Patrick Dangerfield

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Patrick Dangerfield
Personal information
Full name Patrick Dangerfield
Nickname(s) Danger
Date of birth (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Moggs Creek, Victoria
Original team Anglesea (BFL)
Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
Draft #10, 2007 National Draft, Adelaide
Debut Round 20, 2008, Adelaide
v. Essendon, at Telstra Dome
Height/Weight 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) / 90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder, small forward
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 32
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008– Adelaide 135 (148)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2014 Australia 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 4, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Patrick Dangerfield (born 5 April 1990) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Dangerfield was Adelaide’s first selection in the 2007 National Draft at #10 overall.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dangerfield graduated from the AIS-AFL Academy and toured South Africa in early 2007. In October 2007, he won the 100m and 400m titles at the Victorian Secondary Schools Athletics. Whilst at school he was also a school captain at Oberon High School.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Dangerfield's selection caused immediate controversy as he spent his first AFL year studying in his home state, Victoria, and could not train with the club consistently, while other possible selections such as Brad Ebert began their AFL careers in the senior side.[3][4] During 2008 he played for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup while studying and training with Adelaide when possible.[2][3] Despite his disadvantages, he played two games for the Crows late in the 2008 season and showed promising signs.

In 2009 he changed his guernsey number from 19 (retired in order to assist the launch of the club's "19th Man" campaign) to the number belonging to former Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto, 32.[5][6] In that year he became a regular in the Crows' side, with his style of play likened by fans and commentators to Ricciuto. He received an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 3 for his performance against Fremantle at Subiaco Oval.[7] In total Dangerfield played 21 games in 2009 and averaged 13 disposals and a goal per game. He continued to develop his game in 2010, playing 19 matches and kicking 26 goals.

Dangerfield was given more responsibility in the midfield in 2011, which he relished, playing every game and averaging 17 disposals. He also won the Grand Final day sprint in 2011, which he would reprise in both 2012 and 2013. In 2012 Dangerfield emerged as a star of the competition, playing in the midfield full-time and racking up 600 disposals for the regular season, ranked tenth in the AFL. He was selected in the All-Australian team for the first time and finished seventh in the Brownlow Medal.[8] During the season he re-signed with the club for three years, to a very positive reaction from Crows supporters.[9][10]

Dangerfield had another outstanding season in 2013, being selected again in the All-Australian team and finishing top five in the Brownlow Medal. Called upon at times to play as a forward due to injuries, he kicked a career-best 31 goals, second in the club's goalkicking, and ranked highly in several statistics despite being tagged heavily.[8] In 2014, he was named action co-captain alongside Rory Sloane due to regular captain Nathan van Berlo's absence through injury.[11] He defied injuries and taggers to again play a key role for Adelaide, leading the club in disposals and ranking first in the AFL for contested possessions, while finishing fifth in the Brownlow Medal.[8] His season included a 41-possession game against reigning premiers Hawthorn, a record for any AFL match at the Adelaide Oval.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of Round 4, 2015 season.[13]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2008 Adelaide 19 2 1 1 6 6 12 4 2 0.50 0.50 3.00 3.00 6.00 2.00 1.00
2009 Adelaide 32 21 21 19 106 167 273 58 47 1.00 0.90 5.05 7.95 13.00 2.76 2.24
2010 Adelaide 32 19 26 19 140 158 298 52 57 1.37 1.00 7.37 8.32 15.68 2.74 3.00
2011 Adelaide 32 22 23 13 204 171 375 64 72 1.05 0.59 9.27 7.77 17.05 2.91 3.27
2012 Adelaide 32 25 23 9 390 277 667 106 77 0.92 0.36 15.60 11.08 26.68 4.24 3.08
2013 Adelaide 32 20 31 18 302 164 466 84 64 1.55 0.90 15.10 8.20 23.30 4.20 3.20
2014 Adelaide 32 22 17 22 276 272 548 74 78 0.77 1.00 12.55 12.36 24.91 3.26 3.55
2015 Adelaide 32 4 6 6 55 34 89 12 23 1.50 1.50 13.75 8.50 22.25 3.00 5.75
Career 135 148 107 1479 1249 2728 454 420 1.10 0.79 10.96 9.25 20.21 3.36 3.11
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Bradley (26 November 2007). "Patrick Dangerfield answers draft's Crow call". Geelong Advertiser (News Corp). Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Devic, Aleks (23 February 2008). "AFL backflip allows local student Patrick Dangerfield to play with Geelong Falcons". Geelong Advertiser (News Corp). Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Milbank, Zac; Brettig, Daniel (22 April 2008). "Dangerfield presents a Crow's case". THe Advertiser (Adelaide: Advertiser Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Crows – We'd still take Dangerfield". The Advertiser (News Corp). 30 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Gill, Katrina (18 December 2008). "Full time Crow set for full on season". Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (3 October 2008). "Number's up for Crows fans". The Advertiser (Adelaide: Advertiser Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  7. ^ A AFL Rising Star: Rd 3
  8. ^ a b c "Patrick Dangerfield - AFC.com.au". 
  9. ^ Porter, Ashley (28 May 2012). "Huge boost for Adelaide: Dangerfield re-signs". The Age. 
  10. ^ Ricciuto, Mark (28 May 2012). "Patrick Dangerfield Could be the greatest crow ever". AdelaideNow. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Bednall, Jai (24 January 2014). "Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane will co-captain the Adelaide Crows". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Hawthorn defeats Adelaide by two goals at Adelaide Oval in Round 17, Jack Gunston kicks four goals and Josh Jenkins five , Herald Sun, 12 July 2014
  13. ^ "Patrick Dangerfield statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 

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