Mark Bradly

Mark Bradly (born 24 January 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and for North Ballarat in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Mark Bradly
Personal information
Full name Mark Bradly
Date of birth (1977-01-24) 24 January 1977
Original team(s) East Fremantle
Draft 55th overall, 1995 National Draft
Height 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2000 Melbourne 4 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2000.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early career

Bradly played three senior matches for East Fremantle in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL) in 1995 and also represented Western Australia at the 1995 AFL Under 18 Championships (at the time called the Commonwealth Bank Cup).[1] He was subsequently drafted with the 55th selection in the 1995 AFL Draft by Melbourne as a long-term ruck prospect.[1][2]

AFL career

Bradly spent his first two seasons as an AFL-listed player, 1996 and 1997, playing for Melbourne's reserves. In his first season, Bradly was named as an emergency for one game,[3] however he did not play a senior match. He was named in Melbourne's team for a match against North Melbourne in 1997,[4] but he failed to actually make his debut. He finally made his debut in round 10 of the 1998 season, against the Adelaide Crows.[5] Bradly had only four disposals in his first game and he was dropped back to the reserves for the next week.[6] Bradly was called back up to the seniors for round 13 and, although he had a poor game playing on St Kilda veteran Stewart Loewe,[7][8] he managed to string three senior games together before again being dropped, even though he kicked two goals in his final match. Bradly finished the season sixth in Melbourne's reserves best and fairest. Melbourne's premier ruckman for over a decade, Jim Stynes, retired at the end of 1998 and it was expected that Bradly would have more opportunities in 1999.[2][9] However, Bradly failed to play a senior match for the Demons in 1999 after injuring his knee,[10] which sidelined him for the season.[11][12]

Bradly was delisted at the end of the 1999 season,[13] but Melbourne redrafted him shortly after as a rookie list player in the 2000 Rookie Draft.[14] Bradly suffered a second consecutive season-ending knee injury and he was unable to play a game for Melbourne in 2000.[15][16] After playing only four senior matches in five years at the club, Bradly was delisted permanently at the end of the 2000 season.

VFL career

After being delisted by Melbourne, Bradly signed with VFL club, North Ballarat, in 2001, where he suffered from injury problems in his first year.[17] Bradly played as a ruckman and as a forward for the Rosters and he was North Ballarat's leading goalkicker in 2002.[18] He kicked 28 goals for the season,[18] including a haul of six against Werribee.[19] Bradly continued playing for the Roosters in 2003 and, in a game against Frankston, he kicked three goals.[20]

Personal life

Bradly was a groomsman at Melbourne team-mate, Russell Robertson's wedding.[21]


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  7. Connolly, Rohan (23 June 1998). "With key men missing, Melbourne fails to measure up". The Age. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
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  11. Johnson, Len (23 April 1999). "Sheedy keeps word for Anzac Day clash". The Age. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
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  13. Connolly, Rohan (23 October 1999). "Left high and dry". The Age. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  14. Reilly, Stephen (22 December 1999). "Lions spot a roughie in the diamond". The Age. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
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  16. Walls, Robert (22 August 2000). "Parkin, Pagan play on their teams' minds to win the day". The Age. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  17. "New Roosters get early chance to crow". The Courier. 4 April 2001. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  18. "Honour Roll". North Ballarat Roosters. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  19. Booth, Ross (14 April 2002). "Tigers clip Roosters, again". The Age. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  20. Brehaut, David (21 April 2003). "Roosters falter at hands of Frankston". The Courier. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  21. Lloyd-McDonald, Holly (27 October 2006). "Demon scores win in a late rush". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
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