|Full name||Colm Ó Beaglaoich|
|Date of birth||31 August 1986|
|Place of birth||Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland|
|Original team(s)||Laois (Gaelic football)|
83rd overall, 2008
|Debut||Round 20, 2006, Brisbane Lions
vs. West Coast, at The Gabba
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|2006–2008||Brisbane Lions||29 (7)|
|2009||St Kilda||1 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Colm Begley (born 31 August 1986) is an Irish Gaelic football player. He has also played Australian rules football for the St Kilda Football Club and the Brisbane Lions of the Australian Football League (AFL).
Begley was scouted by the Lions football manager Graeme Allan, along with several other potential recruits during a training camp in Ireland, having previously witnessed a near best on ground performance from the young Irishman in the Under 19s International Rules series playing for Ireland against Australia. Begley was later persuaded to move to Australia as a rookie listed professional Australian rules footballer in 2005.
Begley played his very first game of Australian rules immediately after moving from Ireland to Australia in 2006. In just his third game weeks later, he lined up in a NAB Cup quarter final. In that game he picked up a total of six possessions and one mark whilst playing on Melbourne speedster Aaron Davey.
He was later elevated to the senior list during the regular season when the Lions suffered a string of injuries. In his senior debut against the West Coast Eagles he gathered seven possessions, seven marks and two hitouts, lining up on Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd. At the end of the season he was retained by the club as a rookie listed player.
Following his good form through the 2007 NAB Cup, Begley was once again elevated onto the Brisbane Lions' senior playing list and was soon after named on the interchange bench in the Lions' first game for the season. He was soon playing regularly for the Lions. Begley was named the club's Rookie Of The Year in 2007. His rise after such a short time playing the sport was described as 'remarkable'. However, Brisbane opted not to offer him a new contract for the 2009 season following an injury ravaged 2008 which restricted him to only eight appearances.
Begley represented Ireland in the senior 2008 International Rules Series with rumours of his delisting circulating; many commentators claimed that he was playing for his career. During this time he said that if his AFL career was over he would return to play Gaelic football with Laois. He appeared in both matches in the series, which Ireland won.
After the 2009 AFL season, Begley retired from the AFL, announcing his desire to return to Ireland.
Return to Ireland and senior Gaelic football
Begley is currently playing for Dublin side Parnells and has returned to inter-county football with his native Laois. Begley has represented his country in the International Rules Series on no less than 12 occasions; in 2006 (2 test matches), 2008 (2 test matches), 2010 (2 test matches), 2011 (2 test matches), 2013 (2 test matches), 2014 (1 test match) and 2015 (1 test match).
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- "2009 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
- "Begley calls time on AFL career". The Irish Times (21 October 2009). Retrieved on 22 September 2011.
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