Broc McCauley (born 20 December 1986) is a former Australian rules footballer, who played for Hawthorn Football Club and Brisbane Lions Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
A junior sporting standout in cricket, soccer and basketball who three years earlier had been an up-and-coming first-division soccer player. Frustrated by having to drive to Brisbane to play soccer, especially when studying on the Gold Coast, he went back to his one-time junior club to play AFL.
He started in the Surfers Paradise reserves in the second division, switched to Southport to maximize his competitive opportunities in 2007, and was a senior fixture in the Sharks side in 2007-08-09. In 2007 he played a full season, including 12 senior games, and was the best ruckman on the ground in the ’07 QAFL grand final loss to Mt.Gravatt. In 2008 he played in the winning grand final side against Morningside.
He played 20 of a possible 21 games in 2009. He also made his Queensland representative debut against Tasmania in June 2009, was a member of the QAFL Team of the Year, finished equal 7th in the Grogan Medal, and won the club’s ‘Most Improved Player’ award.
Broc was rookied by Brisbane because of what he did at interstate level, it that got him noticed by talent scouts on the lookout for new players. McCauley made his debut in Round 2 of the 2011 AFL season against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
McCauley was delisted at the end of the 2011 season.
McCauley was thrown a lifeline by the Hawks in the 2011 Rookie Draft and will be part of Hawthorn's Rookie List for the 2012 AFL season. McCauley was rookie upgraded after Alex Woodward was put on the longterm injury list. McCauley played his first game for the Hawthorn Football Club in Round 1 on the 30/3/2012, primary playing on seasoned Ruckman Darren Jolly, acquiring 21 hit outs, 14 possessions and 1 goal, his first in AFL.
McCauley retired from AFL on 30 October 2012, due to ongoing injuries.
A fully qualified stockbroker who put his career on hold to accept a rookie list contract with the Brisbane Lions in 2010. I can be a stock-broker all my life – I’ll only get one chance to be an AFL footballer, he said.