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Laird named Hertz Fans’ MVP

Rory Laird has comfortably taken out the 2018 Hertz Fans’ MVP

11:33am Sep 4, 2018

Pyke on 2019

Don Pyke speaks at Friday night’s Club Champion on where the Crows are going next season

4:17pm Sep 3, 2018

Laird reflects on a rewarding week

Club Champion and dual All-Australian Rory Laird reflects on 2018

7:14pm Sep 2, 2018

Latest Player Video

Hertz Crows Fans' MVP: Round Four

5:00pm  Apr 17, 2018

Rory Laird Presser April 9

11:55am  Apr 9, 2018

Hertz Crows Fans' MVP: Round Two

3:41pm  Apr 3, 2018

Senior List

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Rory
Laird

Height
177 cm
DOB
29-12-1993
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2018
20
Career
121
Goals
2018
3
Career
12
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2155
Avg
108
RoryLaird

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Kenilworth (SA)/West Adelaide
Debut: v Western Bulldogs, Round Four, 2013
Recruited from: West Adelaide (SA)
Brownlow Votes: 13

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After being included in the squad but overlooked for the final team in the previous two years, Laird received his first All Australian blazer in 2017. The prolific and damaging half-back averaged a career-best 30 disposals at an elite 81 per cent efficiency. He ranked fourth in the AFL for total disposals (662), second for effective disposals (536) and equal-fourth for intercept possessions (167) at the completion of the minor round. Laird, who represented Australia in the International Rules series, finished third in the Crows Club Champion award in further recognition of a brilliant and consistent season. Reached the 100-game milestone in Adelaide’s Preliminary Final win over Geelong.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Followed up his breakout 2015 season with another strong year in 2016. Averaged a career-high 27 disposals a game across 19 matches and emerged as one of the premier small defenders in the competition. Reliable with and without the ball, Laird conceded just 19 goals to direct opponents for the season and finished third at the Club for intercept possessions (149). Also ranked fourth at the Club for total disposals (521) at an elite 83 per cent efficiency. Despite missing five games to injury, Laird’s strong season was rewarded with selection in both the 40-man All Australian squad and the AFL Players’ Association Best 22Under22 side.

Season by Season

Enjoyed a breakout 2015 season, finishing runner-up in the Crows Club Champion award and being selected in the 40-man All Australian squad and the AFL Players’ Association Best 22 under 22. Laird, who played every game, averaged a career-high 24.4 possessions. He was No.1 at Adelaide in effective kicks (190) and handball receives (225), and second in rebound 50ms (70). The courageous small defender also ranked seventh in the AFL for intercept possessions in the minor round. As well as providing good run, Laird conceded an average of only 0.7 goals per game to his direct opponents. Played his 50th game for the Club in Round 18, won the 19th Man Award as the Members’ MVP and signed a new three-year deal during the year.

Season by Season

Adductor issues curtailed Laird’s pre-season, but the former rookie worked his way into the senior side by Round Three and played a total of 16 AFL games. He showed versatility as a role-playing midfielder in addition to his usual post in defence. Laird starred in Adelaide’s Round 10 clash with Carlton, collecting with 28 possessions and 10 marks. He was squeezed out of the team late in the season, but amassed 42 possessions in his only SANFL appearance of the season to earn a recall. Missed Adelaide’s final match of the season after being concussed late in the game against North Melbourne in Hobart. On track to play his 50th AFL game in 2015.

Season by Season

Laird started season 2013 on the rookie list, but demanded promotion with his SANFL form. The uncompromising defender was elevated to the senior list in April and made his AFL debut against the Western Bulldogs in Round Four, only missing only one game (through injury) from then on. Reliable and cool under pressure, Laird averaged 18.5 disposals a game and earned a Rising Star nomination in Round 20. Was promoted to the senior list alongside Kyle Hartigan for season 2014.

Season by Season

Adelaide’s first pick in the 2012 Rookie Draft, Laird enjoyed a consistent season for West Adelaide. The small defender/midfielder earned a Powerade Star Search (equivalent to the AFL’s Rising Star) nomination in his league debut and showed excellent composure under pressure throughout the finals series.

Season by Season

A nuggety back-pocket, Laird was snapped up with Adelaide’s first pick in the AFL Rookie Draft. From West Adelaide, the tough and neat-kicking backman represented South Australia at the Under-18 Championships and can play either as a shut-down or creative defender.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 16.0
    • Handballs 16.3
    • Disposals 32.2
    • Marks 6.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 107.8

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Richmond Rd 2
Handballs 28 Geelong Cats Rd 17
Disposals 43 Geelong Cats Rd 17
Marks 10 Carlton Rd 23
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 St Kilda Rd 3
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 23
AFL Fantasy 141 Richmond Rd 2

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 99 - 87 15 25 40 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 124
2 Richmond W 118 - 82 29 13 42 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 141
3 St Kilda W 55 - 104 16 16 32 7 0 1 2 6 0 0 120
4 Collingwood L 58 - 106 18 19 37 5 0 2 2 3 0 0 115
5 Sydney Swans W 75 - 85 15 15 30 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 89
6 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 62 11 23 34 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 114
7 Carlton W 125 - 70 14 18 32 6 0 0 2 1 1 0 100
8 Port Adelaide L 95 - 90 15 12 27 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 83
9 Western Bulldogs W 63 - 26 16 12 28 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 102
10 Melbourne L 146 - 55 13 17 30 10 0 1 0 5 0 1 125
11 GWS Giants L 81 - 97 17 13 30 6 0 1 1 3 0 0 105
12 Fremantle L 71 - 68 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Hawthorn L 88 - 32 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 78 13 19 32 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 102
16 Richmond L 103 - 56 19 16 35 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 110
17 Geelong Cats W 112 - 97 15 28 43 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 122
18 Brisbane Lions W 88 - 93 14 15 29 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 89
19 Melbourne L 77 - 90 11 14 25 1 0 0 3 4 0 1 72
20 Port Adelaide W 96 - 93 10 8 18 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 67
21 GWS Giants L 106 - 92 16 9 25 6 0 3 0 3 0 0 99
22 North Melbourne W 86 - 77 21 20 41 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 138
23 Carlton W 61 - 165 21 13 34 10 0 1 0 3 1 0 138
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 319 325 644 124 0 21 13 43 3 4 2155

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 121
    • Kicks 12.7
    • Handballs 12.6
    • Disposals 25.2
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 89.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Richmond Rd 2, 2018
Handballs 28 Geelong Cats Rd 17, 2018
Disposals 43 Geelong Cats Rd 17, 2018
Marks 15 Geelong Cats PF, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Fremantle Rd 9, 2015
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 23, 2018
AFL Fantasy 142 GWS Giants Rd 1, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Adelaide Crows 319 325 644 124 0 21 13 43 3 4 2155
2017 Adelaide Crows 367 369 736 143 0 29 15 55 3 1 2491
2016 Adelaide Crows 251 270 521 127 0 21 9 40 1 1 1835
2015 Adelaide Crows 289 273 562 133 0 21 15 58 2 4 2036
2014 Adelaide Crows 126 129 255 65 0 8 8 37 2 2 977
2013 Adelaide Crows 180 153 333 74 0 18 5 51 1 2 1283

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 AFL Games: v Sydney, Round 18, 2015

Awards

Club Awards

Runner-up Club Champion
2015

19th Man Award
2015

AFL Awards

All Australian
2017

All Australian nominee
2015
2016

Rising Star nominee
2013

Q&A

Nickname: Dos

What was your best break in life: Drafted to the Crows

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Be nice

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: NFL quarterback

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: No

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Duncan Kellaway

Morning or evening person: Evening

Favourite timeslot to play in: Friday night

Favourite footy journalist: Josh Jenkins

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Bruce McAvaney

Worst injury: Broken pinky

How many text messages do you send a day: 57

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Brodie Smith

Best concert you’ve been to: Chris Brown

Where did you holiday after last season: USA

Favourite sport other than football: NBA/NFL

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: 100m sprint

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Yes, occasionally

Favourite restaurant: Stamps

Do you believe in UFOs: Yes

What three items would you take to a desert island: Boat, food

Any special hobbies or interests: Other sports

Three famous people you would like to meet: Odell Beckham Jnr, LeBron James, Justin Bieber