Luke Darcy

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Luke Darcy
Luke Darcy.jpg
Luke Darcy as a celebrity racer at the
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-12) 12 July 1975 (age 39)
Original team South Adelaide (SANFL)
Debut Round 21, 13 August 1994, Footscray
v. St Kilda, at Waverley Park
Height/Weight 197 cm / 100 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2007 Western Bulldogs 226 (183)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2007 season.
Career highlights

Luke Darcy (born 12 July 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL) and now works for the Seven Network and Triple M covering the AFL.

Early life[edit]

Darcy was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of David Darcy, who had played with Footscray (as the Western Bulldogs were then called) and played for and coached South Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[1] David, originally a Victorian, moved his family to Adelaide where Darcy attended Rostrevor College.

AFL career[edit]

Darcy started his career with South Adelaide before his recruitment by the Bulldogs in 1993.

Debuting in 1994, Darcy became known as one of the Bulldogs' most successful ruckmen/forwards. In 2001 he took out the Bulldogs' Best and Fairest award, the Charles Sutton Medal, and continued to play well in the following seasons. in 2002 Darcy and the Brisbane Lions's Michael Voss were the first players to be awarded the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFL Players Association's Most Valuable Player (MVP)1. In 2004 he was the Western Bulldogs's leading goalkicker.

In a 2005 match against Geelong, Darcy suffered a season-ending knee injury when he twisted it, depriving the Bulldogs of a quality tall-forward option, something they missed during the year.

On 20 December 2005 during the final pre-season training session before the Christmas holidays, Darcy re-injured the ACL during a fall which dislocated his knee, which meant that Darcy would miss the entire 2006 season. The Bulldogs finished the season in eighth place, the first time the club had made the finals in six years. He had been part of a Bulldogs casualty list that included four ACL injuries during the season (up until only the Round 9 mark).

During his time on the sidelines, he provided special comments for Network Ten's AFL coverage, and continued to do so after his playing retirement which he announced on 2 August 2007, the end of the 2007 AFL season. Darcy was officially added to Network Ten's AFL Commentary Team in 2007 (despite still playing football until the end of that season) and remained an Expert Commentator right up until the end of the 2011 AFL season, when the network lost broadcasting rights.[2]. From the 2012 AFL season onwards, Darcy was part of the Seven Network's commentating team for Saturday matches.[2]

Statistics[edit]

[3]

Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 Footscray 40 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 2.0 0.0 1.0
1995 Footscray 14 3 0 1 10 5 15 4 2 0.0 0.3 3.3 1.7 5.0 1.3 0.7
1996 Footscray 14 20 12 8 160 78 238 92 15 0.6 0.4 8.0 3.9 11.9 4.6 0.8
1997 Western Bulldogs 14 23 24 13 208 92 300 131 14 1.0 0.6 9.0 4.0 13.0 5.7 0.6
1998 Western Bulldogs 14 24 13 8 187 88 275 107 15 0.5 0.3 7.8 3.7 11.5 4.6 0.6
1999 Western Bulldogs 14 24 19 15 221 104 325 136 17 0.8 0.6 9.2 4.3 13.5 5.7 0.7
2000 Western Bulldogs 14 17 10 5 172 99 271 106 17 0.6 0.3 10.1 5.8 15.9 6.2 1.0
2001 Western Bulldogs 14 21 14 8 237 145 382 118 30 0.7 0.4 11.3 6.9 18.2 5.6 1.4
2002 Western Bulldogs 14 22 23 8 249 211 460 149 63 1.0 0.4 11.3 9.6 20.9 6.8 2.9
2003 Western Bulldogs 14 21 9 7 211 165 376 129 46 0.4 0.3 10.0 7.9 17.9 6.1 2.2
2004 Western Bulldogs 14 22 30 13 216 136 352 127 59 1.4 0.6 9.8 6.2 16.0 5.8 2.7
2005 Western Bulldogs 14 6 11 3 51 30 81 43 7 1.8 0.5 8.5 5.0 13.5 7.2 1.2
2006 Western Bulldogs 14 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2007 Western Bulldogs 14 22 18 8 141 87 228 91 43 0.8 0.4 6.4 4.0 10.4 4.1 2.0
Career 226 183 97 2063 1242 3305 1233 329 0.8 0.4 9.1 5.5 14.6 5.5 1.5

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1994
1995
1996 2
1997 7
1998
1999 5
2000 3
2001 11
2002 16
2003 6
2004
2005 5
2006
2007
Total 55
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

Personal life[edit]

Darcy is married to Rebecca and they have four children – Sam, Sienna, William and Max.

Post-football career[edit]

In 2008, he became a member of the AFL rules committee.

Media[edit]

After retiring Darcy continued his work in the media. He was a panelist on Fox Footy's Fox League Teams and is now a television and radio commentator.

Network Ten[edit]

In 2009, Darcy became an Australian rules football and netball commentator for Network Ten, as well as becoming a panellist on panel shows One Week at a Time, Thursday Night Live. and The Fifth Quarter.

Triple M[edit]

He also joined radio station Triple M in Melbourne to provide match commentary for its Australian rules football coverage on Friday nights with James Brayshaw, Garry Lyon, Jason Dunstall, Mark Howard and Ash Chua. and co-hosts Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast with fellow AFL personality Eddie McGuire and comedian Mick Molloy.

Seven Network[edit]

Following the 2011 season, Network Ten lost the rights to broadcast Australian rules football matches. Darcy joined the Seven Network who have the sole free to air broadcasting rights from 2012-2016. He is a member of the Saturday Night commentary team with Brian Taylor, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson, Samantha Lane and Mick Molloy while maintaining his work at Triple M.[4] Darcy is also a fill in sport presenter on Seven News Melbourne and has served as a tennis commentator for Seven, covering the 2014 Brisbane International.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Note[edit]

1The AFL MVP award dates back to 1982, when the league was still the Victorian Football League (VFL), but the Leigh Matthews Trophy was only created in 2002. All prior VFL/AFL MVPs were retrospectively given the Leigh Matthews Trophy in 2005.

Preceded by
Scott West
Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest winner
2001
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson
Preceded by
Andrew McLeod
Leigh Matthews Trophy
2002 (shared with Michael Voss)
Succeeded by
Michael Voss