Adem Yze

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Adem Yze
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-09-21) 21 September 1977 (age 36).
Original team Shepparton United Football Club (GVFL)
Debut Round 13, 1 July 1995, Melbourne
v. Richmond, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height/Weight 187 cm / 85 kg[1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–2008 Melbourne 271 (234)[2]
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2008 season.
Career highlights
  • Best First Year Player 1995
  • Rising Star Nominee 1996
  • Second Best and Fairest 1998
  • Most Improved 1998
  • Third Best and Fairest 2000, 2004
  • Victorian State Representative 2000
  • Best and Fairest 2001
  • Most Consistent 2001
  • All-Australian 2002
  • Equal Third Brownlow 2002
  • 2002 International Rules Series
  • Best Team Player 2004

Adem Yze (/ˈz/ OO-zay; born 21 September 1977)[3] is an Australian rules footballer of Albanian descent. He was educated at Galvin Park Secondary College in Werribee, Victoria. He has made the third highest number of appearances in the history of the Melbourne Football Club.[4]

Melbourne career[edit]

Taken at #16 in the 1994 National AFL Draft, and debuting in 1995 with the Melbourne Demons, he has been an almost permanent fixture with the club throughout his career. He has remained remarkably consistent in this time, moving from half back to the midfield and in recent years has moved between half forward and half back. Yze led the league in kicks in 2001, 2002 and 2004, while coming third behind Scott Camporeale and Nathan Buckley in 2000.

In 2007, Yze found struggling with his form over the pre-season. After a disappointing performance against St Kilda in Round 1, his streak of 226 consecutive AFL appearances was put to an end, with Melbourne decided to drop him for the Round 2 game against Hawthorn.[5] Yze was then selected for Melbourne's Round 4 match against Fremantle and picked up a career-high 38-possessions[3] and kicked one goal, being named as one of the best on ground for the day. Despite seeing very little first-team action in 2008 – the last year of his contract at Melbourne, Yze has declared his intention to continue playing football, even if that means he enters the draft, or plays at VFL level. At 30, Yze feels he could play on for another two or three years.[6]

Due to Melbourne Football Clubs youth policy introduced at the end of Season 2008, Adem was delisted after only six senior appearances for the year, in which he kicked five goals. However these six games allowed Yze to notch up 300 senior appearances, which resulted in him gaining Lifetime AFL Membership. Yze expressed his desire to play on at another AFL club in Season 2009 declaring he would apply for the preseason draft, yet he conceded he had "stuff all" chances of being picked up by another club. However Yze declared he would play on regardless in 2009, even if it was at a suburban club, such as East Burwood, where his brother Damian Yze plays. Yze played with the Box Hill Hawks, which is aligned with Hawthorn in 2009 and joined the Shepparton Swans a year later.[7]

Playing style[edit]

Yze is known for his straight kicks and ability to kick goals from seemingly impossible angles. He has kicked five goals in a game on five occasions.[8] He is a creative forward and comes from the Victorian country town of Shepparton, being one of the AFL players along with Shaun Hart and Jason Traianidis to hail from Shepparton United Football Club in the Goulburn Valley Football League. His honours as a player include All-Australian selection in 2002, winning the Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy for Melbourne's Best and Fairest player in 2001, representing Australia in the International Rules Series 2002 and playing in the 2000 Grand Final against Essendon. He took one of the marks of the year in Round 21 of 2006 against Geelong, leaping onto Josh Hunt's shoulders and taking a brilliant chest mark while falling forward, over Hunt, with the commentator screaming "Yze-lenko you beauty!" (in reference to Alex Jesaulenko's famous mark). Though he sprained his wrist while trying to support the fall and later admitted he might need to get some tips from high flyer Russell Robertson on how to land correctly in such a situation.

He is also noted for being one of very few Muslims to play Australian rules professionally, although he does not actively practise Islam.[9] Fellow Muslim, Bachar Houli, has stated that he hopes to follow in Yze's footballing footsteps.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2012, Yze joined Hawthorn as a part-time assistant coach.[11]

Playing Statistics[edit]

[12]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.


Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1995 Melbourne 44 9 3 4 55 23 78 17 8 0.3 0.4 6.1 2.6 8.7 1.9 0.9
1996 Melbourne 13 19 9 8 136 40 176 48 16 0.5 0.4 7.2 2.1 9.3 2.5 0.8
1997 Melbourne 13 19 9 16 203 34 237 62 21 0.5 0.8 10.7 1.8 12.5 3.3 1.1
1998 Melbourne 13 25 7 5 394 95 489 110 37 0.3 0.2 15.8 3.8 19.6 4.4 1.5
1999 Melbourne 13 22 10 5 269 79 348 54 26 0.5 0.2 12.2 3.6 15.8 2.5 1.2
2000 Melbourne 13 25 37 23 411 123 534 104 42 1.5 0.9 16.4 4.9 21.4 4.2 1.7
2001 Melbourne 13 22 24 26 417 72 489 105 37 1.1 1.2 19.0 3.3 22.2 4.8 1.7
2002 Melbourne 13 24 19 13 441 105 546 106 67 0.8 0.5 18.4 4.4 22.8 4.4 2.8
2003 Melbourne 13 22 17 8 340 113 453 74 43 0.8 0.4 15.5 5.1 20.6 3.4 2.0
2004 Melbourne 13 23 19 21 410 104 514 99 54 0.8 0.9 17.8 4.5 22.3 4.3 2.3
2005 Melbourne 13 23 41 34 270 52 322 99 34 1.8 1.5 11.7 2.3 14.0 4.3 1.5
2006 Melbourne 13 24 30 16 356 120 476 128 44 1.3 0.7 14.8 5.0 19.8 5.3 1.8
2007 Melbourne 13 8 4 6 111 54 165 36 16 0.5 0.8 13.9 6.8 20.6 4.5 2.0
2008 Melbourne 13 6 5 9 86 26 112 35 5 0.8 1.5 14.3 4.3 18.7 5.8 0.8
Career 271 234 194 3899 1040 4939 1077 450 0.9 0.7 14.4 3.8 18.2 4.0 1.7

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000 14
2001 8
2002 17
2003 5
2004 14
2005 7
2006 5
2007
2008 1
Total 71
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ FootyWire.com Adem Yze of the Melbourne Demons Player Profile and AFL Stats, FootyWire.com, 12 August 2008.
  2. ^ MelbourneFC.com.au Players, Official AFL Website of the Melbourne Football Club, 12 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b MelbourneFC.com.au Player Profile – Adem Yze, Official AFL Website of the Melbourne Football Club, 12 August 2008.
  4. ^ AFL Tables AFL Tables – Adem Yze – Statistics, AFL Tables, 12 August 2008.
  5. ^ Sheridan, N. & Cusick, S., Yze axed, games record tilt over, The Age, 8 April 2007.
  6. ^ Stevens, M. Veteran Adem Yze in no hurry to hang up boots, Herald Sun, 18 July 2008.
  7. ^ Yze joins Box Hill Hawks – Official AFL Website of the Hawthorn Football Club
  8. ^ StatsZone.com.au Adem Yze career stats and bio, StatsZone.com.au, 12 August 2008.
  9. ^ News.com.au Laidley hopes forwards hold, Herald Sun, 10 May 2007.
  10. ^ Schwarz, L. Footy's newest star finds his fans from afar, The Age, 12 May 2007.
  11. ^ Pierik, Jon (17 January 2012). "Yze joins coaching staff at Hawks". The Age. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Adem Yze Player Profile at AFL Tables

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