Harry Taylor – Australian Rules Football Player
The Man who became a bricklayer to see his AFL dream through.
Harry Taylor was born on the 12th of June 1986 and grew up in Geraldton. He was the captain of the Geraldton Grammar SchoolFootball Team.
He later moved base to Perth as he thought that would give him a better shot at playing in the AFL.
Harry was committed to playing the sport at the highest level early in his career and even took the decision of becoming a brick layer to gain muscle needed to be successful in the AFL.
Harry played for the WAFL from 2005 to 2008. He was impressive during that time and finished third in the East Freemantle Sharks best and fairest in 2007. He was drafted by the Geelong Cats in 2008 as the 17th pick.
This was a move considered by many as a surprise pick as Harry was already 22 years of age by that time.
Harry Taylor had an outstanding debut season with the Cats. He played 21 games through the season and was a member of the team for the grand final as well. The highlight of his first season was the match saving mark against Fremantle at Subiaco in round 6. Harry was awarded the best first year player for the Cats.
Harry outlined his versatility as a player as he impressed as the Centre Half Back while also scoring three goals through the season.
2009 saw the continuation of Harry’s impressive form. He would play 22 games through the season including all three finals. In fact, the grand final was the stage for Taylor’s best performance of the season.
He finished the game with a record 15 spoils and took a game saving mark in the last thirty seconds of the game. He managed to keep Nick Reiwoldt to only five marks and one goal in a fantastic display of defensive play. He would end up as third in the Norman Smith medal voting.
Harry scored another three goals across the season and with double figure possessions in 21 of the 22 games he played that year.
2010 saw Harry being regarded as among the top tier of players in the sport. He finished the season as All Australian Centre Half Back. He played a total of 23 games this season and again participated in all three finals.
He would end the season with 388 possessions and 159 marks. Some truly outstanding numbers. He would also reach a career best 30 possessions in a single game twice in the season. He scored two goals across the season and had seven games where he had more than 20 possessions.
Harry played a key role in Geelong’s premiership victory in 2011 as he played in all 24 matches including the three finals. He would be nominated for All Australian selection as well. His possessions count over the season would cross 300 for the fourth year running and he also ended the season as the Cats player with most marks across the season.
2012 was another great year for Harry Taylor as he scored 15 goals in the season for the first time in his career. He managed 6 goals in round ten of the season alone. He played 20 games that season and would finish fourth in the best and fairest for 2012.
This was a year where he again would be nominated for the All Australian squad. He continued his stellar defensive record as he finished the season with upwards of 300 possessions and career best 48 tackles as well.
He would be named Cats Community champion in 2012.
2013 was easily his best season so far. He had stellar figures of 401 disposals, 266 kicks and 176 marks. Added to this was a career best equalling 15 goals. It was no surprise when he was picked for the All Australian side for the second time in his career.
He received 10 Brownlow votes over the season and finished the season as runner up in the Cats best and fairest for 2013.
Awards And Achievements
- AFL Premiership (Geelong): 2009, 2011
- AFL McClelland Trophy (Geelong): 2008
- AFL NAB Cup (Geelong): 2009
- All-Australian: 2010, 2013
- Geelong F.C. Best First Year Player Award: 2008