Brad Pearce (footballer)

Brad Pearce (born 16 August 1971) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton and the Brisbane Bears in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Brad Pearce
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-08-16) 16 August 1971
Place of birth Springvale, Victoria
Original team(s) St Kilda Under-19s
Debut Round 19, 1993, Brisbane
vs. West Coast, at The Gabba
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993 Brisbane Bears 02 00(1)
1994–1999 Carlton 77 (151)
Total 79 (152)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1999.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Pearce played both football and cricket as a junior, and after having focussed on cricket in 1987, he returned to football in 1988 as part of the St Kilda junior system, playing in the Victorian Under-17 Teal Cup team. He played with the St Kilda minor grades from 1988 until 1990, but failed to make the senior grade for the club. In 1991 and 1992, he played in the TFL Statewide League for the South Launceston Football Club, where impressive performances in the forward-line attracted the attention of AFL recruiters. He was drafted by the Brisbane Bears in the 1992 mid-season draft, and played two senior matches for the club in 1993 before being delisted at the end of the year.[1]

Pearce was then recruited by Carlton with its second-round selection in the 1994 pre-season draft. He played only two senior games in his first season, before enjoying a break-out season in 1995, at the age of 24. Playing as a fast-leading forward pocket, Pearce provided Carlton's forward-line with variety and an alternative avenue to goal to long-time full forward Stephen Kernahan, and he played 23 of 25 possible games for the season, kicked 52 goals, and kicked four goals in Carlton's Grand Final victory against Geelong.[2]

Pearce played for Carlton for a further four seasons, playing an average of thirteen games per season interrupted by a range of injuries. He was delisted at the end of the 1999 season, having played 77 games and kicked 151 goals over six seasons for the club.[3] He played the following season with the Burnie Dockers in the TFL Statewide League.[4]

Statistics

[5]
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 Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
1993 Brisbane Bears 13211639100.50.53.01.54.50.50.00
1994 Carlton 19201628400.00.53.01.04.02.00.00
1995 Carlton 1923524020550255104262.31.78.92.211.14.51.14
1996 Carlton 191535241152614158122.31.67.71.79.43.90.80
1997 Carlton 1911161484161004471.51.37.61.59.14.00.60
1998 Carlton 19143222110171275172.31.67.91.29.13.60.52
1999 Carlton 191216126010703851.31.05.00.85.83.20.40
Career 79 152 114 586 124 710 300 57 1.9 1.4 7.4 1.6 9.0 3.8 0.7 6

References

  1. Russell Holmesby (1995), Michael Roberts (ed.), "A new breed of Blues", Blues' 95 Premiers – Official Carlton Premiership Souvenir, Sporting Links Publications, p. 23
  2. Michael Roberts (1995), "Brad Pearce", Blues' 95 Premiers – Official Carlton Premiership Souvenir, Sporting Links Publications, p. 47
  3. "Matthew Hogg", Inside Carlton – 1999 Yearbook, Carlton Football Club, p. 34, 1999
  4. "Lisa's report - March 13, 2000". Australian Football Association of North America. 13 March 2000. Archived from the original on 20 December 2004. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  5. Brad Pearce's player profile at AFL Tables


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