Luke McPharlin (born 1 December 1981) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL) for the Fremantle Football Club between 2002 and 2015, after two seasons with the Hawthorn Football Club. He was educated at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth where he graduated in 1999. Throughout his AFL career, McPharlin predominantly played as a key defender.
McPharlin in April 2016
|Full name||Luke McPharlin|
|Date of birth||1 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Original team(s)||East Fremantle (WAFL)|
|Draft||10th pick, 1999 National Draft (Hawthorn)|
|Height||192 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|Position(s)||Defender / Forward|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
McPharlin was recruited from East Fremantle in Western Australia to the Hawthorn Football Club after being taken at Pick 10 in the 1999 AFL Draft. He made his debut in 2000, kicking a goal with his first kick, but played just 12 total games in his first two seasons at Hawthorn. Feeling home sick in Melbourne, McPharlin jumped at the chance of returning to Perth, and was subsequently traded to Fremantle following the 2001 season. McPharlin battled injury early on in his career, managing just over 50 games in his first five seasons.
In 2013, McPharlin helped lead Fremantle to their first ever AFL Grand Final appearance, where they were defeated by Hawthorn by 15 points, ending the club's best season in their 19-year history just short of their first premiership success.
McPharlin struggled to play regularly in 2013 and 2014 with calf and achilles-related issues, managing just 29 games over those two seasons. He also did not feature in Fremantle's finals campaigns in 2014 and 2015 due to calf problems.
On 30 September 2015, McPharlin announced his retirement from the AFL after 256 games and 16 seasons in the league. McPharlin departed Fremantle sitting second on the club's games record list with 244, behind only Matthew Pavlich who retired on 353.
McPharlin was the lead guitarist and singer of a Bahá'í Youth Music outfit, "Calling, Waiting, Searching". His musical skills led him to win The Footy Show's musical contest Screamers in 2005. On 24 July 2011, it was announced that McPharlin would release his debut album later that year in collaboration with local Perth act Stella's Kitchen.
McPharlin and his wife, Kalinz, have two daughters.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Luke McPharlin 200 AFL Games
- AFL - Mark Of The Year 2005 (Luke McPharlin)
- "Grand revenge: Hawthorn makes up for 2012 loss". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- Fremantle Dockers defender Luke McPharlin retires as a club legend
- "McPharlin calls time after decorated career". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- McPharlin calls time
- A player and more
- Top sportsmen find support in faith
- Luke McPharlin Wins the Footy Show Screamers
- Outside man
- Grateful for guidance
- Luke McPharlin's player profile at AFL Tables