Gary Moorcroft

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Gary Moorcroft
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-04-16) 16 April 1976 (age 41)
Original team(s) Northern Knights
Debut Round 5, 1995, Essendon
vs. St Kilda, at Optus Oval, Melbourne
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–2002 Essendon 95 (102)
2003 Melbourne 03 00(2)
Total 98 (104)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Gary Moorcroft (born 16 April 1976) is a former Australian rules football player for Essendon and Melbourne in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Moorcroft caught the attention of talent scouts with his winning of the Morrish Medal in 1994 whilst playing for the Northern Knights.

Moorcroft was a short, stocky and explosive goalsneak who participated in a premiership with Essendon in 2000 and a Grand Final side against the Brisbane Lions in 2001. He was delisted by Essendon in 2002 after playing 95 games and struggling to retain his spot in a talented side. It was the Demons, who Essendon beat in the 2000 final in which Moorcroft was an outstanding player, who picked him up in the draft.

Moorcroft played in three losing games with Demons, and after a lacklustre debut suffered a severe season ending knee injury. This effectively brought an end to his chances of working his way back into the side and he was almost immediately delisted. The then-27-year-old's 98-game, nine-year AFL career ended there.

Moorcroft is best known for winning the 2001 Mark of the Year, with a spectacular high-flying mark in round 14, 2001 against the Western Bulldogs, taking the mark over Bulldogs' forward Brad Johnson. The mark was particularly notable in that Moorcroft first jumped onto Johnson's back, then leapt higher into the air by leveraging himself off Johnson; this is very rare, as players will usually jump onto their opponent's back, then appear to hang at the same height while taking the mark (hence the colloquial term hanger for such a mark). For a similar reason, Johnson is often referred to as the springboard for this mark, when the term stepladder is used for the player underneath a hanger.

Moorcroft played for Silvan in the Yarra Valley Mountain Football League after retiring from the AFL. He topped the goalkicking tables of all leagues with 156 goals.

In 2009, Moorcroft was playing for the Romsey Redbacks in the Riddell District Football League (RDFL).

He currently plays for Bundoora in the Northern Football League (NFL).

Playing statistics[edit]

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Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1995 Essendon 46 1 0 1 3 2 5 1 2 0.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 2.0
1996 Essendon 46 0
1997 Essendon 46 11 7 5 102 53 155 36 27 0.6 0.5 9.3 4.8 14.1 3.3 2.5
1998 Essendon 29 17 14 9 114 53 167 53 28 0.8 0.5 6.7 3.1 9.8 3.1 1.6
1999 Essendon 29 17 30 19 157 68 225 55 32 1.8 1.1 9.2 4.0 13.2 3.2 1.9
2000 Essendon 29 18 23 9 144 54 198 54 20 1.3 0.5 8.0 3.0 11.0 3.0 1.1
2001 Essendon 29 16 15 9 117 50 167 59 15 0.9 0.6 7.3 3.1 10.4 3.7 0.9
2002 Essendon 29 15 13 10 113 47 160 54 13 0.9 0.7 7.5 3.1 10.7 3.6 0.9
2003 Melbourne 7 3 2 0 21 10 31 8 7 0.7 0.0 7.0 3.3 10.3 2.7 2.3
Career 98 104 62 771 337 1108 320 144 1.1 0.6 7.9 3.4 11.3 3.3 1.5

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