Tom Rockliff

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Tom Rockliff
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Rockliff training with Brisbane Lions in 2008
Personal information
Full name Thomas Rockliff
Date of birth (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Original team(s) Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 5, 2009 Pre-Season Draft, Brisbane Lions
Height / weight 185cm / 85kg
Position(s) Midfield, Forward
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Number 38
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Brisbane Lions 134 (71)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Thomas "Tom" Rockliff (born 22 February 1990) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). In 2008 Rockliff, a medium-sized, smart and creative forward, was the leading goalkicker in the TAC Cup with 59 goals and won the Murray Bushrangers' Best and Fairest award, but was overlooked in the main draft.[1] He was, however, drafted by the Brisbane Lions with the fifth selection in the 2009 pre-season draft. He is now known as one of the greatest draft steals in recent AFL history.[2] He served as the captain of the Brisbane Lions from 2015 to 2016.

AFL career[edit]

2009: Brisbane Lions rookie season[edit]

He made his debut in Round 18 2009 against Collingwood,[3] this was the only game Rockliff played for the year. He picked up only five possessions as Brisbane lost by 40 points.

2010[edit]

Rockliff forced his way back into the senior Brisbane Lions side in Round 3, 2010 where he has since featured predominantly in the midfield rotation. He received an AFL Rising Star nomination in Round 13, 2010[4] and despite being heavily favoured to win the award,[5] finished third behind winner Dan Hannebery and Tom Scully in the end of year voting.[6]

2011: club champion[edit]

After an incredible season with the Lions, who finished 15th on the ladder after only managing four wins, Rockliff ended the season averaging 27.7 disposals, 5.6 marks and 5.4 tackles per game. Rockliff was rewarded by winning the club's best and fairest award over favourite Simon Black, who also had a strong season.

2013[edit]

Tom Rockliff had a superb year averaging 27.3 disposals and recording 30 more disposals 9 times. Rockliff also finished equal 5th in the Brownlow medal polling 21 votes. [7]

2014: rise to elite[edit]

In 2014 Rockliff established himself as one of the elite midfielders of the competition, averaging a league-high 32.7 disposals and 9.1 tackles a game and recording 40 or more disposals five times. In Round 18 in the Q-Clash against Gold Coast, Rockliff gathered a career high 47 Disposals (31 kicks and 16 handballs) as well as 10 tackles. Rockliff was awarded his second Merrett-Murray Medal as Brisbane's best and fairest player.[8] Rockliff was also selected in the 2014 All-Australian Team on the Interchange after his remarkable season that was recognised.[9]

2015: captaincy[edit]

On 29 January 2015 it was announced that Rockliff would become the next captain of the Brisbane Lions, succeeding Jed Adcock.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[11]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league after season and finals
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Brisbane Lions 38 1 0 0 3 2 5 3 1 0.0 0.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 1.0
2010 Brisbane Lions 38 19 4 5 220 214 434 103 64 0.2 0.3 11.6 11.3 22.8 5.4 3.4
2011 Brisbane Lions 38 20 12 10 310 244 554 111 108 0.6 0.5 15.5 12.2 27.7 5.6 5.4
2012 Brisbane Lions 38 22 18 17 280 256 536 87 95 0.8 0.8 12.7 11.6 24.4 4.0 4.3
2013 Brisbane Lions 38 21 7 8 291 284 575 95 108 0.3 0.4 13.9 13.5 27.4 4.5 5.1
2014 Brisbane Lions 38 18 10 3 309 280 589 96 163 0.6 0.2 17.2 15.5 32.7 5.3 9.1
2015 Brisbane Lions 38 16 5 3 174 220 394 71 129 0.3 0.2 10.9 13.8 24.6 4.4 8.1
2016 Brisbane Lions 38 17 15 3 243 265 508 67 117 0.9 0.2 14.3 15.6 29.9 3.9 6.9
Career 134 71 49 1830 1765 3595 633 785 0.5 0.4 13.7 13.2 26.8 4.7 5.9

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2009
2010
2011 9
2012 8
2013 21
2014 15
2015 4
2016 9
Total 53

Team

Individual

Notes[edit]

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