Pearce Hanley

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Pearce Hanley
Pearce Hanley 2017.jpg
Hanley playing for Gold Coast in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Pearce Hanley
Date of birth (1988-11-15) 15 November 1988 (age 30)
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
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 1
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008–2016 Brisbane Lions 129 (58)
2017– Gold Coast 032 (1)
Total 161 (60)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011, 2014 Ireland 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2014.
Career highlights
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.

Gaelic football[edit]

Pearce made his senior debut in 2007 against Cavan.[1] 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.[2] 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[edit]

Hanley with Brisbane in 2007

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[6]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2008 Brisbane Lions 42 2 0 0 17 10 27 9 6 0.0 0.0 8.5 5 13.5 4.5 3.0
2009 Brisbane Lions 42 1 0 0 3 7 10 1 0 0.0 0.0 3.0 7.0 10.0 1.0 0.0
2010 Brisbane Lions 42 9 3 0 78 61 139 32 26 0.3 0.0 8.7 6.8 15.4 3.6 2.9
2011 Brisbane Lions 11 22 3 5 299 150 449 130 54 0.1 0.2 13.6 6.8 20.4 5.9 2.5
2012 Brisbane Lions 11 22 7 3 314 147 461 119 53 0.3 0.1 14.3 6.7 21.0 5.4 2.4
2013 Brisbane Lions 11 20 16 9 296 134 430 98 50 0.8 0.5 14.8 6.7 21.5 4.9 2.5
2014 Brisbane Lions 11 20 6 13 310 194 504 96 81 0.3 0.7 15.5 9.7 25.2 4.8 4.1
2015 Brisbane Lions 11 11 9 9 151 88 239 58 33 0.8 0.8 13.7 8.0 21.7 5.3 3.0
2016 Brisbane Lions 11 22 14 17 269 197 466 91 83 0.6 0.8 12.2 9.0 21.2 4.1 3.8
Career 129 58 56 1737 988 2725 634 386 0.4 0.4 13.5 7.7 21.1 4.9 3.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-football/orourke-junior-gets-the-callup-for-meath-senior-start-993471.html
  2. ^ http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2007/0801/hanleyp.html
  3. ^ Lions ready to call up raw Irish rookie Pearce Hanley by Ben Dorries from couriermail.com.au 20 August 2008
  4. ^ Ballaghaderreen’s Hanley makes his AFL debut from the Mayo News
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Pearce Hanley Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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