Matthew Wright (Australian footballer)

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Matthew Wright
Personal information
Full name Matthew Wright
Nickname(s) Wrighty
Date of birth (1989-12-14) 14 December 1989 (age 25)
Original team Walkerville (SAAFL)
North Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft Pick #33, 2009 Rookie Draft, Adelaide
Pick #82 (RP), 2011 National Draft, Adelaide
Debut Round 4, 2011, Adelaide
v. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height/Weight 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) / 76 kg (12 st 0 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder, small forward, tagger
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011– Adelaide 81 (58)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 3, 2015 season.

Matthew Wright (born 14 December 1989) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was selected with pick #33 in the 2009 Rookie Draft from North Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).[1]

Early life[edit]

Two years prior to being drafted, Wright fractured his skull when he was hit by a glass bottle at a party.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Wright played his first AFL game in 2011 against Port Adelaide in Showdown XXX, replacing Richard Tambling who had injured his ankle in a collision at training.[3] He was named as the substitute player and was on the bench until the third quarter.[4] After being dropped back to North Adelaide the following week, he was recalled to the Adelaide side in round six and maintained his position in the senior team for the rest of the season.[5] At the end of 2011, he was elevated to Adelaide's senior list.[6]

In 2012 Wright worked his way into the side early in the season and was a regular in an Adelaide side that made the preliminary final, used as a midfielder/forward and occasional run-with player.[7] He averaged 20 disposals for the season, and in Round 20 against Fremantle, he amassed a career-high 37 disposals.[8]

After wearing the number 47 jumper for his first two seasons, Wright switched to the number 11 jumper for the 2013 season.[9] Wright struggled with injury and inconsistent form in 2013, but still played 17 games including crucial 4-goal efforts against Gold Coast and Geelong.[7] Wright returned to form in 2014, playing 20 games, kicking 14 goals and averaging nearly 19 possessions.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of round 3, 2015 season.[10]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Adelaide 47 19 18 8 146 125 271 62 66 0.95 0.42 7.68 6.58 14.26 3.26 3.47
2012 Adelaide 47 22 15 10 230 215 445 91 90 0.68 0.45 10.45 9.77 20.23 4.14 4.09
2013 Adelaide 11 17 11 3 146 132 278 72 44 0.65 0.18 8.59 7.76 16.35 4.24 2.59
2014 Adelaide 11 20 14 8 224 150 374 89 68 0.70 0.40 11.20 7.50 18.70 4.45 3.40
2015 Adelaide 11 3 0 0 16 7 23 2 8 0.00 0.00 5.33 2.33 7.67 0.67 2.67
Career 81 58 29 762 629 1391 318 276 0.72 0.36 9.41 7.77 17.17 3.93 3.41
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milbank, Zac (16 December 2009). "Matthew made of right stuff". The Advertiser. 
  2. ^ Robertson, Doug (25 October 2007). "Young AFL hopeful in limbo". The Advertiser. 
  3. ^ Porter, Ashley (16 April 2011). "Old rivals in test of youth". The Age. 
  4. ^ Gill, Katrina (19 April 2011). "Crows set for boost". 
  5. ^ "Rookies earn deals and upgrades". 13 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Adelaide Crows delist three rookies". 7 October 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Matthew Wright - AFC.com.au". 
  8. ^ "Sanderson backs Talia for Rising Star". Sportal. 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Gill, Katrina (7 November 2012). "The Wright move". 
  10. ^ "Matthew Wright statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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