Paddy Ryder

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Paddy Ryder
Personal information
Full name Patrick Ryder
Date of birth (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 27)
Original team East Fremantle
Draft #7, 2005 National Draft
Height/Weight 197 cm / 94 kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 4
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2014
2015–
Essendon
Port Adelaide
170 (117)
0 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Patrick "Paddy" Ryder (born 14 March 1988) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

A Noongar/Yamatji man,[1] Ryder's father Revis Ryder also played football for East Fremantle.[2]

Ryder was part of the AFL under-18 All-Australian team and represented Australia in the under-18 international rules in Ireland. He had a successful career in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), playing for the East Fremantle Football Club.

AFL career[edit]

Ryder has 'freak' speed, agility and leap for someone of his size and it is these attributes that has him compared to retired Indigenous Australian rules football star Graham "Polly" Farmer. Essendon secured Ryder with its first selection in the 2005 AFL Draft, which was the seventh pick in the League.

He made his debut in round 1, 2006 and played mostly ruck. Ryder was awarded a NAB Rising Star nomination for his efforts in Round 1, 2007. He won the Anzac Medal in 2009 after teammate David Hille was injured in the opening minutes of the game, resulting in Ryder rucking unassisted for the entire game.

Ryder played his 100th AFL game in Round 6, 2011 in a match where Essendon defeated the Gold Coast Suns by 139 points.[3]

Ryder's improved form in the second half of the 2013 season after struggling with poor output and low confidence saw him play a big role in Essendon’s push to the finals. He played mainly in the ruck, where his tap-work was crucial, and also played forward and in defence. The 26-year-old has the ability to be one of the Bombers' key game-breakers, but can struggle with consistency.

Ryder remained a vital part of the Essendon outfit as firstly a ruckman and then an option as he pushed forward with his lightning pace and high-marking ability. Ryder had a solid start to 2014, including a two-goal performance in round 9 against Sydney. Ryder has announced himself as a player who can break games open and become a match-winner.

At the end of the 2014 season, it was reported that Ryder had quit Essendon[4] and had nominated Port Adelaide as his preferred club of destination.[5] On October 16, he was traded to the Power.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of the 2014 season.[7][8]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 Essendon 30 9 2 2 28 19 47 14 10 0.2 0.2 3.1 2.1 5.2 1.6 1.1
2007 Essendon 30 21 3 1 114 106 220 99 46 0.1 0.0 5.4 5.0 10.5 4.7 2.3
2008 Essendon 30 22 5 4 119 103 222 90 47 0.2 0.2 5.4 4.7 10.1 4.1 2.1
2009 Essendon 30 21 12 9 121 141 262 72 99 0.6 0.4 5.8 6.7 12.5 3.4 4.7
2010 Essendon 30 21 21 12 139 113 252 87 94 1.0 0.6 6.6 5.4 12.0 4.1 4.5
2011 Essendon 30 23 27 15 175 118 293 111 66 1.2 0.6 7.6 5.1 12.7 4.8 2.9
2012 Essendon 30 15 17 10 123 81 204 89 38 1.1 0.7 8.2 5.4 13.6 5.9 2.5
2013 Essendon 30 17 10 3 136 84 220 67 55 0.6 0.2 8.0 4.9 12.9 3.9 3.2
2014 Essendon 30 21 20 16 164 107 271 85 56 1.0 0.8 7.8 5.1 12.9 4.0 2.7
Career 170 117 72 1119 872 1991 714 514 0.7 0.4 6.6 5.1 11.7 4.2 3.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL Players' Indigenous Map 2012". aflpa.com.au. AFL Players Association. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Club honours indigenous players". Melville Times. Community Newspaper Group. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Essendon obliterate Gold Coast Suns, The Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2011
  4. ^ http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-09-21/ryder-quits-bombers
  5. ^ http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-09-26/paddy-firms-for-port
  6. ^ http://www.portadelaidefc.com.au/news/2014-10-16/power-secures-ryder-port
  7. ^ "Patrick Ryder statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Patrick Ryder of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 8 October 2012. 

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