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Tom Lynch

Games Played 158

Career 2012 - 2021

Debut 2012

Date of Birth 15/09/1990

Biography

AFC Debut Number: 184         AFC Debut Game: Round 1 v Gold Coast, 2012
Career Guernsey Number: 27

Tom Lynch grew up supporting St Kilda and was understandably thrilled to be selected by the Saints at No. 13 in the 2008 AFL draft. But it was at Adelaide where he eventually made his name as one of the game’s most influential medium forwards.

Drafted from the Sandringham Dragons, Lynch played six AFL games for the powerful St Kilda side as it challenged for premierships. He then asked to be traded to Adelaide at the end of the 2011 season, hoping for more senior opportunities. Despite starring in the SANFL with Glenelg, he only played six AFL games in his first year with the Crows as they advanced to a preliminary final.

The following season, however, he was Adelaide’s leading goalkicker with 33 from 17 games, including ten goals against GWS. Only two other Crows – Tony Modra and Scott Hodges – have booted ten or more goals in a game.

Serious injuries, including a dislocated shoulder, broken jaw and later a fractured neck, ruined Lynch’s 2014 season. But he played every game in 2015 and then kicked a career-high 42 goals in 2016, when he received an All-Australian nomination and finished third in Adelaide’s Club Champion Award.

Elevated to Adelaide’s leadership group in 2017, he was also an All-Australian nominee that season when he booted 31 goals from 23 games as the club reached the grand final. He continued to play an important role as a roaming forward who worked hard up and down the ground and created scoring opportunities.

A serious toe injury derailed Lynch’s 2021 season but he finished strongly and his Crows career ended on 158 games after the last minor round.

 

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
20122767550959318
2013271733201999529412531
20142787768411093513
20152723321629214343515843
20162723422127717144815045
20172723312329717547216350
201827171682011313329728
20192716171321311332611629
2020271365144782225313
2021271289129862156415
Totals-158199127187010422912992275

Awards

Leading Goalkicker

Leading Goalkicker

2013

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

2020

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

2021