Thomas Rockliff (born 22 February 1990) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played with the Brisbane Lions for 154 games between 2009 and 2017. In 2008 Rockliff, a medium-sized, smart and creative forward, was the leading goalkicker in the TAC Cup with 59 goals and won the Murray Bushrangers' best and fairest award, but was overlooked in the main draft. He was, however, drafted by the Brisbane Lions with the fifth selection in the 2009 pre-season draft. He served as the captain of the Brisbane Lions in 2015 and 2016.
Rockliff with the Brisbane Lions in August 2017
|Full name||Thomas Rockliff|
|Nickname(s)||Rocky, Tom, Pig|
|Date of birth||22 February 1990|
|Place of birth||Benalla, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 5, 2009 pre-season draft|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Position(s)||Midfield / forward|
|Current club||Port Adelaide|
|2009–2017||Brisbane Lions||154 (87)|
|2018–||Port Adelaide||18 (7)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Brisbane Lions (2009–2017)Edit
Rockliff made his AFL debut in round 18, 2009 against Collingwood, which was the only match he played that season. He recorded five possessions as Brisbane lost by 40 points.
In 2010, Rockliff forced his way back into the senior Brisbane Lions side in round 3, 2010 where he has since featured predominantly in the midfield rotation. He received an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 13, 2010 and despite being heavily favoured to win the award, he finished third behind winner Dan Hannebery and Tom Scully in the end of year voting.
For the 2011 season with the Lions, who finished 15th on the ladder after only managing four wins, Rockliff averaged 27.7 disposals, 5.6 marks and 5.4 tackles per game. Rockliff was rewarded by winning the club's best and fairest award over favourite Simon Black, who also had a strong season.
In 2014, Rockliff established himself as one of the elite midfielders of the competition, averaging a league-high 32.7 disposals and 9.1 tackles a game and recording 40 or more disposals five times. In round 18 in the Q-Clash against Gold Coast, Rockliff gathered a career-high 47 disposals (31 kicks and 16 handballs) as well as 10 tackles. Rockliff was awarded his second Merrett-Murray Medal as Brisbane's best and fairest player. Rockliff was also selected in the 2014 All-Australian Team on the Interchange after his remarkable season that was recognised.
In January 2015, it was announced that Rockliff would become the next captain of the Brisbane Lions, succeeding Jed Adcock. He lasted two years in the role and was succeeded by Dayne Beams in 2017. Following the end of the 2017 season, Rockliff began seeking a contract away from Brisbane.
Port Adelaide (2018–present)Edit
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievementsEdit
|Brownlow Medal votes|
- Murray star Tom Rockliff left out in cold
- Tom Rockliff set for Brisbane Lions debut against Collingwood
- Rockliff earns Rising Star nod
- Shining light in rocky season for Brisbane Lions, The Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2010
- Hannebery crowned rising star
- Whiting, Michael (5 September 2014). "Rocky's road leads to second best and fairest".
- Hamilton, Andrew (29 January 2015). "Tom Rockliff named new Brisbane Lions captain for 2015". Fox Footy. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- Wilson, Caroline (28 February 2017). "Dayne Beams appointed Brisbane Lions captain". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- Fielding, Josie (11 October 2017). "Tom Rockliff departs the Lions". lions.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Tom Rockliff Stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 September 2017.