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Luke
McPharlin

Height
192 cm
DOB
01-12-1981
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2000
Games
2014
5
Career
230
Goals
2014
1
Career
115
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
351
Avg
70
LukeMcPharlin

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs: Hawthorn (2000-01: 12 games, 3 goals)
Draft Information: National Draft 1999, pick 10 for Hawthorn. National Draft 2001, traded by Hawthorn for picks 1, 20 & 36
Debut: Round 5 2000 v Port Adelaide
Recruited from: East Fremantle / Hawthorn
Brownlow Votes: 16

Outlook: An absolute great of the club, McPharlin is one of the AFL’s elite defenders. He is looking extremely good on the track in the pre-season, so don’t expect his age to be a hinderance.

What the coach says (Michael Prior): Luke had a calf injury toward the end of last year but managed to play the last few games. He has got over those problems and had a solid build towards Christmas and has been very good. He will work with Zac Dawson and really nullify the opposition’s key forwards.

AFL Fantasy: He gets a lot of easy ball in the back half since Ross Lyon took over, which makes him a very interesting pick in your defence.

Season by Season

Season by Season

McPharlin was on course for a second All Australian jumper until a calf injury kept him out from rounds 16-23. He returned to play a huge part in the finals series.

Luke McPharlin’s excellent season was recognised with selection in the 2012 Four'N Twenty All Australian team.

The defender was named at the full-back position after an outstanding year in which he helped Freo recoRnd the second-fewest points conceded in the AFL behind premiers Sydney.

More often than not, McPharlin played on the opposition’s most dangerous forward and rarely lowered his colours, conceding an average of just 1.4 goals per game to his opponents.

He took the second-most marks (8.1 per game) in the competition in 2012, and he used the ball at a brilliant 86.6 per cent efficiency – the best by any defender in the AFL with 10 or more appearances.

Ultimately, a hamstring injury in the final game of the season cost him a richly deserved opportunity to play finals and probably a Doig Medal, which he was leading by five votes after round 23.

An absolute champion, McPharlin has signed on until the end of the 2014 season.

Charity partner ambassador: Constable Care

McPharlin played perhaps his best season of AFL in 2011. The athletic key defender was impenetrable all year long matched up against the opposition’s star forwards and a top four finish in the Doig Medal was just rewards. He topped the club for total marks (129) and rebound 50s (65) in 2011 and ranked fourth overall for disposal efficiency (79.8) and total effective kicks (150). His partnership in defence with Antoni Grover was a highlight and will again be called upon to stop the goals and help develop young backmen Alex Silvagni and Peter Faulks in 2012.

McPharlin played his 150th game for Fremantle in the round 18 Carlton Mid Derby, qualifying for Life Membership at the club. It was a milestone to remember for the key defender as Freo recorded its biggest ever winning margin against West Coast. McPharlin’s athleticism was on full show in 2010, with his soaring mark against Melbourne at Subiaco Oval in round 16 nominated for Mark of the Week. A crucial member of the backline, he regularly took on the opposition’s best forward every week.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 12.4
    • Handballs 4.4
    • Disposals 16.8
    • Marks 7.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.8
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 70.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Essendon Rd 4
Handballs 9 Essendon Rd 4
Disposals 31 Essendon Rd 4
Marks 13 Essendon Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Goals 1 Essendon Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 127 Essendon Rd 4

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 8 3 11 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 46
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 8 4 12 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 46
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 11 3 14 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 65
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 22 9 31 13 0 1 1 0 1 0 127
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 13 3 16 8 0 0 2 1 0 0 67
6 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
7 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 2 62 22 84 37 0 3 5 4 1 0 351

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 230
    • Kicks 9.1
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 13.9
    • Marks 6.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 63.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 St Kilda Rd 20, 2006
Handballs 14 Adelaide Crows Rd 1, 2010
Disposals 31 Essendon Rd 4, 2014
Marks 20 St Kilda Rd 9, 2007
Hit-outs 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 15, 2009
Tackles 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 8, 2011
Goals 5 West Coast Eagles Rd 18, 2008
AFL Fantasy 150 St Kilda Rd 9, 2007

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Fremantle 62 22 84 37 0 3 5 4 1 0 351
2013 Fremantle 195 71 266 137 5 5 18 21 0 0 1178
2012 Fremantle 230 119 349 171 0 16 21 28 1 2 1514
2011 Fremantle 191 116 307 129 4 13 27 36 1 1 1279
2010 Fremantle 138 116 254 97 0 8 14 29 0 3 1022
2009 Fremantle 150 90 240 102 13 14 21 24 20 18 1134
2008 Fremantle 192 105 297 142 1 15 23 30 21 14 1419
2007 Fremantle 173 124 297 152 14 16 25 38 8 1 1379
2006 Fremantle 184 62 246 144 6 8 29 27 15 9 1242
2005 Fremantle 144 56 200 104 2 23 23 24 34 12 1124
2004 Fremantle 173 73 246 106 7 10 16 28 4 1 1089
2003 Fremantle 108 64 172 77 2 9 11 25 0 2 763
2002 Fremantle 92 58 150 58 5 7 12 19 7 4 664
2001 Hawthorn 44 33 77 35 3 2 9 4 2 2 311

Legend

K
Kicks
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Marks
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
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T
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G
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B
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Life membership: 2010

50th game: Rnd 15 2004 v Kangaroos

100th game: Rnd 8 2007 v Geelong

150th game: Rnd 21 2009 v Essendon

200th game: Rnd 13 2012 v Essendon

Awards

AFL Awards

All-Australian
2012

Q&A

Which player is most likely to look at himself in the mirror after a weights session?

Alex Silvagni

 

What’s the funniest sledge you’ve heard on the field? Why don’t you play us a song mate?

 

Who would you least like to pair up with in the boxing ring during training? Michael Johnson

 

Who would you like to have kicking for goal after the siren if you are three points down in a Grand Final? Chris Mayne  

 

What is your coaches favourite saying? Save it    

 

Which teammate is most likely to be invited to the coach’s place for dinner? Zac Dawson

 

If you could draft any player into your team, who would it be? I’m happy with our list        

 

If you had the power, what is one thing you would change about the world? Decrease the disparity between the wealthy and poor

 

Outside of footy, what would be your dream job? Sound engineer      

 

If you could appear on any reality show, which one would you choose? Survivor  

 

Who has the best taste in music at the club and why? Our Strength and conditioning coach, Jason Weber

 

Who has the worst and why? Zac Dawson and Lee Spurr, I like to call them the disco twins

 

What meal is your speciality to cook? Nothing fancy, maybe pasta  

 

What is your favourite TV football show? On the Couch       

 

Who is the best-dressed teammate at the club? Matthew Pavlich

 

Who is the worst dressed? Alex Silvagni

 

Who is the most skilful all-round sportsman at the club? Chris Mayne        

 

What is your favourite way to spend a day off? Sleep in if possible, play with my kids, out for lunch, afternoon nap, early dinner

 

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? Elizabeth Shue         

 

Which of your teammates fancies himself as a celebrity? Chris Mayne       

 

Who is your funniest teammate at the club and why? Kepler Bradley

 

Which teammate is the most likely to tweet a comment while watching a game at home? Chris Mayne        

 

Which teammate would struggle to turn a computer on? Kepler Bradley      

 

Which teammate is most likely to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on Facebook? Chris Mayne