Craig McRae

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Craig McRae
Personal information
Full name Craig McRae
Date of birth (1973-09-22) 22 September 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team Glenelg (SANFL)
Draft #22, 1993 Pre-season Draft, Brisbane Bears
Height/Weight 176 cm / 72 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–1996
1997–2004
Total
Brisbane Bears
Brisbane Lions
39 (56)
156 (176)
195 (232)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1999 South Australia 1
International team honours
1999 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2004 season.
Career highlights

Craig McRae (born 22 September 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer.

Originally from South Australian National Football League club Glenelg, McRae was drafted by AFL club Brisbane as the 22nd pick in the 1994 draft and had an immediate impact, kicking two goals in his first game in 1995, and played every game of that year. McRae was renowned for his ability to kick goals from not only beyond the fifty metre line, but also for his scouting of the ball spilled from the hands of taller players.

McRae was known for his determination and fierce tackling. The respected small forward/goalsneak retired from professional football after the 2004 Grand Final loss to Port Adelaide, which included playing in Brisbane's 2001, 2002 and 2003 premierships.[1]

Statistics[edit]

[2]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which McRae won an AFL Premiership
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 Brisbane Bears 4 23 28 22 231 113 344 47 38 1.2 1.0 10.0 4.9 15.0 2.0 1.7
1996 Brisbane Bears 4 16 28 19 181 49 230 38 18 1.8 1.2 11.3 3.1 14.4 2.4 1.1
1997 Brisbane Lions 4 18 19 16 172 70 242 42 27 1.1 0.9 9.6 3.9 13.4 2.3 1.5
1998 Brisbane Lions 4 16 13 15 150 79 229 48 17 0.8 0.9 9.4 4.9 14.3 3.0 1.1
1999 Brisbane Lions 4 24 41 32 267 73 340 69 37 1.7 1.3 11.1 3.0 14.2 2.9 1.5
2000 Brisbane Lions 4 16 9 11 164 69 233 48 28 0.6 0.7 10.3 4.3 14.6 3.0 1.8
2001 Brisbane Lions 4 19 21 20 145 64 209 52 28 1.1 1.1 7.6 3.4 11.0 2.7 1.5
2002 Brisbane Lions 4 24 29 27 193 108 301 61 66 1.2 1.1 8.0 4.5 12.5 2.5 2.8
2003 Brisbane Lions 4 20 26 17 132 79 211 34 62 1.3 0.9 6.6 4.0 10.6 1.7 3.1
2004 Brisbane Lions 4 19 18 17 124 58 182 38 41 0.9 0.9 6.5 3.1 9.6 2.0 2.2
Career 195 232 196 1759 762 2521 477 362 1.2 1.0 9.0 3.9 12.9 2.4 1.9

Career highlights[edit]

Post football career[edit]

Until the end of the 2006 season, McRae was involved in a sports administration business and various football broadcasting roles including radio station Triple M, where he hosted a football programme with former Brisbane teammate Jason Akermanis.

In October 2006, McRae was appointed to the newly created position of Player Development Coach[3] with the Richmond Football Club, necessitating a relocation to Melbourne. In the middle of the 2009 AFL season, McRae took up the head coaching position at Richmond's VFL affiliate club, the Coburg Tigers, when former coach Jade Rawlings became caretaker coach at Richmond. McRae took up a development coach position at the Brisbane Lions. He is currently the development manager at Collingwood.[1]

McRae is also a qualified primary school teacher.

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