Mark Bickley

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Mark Bickley
Personal information
Full name Mark Alan Bickley
Date of birth (1969-08-04) 4 August 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Port Pirie, South Australia
Original team Solomontown Football Club
Height/Weight 178 cm / 82 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)

1989–1991

1991–2003
SANFL
South Adelaide
AFL
Adelaide

53 (43)

272 (77)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia 7 (?)
International team honours
2002–03 Australia 3 (?)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2011 Adelaide 6 (3–3–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2003 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights

Mark Alan Bickley (born 4 August 1969 in Port Pirie, South Australia) is a former Australian rules football player with the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League (AFL). Bickley was a player for the Crows from 1991 until 2003, captaining the team to both the 1997 and 1998 AFL premierships. He was a media commentator, most notably with Channel 9 in Adelaide as their sports presenter. In 2011 he had a brief coaching career as caretaker coach of the Crows after the retirement of Neil Craig.

Career[edit]

Recruited from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club South Adelaide, Bickley made his AFL debut in 1991 against Essendon at Windy Hill, as an inaugural member of the Adelaide Crows squad. In 1997 he was appointed captain of the Adelaide Football Club, and captained the 1997 and 1998 premiership sides.[1]

After retiring from the AFL in 2004, he began presenting the weekend sports report on Nine News Adelaide alongside Georgina McGuinness, and in 2004 he became a panellist on the Nine Network's Sunday Footy Show.

In 2009, Bickley became an assistant coach at the Crows, thus ending his career on the Sunday Footy Show and Nine News.

In 2011, Bickley took over as caretaker coach at Adelaide after Neil Craig stepped down at the end of Round 18.[2] His reign as Adelaide coach began with a convincing win over Port Adelaide in Showdown XXXI.[3] It was just their fifth win of the season, and their second since the end of April. This was followed up with a narrow 5-point victory over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in Round 20, for the Crows' first win outside of Adelaide this season. Overall, Bickley has coached Adelaide for three wins and three losses, the last of those a 96-point loss to West Coast.

In November 2014 Mark Bickley joined the 5AA talk radio station as a co-host of the top rating weeknight sports show.

Statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1991 Adelaide 26 18 3 7 168 142 310 47 19 0.2 0.4 9.3 7.9 17.2 2.6 1.1
1992 Adelaide 26 22 3 1 265 247 512 73 37 0.1 0.0 12.0 11.2 23.3 3.3 1.7
1993 Adelaide 26 23 13 9 297 266 563 93 63 0.6 0.4 12.9 11.6 24.5 4.0 2.7
1994 Adelaide 26 11 2 4 150 100 250 34 28 0.2 0.4 13.6 9.1 22.7 3.1 2.5
1995 Adelaide 26 22 2 4 217 178 395 52 42 0.1 0.2 9.9 8.1 18.0 2.4 1.9
1996 Adelaide 26 22 8 6 263 208 471 76 61 0.4 0.3 12.0 9.5 21.4 3.5 2.8
1997 Adelaide 26 26 12 21 351 197 548 84 80 0.5 0.8 13.5 7.6 21.1 3.2 3.1
1998 Adelaide 26 23 10 11 270 160 430 74 64 0.4 0.5 11.7 7.0 18.7 3.2 2.8
1999 Adelaide 26 18 7 4 174 152 326 54 25 0.4 0.2 9.7 8.4 18.1 3.0 1.4
2000 Adelaide 26 20 5 9 240 139 379 61 50 0.3 0.5 12.0 7.0 19.0 3.1 2.5
2001 Adelaide 26 23 2 5 285 149 434 74 62 0.1 0.2 12.4 6.5 18.9 3.2 2.7
2002 Adelaide 26 20 5 5 242 185 427 85 54 0.3 0.3 12.1 9.3 21.4 4.3 2.7
2003 Adelaide 26 24 5 4 241 191 432 79 73 0.2 0.2 10.0 8.0 18.0 3.3 3.0
Career 272 77 90 3163 2314 5477 886 658 0.3 0.3 11.6 8.5 20.1 3.3 2.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 52–53. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  2. ^ http://au.sports.yahoo.com/afl/news/article/-/9909033/neil-craig-stands-down-as-adelaide-coach/?cmp=fb
  3. ^ Bickley opens with Showdown win | AFL | Fox Sports
  4. ^ Mark Bickley's player profile at AFL Tables
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony McGuinness
Adelaide Football Club captain
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Mark Ricciuto
Preceded by
Neil Craig
Adelaide Football Club coach
2011
(caretaker)
Succeeded by
Brenton Sanderson