Michael CLOSE


Age: 25yr 1mth Games: 27 Born: Jul 30, 2020
Height: 197cm Weight: 97kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Bulked up over summer and after a year in NEAFL (ACL in 2015) might be a bolter to kick 25 goals up forward.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1 GCS Presented well and looked to make May accountable. Finished with just the one goal. 4
2 Ess Had an impact early with two first half goals and then drifted out of the contest. One disposal in final term. 5
3 NEAFL Worked hard up the ground to present a marking option. Just the one goal, but created quite a few.
4 NEAFL Booted two goals and missed a few other shots. Presented well to midfielders to provide an option in attack.
5 NEAFL Okay without starring. Kicked a goal and provided a target in attack.
6 Port Presented well but was fairly ineffective, finishing with just the one goal. 3
7 Syd The best of the Lions three talls in attack, but didn’t convert that to scoreboard pressure with a few misses. 5
8 Haw Gave Martin a rest in the ruck at times but made no influence on the result. 3
9 Adel Undid his good early work when he missed two set shots. Never really atoned and his decision making was ordinary. 4
10 NEAFL Superb and proved too big and strong around the ground. 28 possessions, 12 marks.
11   Bye.  
12 NEAFL Was everywhere in the air. Took 14 marks to go with 20 touches and two goals.
13 NEAFL Had a hand in a lot of the Lions scores and competed strongly. Took 12 marks.
14 NEAFL Presented well and marked strongly at times. Played his part.
15 NEAFL Three goals in attack, then spent time in defence. One of the Lions best.
16 NEAFL Booted two goals and took eight marks. Did a bit of ruckwork too.
17 NEAFL Bye.
18 NEAFL The big man created a presence all day and was able to impact the flow of the game with 11 marks and a couple of goals.
19 WCE Showed good skills in attack. Handled the ball well. 6
20 NEAFL Made his presence felt in attack and was pivotal in the Lions win.
21 GCS Salvaged something from an otherwise forgettable game with a last quarter goal. 3
22 Melb Key forward’s only goal came late in the game and prior to that he wasn’t a factor; eight touches. 2
23 NM Had one shocker miss in third quarter. But marked strongly. 4

2016 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1   Played in NEAFL trial against Gold Coast.  
2 NEAFL Worked hard in front half but wasn’t afforded good supply.
3 NEAFL Poor day in attack. Missed a sitter and didn’t look like getting into the game.
4   Hand.  
5   Hand.  
6   Hand.  
7   Hand.  
8   Wrist.  
9   Wrist.  
10   Wrist.  
11 NEAFL Not big numbers but tackled well for a big fella when ball hit the deck.
12 NEAFL Kicked a goal in second game back but not a big day.
13 NEAFL Found the going tough – struggled to get into the game.
14 NEAFL Kicked two goals but the Thunder halted his supply well.
15 NEAFL Bye.
16 NEAFL Had five inside-50s from his 14 possessions and kicked a goal. OK.
17 NEAFL Strong marking target up forward with 12 marks (five contested) and booted 2.1
18 NEAFL Did some good things. Seven tackles, seven marks.
19 Port Sound comeback game after long-term knee injury with two goals and big marks. 5
20 NEAFL Played forward but went back to help plug the holes in defence at times. Fair.
21 Carl Has a lot to give. In only his second game this year he bagged four goals, three contested marks. 7
22   Knee.  

2015 Season

Played for : Brisbane

2 NM Thompson started on him. Hurt his ankle in first term. 1
3   Knee.  
4 NEAFL Knee.
5   Knee.  
6   Knee.  
7   Knee.  
8   Knee.  
9   Knee.  
10   Knee.  
11   Knee.  
12   Knee.  
13   Knee.  
14   Knee.  
15   Knee.  
16   Knee.  
17   Knee.  
18   Knee.  
19   Knee.  
20   Knee.  
21   Knee.  
22   Knee.  
23   Knee.  

2014 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1 Haw Struggled to get into the game to any degree then subbed. 1
2 Geel Lonergan proved his master but conditions tough for him. Subbed out. 1
3 GCS Did not have a big influence. 2
4 NEAFL Didn’t have a big influence on the game but tried hard.
5 NEAFL Gave an attacking option. Took 10 marks and kicked a couple of goals.
6 NEAFL Led hard at the footy but didn’t have a great influence.
7 NEAFL Bye.
8 NEAFL Gave a few good contests at times but was a little inconsistent.
9 NM Tall kid who kicked back-to-back goals in second term. That was it. 3
11 NEAFL He didn’t capitalise on his opportunities but kicked three goals.
12 NEAFL Kicked 1.4 for the day and took a few nice marks.
13 GWS Came in for late withdrawal Merrett, booted two goals but chances limited. 4
14 Frem Never sighted. 1
15 NM Influence ebbed and flowed. 6
16 Rich Not given much by Grimes and just one goal from two marks. 3
17 WCE Had a promising second term but seven touches (six in first half) says enough. 4
18 GCS Kept presenting despite tough conditions, and rewarded with three goals. 5
19 Melb Kicked two goals to play a role in attack. Has tools to work with. 5
20 Adel Simply didn’t do enough as a key forward. 1
21 Coll One of few Lions to struggle despite plenty of forward service. 2
22 Frem One disposal in first half was likely behind him being subbed out at half time. 2

2013 Season

Played for : Brisbane

1   Foot.  
2   Foot.  
3 NEAFL Started forward and swung back, got through first game well.
4 NEAFL Second game back, will be better for the run.
5 NEAFL Third game back from injury, didn’t do much.
6 NEAFL Working back to full fitness, didn’t do a lot.
7 NEAFL Bye.
8 NEAFL Played centre half back and competed well all day.
9 NEAFL Swung forward, and presented very well all day.
10 NEAFL Presented well all day. Work rate was impressive.
11 NEAFL Bye.
12 NEAFL Worked hard all day for little reward.
13 NEAFL Did some nice things. Eight tackles.
14 NEAFL Presented well all day playing up forward.
15 NEAFL Played as a tall forward and gave a good target.
16 NEAFL Played up forward and worked hard. Kicked one.
17   Rested.  
18 NEAFL Bye.
19 NEAFL Played up forward and presented well.
20 NEAFL OK in front half with three majors.
21 NEAFL Great for second week in a row with 12 marks.
22 NEAFL Bye.
23 NEAFL Presented well, but not impactful.
SF NEAFL Did some handy things to catch the eye.
PF NEAFL Kicked three goals to cap strong season finish.