Luke Power

Luke Power (born 8 January 1980) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). A member of the Brisbane Lions's 2001, 2002, and 2003 premiership winning teams, he played 282 games for the Lions before moving to Greater Western Sydney where he played his final season.

Luke Power
Power training with the Brisbane Lions in 2008
Personal information
Full name Luke Power
Nickname(s) Finger
Date of birth (1980-01-08) 8 January 1980
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 5, 1997 national draft
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1998–2011 Brisbane Lions 282 (226)
2012 Greater Western Sydney 020 0(0)
Total 302 (226)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2000, 2003 Australia 4
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2012.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

AFL career

Brisbane Lions career (1998–2011)

Premiership sides (1998–2003)

Power debuted for the Lions as an 18-year-old in 1998, and he has been noted ever since for his skills and desire to win the ball. He has played in all three of Brisbane's premierships

Leadership (2004–2009)

Power was named as a vice-captain in 2004, where he won All-Australian selection in 2004. Midway through 2005 he was out of contract and was expected to arrive at the Collingwood FC, but decided he would stay with the Brisbane Lions. He retained the position in 2005. In 2006, he was an inaugural member of the Brisbane Lions Leadership group, under captain Michael Voss. When Voss retired at the end of 2006, Power was named as co-captain of the side in 2007, alongside Black, Lappin, Chris Johnson, and Jonathan Brown. After Johnson's retirement in 2007, Power was one of four co-captains. Lappin's retirement at the end of 2008 means there was only three of the original five co-captains remaining. At the start of 2009, the new coach, Michael Voss, changed the co-captain system. Jonathon Brown was made stand-alone captain, with four vice-captains - Simon Black, Jed Adcock, Daniel Merrett and Power. In 2009, he was another consistent year for Luke Power as he led the Disposal count for the Lions with 615. He finished 4th in the Best and Fairest voting behind Mitch Clark, Simon Black and eventual winner Jonathan Brown.

End of Brisbane Lions career (2010–2011)

In Round 10 of the 2010 season, in which the Lions took on Collingwood at the Gabba, Power played his 250th game, a match where the Lions upset the eventual premiers Collingwood by eight points, giving Power the perfect celebration for his milestone. In 2011, Power remained one of only three players (the others being Simon Black and Jonathan Brown) from the triple-premiership winning Brisbane Lions sides of 2001-2003. Luke Power retired after the Round 23 match against West Coast, having played 282 games for the Lions. His retirement was primarily due to being told that his position in the Lions side would not be guaranteed in 2012.[1][2][3]

Greater Western Sydney career (2012)

On 17 September 2011, it was announced, he would be joining Greater Western Sydney. He was made co-captain alongside Phil Davis and Callan Ward. In Round 21 of the 2012 season, Power became the 66th person to play 300 VFL/AFL games, (282 for the Brisbane Lions, 18 for GWS).

Statistics

[4]
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)
1998 Brisbane Lions 6933834412727120.30.39.24.914.13.01.3
1999 Brisbane Lions 61617151577623342221.10.99.84.814.62.61.4
2000 Brisbane Lions 622521926013639670472.40.911.86.218.03.22.1
2001 Brisbane Lions 61516171316419541271.11.18.74.313.02.71.8
2002 Brisbane Lions 622191025312938278600.90.511.55.917.43.52.7
2003 Brisbane Lions 6262712349190539120721.00.513.47.320.74.62.8
2004 Brisbane Lions 624151436416953390780.60.615.27.022.23.83.3
2005 Brisbane Lions 62012931413144588650.60.515.76.622.34.43.3
2006 Brisbane Lions 622157376185561106810.70.317.18.425.54.83.7
2007 Brisbane Lions 6199824620645265960.50.412.910.823.83.45.1
2008 Brisbane Lions 62278286256542731000.30.413.011.624.63.34.5
2009 Brisbane Lions 62466307308615941210.30.312.812.825.63.95.0
2010 Brisbane Lions 6219426921248184790.40.212.810.122.94.03.8
2011 Brisbane Lions 62019919119238361801.00.59.69.619.23.14.0
2012 Greater Western Sydney 6200122718240984520.00.111.49.120.54.22.6
Career 302 226 142 3813 2480 6293 1123 992 0.7 0.5 12.6 8.2 20.8 3.7 3.3

Honours and achievements

Team

  • AFL Premiership (Brisbane Lions): 2001, 2002, 2003

Individual

  • All-Australian: 2004
  • Brisbane Lions A.F.C. Co-Captain: 20072008
  • AFL Players’ Association Madden Medal: 2012

References

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