.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2015
Handballs 6 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015
Disposals 16 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015
Marks 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015
Hit-outs 5 Sydney Swans Rd 15, 2015
Tackles 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015
Goals 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 13, 2015
AFL Fantasy 76 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player


AFL U16 Championships Division Two MVP

AIS-AFL Academy

Queensland U18 Representative