Billy Longer

Billy Longer is a retired Australian rules footballer who played for the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Billy Longer
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Longer playing for St Kilda in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Billy Longer
Date of birth (1993-05-12) 12 May 1993 (age 27)
Original team(s) Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 8, 2011 National Draft, Brisbane Lions
Height 201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)
Club information
Current club St Kilda
Number 18
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012–2013 Brisbane Lions 09 (0)
2014–2019 St Kilda 57 (4)
Total 66 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

AFL careerEdit

Longer was recruited with pick 8 in the 2011 national draft by the Brisbane Lions from the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup under 18s where he played as a ruck.[1] Longer made his debut for Brisbane in round 3 of the 2012 AFL season, against Fremantle.

After two years and nine senior games with Brisbane, Longer announced that he wanted to return to Melbourne to live near family and friends and sought a trade. There was considerable interest from Melbourne-based clubs Hawthorn and St Kilda. Hawthorn dropped their interest after St Kilda traded their ruckman, Ben McEvoy, for draft picks. Seeing the ruck opening, Longer agreed to be traded to St Kilda.[2][3] Longer played his first game for St Kilda in round 4 of the 2014 AFL season against the Adelaide Football Club.

After playing 34 out of 44 games in 2014 and 2015, Longer lost his place and form and failed to play a senior game in 2016. He returned to senior football in 2017 and set a new St Kilda club record for hit outs in the 2017 AFL season of 656 at an average of 38.59 from 17 games.

Longer retired at the end of the 2019 season after experiencing concussion issues during the year.

StatisticsEdit

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game)
G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
2012 Brisbane Lions 5 5 0 0 21 16 37 11 15 113 0 0 4.2 3.2 7.4 2.2 3 22.6
2013 Brisbane Lions 5 4 0 1 11 17 28 6 13 70 0 0.3 2.8 4.3 7 1.5 3.3 17.5
2014 St Kilda 18 16 1 1 40 76 116 17 63 414 0.1 0.1 2.5 4.8 7.3 1 3.9 25.9
2015 St Kilda 18 18 1 0 67 100 167 43 48 525 0.1 0 3.7 5.6 9.3 2.4 2.7 29.2
2016 St Kilda 18 0
2017 St Kilda 18 17 2 2 24 135 159 27 68 656 0.1 0.1 1.4 7.9 9.4 1.6 4 38.6
Career 60 4 4 163 344 507 104 207 1778 0.1 0.1 2.7 5.7 8.5 1.7 3.5 29.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stannard, Damien (27 March 2012). "Teen ruckman Billy Longer on verge of AFL debut for Brisbane Lions at MCG". Courier Mail. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/afl/hawthorn-confident-of-snaring-promising-brisbane-ruckman-billy-longer/story-fnahrzm3-1226734237539
  3. ^ Saints land want-away Lions ruckman Longer
  4. ^ "Billy Longer stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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