Matthew Lappin

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Matthew Lappin
Personal information
Full name Matthew Lappin
Date of birth (1976-02-17) 17 February 1976 (age 42)
Original team(s) Chiltern
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994 – 1998 St Kilda 055 0(26)
1999 – 2007 Carlton 196 (221)
Total 251 (247)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Matthew Lappin (born 17 February 1976) is a retired Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL). He currently serves as Development Coach of the Gold Coast Football Club,[1] and had previously served as an assistant coach with the Carlton Football Club from 2007–2010.

Debuting with the St Kilda Football Club in 1994, Lappin was known as a solid running half-back flanker.

Lappin played in 17 of 22 matches in the 1997 AFL Premiership Season home and away rounds in which St Kilda Football Club qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club’s 2nd Minor Premiership and 1st McClelland Trophy.[2]

At the end of the 1998 season, after five seasons with the Saints (including the 1997 Grand Final), he moved to Carlton. He made an immediate impression: in the first quarter of the club's Round 1 match against Essendon, he took a specky on the goal-line which would go on to win the Mark of the Year for 1999.

At Carlton, Lappin established himself in a variety of roles. Initially he played as a goalsneak, but shifted into a sweeping half-back, or linkman role, providing much of Carlton's rebound football as they rebuilt their backline in the early-mid-2000s; he would also rotate sparingly through the midfield.

In 2004 he won All-Australian selection and was consistently among Carlton's best players, but in 2005 he did not have a great year for the Blues, which led to him considering walking out on the club. His form continued to slide in 2006, and after a particularly poor game against the Western Bulldogs coloured by some soft efforts[citation needed], Lappin was dropped to Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants. He played two games there and improved his intensity; he averaged 29 disposals and 3.5 tackles in the four games after his return. Lappin moved primarily back into the forward line in 2007 with reasonable success. Following an injury, Lappin announced his retirement shortly before Carlton's final game of 2007, four games short of playing 200 games for the club.

Throughout his playing career, Lappin was easily recognised on the field with his lightly built frame, for which he attracted the nickname "Skinny". He was a great mark, regularly outmarking players much bigger than him. Lappin also represented Australia in the International Rules series in three seasons, and was noted for kicking the round ball better than most of his teammates.

Following his retirement from playing, Lappin remained with the Carlton Football Club as an assistant coach, as well as acting as a playing assistant coach with the Northern Bullants (as a VFL-listed player). He served as Carlton's forward line coach from 2008 until 2010. In 2011, he shifted into an assistant coaching role at Collingwood.[3]

On August 22, 2015. Lappin played for the Gold Coast Suns reserves team as a result of the teams injury plague.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of 2007 Season [4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 St Kilda 37 9 1 1 78 36 114 23 9 0.11 0.11 8.67 4 12.67 2.56 1
1995 St Kilda 22 3 23 14 37 7 3 7.67 4.67 12.33 2.33 1
1996 St Kilda 22 7 60 51 111 28 9 8.57 7.29 15.86 4 1.29
1997 St Kilda 22 20 20 19 154 135 289 57 35 1 0.95 7.7 6.75 14.45 2.85 1.75
1998 St Kilda 22 20 20 19 154 135 289 57 35 1 0.95 7.7 6.75 14.45 2.85 1.75
1999 Carlton 12 25 33 21 246 149 395 115 25 1.32 0.84 9.84 5.96 15.8 4.6 1
2000 Carlton 12 24 33 21 280 145 425 114 44 1.38 0.88 11.67 6.04 17.71 4.75 1.83
2001 Carlton 12 23 49 33 301 139 440 128 37 2.13 1.43 13.09 6.04 19.13 5.57 1.61
2002 Carlton 12 21 22 20 207 120 327 77 32 1.05 0.95 9.86 5.71 15.57 3.67 1.52
2003 Carlton 12 22 10 3 284 119 403 103 47 0.45 0.14 12.91 5.41 18.32 4.68 2.14
2004 Carlton 12 22 23 7 323 122 445 114 42 1.05 0.32 14.68 5.55 20.23 5.18 1.91
2005 Carlton 12 22 25 14 239 132 371 104 45 1.14 0.64 10.86 6 16.86 4.73 2.05
2006 Carlton 12 19 5 9 253 134 387 116 38 0.26 0.47 13.32 7.05 20.37 6.11 2
2007 Carlton 12 18 21 12 162 95 257 92 25 1.17 0.67 9 5.28 14.28 5.11 1.39
Career 251 247 167 2715 1472 4187 1121 414 0.95 0.65 10.31 5.77 16.09 4.20 1.57

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Staff". goldcoastfc.com.au. Gold Coast Football Club. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  3. ^ Herald Sun, "Magpies sign up Matthew Lappin and Craig McRae", 12 October 2010, Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  4. ^ "AFL Tables - Matthew Lappin - Stats - Statistics". afltables.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 

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