Sam Lonergan (born 26 March 1987) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club and Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AF). He was drafted from the Launceston Football Club, via the Tassie Mariners U18s and the Tasmanian Devils, with selection 50 in the 2005 Draft.
|Full name||Sam Lonergan|
|Date of birth||26 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Launceston, Tasmania|
Tassie Mariners (TAC Cup)
Tasmanian Devils (VFL)
50th overall, 2005|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Lonergan captained the Allies (a composite team drawn from Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory), against Victoria during Grand Final week. In that game, he kicked five goals and was the leading possession winner on the ground. He also became the first player in the history of the Tassie Mariners U18s to win successive best and fairest awards. He also played eight games in 2005 for the Tasmanian Devils Football Club in the VFL competition.
Lonergan was chosen as Tasmania's most valuable player at the under-18 championships in 2005, and won the Tassie Mariners U18 Best & Fairest award that same year. He was also chosen in the under-18 All-Australian side.
After a 2012 season where he played 14 games and infamously broke the shoulder blade of Andrew Carrazzo; he was delisted by the Essendon Football Club on 30 October 2012.
In October 2015, Sam was appointed Senior Playing Coach of the Launceston Football Club returning to his home state and his junior club, where he played the majority of his junior football. Sam's original junior club - Tamar Cats - were based near his home town of Beauty Point.
Lonergan, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance-enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his teammates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal, but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 TSL season. He returned to Launceston as playing coach after his suspension.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Bombers Axe Two". AFL. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Richmond list changes - richmondfc.com.au". 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- Twomey, Callum (31 March 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "Sam Lonergan statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
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