Mark Mercuri

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Mark Mercuri
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-02-21) 21 February 1974 (age 40)
Original team Keilor Park
Debut Round 10, 23 May 1992, Essendon
v. Carlton, at Princes Park
Height/Weight 178 cm / 77 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2004 Essendon 207 (242)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2004 season.
Career highlights

Mark Mercuri (born 21 February 1974) was a professional Australian rules football player for Essendon.[1] He played in the 1993 Grand final winning team which defeated Carlton. In the 1999 AFL season, Mercuri was one of the premier players of the competition,[1] finishing runner-up in the Brownlow Medal, and earning a lucrative and rarely heard-of 5-year contract.

Mercuri lost form late in his career, which was put down to his brother's suicide. He retired in the 2004 season, his last game being the 2004 Semi Final against Geelong, which Essendon lost by 10 points.

In 2005, there was talk of a comeback, with Mercuri contemplating nominating for the pre-season draft. This never eventuated.

In 2006 he played in the Essendon District Football League for Airport West.

Playing Statistics[edit]

[2]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Mercuri won an AFL Premiership
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1992 Essendon 45 3 1 4 22 14 36 9 2 0.3 1.3 7.3 4.7 12.0 3.0 0.7
1993 Essendon 2 20 25 10 251 197 448 106 44 1.3 0.5 12.6 9.9 22.4 5.3 2.2
1994 Essendon 2 13 16 7 143 107 250 61 21 1.2 0.5 11.0 8.2 19.2 4.7 1.6
1995 Essendon 2 22 36 25 268 217 485 125 32 1.6 1.1 12.2 9.9 22.0 5.7 1.5
1996 Essendon 2 21 37 25 244 200 444 115 32 1.8 1.2 11.6 9.5 21.1 5.5 1.5
1997 Essendon 2 11 12 10 136 66 202 47 15 1.1 0.9 12.4 6.0 18.4 4.3 1.4
1998 Essendon 2 20 24 14 224 141 365 112 27 1.2 0.7 11.2 7.1 18.3 5.6 1.4
1999 Essendon 2 21 32 19 256 200 456 103 31 1.5 0.9 12.2 9.5 21.7 4.9 1.5
2000 Essendon 2 20 32 19 208 152 360 92 33 1.6 1.0 10.4 7.6 18.0 4.6 1.7
2001 Essendon 2 20 10 10 164 153 317 70 34 0.5 0.5 8.2 7.7 15.9 3.5 1.7
2002 Essendon 2 11 7 9 101 93 194 50 21 0.6 0.8 9.2 8.5 17.6 4.5 1.9
2003 Essendon 2 16 7 6 126 99 225 74 32 0.4 0.4 7.9 6.2 14.1 4.6 2.0
2004 Essendon 2 9 3 0 49 39 88 26 21 0.3 0.0 6.5 4.3 9.8 2.9 2.3
Career 207 242 158 2192 1678 3870 990 345 1.2 0.8 10.6 8.1 18.7 4.8 1.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 494. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  2. ^ Mark Mercuri's player profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Damien Hardwick
Essendon Best and Fairest winner
1999
Succeeded by
Dustin Fletcher
Preceded by
Paul Salmon
Michael Tuck Medallist
2000
Succeeded by
Adam Kingsley