Daniel Rich

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Daniel Rich
Daniel Rich Lions vs Port Adelaide, April 2017.jpg
Rich at a game for the Lions against Port Adelaide in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Daniel Rich
Nickname(s) Dan, Richy, Bam Bam
Date of birth (1990-06-07) 7 June 1990 (age 27)
Original team(s) Subiaco (WAFL)
Draft No. 7, 2008 national draft
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Defence / Midfield
Club information
Current club Brisbane Lions
Number 10
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Brisbane Lions 165 (101)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Daniel Rich (born 7 June 1990) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was recruited with the seventh overall selection in the 2008 national draft.

Early life[edit]

Prior to being drafted by Brisbane, Rich had already amassed a considerable football résumé. This included under-18 selection for Western Australia in both 2007 and 2008, including selection for the All-Australian team both years, as well as playing in two senior premierships for Subiaco in the WAFL.[1] Following strong performances at senior level, Rich was regarded by many observers as a potential top-two selection in the months leading up to the draft.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Rich during pre-season training in December 2008

Rich made an impressive senior debut in round 1, 2009 amassing 21 possession and 4 tackles, a performance which garnered him the NAB Rising Star nomination for round 1.[3] He was rewarded for an outstanding first-year season with the 2009 NAB Rising Star award, being only the second Rising Star winner to poll maximum votes from all 9 judges, he also created history by becoming the third consecutive player to be drafted at pick seven and win the award. The praise for Rich's debut season kept coming, this time coming from the players themselves, after winning the AFLPA award for Best First Year Player by more than 400 votes.

Following a stellar first season in 2009 which saw him win the AFL Rising Star award among other honours, Rich added bulk to his frame over the 2010 pre-season and established himself as a key component of the Lions midfield in 2010. While he was consistently among the Lions top performers in the midfield, he particularly shone in the half-back line towards the tail-end of the season in the Lions’ narrow loss to St Kilda in round 15, against Melbourne in round 18, and Essendon in round 21. He led the Lions in inside 50s (93) and was second for tackles with 103, and had an impressive average of 19 disposals per game. He finished inside the top ten in the 2010 Merrett–Murray Medal, at eighth place with 24.5 votes.

Rich played his 100th AFL game against Geelong in round two, 2014, but suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the loss to the Gold Coast Suns the following week.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rich was educated in Western Australia, attending secondary schooling at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2009 Brisbane Lions 10 24 14 17 245 170 415 71 106 0.6 0.7 10.2 7.1 17.3 3.0 4.4
2010 Brisbane Lions 10 22 6 14 237 189 426 61 103 0.3 0.6 10.8 8.6 19.4 2.8 4.7
2011 Brisbane Lions 10 16 14 12 198 109 307 42 76 0.9 0.8 12.4 6.8 19.2 2.6 4.8
2012 Brisbane Lions 10 20 20 13 269 165 434 73 65 1.0 0.7 13.5 8.3 21.7 3.7 3.3
2013 Brisbane Lions 10 16 13 9 166 130 296 27 45 0.8 0.6 10.4 8.1 18.5 1.7 2.8
2014 Brisbane Lions 10 3 0 1 24 23 47 11 8 0 0.3 8.0 7.7 15.7 3.7 2.7
2015 Brisbane Lions 10 21 9 8 240 168 408 57 67 0.4 0.4 11.4 8.0 19.4 2.7 3.2
2016 Brisbane Lions 10 21 17 8 256 156 412 67 93 0.8 0.4 12.2 7.4 19.6 3.2 4.4
2017 Brisbane Lions 10 22 8 11 322 147 469 81 35 0.4 0.5 14.6 6.7 21.3 3.7 1.6
Career 165 101 93 1957 1257 3214 490 598 0.6 0.6 11.9 7.6 19.5 3.0 3.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lions hit draft jackpot by getting Rich". The Age website. 29 November 2008. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Eagles still undecided on Rich, Naitanui". Sydney Morning Herald website. 28 October 2008. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "NAB AFL Rising Star: Rd 1". Australian Football League website. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  4. ^ Brisbane Lions confirm ACL injury for Daniel Rich, The Age, 7 April 2014
  5. ^ http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/D/Daniel_Rich.html

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