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Tough times will pay off: Jaensch

Matthew Jaensch says the lonely days in rehabilitation will make him a better player and person

2:17pm Aug 10, 2015

Jaensch upbeat about rehab

Matthew Jaensch is confident he'll return to the game inside the 12 months normally predicted for knee reconstruction rehabilitation

1:39pm Jun 9, 2015

Fears confirmed for Jaensch

Scans have confirmed Matthew Jaensch has ruptured the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee

2:57pm May 18, 2015

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182 cm
85 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Hahndorf/Sturt
Debut: v Port, round 6, 2010
Recruited from: Sturt
Brownlow Votes: -

The rebounding defender was in career-best form prior to rupturing the ACL in his left knee against St Kilda at Adelaide Oval in Round Seven. Jaensch underwent a traditional knee reconstruction, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season. The former rookie announced his immediate retirement from the AFL in late February, citing a loss of passion for the sport.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Jaensch enjoyed a career-best season in his fifth year at West Lakes. The former rookie played all 22 games, using his elite foot skills to set-up Adelaide’s attack from the back half. Jaensch took more marks (126) than any other Crow and also ranked second at the Club in metres gained (9,042m) behind Brodie Smith. He also ranked second at Adelaide in rebound 50ms (89), and third in handball receives (193). Notched up his 50th game against Greater Western Sydney in Round Five and earned a two-year contract extension.

Season by Season

The neat-kicking utility played 11 senior games in 2013. Jaensch started the year at half-back, but was also tried in a half-forward role with some success, kicking an equal-career high three goals against Carlton. Finished the season in the SANFL, where he showed he was a cut above the rest of the competition.

Season by Season

Jaensch played nine of the opening 12 games of the season, providing offensive run from half-back. The long-kicking defender was hampered by a groin injury in the latter half of the season, and surgery eventually put an end to his season before finals. Jaensch will be a Crow until at least the end of 2014 after signing a new contract.

Season by Season

Following a promising debut season as a small forward in 2010, Jaensch held down a permanent spot in defence last year. The neat-kicking 22-year-old averaged 18.5 disposals across half-back and was on track for a break-out season before suffering a shoulder injury, which required surgery, against Essendon in round 17. Despite missing the last month of the season, Jaensch was recognised with the Emerging Talent award at the Crows Club Champion night. His best game came against Melbourne in round seven, where he amassed 27 possessions, five marks and three tackles.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 74
    • Kicks 11.3
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 17.1
    • Marks 4.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 GWS Giants Rd 5, 2014
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 1, 2014
Disposals 29 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11, 2014
Marks 14 Port Adelaide Rd 2, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 20, 2014
Goals 3 Carlton Rd 5, 2013
AFL Fantasy 127 GWS Giants Rd 5, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


50 AFL Games: v Greater Western Sydney, Round Five, 2014



Emerging Talent Award


Nickname: Yen

What was your best break in life: Still waiting

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Near enough is never good enough

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Rory Laird/Daniel Talia

Morning or evening person: Morning

Favourite timeslot to play in: 12.30pm Saturday

Favourite footy journalist: Harry Thring

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Garry Lyon

Worst injury: ACL

How many text messages do you send a day: 1,000

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Instagram, Sky Weather, Edge10

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Don’t have Twitter

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

Best concert you’ve been to: Justin Bieber

Where did you holiday after last season: Germany

Favourite sport other than football: Tennis

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: No, I hate ironing

Favourite restaurant: Melt Pizzeria

Do you believe in UFOs: No

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

Any special hobbies or interests: My dog

Three famous people you would like to meet: Michael Jordan, Andrew Kellaway,. Paul Broderick

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: My dog