Hanley playing for Gold Coast in June 2017
|Full name||Pearce Hanley|
|Date of birth||15 November 1988|
|Place of birth||Ireland|
|Original team(s)||Mayo (Gaelic football)|
|Draft||No. 38, 2008 rookie draft|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|Position(s)||Midfielder / Defender|
|Current club||Gold Coast|
|2008–2016||Brisbane Lions||129 (58)|
|2017–||Gold Coast||32 (1)|
|International team honours|
|2011, 2014||Ireland||2 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Pearce Hanley (born 1988 in Ireland) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played with the Brisbane Lions from 2008 to 2016. A former Gaelic footballer, he played for Mayo and is from Ballaghaderreen, where he played his GAA club football.
Pearce made his senior debut in 2007 against Cavan. Hanley had previously won the Ron Barassi Medal for the best player of the International Rules Series for the Irish U-17 international rules team against Australia in 2005. It was there that he was first scouted by recruiters from Australia and he was targeted for recruitment by the Brisbane Lions as being a potential AFL player.
Australian rules football
In 2007, Pearce was signed by the Brisbane Lions, and put on the rookie list with a view of converting him to Australian rules football. At the Lions, he was mentored by fellow Irishman Colm Begley who had previously played with the club for a season. Hanley made rapid progress and his adaptation to Australian football was almost as rapid as Begley's. He impressed in an early intra-club hit-out and was a solid performer for the Suncoast Lions.
Called up by coach Leigh Matthews, he made his debut in the final Lions home match in 2008 against the Carlton Football Club in front of a crowd of 35,000 at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, replacing Begley in the side. At the end of the 2009 season, Hanley was elevated to the Lions' senior list.
Hanley went on to become an integral part of the Lions' side as a highly damaging rebound defender. In round 18, 2014 in QClash8 Hanley amassed a whopping 44 touches and won the Marcus Ashcroft Medal.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Hanley was traded to the Gold Coast Football Club.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Lions ready to call up raw Irish rookie Pearce Hanley by Ben Dorries from couriermail.com.au 20 August 2008
- Ballaghaderreen’s Hanley makes his AFL debut from the Mayo News
- Beveridge, Riley (18 October 2016). "Pearce Hanley to Gold Coast trade: Brisbane midfielder joins Suns in three-way deal with Port Adelaide". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
- "Pearce Hanley Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
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