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Lachie
Neale

Height
177 cm
DOB
24-05-1993
Weight
82 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2017
21
Career
113
Goals
2017
14
Career
57
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2103
Avg
100
LachieNeale

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Kybybolite (SA)
Recruited from: Glenelg (SA)
Draft information: National Draft 2011 - pick 58
Debut: Round 4, 2012 v St Kilda
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 52

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2017 SUMMARY
Continued to grow as one of the most exciting young midfielders in the league, leading Fremantle for disposals and clearances in 2017. The 24-year-old backed up his Doig Medal-winning season with a runner-up finish in 2017 and reached the 100-game milestone in Freo’s thrilling win over Richmond in round eight.

Season by Season

Season by Season

A clear standout in one of the most memorable individual season performances in Fremantle history. His 737-disposal season is the highest recorded total since Champion Data started recording the stat in 1999. The 23-year-old broke the 40-disposal barrier on five occasions on his way to winning the Doig Medal as Freo’s best and fairest.

Neale continued to grow as a player 
in 2015 and is now among Freo’s top midfielders. Selection in the 40-man All Australian squad and 22under22 team was testament to his continued rise.

It was a breakout year for the small midfielder. He won the Ross Glendinning Medal in round seven and was close to Freo’s best player in the Semi-Final against Port Adelaide. He has a bright future.

A candidate for the most improved player at the club, Neale was excellent in the midfield for the latter part of the season. He played the last 10 games, including the Grand Final

The South Australian youngster debuted under the spotlight of the Friday night lights at Etihad in round 4 against St Kilda.

He came on as the sub in the third term and made his presence felt with a number of contested possessions, often in packs.

Neale ended up playing 11 games and kicking four goals, one of which was nominated for AFL Goal of the Year in round 8 against Hawthorn.

A solid first season from Neale and expect to see him push for more games in 2013.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 11.6
    • Handballs 15.6
    • Disposals 27.2
    • Marks 4.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.5
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 100.1

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20
Handballs 23 Carlton Rd 9
Disposals 39 Essendon Rd 7
Marks 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20
Goals 4 Melbourne Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 152 Gold Coast Suns Rd 20

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Geelong Cats L 73 - 115 7 16 23 5 0 4 2 5 1 0 92
2 Port Adelaide L 145 - 56 15 19 34 2 0 0 2 2 1 0 97
3 Western Bulldogs W 89 - 73 8 22 30 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 88
4 Melbourne W 104 - 106 11 11 22 4 0 3 0 6 4 1 119
5 North Melbourne W 67 - 62 13 9 22 3 0 1 3 7 0 0 86
6 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 62 12 17 29 2 0 3 1 8 1 0 114
7 Essendon W 116 - 79 16 23 39 4 0 2 0 5 1 1 135
8 Richmond W 70 - 72 12 11 23 5 0 1 2 7 0 0 96
9 Carlton W 86 - 51 14 23 37 4 0 1 2 1 1 1 106
10 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 43 5 12 17 1 0 1 1 5 0 0 60
11 Collingwood L 85 - 105 11 11 22 6 0 4 0 5 1 1 104
12 Brisbane Lions L 121 - 64 15 17 32 6 0 0 1 2 1 0 108
14 Geelong Cats L 74 - 72 8 21 29 1 0 3 2 6 1 0 96
15 St Kilda L 80 - 89 11 18 29 7 0 0 1 6 1 0 117
16 North Melbourne W 82 - 86 14 13 27 7 0 1 2 4 0 0 100
17 West Coast Eagles L 44 - 74 13 21 34 5 0 2 0 4 0 0 114
18 Hawthorn L 48 - 100 14 13 27 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 95
19 GWS Giants L 98 - 86 15 15 30 6 0 4 1 3 0 0 106
20 Gold Coast Suns W 90 - 67 16 16 32 9 0 2 1 10 1 0 152
21 Sydney Swans L 143 - 39 4 5 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 32
22 Richmond L 51 - 155 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Essendon L 107 - 92 10 14 24 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 86
TOTAL W: 8 - L: 14 244 327 571 94 0 35 22 94 14 6 2103

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 113
    • Kicks 11.1
    • Handballs 14.2
    • Disposals 25.4
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 89.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2015
Handballs 30 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2016
Disposals 42 Gold Coast Suns Rd 18, 2016
Marks 10 Carlton Rd 5, 2016
Hit-outs 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 7, 2014
Tackles 12 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2016
Goals 4 Melbourne Rd 4, 2017
AFL Fantasy 169 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Fremantle 244 327 571 94 0 35 22 94 14 6 2103
2016 Fremantle 289 448 737 90 0 25 21 101 7 4 2445
2015 Fremantle 321 338 659 114 0 28 21 86 16 10 2396
2014 Fremantle 242 298 540 91 1 21 16 76 8 10 1931
2013 Fremantle 111 126 237 40 0 7 6 20 8 4 826
2012 Fremantle 51 73 124 18 0 1 3 23 4 2 463

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 4, 2015 v Sydney

100 games: Round 8, 2017 v Richmond 

Awards

CLUB AWARDS

Doig Medal
2016

Players' Award
2016

AFL AWARDS

AFL Players' Association 22Under22 Team
2015

Q & A

Nickname: Lach

AFL club supported as a kid: Port Adelaide

Best moment in junior footy: Won three premierships with Kybybolite Football Club

Before a game I always: Go for a walk

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Hard and tough

The player from another club you most like to watch: Scott Pendlebury

All-time favourite player: Gavin Wanganeen

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Shut

What do you like to do on your days off: Play golf and read a book

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: I just found a Gameboy so I’ll give that a run

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: Coldplay

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Hayden Crozier

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Steph Curry

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Mum a new house

Favourite city in the world to visit: New York

What’s next on your travel bucket list: Europe

Childhood hero: Mum and Dad

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Very funny

What is your worst trait: Bite my nails

Least preferred household chore: Hanging out the washing

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Barrack Obama, Stephen Hawking and Odell Beckham

Your most treasured possession: Wallet

Favourite professional sporting team: Golden State Warriors

Favourite sporting hero: Steph Curry

Favourite food: Tacos

Favourite movie and movie star: Lords of Dogtown and Denzel Washington

Favourite TV show: One Tree Hill

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Travel, spend time with family and get a good job