|Date of birth||16 April 1976|
|Original team(s)||Northern Knights|
Round 5, 1995, Essendon|
vs. St Kilda, at Optus Oval, Melbourne
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Moorcroft was a short, stocky and explosive goalsneak who participated in a premiership with Essendon in 2000 and a Grand Final side against the Brisbane Lions in 2001. He was delisted by Essendon in 2002 after playing 95 games and struggling to retain his spot in a talented side. It was the Demons, who Essendon beat in the 2000 final in which Moorcroft was an outstanding player, who picked him up in the draft.
Moorcroft played in three losing games with Demons, and after a lacklustre debut suffered a severe season ending knee injury. This effectively brought an end to his chances of working his way back into the side and he was almost immediately delisted. The then-27-year-old's 98-game, nine-year AFL career ended there.
Moorcroft is best known for winning the 2001 Mark of the Year, with a spectacular high-flying mark in round 14, 2001 against the Western Bulldogs, taking the mark over Bulldogs' forward Brad Johnson. The mark was particularly notable in that Moorcroft first jumped onto Johnson's back, then leapt higher into the air by leveraging himself off Johnson; this is very rare, as players will usually jump onto their opponent's back, then appear to hang at the same height while taking the mark (hence the colloquial term hanger for such a mark). For a similar reason, Johnson is often referred to as the springboard for this mark, when the term stepladder is used for the player underneath a hanger.
Moorcroft spent a season at Bendigo Bombers in the VFL, before retiring from AFL/VFL and moving into the local leagues. In 2005 Moorcroft joined the Silvan F.C. in the Yarra Valley Mountain Football League. During his time at Silvan , Moorcroft won four club Best & Fairest awards, broke the 100 goal mark twice, including topping the goalkicking tables of all leagues with 163 goals in 2008. A season in which he brought up the ton in round 11! As well as playing in three grand finals at Silvan, wining back to back flags in 2007/08.
In 2009/10, Moorcroft was playing for the Romsey Redbacks in the Riddell District Football League (RDFL).
In 2011 he joined Bundoora in the Northern Football League (NFL) and has played in 3 Premierships with the Bulls (2011, 2013 & 2017). As a 41 year old kicking the winning goal in the 2017 Grand Final. At the completion of the 2019 season, while still playing at high level at Bundoora, and at 43 years old, Moorcroft announced his retirement from senior footy for good. Gary Moorcroft’s contribution to football from the AFL elite level all the way down to the local leagues is a legacy which will be acknowledged for ever!
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