Todd McHardy

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Todd McHardy
Personal information
Full name Todd McHardy
Date of birth (1977-04-06) 6 April 1977 (age 40)
Original team(s) Keilor Park / Western Jets
Draft 76th overall, 1994 National Draft
(Melbourne)
Height / weight 183 cm / 82 kg
Position(s) Half-forward / Half-back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–1997 Melbourne 5 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Todd McHardy (born 6 April 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Originally from Keilor Park in the Essendon District Football League, McHardy played for the Western Jets in the under-18 TAC Cup competition.[1] In conjunction with playing for the Jets, McHardy also represented the Victorian Metro team at the 1994 AFL Under 18 Championships.[2] Known throughout his junior career as quick half-forward who could take a good mark, McHardy was drafted by Melbourne with the 76th selection in the 1994 National Draft, with Melbourne coach Neil Balme stating that the club had placed "an emphasis on speed" when considering who to select in the 1994 Draft.[2]

AFL career[edit]

McHardy injured his knee playing for Melbourne's reserves team in the 1995 pre-season,[3] and after recovering from the injury, was unable to break into Melbourne's senior side for the rest of the season, instead playing every match in the reserves. After starting the 1996 season playing with the reserves, McHardy was called up for his first senior match in round 7, against Sydney.[4] Playing as a forward pocket, McHardy had an average AFL debut, gathering nine possessions in a losing side. He retained his place in the team for the next two matches, even kicking a goal in round 8 against Hawthorn, but was dropped back to the reserves after a possessionless performance against Essendon in round 9. McHardy was unable to break back into the senior team and finished 1996 with three AFL matches.[5]

In 1997, McHardy again began the season playing with the reserves. He injured his hand in April and missed a month of football as a result.[6] After recovering, he was named in the squad for Melbourne's match against Adelaide, but was not required to play.[7] Two weeks later, McHardy played his first match of the season in Melbourne's loss to the Brisbane Lions. He kept his place in the side for the Demons' next match against Hawthorn, but was omitted the following week. After managing only five games in three years at the club, Melbourne delisted McHardy at the conclusion of the 1997 season.[8]

Post-AFL career[edit]

After being delisted, McHardy nominated for the 1997 National Draft, but no team chose to select him.[9] McHardy subsequently played for Williamstown Football Club in 1998.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pearce, Linda (23 March 1997). "The Demons". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "1994 AFL National Draft". The Age. 28 October 1994. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Roebuck, Peter (6 March 1995). "A game for the brave". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Stephen (9 May 1996). "Melbourne v Sydney". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Pearce, Linda (5 October 1996). "How your team shapes up: 14th – Melbourne". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Denham, Greg (22 April 1997). "'Fatigue' setback for Lions' Lynch". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Reilly, Stephen (5 June 1997). "Demons bring back Schwarz". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Denham, Greg; Reilly, Stephen (8 October 1997). "Schwass in Swans' sights for trade deal". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Denham, Greg (30 October 1997). "Delisted Demon Clarkson returns as a fitness coach". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Blake, Martin; Spits, Scott (16 July 1998). "Knights in clear to face up to Bombers". The Age. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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