David Crawford (Australian footballer)

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David Crawford
Personal information
Full name David Ian Crawford
Date of birth (1983-07-14) 14 July 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Mosman Park, Western Australia
Original team Mosman Park JFC
Height/Weight 188 cm / 87 kg
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–13 Claremont 200 (255)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2013 Western Australia 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

David Ian Crawford (born 14 July 1983) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Recruited from Aquinas College, Crawford played 200 games for Claremont in various positions between 2002 and 2013, and was a member of Claremont's premiership teams in 2011 and 2012. Crawford also played for Western Australia at state and under-18 level.

Football career[edit]

Born in Mosman Park, Crawford began playing football with the Mosman Park JFC. He attended Aquinas College, where he played in the First XVIII for two years. Crawford also featured in a number of Claremont development squads.[1] He represented Western Australia at the 2001 National Under-18 Championships, and also played for the Western Australia under-19 volleyball team.[2]

Crawford made his senior debut for Claremont against West Perth at Newdegate in round 13, 2002. He played a further three games in 2002, and nine in 2003, before gaining a more regular spot in 2004, when he played 16 games, including the grand final loss to Subiaco. He again played in a losing grand final in 2005.[3]

In 2006, he played 22 games, kicking 58 goals playing mainly at centre half-forward, which included three six-goal and one eight-goal hauls. Crawford also played in a losing grand final in 2007, before taking a year off from football to travel in 2009. He returned to football for the 2010 season, again playing in a losing grand final.

Crawford moved to Claremont's defence during the later stages of his career, primarily playing at centre half-back. During the 2011 season he played all 22 WAFL games for Claremont, including his 150th WAFL game in round 19 against East Perth, in which he earned life membership with the club. He played at centre half-back in Claremont's 56 point victory over Subiaco in the Grand Final, kicking a goal late in the game to put Claremont 50 points up. During the season, he also played three Foxtel Cup games for Claremont, including the grand final loss to Williamstown.

Crawford again played mostly in defence during the 2012 season. He played 20 WAFL games and two Foxtel Cup games during the season, including Claremont's grand final victories over East Fremantle in the WAFL Grand Final and Werribee in the Foxtel Cup.

During the 2013 season, Crawford won state representative honours with Western Australia, playing in a victory over Victoria. He played his 200th game for Claremont in the preliminary final defeat to East Perth,[4] becoming only the eighth player to reach the landmark for the club.[5] His form throughout the season was recognised when he was named in The West Australian's Team of the Year for the first time.[6]

Crawford announced his retirement in October 2013, having played 200 games for Claremont (193 WAFL games and seven Foxtel Cup games) and one game for Western Australia.[7] He was inducted into the WAFL 200 Club the following year.[8]

Crawford currently plays for Trinity Aquinas AFC in the Western Australian Amateur Football League. He kicked 35 goals in 15 games during the 2014 season,[9] including five against Whitford on his debut.[10]

Career Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct as of end of the 2013 WAFL Season
Season Team No. WAFL Other* Total
Games Goals Behinds Kicks Marks Handballs Games Goals Behinds Kicks Marks Handballs Games Goals Behinds Kicks Marks Handballs
2002 Claremont 19 4 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A - - - - - - 4 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2003 Claremont 19 9 13 N/A N/A N/A N/A - - - - - - 9 13 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2004 Claremont 19 16 25 N/A N/A N/A N/A - - - - - - 16 25 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2005 Claremont 19 21 43 N/A N/A N/A N/A - - - - - - 21 43 N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 Claremont 19 22 58 37 179 103 69 - - - - - - 22 58 37 179 103 69
2007 Claremont 19 22 27 19 168 79 68 - - - - - - 22 27 19 168 79 68
2008 Claremont 19 19 38 22 172 78 68 - - - - - - 19 38 22 172 78 68
2010 Claremont 19 19 26 14 118 85 121 - - - - - - 19 26 14 118 85 121
2011 Claremont 19 22 14 9 138 85 170 3 0 1 9 6 9 25 14 10 147 91 179
2012 Claremont 19 20 8 3 128 72 110 2 0 0 8 2 13 22 8 3 136 74 123
2013 Claremont 19 19 2 0 98 52 86 2 0 0 9 3 5 21 2 0 106 55 91
2013 Western Australia 19 - - - - - - 1 0 2 12 5 6 1 0 2 12 5 6
Total 193 255 104+ 1001+ 554+ 692+ 8 0 3 38 16 33 201 255 107+ 1039+ 570+ 725+

*Other games include seven Foxtel Cup games (for Claremont) and one state representative game (for Western Australia).
N/A - statistics were not available for this season and have not been included in the above totals

Personal life[edit]

Crawford holds a double degree in law and commerce and has worked as a chartered accountant for Gooding Partners since 2002.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crawford to make call on retiring – thewest.com.au. Published 30 September 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  2. ^ CRAWFORD'S MEMORABLE MILESTONE – claremontfc.com.au. Published 27 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  3. ^ David Crawford (Claremont) – WAFLOnline. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  4. ^ Tiger Crawford reaches 200 games in preliminary final - WA Football Commission. Published 13 September 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  5. ^ [1]. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  6. ^ West Perth midfielders cut a dash - thewest.com.au. Published 5 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  7. ^ Lions roar as Horsley signals return – thewest.com.au. Published 11 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  8. ^ Football Budget Round 22, 2014 - WAFL. Published 22 August 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  9. ^ Player Profile - David Crawford - Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 5 April 2015
  10. ^ Crawford boots five for Trinity Aquinas - thewest.com.au. Published 30 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  11. ^ David Crawford – goodingpartners.com.au. Retrieved 5 April 2015.