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Laird unfazed by tag talk

Crows defender Rory Laird says he can handle whatever Geelong throws at him in Friday night's Preliminary Final

2:07pm Sep 19, 2017

Go Figure: Laird's century

A statistical look at Rory Laird's road to game No.100

10:41am Sep 19, 2017

Crow 'kids' among elite

The Crows had two of the youngest members of the 2017 All Australian team

10:16pm Aug 30, 2017

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Rory
Laird

Height
178 cm
DOB
29-12-1993
Weight
81 kg
Debut
2013
Games
2017
24
Career
100
Goals
2017
3
Career
9
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2400
Avg
100
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

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 24
    • Kicks 14.8
    • Handballs 14.7
    • Disposals 29.5
    • Marks 5.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 100.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Western Bulldogs Rd 16
Handballs 26 Melbourne Rd 8
Disposals 40 GWS Giants Rd 1
Marks 15 Geelong Cats PF
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 St Kilda Rd 12
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 142 GWS Giants Rd 1

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants W 147 - 91 23 17 40 6 0 5 0 4 0 0 142
2 Hawthorn W 89 - 113 11 10 21 5 0 1 2 5 0 0 83
3 Port Adelaide W 83 - 100 14 11 25 4 0 3 1 4 0 0 92
4 Essendon W 153 - 88 16 20 36 2 0 3 0 2 1 0 111
5 Gold Coast Suns W 86 - 153 13 20 33 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 113
6 Richmond W 140 - 64 16 18 34 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 113
7 North Melbourne L 145 - 86 11 26 37 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 102
8 Melbourne L 66 - 107 11 26 37 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 111
9 Brisbane Lions W 60 - 140 19 18 37 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 114
10 Fremantle W 143 - 43 15 12 27 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 78
11 Geelong Cats L 96 - 74 13 7 20 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 65
12 St Kilda W 111 - 54 15 19 34 4 0 3 1 5 0 0 115
14 Hawthorn L 82 - 96 12 16 28 2 0 3 1 2 0 0 82
15 Carlton W 77 - 89 12 13 25 5 0 1 2 1 0 0 76
16 Western Bulldogs W 104 - 45 23 9 32 12 0 0 0 3 0 0 135
17 Melbourne W 70 - 116 17 17 34 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 109
18 Geelong Cats W 91 - 70 11 11 22 6 0 0 1 1 0 0 74
19 Collingwood D 103 - 103 12 13 25 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 78
20 Port Adelaide W 130 - 46 18 10 28 8 0 0 1 2 1 0 109
21 Essendon W 80 - 123 13 14 27 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 98
22 Sydney Swans L 80 - 83 17 17 34 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 116
23 West Coast Eagles L 100 - 71 13 13 26 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 93
W1 GWS Giants W 84 - 48 11 4 15 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 63
PF Geelong Cats W 136 - 75 20 12 32 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 127
GF Richmond D 0 - 0 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 6 - D: 2 356 353 709 134 0 28 13 54 3 1 2400

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 100
    • Kicks 12.0
    • Handballs 11.8
    • Disposals 23.8
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 85.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Western Bulldogs Rd 16, 2017
Handballs 26 Melbourne Rd 8, 2017
Disposals 40 GWS Giants Rd 1, 2017
Marks 15 Geelong Cats PF, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Fremantle Rd 9, 2015
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 20, 2017
AFL Fantasy 142 GWS Giants Rd 1, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Adelaide Crows 356 353 709 134 0 28 13 54 3 1 2400
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
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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

All Australian
2017

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