Tom Lynch (Australian footballer, born 1992)
Lynch playing for Gold Coast in 2012.
|Full name||Thomas Lynch|
|Date of birth||31 October 1992|
|Original team(s)||Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 11, 2010 national draft|
|Height / weight||199 cm / 98 kg|
|Current club||Gold Coast|
|2011–||Gold Coast||111 (212)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 7, 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Thomas "Tom" Lynch (born 31 October 1992) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Lynch is a tall forward who has been likened to St. Kilda's Nick Riewoldt for his ability to take a strong contested mark. He has served as the co-captain of Gold Coast since the 2017 season.
Lynch played for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup in the 2010 season, having been unable to break into the side in 2009. Lynch also played five games for the Victorian Country side in 2010, kicking eight goals. As a result of his strong performance in 2010, Lynch was drafted to the Gold Coast Football Club with the 11th selection in the 2010 AFL Draft.
Lynch played his first AFL game for the Gold Coast in round 7, 2011 against the Brisbane Lions. Playing in the forward line as well as in the ruck, he amassed 17 possessions and kicked two goals as the Gold Coast went on to win the game by eight points. Lynch continued the first half of the season in strong form, averaging nearly two goals a game, kicking three goals twice.
In the 2015 season, Lynch won the Gold Coast leading goalkicker and also won the Gold Coast Suns Club Champion. In 2016, he backed up these achievements by winning his second successive Gold Coast Suns Club Championship and he was the Gold Coast leading goalkicker for the third time. He was also named in the All-Australian side in the forward pocket. On 8 December 2016, Lynch was appointed co-captain of the Suns, along with Steven May.
On 24 May 2017, it was announced that he would wear number 50 on his jersey, rather than his usual 19, for the round 10 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round game against Melbourne. This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which recognised Indigenous Australians in the census.
- Statistics are correct to the end of round 9, 2016
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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- "Players' number tribute to indigenous breakthrough". Australian Football League. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
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