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199 cm
101 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Cairns Hawks
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd9 2013
Recruited from: Redland (QLD)
Brownlow Votes: -


Sam Michael is a power forward, an occasional hard-working defender, who can also provide some relief in the ruck. He is very strong overhead and super competitive. He was an AIS/AFL Academy graduate and represented Queensland U18s in both 2010 and 2011.


• Local Queenslander Sam Michael was born in Brisbane, but moved to Cairns aged six months and enjoyed an exciting all-sports background in North Queensland.

• He moved back to Brisbane in January 2010 and burst onto the AFL scene with a stellar first season with Redland Bombers in the local QAFL competition.

• He played a key role in Queensland’s U18 side in the National Championships, and was one of only 30 junior players to earn selection into the 2010 AIS/AFL Academy. It was the same squad intake as highly rated draftees Matthew Buntine, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Stephen Coniglio and Jaeger O’Meara.

• He went into 2011 as one of the State’s brightest prospects and was invited to join the Gold Coast Suns’ pre-season training where he relished the chance to work alongside full-time professionals.

• A tour of Europe with the AIS-AFL Academy - coupled with his Queensland U18 commitments - meant that Michael only played with Redland towards the end of the 2011 season, but still proved a key member of their reserves Premiership side.

• He also gained some valuable senior NEAFL experience with the Bombers - earning a Rising Star nomination for his efforts in Round 19 against Mt Gravatt. His game against the Vultures replicated his best afield effort for the Scorpions in their breakthrough win over the NT Thunder in the U18 Championships

• Michael ended up polling a total of 10 votes in the NEAFL Rising Star Award, to finish equal 7th overall.

• Michael was ultimately recruited to the Lions with Queensland Priority Selection (Pick No.96 overall) at the 2011 AFL Rookie Draft.

Season by Season

Michael continued to ply his trade with the Lions Reserves side, and his size and versatility proved useful for the side.

• He played mainly as a key defender in the early stages of the season, but was also moved up forward and into the ruck on occasion.

• He was named in the Northern Conference U21 State Squad, and was part of the team that comfortably defeated the Eastern Conference U21s.  

• A move to the forward/ruck role towards the end of the season saw him blossom even further – with standout performances against Gold Coast Reserves, Southport and NT Thunder helping lift the Lions to their first State League Grand Final in 11 years.

• Michael was part of the Reserves’ 2012 NEAFL Premiership side, and received the Andrew Ireland Medal as best-on-ground the following week against Eastern Conference Premiers Queanbeyan in the Inter-Conference Championship.

Season by Season

• Michael continued to be used with great effect in a variety of roles in the NEAFL, however he spent the majority of his time as a ruck/forward.

• He was one of two Lions players - along with Nick Hayes - to be selected in the NEAFL Northern Conference (QLD/NT) representative squad, which lost to the SANFL's best by 82 points in Adelaide.  

• However, Michael further enhanced his reputation as a 'big game player' after being awarded the Zane Taylor Medal as the NEAFL Northern Conference’s best player. It came just nine months after he also received the Andrew Ireland Medal as the best player in the Lions Reserves’ 2012 Cross-Conference Championship triumph over Queanbeyan.

• Michael's stunning form wasn't missed by the Lions, who promptly elevated him to the senior list a couple of weeks later ahead of his AFL debut against Carlton under lights at the Gabba in Round 9. 

• He played consecutive senior games - against big opponents in the Blues and Collingwood - mostly as a defender, before returning to the NEAFL.

• He received one final call-up in the Lions' final match of the season against Geelong at Simonds Stadium, and he produced his best senior game with 10 disposals, four marks and 11 hitouts in a narrow loss to the Cats. 

• While the senior team's campaign had ended, Michael re-joined his Reserves teammates in time for the NEAFL finals, and play a big role in helping the Club secure back-to-back State League titles.


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 5
    • Kicks 3.0
    • Handballs 3.6
    • Disposals 6.6
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 7.4
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 39.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 7 St Kilda Rd 16, 2016
Handballs 6 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2013
Disposals 10 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2013
Marks 4 St Kilda Rd 16, 2016
Hit-outs 16 St Kilda Rd 16, 2016
Tackles 5 St Kilda Rd 16, 2016
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 67 St Kilda Rd 16, 2016

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
2012, 2013

Other Awards

Queensland State Representative