Mark Buckley

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Mark Buckley
Personal information
Full name Mark Buckley
Date of birth (1962-08-25) 25 August 1962 (age 54)
Original team(s) St Mark's
Height / weight 179 cm / 90 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1982–1985 Carlton 27 (35)
1985 St Kilda 07 0(4)
1987 Brisbane Bears 04 0(2)
Total 38 (41)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1987.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Mark Buckley (born 25 August 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton, St Kilda and the Brisbane Bears in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1980s.

Recruited from St Mark's, Buckley participated in a Carlton Under-19s premiership in 1979, not playing seniors until 1982. His four games in 1982 all came in the home and away season wins, with Carlton going on to win a second successive premiership.[1]

Buckley had become the third member of his family to play at Carlton, with his elder brother Stephen making six appearances in the 1980 VFL season and their father Brian playing over 100 games.[2]

In the opening round of the 1983 VFL season, against Richmond, Buckley replaced an injured Ross Ditchburn at full-forward during the match and kicked six goals.[1] He was a regular fixture in the team for the rest of the season and kicked 29 goals from 20 games.[1] The following season he played just twice, with Western Australian star Warren Ralph taking his spot as a key forward.

After playing only one game in the first half of the 1985 VFL season, Buckley transferred to St Kilda midyear, playing seven games.[1]

Buckley did not play a senior VFL game in 1986 and the following year moved to a third club, Brisbane, who were making their league debut. He had 17 disposals and two goals in his first game for the Bears, against Fitzroy, but made just three further appearances.[1]

In 1988 Buckley transferred to South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club Norwood but could only play eight games in two seasons, kicking six goals, before his retirement at the end of the 1989 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e AFL Tables: Mark Buckley
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.