Jake Spencer (footballer)

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Jake Spencer
Jake Spencer 18.02.17.jpg
Spencer warming up before a pre-season match in February 2017
Personal information
Full name Jake Spencer
Date of birth (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 27)
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
Position(s) Ruckman
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 33
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008– Melbourne 36 (6)
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).[1] Spencer, a ruckman, is the first person from Townsville to be drafted and play in the AFL.[2]

Early life[edit]

Spencer moved to Townsville at age 18 years of age where he played basketball, becoming an under 18 player.[2] In 2003 he began to play Australian rules football[1] 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."[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

AFL career[edit]

Spencer at training in July 2015

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.[3] He made his NAB Cup debut on 21 February 2009 to encouraging reviews.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[7]
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)
2008 Melbourne 42 0
2009 Melbourne 42 6 0 1 14 31 45 18 11 67 0.0 0.2 2.3 5.2 7.5 3.0 1.8 11.2
2010 Melbourne 42 2 0 0 2 8 10 4 2 24 0.0 0.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 2.0 1.0 12.0
2011 Melbourne 42 0
2012 Melbourne 42 8 2 0 28 46 74 20 30 167 0.3 0.0 3.5 5.8 9.3 2.5 3.8 20.1
2013 Melbourne 42 8 1 3 23 57 80 25 19 213 0.1 0.4 2.9 7.1 10.0 3.1 2.4 26.6
2014 Melbourne 42 5 0 0 13 27 40 9 18 143 0.0 0.0 2.6 5.4 8.0 1.8 3.6 28.6
2015 Melbourne 42 7 3 0 20 34 54 9 35 173 0.4 0.0 2.8 4.9 7.7 1.3 5.0 24.7
2016 Melbourne 33 0
Career 36 6 4 100 203 303 85 115 787 0.2 0.1 2.8 5.6 8.4 2.4 3.2 21.9

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