Ashley McGrath at a Brisbane Lions public training session
|Full name||Ashley Vernon McGrath|
|Date of birth||20 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Northam, Western Australia, Australia|
|Original team(s)||South Fremantle (WAFL)|
|Draft||#13, 2000 National Draft, Brisbane Lions|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|2001–2014||Brisbane Lions||214 (170)|
|Representative team honours|
|2009||Indigenous All-Stars||1 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 22, 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Selected in the 2000 AFL Draft with the thirteenth pick overall, the Brisbane Lions recruited the talented forward, where he made his AFL debut late in 2001. He continued to establish himself in the side and by 2003, was a regular member, being part of the Lions' third straight AFL premiership.
During periods of the 2008 season, McGrath was trialed as a rebounding half back flanker with varying degrees of success.
McGrath's 2009 season was of two halves. His first half of the season was smeared with poor performances and ineffective disposals. But after the mid-season break, McGrath had a career-best game where he had 30 disposals against Geelong in Round 15. He then went on to play the remainder of the season averaging more than 20 disposals a game.
McGrath is also a cousin with former AFL player Dion Woods.
In Round 13, of the 2013 AFL season, Ashley scored a goal after the siren to win the Lions the game against Geelong, 15.13 (103) to 14.14. (98) in his 200th AFL game, becoming only the 36th AFL player to do so.
McGrath was selected as the Australia international rules football team's goalkeeper for the 2013 International Rules Series in Ireland. Australia lost the series 2-0, with a 173-72 aggregate score. McGrath was the only Brisbane Lions player selected for the team.
McGrath announced his retirement on 21 August 2014; he retired as the last remaining player from any of the Brisbane Lions' triple premiership-winning sides.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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