Ivan Maric

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Ivan Maric
Ivan Maric 24.02.17.jpg
Maric during the 2017 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Ivan Marić
Date of birth (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Keilor (EDFL)
Calder Cannons
Draft No. 40, 2004 AFL National Draft: Adelaide
Debut Round 6, 2006, Adelaide
vs. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Position(s) Ruck
Club information
Current club Richmond
Number 20
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2011 Adelaide 077 (28)
2012– Richmond 080 (33)
Total 157 (61)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ivan Maric (Croatian: Ivan Marić, born 4 January 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who plays with the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He served as the club's vice-captain in 2015 and 2016.[1] Previously he played for the Adelaide Crows Football Club between 2005 and 2011 and joined Richmond in 2012. He was once one of the most distinct players in the AFL, thanks to his hard 'old-style' footballing demeanour, and his mullet hairstyle. He pronounces his name as 'E-varn Marrich'.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Australia, Maric is of Croatian descent.[3][4]

Junior and state league football[edit]

A late starter to the game, Maric didn't play competitive football until he was 16 because of a blossoming basketball career. Maric nearly quit in his second season with the Calder Cannons because of his frustration with the technical aspects of the game. However Maric was talked into playing on and was drafted by the Crows with pick 40 in the 2004 AFL Draft only months later. Maric was assigned to the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL where he quickly became the number one ruckman in 2005.

AFL career[edit]

Adelaide[edit]

AFL debut was in round six of 2006 in the Showdown against Port Adelaide. He had seven disposals and kicked 1 goal on debut. Maric played a total of eight matches in 2006 and averaged 6 disposals and 9 hit-outs a game.

Maric in July 2015

In 2007, a hip injury meant that he missed the early part of the season and returned to the senior side for the round 14 match against Hawthorn. In the round 19 clash with the Geelong Football Club Maric was promoted to the number 1 ruckman but was then dropped for the round 20 clash with the Western Bulldogs. In 2008, a pre-season injury and form delayed his return to midway through the season. He played out the rest of the season in the ruck, cementing his spot as the new number one ruck. 2009 saw Maric continued as Adelaide's clear number one ruckman.

In 2011 the combination of the new interchange rules and the arrival of Sam Jacobs at the Crows saw Maric given limited opportunities. Maric played just six games for the season. At the season's end it was reported Maric was keen to leave the Crows, with strong interest from Richmond.[5] He was traded to Richmond in the 2011 Trade Week period, with Adelaide accepting Richmond's second-round pick (no. 37) for him, which was then subsequently on-traded to St. Kilda for Tom Lynch.

Richmond[edit]

Maric at Richmond's family day in December 2016

Maric joined Richmond in 2012 and established himself as the club's number one ruckman. In his first year, he played 21 games and finished third in the club's best and fairest award, the Jack Dyer Medal.[6] In November 2012, he was voted onto the club's seven player leadership group by his peers, for the 2013 season.[7] In 2013, Maric missed three games through injury, but still played 20 games.[8]

Maric was returned to the club's (now five man) leadership group ahead of the 2014 season.[9]

In January 2015, Maric was appointed joint vice-captain for the 2015 season, along with Brett Deledio.[1] He played 22 matches that season, including an appearance in the club's elimination final against North Melbourne.[10]

Maric fell out of Richmond's core playing group in 2016, being replaced as the team's premier ruck by Shaun Hampson. As a result, Maric played only three AFL matches that season.[10]

In October, he signed a one-year contract extension to play on at the club through the end of the 2017 season.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[10]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 Adelaide 20 8 1 0 20 28 48 8 15 73 0.1 0.0 2.5 3.5 6.0 1.0 1.9 9.1
2007 Adelaide 20 6 5 1 19 24 43 18 15 48 0.8 0.2 3.2 4.0 7.2 3.0 2.5 8.0
2008 Adelaide 20 16 10 4 58 101 159 43 51 274 0.6 0.3 3.6 6.3 9.9 2.7 3.2 17.1
2009 Adelaide 20 20 5 4 67 129 196 57 48 358 0.3 0.2 3.4 6.5 9.8 2.9 2.4 17.9
2010 Adelaide 20 21 4 1 72 145 217 62 41 370 0.2 0.0 3.4 6.9 10.3 3.0 2.0 17.6
2011 Adelaide 20 6 3 1 33 32 65 19 14 73 0.5 0.2 5.5 5.3 10.8 3.2 2.3 12.2
2012 Richmond 20 21 7 6 158 175 333 92 79 652 0.3 0.3 7.5 8.3 15.9 4.4 3.8 31.0
2013 Richmond 20 20 10 7 119 138 257 67 50 464 0.5 0.4 6.0 6.9 12.9 3.4 2.5 23.2
2014 Richmond 20 14 5 2 101 100 201 47 40 356 0.4 0.1 7.2 7.1 14.4 3.4 2.9 25.4
2015 Richmond 20 22 11 4 147 140 287 64 61 558 0.5 0.2 6.7 6.4 13.0 2.9 2.8 25.4
2016 Richmond 20 3 0 0 10 9 19 4 6 87 0.0 0.0 3.3 3.0 6.3 1.3 2.0 29.0
Career 157 61 30 804 1021 1825 481 420 3313 0.4 0.2 5.1 6.5 11.6 3.1 2.7 21.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maric joins Deledio as vice-captain". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Greenberg's draft Grabs
  3. ^ Katrina Gill. "Moonlighting:Ivan Maric". 
  4. ^ Katrina Gill (2007). "Pre-season snapshot: Adelaide". 
  5. ^ Zac Milbank, The Advertiser 8 Sept. 2011.
  6. ^ "Trent Cotchin wins second Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond best-and-fairest". Herald Sun. News Ltd. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Paton, Al (30 November 2012). "Richmond promotes Ivan Maric, Dylan Grimes to leadership group". News.com.au. News Ltd. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  8. ^ James, Matthew (2 August 2013). "Tiger tall can still shine". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Richmond drops Jack Riewoldt from leadership group". The Age. Fairfax Media. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Ivan Maric". AFL Tables. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Laughton, Max (5 October 2016). "Ruckman Ivan Maric signs one-year contract extension with Richmond to stay at Tigerland until end of 2017". Fox Sports. News Ltd. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 

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