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Laird backs rule tweak

Rory Laird has welcomed a rule change that makes it harder for players to draw free kicks by ducking into tackles

1:43pm Feb 1, 2017

Rookie & Pre-season Draft bargains

We look at some of Adelaide's savviest draft selections in the Rookie and Pre-Season Drafts

9:30am Nov 24, 2016

Recruiting Files: Laird

Crows recruiter recalls how young star Rory Laird slipped through to the Rookie Draft

4:03pm Nov 10, 2016

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Rory
Laird

Height
178 cm
DOB
29-12-1993
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2016
19
Career
76
Goals
2016
1
Career
6
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1835
Avg
97
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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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

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 13.2
    • Handballs 14.2
    • Disposals 27.4
    • Marks 6.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 96.6

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Carlton Rd 16
Handballs 25 Brisbane Lions Rd 20
Disposals 36 Brisbane Lions Rd 20
Marks 12 Port Adelaide Rd 2
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Hawthorn Rd 5
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 136 Port Adelaide Rd 2

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 North Melbourne L 107 - 97 14 10 24 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 90
2 Port Adelaide W 144 - 86 15 18 33 12 0 1 0 3 1 0 136
3 Richmond W 92 - 128 12 13 25 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 76
4 Sydney Swans W 113 - 103 12 15 27 5 0 2 1 2 0 0 88
5 Hawthorn L 112 - 109 12 9 21 4 0 2 1 6 0 0 89
6 Fremantle W 97 - 64 13 11 24 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 81
7 Western Bulldogs L 123 - 108 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Geelong Cats L 72 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Gold Coast Suns W 74 - 149 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 GWS Giants W 107 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 St Kilda W 133 - 45 11 19 30 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 96
12 West Coast Eagles W 76 - 105 18 7 25 10 0 1 0 4 0 0 115
14 North Melbourne W 100 - 67 12 8 20 4 0 1 1 3 0 1 75
15 Melbourne W 98 - 120 13 12 25 10 0 1 0 3 0 0 106
16 Carlton W 47 - 107 18 17 35 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 104
17 Collingwood W 97 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Geelong Cats L 85 - 55 13 9 22 6 0 1 2 4 0 0 86
19 Essendon W 143 - 61 13 23 36 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 107
20 Brisbane Lions W 177 - 39 11 25 36 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 110
21 Fremantle W 70 - 142 11 22 33 7 0 0 1 4 0 0 111
22 Port Adelaide W 94 - 109 12 11 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 73
23 West Coast Eagles L 71 - 100 12 16 28 6 0 2 1 4 0 0 101
W1 North Melbourne W 141 - 79 13 13 26 7 0 3 0 2 0 0 97
SF Sydney Swans L 118 - 82 16 12 28 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 94
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 7 251 270 521 127 0 21 9 40 1 1 1835

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 76
    • Kicks 11.1
    • Handballs 10.9
    • Disposals 22.0
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 80.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Essendon Rd 20, 2015
Handballs 25 Brisbane Lions Rd 20, 2016
Disposals 36 Brisbane Lions Rd 20, 2016
Marks 12 Port Adelaide Rd 2, 2016
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Fremantle Rd 9, 2015
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 2, 2016
AFL Fantasy 136 Port Adelaide Rd 2, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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

Rising Star nominee
2013

All Australian nominee
2015
2016

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