Darcy GARDINER

#27   Brisbane

Age: 24yr 2mth Games: 63 Born: Sep 22, 2020
Height: 193cm Weight: 90kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Developed into a strong-bodied defender and looking to build on top 10 in last year’s best and fairest.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 GCS Played on a variety of opponents through defence and was defensively sound all evening. 5
2 Ess Outpointed by Fantasia in first half before being more effective after the long break. 5
3 StK Started on Membrey and gave Saints’ forwards too much room, early. Injured quad/knee in second term. 1
4 Rich Did his best when leaping to spoil effectively on several occasions. The downside was lack of effective disposals and foot speed. 4
5   Calf.  
6 Port 18 possessions, all uncontested was his haul. Also spoiled well in defence. 5
7 Syd Manned Reid, who wasn’t a massive factor. Did his job, but provided little going forward. 4
8 Haw Did manage to shut down O’Brien in the first half. Didn’t provide much offensively, though. 4
9 Adel Undisciplined act off-ball two seconds before quarter time resulted Crows' goal. Never looked capable of holding Cameron. 5
10 Coll Beaten by Elliott in first half and let frustration get better of him at times. Gave away a too many free kicks. 3
11   Bye.  
12 Frem Kept Kersten to just two first half kicks and a key cog in hard working defence. 6
13 Port Had the difficult assignment of lining up on Robbie Gray, lucky for him Robbie was off target. 4
14 GWS Stood Johnson with some effect while worked well out of defence and then had to tag Greene. 6
15 Ess In trouble against Stewart early then dislocated elbow in second term and took no further part. 2
16   Elbow.  
17   Elbow.  
18 Carl Quiet achiever. Vital part of the defence which kept Carlton to just three first-half goals. 5
19 WCE Didn’t get involved enough until the Eagles were too far in front. 4
20 WB Was groggy after landing heavily in a marking contest. Returned to field and took up his usual post in defence. Ok. 5
21 GCS Cut up early by Martin. Later shifted on to Ainsworth where he had more success. 5
22 Melb Kicked his first goal of the year early but played down back. Courageous spoiling a feature of his play. 5
23 NM Okay down back without being exceptional. 5

2016 Season

1 WCE Another young defender who was chasing a gun forward. Good luck. 3
2 NM Had his hands full with Waite. 3
3 Geel Did what he could down back in a solid effort, albeit under pressure in most contests. 5
4 GCS In the wars. Wounded during game but still gave his all. 6
5 WB Positioned himself well at times but gave away five free kicks in his desperation. Tried hard. 5
6 Syd Slowly building a reputation as a close checking defender. Numbed Heeney early. 7
7 Port Played as the plus-one in defence and read the game well. 5
8 Coll Can lay claim to Fasolo having a quiet night but still needs to get the ball more often. 4
9   Finger.  
10   Finger.  
11   Finger.  
12 Frem Alternated opponents in defence and did OK. 4
13 WCE Found the physical size of Darling and Kennedy beyond his level. Battled hard though. 5
14 Rich Matched up on Deledio who started out of the goalsquare then had Cotchin. Toiled away. 4
16 GCS Defensively OK on a variety of opponents. 4
17 GWS Spent a lot of time shadowing Johnson to some effect. 5
18 Ess Didn’t have a massive outing down back but didn’t do too much wrong. 5
19   Ankle.  
20 Adel Tough tussle with Betts conceding four goals. 4
21 Carl Gutsy effort to play on after appearing to suffer a shoulder injury early in the match. 6
22 Geel Plugged away down back on Henderson among others. Held his own. 5
23 StK Applied some misplaced vigour early in defence, but then disappeared. 3

2015 Season

1   Shoulder.  
2   Shoulder.  
3 Rich Low stats despite being in defence. Subbed out in third term. 3
4 WCE Tried hard in an under-manned defence. 5
5 GCS Found the going tough against Dixon. Good learning experience. 2
6 Carl Gave away one goal through stupidity but fought hard to play his role. 4
7 Port Possibly the only Lions defender to struggle. 4
8 Ess Spirited defender who jousted with Daniher and others early. 4
9   Calf.  
10   Calf.  
11   Calf.  
12 NEAFL Defended well on return from calf niggle.
13 NEAFL Had work cut out for him at times down back.
14 Frem Competed hard on return to senior team in defence. 6
15 Syd Serious arm injury ended his night late in first term. 1
16   Shoulder.  
17   Shoulder.  
18   Shoulder.  
19   Shoulder.  
20   Shoulder.  
21   Shoulder.  
22   Shoulder.  
23   Shoulder.  

2014 Season

1 PM Played down back and competed hard.
2 NEAFL Learning experience at NEAFL level, competed well.
3 NEAFL Staunch game in defence.
4 NEAFL Tried hard on Cleve Hughes but overwhelmed.
5 Rich Tough ask in first game to have defensive role on Martin. Beaten but spirited. 4
6 StK Young half-back again showed he has a hard edge. 3
7 Syd Rookie (third game) who found the going a bit hot. 4
8 Ess Started on another youngster in Ambrose and not prominent. 4
9 NM Youngster wasn’t the worst. 4
11 Carl Didn’t have a big game. 3
12 WB Had Grant and did well but barely touched the ball. Spent a lot of time wrestling. 4
13 GWS Only occasionally sighted at half back. 3
14 Frem Started on Sylvia and copped a corkie, but had little use of ball. Subbed off. 2
15   Rested.  
16 Rich Showed a willingness to compete and throw his body at the contest. 6
17 WCE Had no real influence. 4
18 GCS Serviceable in defence as he continues developing. 4
19 Melb Got more of the ball than he is used to and was assured by foot. 5
20 Adel Topped stats in first quarter. Hardly sighted after that. 4
21 Coll Tough effort in defence. Worked off man well before being subbed out. 5
22 Frem Only three touches in second half when Brisbane were more competitive. 4
23 Geel Copped a heavy hit early when ball hit him in head. Never looked right. 2
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