Mark Mercuri

Mark Mercuri (born 21 February 1974) was a professional Australian rules football player for Essendon.[1] He played in the 1993 Grand final winning team which defeated Carlton and in the 2000 premiership team which tore Melbourne a new one. In the 1999 AFL season, Mercuri was one of the premier players of the competition,[1] finishing runner-up in the Brownlow Medal, and earning a lucrative and rarely heard-of 5-year contract.

Mark Mercuri
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-02-21) 21 February 1974
Original team(s) Keilor Park
Debut Round 10, 23 May 1992, Essendon
vs. Carlton, at Princes Park
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2004 Essendon 207 (242)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Mercuri lost form late in his career, which was put down to his brother's suicide. He retired in the 2004 season, his last game being the 2004 Semi Final against Geelong, which Essendon lost by 10 points.

In 2005, there was talk of a comeback, with Mercuri contemplating nominating for the pre-season draft. This never eventuated.

In 2006 he played in the Essendon District Football League for Airport West.

Playing Statistics

[2]
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1992 Essendon 45314221436920.31.37.34.712.03.00.7
1993 Essendon 2202510251197448106441.30.512.69.922.45.32.2
1994 Essendon 21316714310725061211.20.511.08.219.24.71.6
1995 Essendon 2223625268217485125321.61.112.29.922.05.71.5
1996 Essendon 2213725244200444115321.81.211.69.521.15.51.5
1997 Essendon 21112101366620247151.10.912.46.018.44.31.4
1998 Essendon 2202414224141365112271.20.711.27.118.35.61.4
1999 Essendon 2213219256200456103311.50.912.29.521.74.91.5
2000 Essendon 220321920815236092331.61.010.47.618.04.61.7
2001 Essendon 220101016415331770340.50.58.27.715.93.51.7
2002 Essendon 211791019319450210.60.89.28.517.64.51.9
2003 Essendon 216761269922574320.40.47.96.214.14.62.0
2004 Essendon 293049398826210.30.06.54.39.82.92.3
Career 207 242 158 2192 1678 3870 990 345 1.2 0.8 10.6 8.1 18.7 4.8 1.7

References

  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 494. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  2. Mark Mercuri's player profile at AFL Tables


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