Jake Spencer (footballer)
Spencer warming up before a pre-season match in February 2017
|Full name||Jake Spencer|
|Date of birth||9 October 1989|
|Original team(s)||Redland (QAFL)|
|Draft||No. 35, 2008 rookie draft|
|Debut||Round 1, 2009, Melbourne
vs. North Melbourne, at MCG
|Height / weight||203 cm / 105 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Jake Spencer (born 9 October 1989) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Spencer, a ruckman, is the first person from Townsville to be drafted and play in the AFL.
Spencer moved to Townsville at age 18 years of age where he played basketball, becoming an under 18 player. In 2003 he began to play Australian rules football and in 2007 he moved to Brisbane because:
"I couldn't really get noticed in Townsville so I moved to Brisbane to get a better standard of football. If I do become the first (Townsville product) to play AFL I would be very proud of it."
He completed his schooling at Brisbane Boys College and his performances with Redland Bombers in the AFL Queensland State League gained the attention of several AFL talent scouts. Spencer's uncle is Tony Kelly, chairman of the Brisbane Lions football club, one of the teams that scouted Spencer but did not select him.
Melbourne Football Club used its 35th selection in the 2008 Rookie Draft to recruit Spencer in 2008. His first season was spent playing in the Victorian Football League with affiliate club Sandringham where he played seven games at reserves level and 10 in the seniors. He made his NAB Cup debut on 21 February 2009 to encouraging reviews. He played his first AFL game in Round 1 2009 and managed six games for the season. At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Spencer was promoted from the rookie list to the senior list with the 96th selection in the 2010 AFL Draft. After two senior games in 2010, an injury in Round 14 prematurely ended his season. In May 2011 Spencer suffered a season-ending knee injury, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for VFL affiliate the Casey Scorpions.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Courier Mail: Townsville's Jake Spencer set for debut with Demons
- Redland Bombers FC: Spencer becomes a Demon
- Herald Sun Superstats: Jake Spencer
- Fox Sports: Melbourne nearly cause huge upset as Hawthorn leave it to the final seconds
- Burgan, Matt (11 November 2010). "Melbourne to have four 'live' draft picks". Official AFL Website of the Melbourne Football Club. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- Sportal.com.au: Grimes out for season
- "Jake Spencer statistics". AFL Tables.
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