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Maguire Recognised

Matt Maguire was recognised for his service to the Club at the Club Champion awards.

6:07pm  Oct 7, 2015

Player Reviews: Part 7

We take a look at the highs and lows of each player throughout the 2015 AFL season.

5:10pm  Oct 5, 2015

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192 cm
101 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Barwon Heads
Clubs: St Kilda / Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 6 2002
Recruited from: Geelong U18 (VIC) / St Kilda
Brownlow Votes: 5


Matt Maguire is a strong and fearless key defender who boasts a thunderous attack on the ball. He proved a linchpin of St Kilda's defence at the beginning of his career before injuries halted his progression in 2007. He moved to the Brisbane Lions at the end of 2009 and has proved a valuable addition to the team's backline.


• Maguire served a similar apprenticeship to Lions Captain Jonathan Brown by coming through the junior ranks at South Warrnambool before joining the Geelong Falcons' U18 TAC Cup side.

• He was considered a likely prospect as a teenager and was promptly selected by St Kilda with pick number 21 in the so-called 'Super Draft' of 2001. 

• He played 12 matches in his debut season and quickly established himself as one of the Saints' key defenders.  

• After successfull seasons in both 2005 and 2006, Maguire became recognised as one of the best young defenders in the competition. He narrowly missed out on All-Australian selection and his one-on-one duels against fellow 'gorilla' Jonathan Brown proved highlights of the AFL fixture.

• Maguire tragically broke his leg in 2007 and suffered further complications upon his recovery. He managed just four matches the following due to foot stress fractures.

• He fought back to full fitness at the beginning of 2009, but could not regain his spot in the Saints' all-conquering side which went on to play in the Grand Final.

• He was released by St Kilda at season's end but was quickly offered a second chance when the Brisbane Lions selected him with their final pick (No.91 overall) in the 2009 AFL National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Maguire started the 2014 season playing for the Lions Reserves. He added experience and great leadership to the young team. He made his return to the senior side in the Round 8 clash against Essendon.  

• He had the next week off due to suspension, until returning to play the next 12 games where he added strength and experience to the young Lion defence.  

• Maguire had one of his best performances against Richmond in Round 16 where he gathered 16 possessions and was a strong hold in defence in the huge win against Collingwood in Round 21.  

• Unfortunately, Maguire missed the final game of the Season due to an ankle injury, and underwent minor surgery on this at Season’s end. This surgery will get him ready for a big pre-season before the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

• A full pre-season saw Maguire re-establish himself as one of the Lions' pillars of defence, and he played a key role in the merged Club's first ever NAB Cup Grand Final triumph over Carlton. It was Maguire's second pre-season premiership after experiencing one with St Kilda nine years earlier.  

• Tragedy struck during the team's Round One match against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, when Maguire was subbed out of the match with a calf strain. 

• The injury would keep him out for the next six weeks, and he would spent the six weeks after that regaining match fitness in the NEAFL.

• He eventually returned to the senior team in Round 14 and went on to play a key role in the Lions' strong run home. In fact, after Maguire's return, the Lions went on to win six of their last 10 matches to only narrowly miss out on playing Finals. 

• Maguire also booted his very first goal in Lions colours when shifted forward in Round 19 - coincidentally against his former side, St Kilda. 

• His form in those final 10 weeks was such that he still finished in the top 20 of the Merrett-Murray Medal voting.

• With regular full-back Daniel Merrett playing mainly as a forward in 2012, Matt Maguire seemed to lift with the responsibility of ‘holding down the fort’ in defence.

• He played in each of the team’s first 12 matches, and was considered an early contender for the Club Champion award after a string of impressive performances against some of the AFL’s premiere forwards.

• A dislocated elbow suffered in the opening quarter of Round 13 kept him sidelined for two matches.

• He returned in time for the team’s Round 16 clash against St Kilda – the first time he faced his former side. And he didn’t disappoint, limiting the effectiveness of Justin Kozchitske and earning a Brownlow Medal vote for his effort.

• However, an ankle injury suffered against the West Coast Eagles in Round 18 kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season – save for a brief return against Adelaide in Round 21 when he re-injured his leg in the opening minutes.

• Despite playing just 16 senior matches – and being subbed out through injury three times – Maguire still placed =11th in the Club Champion award.

• A quad injury delayed Maguire's start to the 2011 season, although the big defender returned to the senior team in time for the Round 6 clash against Richmond.

• He went on to play 15 of the team's next 18 matches, and proved a valuable component in the Lions' defensive unit, particularly in the second half of the season when regular full-back Daniel Merrett was sidelined.

• He averaged 11 disposals across his 15 senior matches and finished 17th in the Club Champion voting for the second consecutive season.

• The mature defender kicked off his first season at the Lions in style with his milestone 100th game in round 1 against the West Coast Eagles. Maguire was a solid contributor with 14 disposals and 4 tackles, and the Lions walked away 32-point victors.

• He was a regular fixture on the senior side until round 12 when he was sidelined with tendonitis in his left foot, with the exception of round 7 where he was rubbed out for one match by the AFL tribunal.

• Maguire’s luck worsened in June when, along with his foot injury, he contracted a Staphylococcus infection.

• He was absent for four games, but returned healthy to travel to Launceston for the Lions’ round 16 clash against Hawthorn at Aurora.

• Maguire’s experience added great value to the Lions’ backline. Throughout the 2010 season, he averaged 15 disposals per game and finished 17th in the Club’s Best and Fairest.



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 170
    • Kicks 7.9
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 11.9
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.8
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 51.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2013
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2010
Disposals 27 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2010
Marks 15 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15, 2013
Hit-outs 11 Adelaide Crows Rd 17, 2003
Tackles 8 Sydney Swans Rd 11, 2006
Goals 3 Hawthorn Rd 12, 2005
AFL Fantasy 111 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2010

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL Brisbane Lions: 144 games, 19 goals


Club Awards

St Kilda Pre-Season Premiership Player

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player