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Key Facts

Full name
Kristian Bardsley

Known as
Kristian Bardsley

13 September 1972 (age 51)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 197d
Last game: 25y 343d

Height and weight
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 13
St. Kilda: 14

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1994)

Kristian Bardsley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneAFL1992-1993540.8040%
St. KildaAFL1994-199853180.3445%8.923.342.510

AFL: 10,294th player to appear, 3,933rd most games played, 3,547th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 815th player to appear, 787th most games played, 521st most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,409th player to appear, 298th most games played, 334th most goals kicked

Kristian Bardsley originally went by the name of Kristian Anning but altered it after moving from North Melbourne to St Kilda. He struggled to establish himself at North, managing just five games and four goals in 1992-3. He fared much better during his time with the Saints, particularly in his first three seasons when he was a near ever present in the senior line-up. A utility, he probably played his best football in defence, with running forcefully out of the backlines a particular forté.

After 53 AFL appearances and 18 goals between 1994 and 1998, Bardsley was de-listed by St Kilda and joined VFL side Springvale. He was a member of the Scorpions’ 1999 premiership-winning team, although he was knocked unconscious early in the grand final and took no further part in the match. He finished his playing career at Scoresby, the club from which he had originally hailed, before ultimately retiring aged 34 in 2006. 

Author - John Devaney


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