Brent Moloney

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Brent Moloney
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Brent Moloney
Personal information
Full name Brent Moloney
Nickname(s) Beamer
Date of birth (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 33)
Original team(s) South Warrnambool / Geelong Falcons
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2004 Geelong 023 0(6)
2005–2012 Melbourne 122 (31)
2013–2014 Brisbane Lions 021 0(9)
Total 166 (46)[1]
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Brent Moloney (born 28 January 1984) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions, Melbourne Football Club and Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Originating from Warrnambool, Victoria, Moloney supported the Demons as a child and his hero was Allen Jakovich, who played for Melbourne. Moloney played in the TAC Cup for the Geelong Falcons.

AFL career[edit]

Geelong Football Club[edit]

He was drafted in the 2003 pre-season draft by Geelong, and made his debut with Geelong Football Club in round 14, 2003. In 2003 Moloney received an AFL Rising Star nomination.

Melbourne Football Club[edit]

Moloney was traded to the Melbourne Demons following the 2004 AFL season.[1]

Brisbane Lions[edit]

In September 2012, Moloney became the AFL's first free agent, when he announced that he would leave the Melbourne Football Club.[2] On 10 October 2012, he agreed to accept an offer from the Brisbane Lions.[3]

Career overview[edit]

Injury sidelined him for much of the next three seasons, seeing him play only playing 27 games. He injured his shoulder in Melbourne's Round 11 match against Collingwood in 2008, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

Following a successful recovery from shoulder surgery, he was able to train injury-free for the whole of the 2009 pre-season,[4] and he went on to play every game for the season finding his form back with many consistent performances. His return to his consistent best in 2009 was highlighted by his career-best statistics in every category except kicks – he had the most number of disposals, handballs, goals and marks of any season in his career to that point.[1]

In 2011 Brent was awarded Melbourne's best and fairest.

On 11 August 2014, Moloney retired from football following an Achilles tendon injury.[5]

Controversy[edit]

In April 2011, Moloney was evicted from a Melbourne nightclub for drunkenness the night after a match. As a consequence, he was stripped of the vice-captaincy.[6]

Moloney was reinstated to the vice captaincy on 9 June, following good form, counselling for his drinking problem and a vote by the entire playing list.[7]

In June 2013, after Melbourne coach Mark Neeld was sacked, Moloney took to Instagram and posted a photo on his profile, saying: "Karma is a b****". Moloney had been dropped sporadically during his final year at Melbourne, which was Neeld's first as head coach.[8]

Statistics[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2003
2004
2005 3
2006
2007
2008
2009 5
2010 7
2011 19
2012
2013 2
2014
Total 36
Key:
Green / Bold = Won
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)
2003 Geelong 32 8 1 5 56 18 74 21 8 0.1 0.6 7.0 2.3 9.3 2.6 1.0
2004 Geelong 32 15 5 6 130 60 190 55 16 0.3 0.4 8.7 4.0 12.7 3.7 1.1
2005 Melbourne 22 21 2 8 267 95 362 72 56 0.1 0.4 12.7 4.5 17.2 3.4 2.7
2006 Melbourne 22 7 1 4 72 37 109 27 12 0.1 0.6 10.3 5.3 15.6 3.9 1.7
2007 Melbourne 22 10 5 3 92 74 166 24 26 0.5 0.3 9.2 7.4 16.6 2.4 2.6
2008 Melbourne 22 8 2 0 94 73 167 47 38 0.3 0.0 11.8 9.1 20.9 5.9 4.8
2009 Melbourne 22 21 7 3 229 283 512 98 78 0.3 0.1 10.9 13.5 24.4 4.7 3.7
2010 Melbourne 22 18 2 8 192 235 427 40 86 0.1 0.4 10.7 13.1 23.7 2.2 4.8
2011 Melbourne 22 22 9 4 282 227 509 41 124 0.4 0.2 12.8 10.3 23.1 1.9 5.6
2012 Melbourne 22 15 3 5 136 120 256 26 52 0.2 0.3 9.1 8.0 17.1 1.7 3.5
2013 Brisbane Lions 3 16 8 5 160 156 316 41 84 0.5 0.3 10.0 9.8 19.8 2.6 5.3
2014 Brisbane Lions 3 5 1 3 43 58 101 8 28 0.2 0.6 8.6 11.6 20.2 1.6 5.6
Career 166 46 54 1753 1436 3189 500 608 0.3 0.3 10.6 8.7 19.2 3.0 3.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FootyWire.com Brent Moloney of the Melbourne Demons Career AFL Stats, FootyWire.com, 15 October 2009.
  2. ^ Hunter-Smith, James (4 September 2012). "Melbourne midfielder Brent Moloney looks for new home". Herald Sun. 
  3. ^ Pierik, Jon (10 October 2012). "Moloney to join Lions". The Age. Melbourne. 
  4. ^ Williams, R., "Smarter Brent Moloney free of injury", Herald Sun, 21 November 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-premiership/brent-moloney-retires-after-166-afl-games-with-brisbane-lions-melbourne-and-geelong/story-e6frf3e3-1227020370065
  6. ^ Walsh, C. (11 April 2011). "Melbourne star Brent Moloney succumbs to demon drink". The Australian. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  7. ^ Lienert, Sam (9 June 2011). "Moloney back as Demons' vice-captain". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Murnane, Matt (19 June 2013). "Moloney strikes back at Neeld". The Standard. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 

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