Luke Darcy

Luke Darcy (born 12 July 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL) and now works for the Seven Network and Triple M covering the AFL.

Luke Darcy
Darcy at the celebrity race at
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-07-12) 12 July 1975
Original team(s) South Adelaide (SANFL)
Debut Round 21, 13 August 1994, Footscray
vs. St Kilda, at Waverley Park
Height 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2007 Western Bulldogs 226 (183)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1996–1999 South Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

Luke was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of David Darcy, who had played with Footscray (as the Western Bulldogs were then called) and played for and coached South Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[1] David, originally a Victorian, moved his family to Adelaide where Luke attended Rostrevor College.

AFL career

Luke started his career with South Adelaide before his recruitment by the Bulldogs in 1993.

Debuting in 1994, Luke became known as one of the Bulldogs' most successful ruckmen/forwards. In 2001 he took out the Bulldogs' Best and Fairest award, the Charles Sutton Medal, and continued to play well in the following seasons. in 2002 Luke and the Brisbane Lions's Michael Voss were the first players to be awarded the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFL Players Association's Most Valuable Player (MVP)1. In 2004 he was the Western Bulldogs's leading goalkicker.

In a 2005 match against Geelong, Darcy suffered a season-ending knee injury when he twisted it, depriving the Bulldogs of a quality tall-forward option, something they missed during the year.

On 20 December 2005 during the final pre-season training session before the Christmas holidays, Luke re-injured the ACL during a fall which dislocated his knee, which meant that he would miss the entire 2006 season. The Bulldogs finished the season in eighth place, the first time the club had made the finals in six years. He had been part of a Bulldogs casualty list that included four ACL injuries during the season (up until only the Round 9 mark).

During his time on the sidelines, he provided special comments for Network Ten's AFL coverage, and continued to do so after his playing retirement which he announced on 2 August 2007, the end of the 2007 AFL season. Luke was officially added to Network Ten's AFL Commentary Team in 2007 (despite still playing football until the end of that season) and remained an Expert Commentator right up until the end of the 2011 AFL season, when the network lost broadcasting rights.. From the 2012 AFL season onwards, Luke was part of the Seven Network's commentating team for Saturday matches.[2]

Statistics

[3]

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
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 Footscray 40100022010.00.00.02.02.00.01.0
1995 Footscray 1430110515420.00.33.31.75.01.30.7
1996 Footscray 14201281607823892150.60.48.03.911.94.60.8
1997 Western Bulldogs 1423241320892300131141.00.69.04.013.05.70.6
1998 Western Bulldogs 142413818788275107150.50.37.83.711.54.60.6
1999 Western Bulldogs 14241915221104325136170.80.69.24.313.55.70.7
2000 Western Bulldogs 141710517299271106170.60.310.15.815.96.21.0
2001 Western Bulldogs 1421148237145382118300.70.411.36.918.25.61.4
2002 Western Bulldogs 1422238249211460149631.00.411.39.620.96.82.9
2003 Western Bulldogs 142197211165376129460.40.310.07.917.96.12.2
2004 Western Bulldogs 14223013216136352127591.40.69.86.216.05.82.7
2005 Western Bulldogs 1461135130814371.80.58.55.013.57.21.2
2006 Western Bulldogs 140
2007 Western Bulldogs 14221881418722891430.80.46.44.010.44.12.0
Career 226 183 97 2063 1242 3305 1233 329 0.8 0.4 9.1 5.5 14.6 5.5 1.5

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1994
1995
1996 2
1997 7
1998
1999 5
2000 3
2001 11
2002 16
2003 6
2004
2005 5
2006
2007
Total 55
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

Personal life

Luke is married to Rebecca and they have four children – Sam, Sienna, William and Max.

Post-football career

In 2008, Darcy became a member of the AFL rules committee.

Media

After retiring Darcy continued his work in the media. He was a panelist on Fox Footy's Fox League Teams and is now a television and radio commentator.

Network Ten

In 2009, Luke became an Australian rules football and netball commentator for Network Ten, as well as becoming a panellist on panel shows One Week at a Time, Thursday Night Live. and The Fifth Quarter.

Triple M

Darcy also joined radio station Triple M in Melbourne to provide match commentary for its Australian rules football coverage on Friday nights with James Brayshaw, Garry Lyon, Jason Dunstall, Mark Howard and Ash Chua. and co-hosts Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast with fellow AFL personality Eddie McGuire and comedian Wil Anderson.

Seven Network

Following the 2011 season, Network Ten lost the rights to broadcast Australian rules football matches. Luke joined the Seven Network who have the sole free to air broadcasting rights from 2012-2016. He is a member of the Saturday Night commentary team with Basil Zempilas, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson, Samantha Lane and Mick Molloy while maintaining his work at Triple M.[4]

In 2014, Darcy became the new host of Seven's iconic AFL chat show Talking Footy. Darcy has also been a fill in sport presenter on Seven News Melbourne and has served as a tennis commentator for Seven, covering the 2014 Brisbane International.

In February 2019, Darcy was announced as co-host of the Seven Network's lifestyle program, House of Wellness alongside Jo Stanley, Rachael Finch and Luke Hines.[5]

References

Note

1The AFL MVP award dates back to 1982, when the league was still the Victorian Football League (VFL), but the Leigh Matthews Trophy was only created in 2002. All prior VFL/AFL MVPs were retrospectively given the Leigh Matthews Trophy in 2005.

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