Luke McPharlin

Luke McPharlin (born 1 December 1981) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL) for the Fremantle Football Club between 2002 and 2015, after two seasons with the Hawthorn Football Club. He was educated at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth where he graduated in 1999. Throughout his AFL career, McPharlin predominantly played as a key defender.

Luke McPharlin
McPharlin in April 2016
Personal information
Full name Luke McPharlin
Nickname(s) Woosh
Date of birth (1981-12-01) 1 December 1981
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) East Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft 10th pick, 1999 National Draft (Hawthorn)
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Defender / Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2001 Hawthorn 012 00(3)
2002–2015 Fremantle 244 (112)
Total 256 (115)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

AFL career

McPharlin was recruited from East Fremantle in Western Australia to the Hawthorn Football Club after being taken at Pick 10 in the 1999 AFL Draft. He made his debut in 2000, kicking a goal with his first kick, but played just 12 total games in his first two seasons at Hawthorn. Feeling home sick in Melbourne, McPharlin jumped at the chance of returning to Perth, and was subsequently traded to Fremantle following the 2001 season. McPharlin battled injury early on in his career, managing just over 50 games in his first five seasons.[1]

In 2005, McPharlin garnered Mark of the Year honours for his spectacular chestmark against the West Coast Eagles in Round Three.[2]

McPharlin played his 200th AFL game in Round 13, 2012 against Essendon.[1] That season, he was named in the All-Australian team as a defender.

In 2013, McPharlin helped lead Fremantle to their first ever AFL Grand Final appearance, where they were defeated by Hawthorn by 15 points, ending the club's best season in their 19-year history just short of their first premiership success.[3]

McPharlin struggled to play regularly in 2013 and 2014 with calf and achilles-related issues, managing just 29 games over those two seasons. He also did not feature in Fremantle's finals campaigns in 2014 and 2015 due to calf problems.[4]

On 30 September 2015, McPharlin announced his retirement from the AFL after 256 games and 16 seasons in the league.[5] McPharlin departed Fremantle sitting second on the club's games record list with 244, behind only Matthew Pavlich who retired on 353.[6]

Personal life

McPharlin was the lead guitarist and singer of a Baháʼí Youth Music outfit, "Calling, Waiting, Searching".[7][8] His musical skills led him to win The Footy Show's musical contest Screamers in 2005.[9] On 24 July 2011, it was announced that McPharlin would release his debut album later that year in collaboration with local Perth act Stella's Kitchen.[10]

McPharlin and his wife, Kalinz, have two daughters.[11]

Statistics

[12]
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)
2000 Hawthorn 1841311718600.20.82.81.84.51.50.0
2001 Hawthorn 188224433773540.20.25.54.19.64.40.5
2002 Fremantle 151174925815058190.60.48.45.313.65.31.7
2003 Fremantle 1812021086417277250.00.29.05.314.36.42.1
2004 Fremantle 18164117373246106280.20.110.84.615.46.61.8
2005 Fremantle 1819341214456200104241.80.67.63.010.55.51.3
2006 Fremantle 182215918462246144270.70.48.42.811.26.61.2
2007 Fremantle 182181173124297152380.40.08.25.914.17.21.8
2008 Fremantle 18202114192105297142301.00.79.65.214.87.11.5
2009 Fremantle 1818201815090240102241.11.08.35.013.35.71.3
2010 Fremantle 18170313811625497290.00.28.16.814.95.71.7
2011 Fremantle 182011191116307129350.00.09.65.815.46.41.8
2012 Fremantle 182112230119349171280.00.111.05.716.68.11.3
2013 Fremantle 18160019571266137210.00.012.24.416.68.61.3
2014 Fremantle 1813101327921193120.10.010.26.116.27.20.9
2015 Fremantle 181800169114283124170.00.09.46.315.76.90.9
Career 256 115 72 2326 1287 3613 1677 361 0.4 0.3 9.1 5.0 14.1 6.6 1.4

References

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