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Luke
McPharlin

Height
192 cm
DOB
01-12-1981
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2000
Games
2015
4
Career
242
Goals
2015
0
Career
115
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
274
Avg
68
LukeMcPharlin

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Attadale (WA)
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
Draft Information: National Draft 1999 - pick 10 (Hawthorn), National Draft 2001 traded by Hawthorn for picks 1, 20 & 36 (Fremantle)
AFL debut: Round 5, 2000, Hawthorn v Port Adelaide
AFL clubs: Hawthorn, Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 18

Outlook: One of the best AFL defenders of the past decade, McPharlin is close to the end of his career. He’s decided to play on in 2015, which is bad news for the AFL’s elite power forwards.

What the coach says (Michael Prior): Has been sensational this pre-season. Had injury concerns toward the end of last year but he hasn’t missed a beat. We’re very pleased with where Luke is at.

Season by Season

Season by Season

The champion defender was struck down by a calf injury in round
20 and did not play again in 2014. Before that he was his typically
reliable self in the heart of the Fremantle backline.

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

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 11.2
    • Handballs 4.2
    • Disposals 15.5
    • Marks 7.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 1.2
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 68.5

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Handballs 5 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Disposals 17 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Marks 9 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Hit-outs 1 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Tackles 3 Sydney Swans Rd 4
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 79 Geelong Cats Rd 2

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 8 4 12 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 51
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 13 4 17 8 1 3 0 1 0 0 79
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 13 4 17 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 71
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 11 5 16 9 1 2 4 3 0 0 73
5 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
8 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 0 45 17 62 31 2 5 5 5 0 0 274

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 242
    • Kicks 9.0
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 13.9
    • Marks 6.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 63.0

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
2015 Fremantle 45 17 62 31 2 5 5 5 0 0 274
2014 Fremantle 132 79 211 93 1 5 17 12 1 0 842
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
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 15, 2004 v North Melbourne

100 games: Round 8, 2007 v Geelong

150 games: Round 21, 2009 v Essendon

200 games: Round 13, 2012 v Essendon

Awards

Club Awards

Fremantle Dockers Life Member
Inducted in 2010

AFL Awards

All Australian
2012

Q & A

Your nickname: Woosh

One word to describe you: Cantankerous

Favourite player to watch growing up: Peter Matera

Who has had the most influence on your career: Dad and Ross Lyon

Toughest individual opponent: Matthew Lloyd

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Matt Taberner

Thriftiest player at your club: David Mundy

The next big thing at your club: Matt Taberner

The smartest thing you have been told: Never swim in the pool after a heavy meal

Do you have any strange phobias: I don’t like to watch my Subway footlong sandwich being folded

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Pepper Pig

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Astro Boy

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Chemist

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Opposition forwards…just joking. Cereal toast, fruit and juice

Your last meal would be: Basket of prawn dumplings

Your favourite holiday destination: Israel

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Ryan Gosling or Hugh Grant

What are your three essential items: Family, subway footlong and guitar

Most useless thing you have bought: Black three-quarter trench coat from Melbourne that I’ve never worn

Best subject at school: Chemistry

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl