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Luke
Delaney

Height
194 cm
DOB
24-06-1989
Weight
97 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
5
Career
31
Goals
2014
0
Career
1
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
240
Avg
48
LukeDelaney

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Grovedale
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
Draft: #26, 2008 Rookie
#74, 2011 National
Debut: Round 9, 2011 v Brisbane
Brownlow votes: N/A

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Background

A strong key position defender who is rarely beaten in one-on-one contests, Luke Delaney was recruited from the Geelong Falcons.

Delaney was originally a rookie draft selection before being promoted to the senior list.

2012

  • Much like his debut season, Delaney was brought into the side for his first game of 2012 to play against Tom Hawkins in Round 3. Hawkins' return of four goals flattered the key forward as Delaney took the points on the day.
  • After eight consecutive games from Rounds 3-10, Delaney was in and out of the side for the second half of the season. Nathan Grima's strong form coupled with Scott Thompson and Michael Firrito, meant there was simply no room for him to fit.
  • He was perhaps a touch unlucky to lose his spot for the Elimination Final against West Coast, but he took another step forward in his second season of senior football.

 

Season by Season

Season by Season

  • Delaney forced his way into the team and made his debut against Jonathan Brown and Brisbane in Round 9. He acquitted himself admirably under the circumstances and marked himself down as a player of the future.
  • He played eight of the next nine games, but after lowering his colours to Barry Hall in Round 17, he was demoted to the VFL and unable to reclaim his spot in the side for the rest of the season.

 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 4.4
    • Handballs 4.4
    • Disposals 8.8
    • Marks 4.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 48.0

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Handballs 7 GWS Giants Rd 2
Disposals 12 GWS Giants Rd 2
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 GWS Giants Rd 2
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 69 GWS Giants Rd 2

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne W 68 - 51 6 4 10 8 0 1 0 2 0 0 59
2 GWS Giants W 95 - 88 5 7 12 5 0 1 0 6 0 0 69
3 West Coast Eagles L 83 - 58 6 4 10 6 0 1 1 3 0 0 54
4 Adelaide Crows L 50 - 136 1 3 4 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 19
5 Essendon W 65 - 81 4 4 8 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 39
6 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
14 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 2 22 22 44 24 0 4 2 15 0 0 240

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 31
    • Kicks 5.1
    • Handballs 5.1
    • Disposals 10.2
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 44.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
Handballs 10 Geelong Cats Rd 19, 2013
Disposals 20 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 1, 2014
Hit-outs 3 Hawthorn Rd 10, 2012
Tackles 6 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2014
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
AFL Fantasy 97 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 St Kilda 22 22 44 24 0 4 2 15 0 0 240
2013 North Melbourne 31 22 53 23 0 3 2 10 0 1 244
2012 North Melbourne 73 69 142 48 3 7 9 23 1 0 582
2011 North Melbourne 32 46 78 19 0 7 6 22 0 0 322

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Q&A

As well as playing great footy, I’d like to be remembered for:
Losing my keys

Most memorable victory (AFL or non-AFL):
VFL Premiership

Most admired player at another club:
Jonathon Brown

Favourite ground to play on:
Etihad

Best part about training:
Adam Marranello’s ulcers

Weights or running:
Weights

What would you prefer – mark of the year or goal of the year:
Mark

Which skill do you need to most work on:
Kicking

Complete this line…with two minutes to go in the 2012 Grand Final:
Drew Petrie takes a hanger in the square to win

Who will be Mike Sheahan’s No. 1 ranked player by the end of 2012:
Adam Marranello

You are running 30 minutes late to an early morning beach recovery session. What’s your excuse:
Had to drop off a lettuce to my sister

What is the first thing you would do if you were Andrew Demetriou for a day:
Go buy a yacht

Favourite meal the night before a game:
Spag bol

What music helps you get ‘in the zone’ before a game:
Adam Marranello’s disco music

One thing you would change about the world:
No wind

PlayStation or Xbox? And what’s your favourite game:
Playstation

Who would win MasterChef at your club? And what’s their signature dish:
Cameron Delany, baked beans on toast

Your favourite line from a movie:
“You want me to lay a brick right here”

What’s your favourite dance move:
Sprinkler 

What is your favourite holiday destination in Australia:
QLD

Where would you recommend visiting within your state:
Portsea