Jack Trengove

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Jack Trengove
Jack Trengove 2017.4.jpg
Trengove in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Jack Trengove
Date of birth (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Naracoorte, South Australia
Original team(s) Sturt (SANFL)
Draft No. 2, 2009 national draft
Debut Round 1, 2010, Melbourne
vs. Hawthorn, at MCG
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010– Melbourne 84 (39)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jack Trengove (born 2 September 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A midfielder, 1.85 metres (6 ft 1 in) tall and weighing 88 kilograms (194 lb), Trengove is capable of contributing as both an inside and outside midfielder. After growing up in Naracoorte, South Australia, he moved to Adelaide to attend Prince Alfred College and played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) with the Sturt Football Club, where he played in the 2009 SANFL Grand Final. He represented South Australia in the 2009 AFL Under 18 Championships, where he captained the side, received All-Australian honours and won the state most valuable player. His achievements as a junior saw him considered as the potential number one draft pick in the 2009 AFL draft alongside Tom Scully, he was ultimately recruited by the Melbourne Football Club with the second selection in the draft.

Trengove made his AFL debut during the 2010 season and earned an AFL Rising Star nomination, where he finished fourth overall. After his first two seasons in the AFL where he represented Australia in the International Rules Series and finished in the top five of the club best and fairest, he was named the co-captain of the club alongside Jack Grimes in 2012. His first match as captain saw him become the youngest captain in VFL/AFL history; he retained the captaincy for two seasons before he relinquished the role at the end of the 2013 season to focus on his playing form. His next three seasons were hampered by a navicular bone injury which saw him play just five AFL matches from the start of the 2014 season to the end of the 2016 season.

Early life[edit]

Trengrove was born and raised in Naracoorte, South Australia near the Victorian border in the south-east of South Australia.[1] He played his junior football with the Kybybolite Football Club in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League[2] before moving to Adelaide to attend Prince Alfred College.[3] He received mid-year honours in 2009, when he represented South Australia in the AFL Under 18 Championships, in addition to captaining the side.[4] His performances in the championships saw him earn a spot in the All-Australian team as the ruck-rover[5] and win the most valuable player for South Australia.[6] While completing year twelve, he played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), with the Sturt Football Club; he played the second half of the season with the senior side, which included a best on ground performance in the preliminary final against Glenelg—where he took a match-saving mark in defence[7]— and the grand final loss to Central District.[8]

Speculation as to who would be the number one pick for the 2009 AFL draft was rife throughout the year, with either Tom Scully or Trengove predicted the most likely to be recruited with the first pick.[9] After the Melbourne Football Club secured the first two selections in the draft, it was considered a foregone conclusion that Scully and Trengove would be the first two picks, with both deserving to be the first pick.[10][11][12][13][14]

AFL career[edit]

2010–2011: Early career[edit]

Trengove was recruited by the Melbourne Football Club with their second selection and the second overall in the 2009 national draft.[15] He made his debut in the fifty-six point loss against Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the opening round of 2009, where he recorded twenty-three disposals, two marks and two tackles, and was named in the best players for Melbourne.[16] In his fifth match, he received the round five nomination for the AFL Rising Star after he recorded twenty-four disposals, six marks, four tackles and two goals in the fifty point win against the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[17] He played the first nine matches of the year before he was rested for the round ten match against Geelong at Skilled Stadium, after playing in hot conditions in Darwin the previous week.[18] He missed three weeks of football in July with a hip injury.[19] He returned from injury through the Victorian Football League (VFL) with Melbourne's affiliate team, the Casey Scorpions.[20] He returned to the senior side in round nineteen for the twenty-nine point win against Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and played the remainder of the year to finish with eighteen matches and average nineteen disposals a match.[21] He was considered one of the early favourites to win the rising star in the betting markets,[22] and ultimately finished fourth overall in the award.[23]

Trengove played the first seven matches of the year in 2011 before he was suspended for three weeks after tackling then-Adelaide forward, Patrick Dangerfield during the round seven match against Adelaide, in a case which sparked significant debate.[24] He tackled Dangerfield around the waist, pinned one of his arms and slung him to the ground, causing Dangerfield's head to hit the ground and leaving him concussed;[25] in its appeal, which was dismissed, the club argued that an attempt to kick the ball by Dangerfield had caused both players to fall awkwardly, rather than the collision with the ground being caused by a slinging action.[26] Many players, commentators and coaches spoke out against the suspension, including several Melbourne teammates who were later fined for voicing their disapproval via Twitter.[27] He returned in round eleven for the thirty-three point win against Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and played the remainder of the year to finish with nineteen matches for the season[28] and a fifth-place finish in Melbourne's best and fairest award.[29] Throughout the year, teammate, Tom Scully was linked to a move to incoming team, Greater Western Sydney,[30] which created the debate of whether Trengove or Scully added move value to Melbourne, with Herald Sun journalist, Mark Stevens, noting Trengove had more worth due to his leadership qualities.[31] In November, he represented Australia in the International Rules Series against Ireland.[32]

2012–2013: Captaincy[edit]

On the eve of the 2012 season, Trengove was announced as co-captain of Melbourne alongside Jack Grimes.[33] The decision to appoint two young captains was questioned within the industry,[34] however, two-time premiership player, David King said the appointments of Grimes and Trengove was the correct decision.[35] Playing in round one, Trengove became—at 20 years and 181 days old—the youngest club captain in VFL/AFL history.[36] With a decline in Melbourne's success came a stall in his form, averaging less disposals per game than in either of his first two seasons, despite playing all twenty-two games for the first time in his career.[28] He finished eighth in Melbourne's best and fairest count.[37]

Trengove's 2013 pre-season was hampered by a navicular bone stress fracture, which forced him into a moon boot for six weeks and miss twelve weeks of training.[38][39] Along with Jack Grimes, he was retained as co-captain for the 2013 season.[40] A reduction in fitness due to the foot injury and Melbourne having one of it its poorest seasons in history saw Trengove's form drop,[41] and questions were raised about how much of an impact captaining Melbourne's dismal season was having on him and whether his form would improve if he relinquished the captaincy.[42] In November, he stepped down as captain, citing the need to focus on his playing form.[43] After the revelations of the Essendon Football Club supplements saga and sport scientist, Stephen Dank's involvement, Trengove was linked to Dank after texts between Dank and Melbourne's doctor surfaced in April regarding treatment of his foot.[44] He was cleared by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority over a year later in June 2014.[45] He missed two matches during the year, the round one match against Port Adelaide at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the round seven match against Gold Coast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground due to a calf injury,[46] to finish with twenty matches during the year.[28]

2014–2016: Foot injury and comeback[edit]

After playing the first two rounds of the 2014 season, Trengove missed the remainder of the season due to problems and a break in his navicular bone.[47] During the trade period, the Herald Sun reported that he was linked to Richmond in exchange for pick twelve in the 2014 national draft.[48] He was reluctant to the trade and expressed his desire to stay at Melbourne, but stated that he would not block the move if it was fulfilled.[49] The trade was set to be finalised, but a medical report was requested by Richmond, where it was discovered that he had reinjured his navicular bone,[50] and the trade was ruled out.[51] There was uncertainty surrounding his 2015 season and whether he could make a return,[52] before he confirmed to Melbourne radio station, Triple M, in April 2015 that he was not going to play at all in 2015, and would instead focus on 2016.[53]

After not playing a match for nearly two years, Trengove played his first football match in March 2016 when he featured in an intraclub match[54] and played his first competitive match in the round one VFL match against Frankston in April.[55] After strong form in the VFL,[56][57] he made his long-awaited return to AFL football in the eighteen point loss against Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in round eleven,[58] where he recorded nineteen disposals and four clearances.[59] He played the next two matches before he was omitted for the first match after the mid-season bye, the round fifteen match against Adelaide at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[60] He did not play another AFL match for the year, and instead played in the VFL, helping Casey claim the minor premiership and reach their first grand final since 1999,[61] in which the club ultimately lost to Footscray by thirty-one points.[62][63]

Personal life[edit]

Trengove's older sister, Jessica Trengove, is a runner who represented Australia in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.[64][65] He has another sister, Abbie, who represented their state in rowing.[66][67]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[28]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2010 Melbourne 9 18 8 11 156 187 343 63 75 0.4 0.6 8.8 10.4 19.1 3.5 4.2
2011 Melbourne 9 19 13 11 204 183 387 92 100 0.7 0.6 10.7 9.6 20.4 4.8 5.3
2012 Melbourne 9 22 8 8 199 190 389 88 99 0.4 0.4 9.1 8.6 17.7 4.0 4.5
2013 Melbourne 9 20 9 5 190 167 357 86 94 0.5 0.3 9.5 8.4 17.9 4.3 4.7
2014 Melbourne 9 2 0 1 23 21 44 10 4 0.0 0.5 11.5 10.5 22.0 5.0 2.0
2015 Melbourne 9 0
2016 Melbourne 9 3 1 0 21 30 51 6 16 0.3 0.0 7.0 10.0 17.0 2.0 5.3
Career 84 39 36 793 778 1571 345 388 0.5 0.4 9.4 9.3 18.7 4.1 4.6

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