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Key Facts

Full name
Gary Moorcroft

Known as
Gary Moorcroft

Born
16 April 1976 (age 46)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 14d
Last game: 27y 17d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; Melbourne; Bendigo

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 46, 29
Melbourne: 7

Recruited from
Essendon (2003)

Gary Moorcroft

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
EssendonAFL1995, 1997-2002951021.0769%7.893.443.289
MelbourneAFL2003320.670%7.003.332.670
BendigoVFL200414
SilvanYVMDFL2005-2008395
RomseyRDFL2009-2010
BundooraNFNL2011-20181525213.43
AFL1995, 1997-2003981041.0667%7.873.443.279
VFL200414
YVMDFL2005-20083950.00
RDFL2009-2010
NFNL2011-20181525213.43
Total1995, 1997-201826410203.86

AFL: 10,604th player to appear, 2,440th most games played, 1,021st most goals kickedEssendon: 994th player to appear, 185th most games played, 77th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,226th player to appear, 1,107th most games played, 801st most goals kicked

Short, stocky and dynamic, Gary Moorcroft was a highly effective small forward who was pre-eminently capable of the spectacular, a prime case in point being his 2001 Mark of the Year which he captured after a double leap onto and over the back of Brad Johnson of the Western Bulldogs.

As a youngster, Moorcroft had won the 1994 Morrish Medal whilst playing for Northern Knights, and the following year found him making his senior AFL debut for Essendon. By the time he crossed to Melbourne after the 2002 season he had played 95 games and scored 102 goals for the Bombers, with the highlight coming in 2000 when he contributed a goal to a 19.21 to 11.9 grand final defeat of Melbourne. He also played in the following season’s grand final loss to Brisbane, when he again kicked a single goal.

Moorcroft’s stint with the Demons was cruelly de-railed by a serious knee injury after he had played just three games and kicked two goals.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.