RIP Harley Balic

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Premium Platinum
Jul 26, 2016
Brisbane (VIC until 21, SA until mid 30's)
AFL Club
Other Teams
LFC, Brisbane Lions
Former Fremantle midfielder Harley Balic has died aged just 25.

Balic played four games for the Dockers in 2017 after being drafted with pick 38 in the 2015 national draft.

The former Sandringham Dragons player requested a trade home at the end of the 2017 season for personal reasons, and landed at Melbourne.

Balic played in Peel Thunder’s 2016 premiership victory over Subiaco, collecting 20 disposals in the 23-point win.

Balic retired during the 2018 season.

“It was an easy decision in the end, as I’ve thought about it for a little while now,” Balic told Melbourne’s website.

“It’s something I’m not going to regret and I’m very appreciative to Melbourne for letting me come to the club for a second chance.

“I’ve always loved football, but my heart’s not in it and everything ends up being a grind and I think it’s just the right thing to do.

“The [club’s] VFL and AFL [teams] are both going to be successful this year and it’s something I’d love to be a part of, if I loved it, but unfortunately I don’t and it’s time to go out into the real world and see what else is out there for me.”



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May 27, 2007
Bluestone Station
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Please keep this respectful and afford Harley Balic his dignity. Tragic.

Rest in Peace.


Team Captain
Feb 21, 2019
AFL Club
Horrible news. Sadly he won’t be the last. It’s hard to comprehend the struggles one could face at 25 that they can’t see any other way out. Condolences to his family and those close to him.

La Dispute

La Dispute
Jul 14, 2005
AFL Club
Other Teams
Manchester City, Boston Bruins
Really sad.

Had to look up a couple of interviews with him as I’d really not kept up with his career after he was drafted to Freo.

Very softly spoken guy. Seemed overawed at every point of his footy journey. Slipped in the draft despite being outwardly the kind of player recruiters love - 6’2, already strong, athletic, good goal sense. Really similar player to Taranto who went Pick 2 the following year.

Sounds like he was very homesick in WA, sustained a couple of long term injuries and was already pretty vulnerable when he returned back to Vic.

Heartbreaking for his family.

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