Richard Douglas (footballer)

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Richard Douglas
Personal information
Full name Richard Joseph Edwin Douglas
Nickname(s) Dougy
Date of birth (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Broadford (HDFL)
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft Pick #16, 2005 National Draft, Adelaide
Debut Round 21, 2006, Adelaide
v. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height/Weight 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) / 79 kg (12 st 6 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder, small forward
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 26
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006– Adelaide 159 (108)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 2 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 4, 2015 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights

Richard Joseph Edwin Douglas (born 6 February 1987) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted by Adelaide with pick #16 in the 2005 National Draft.

AFL career[edit]

After impressing for Glenelg in the SANFL, Douglas made his AFL debut in round 21 of 2006, his first season, against Port Adelaide. He played two further games for the season, including a Qualifying Final. Douglas established himself in the side over the next two years, playing 13 games in 2007 and 22 of a possible 23 games in 2008.

In June 2009, in the lead-up to Adelaide's clash with North Melbourne, Douglas had a scare when he began displaying symptoms consistent with the swine influenza pandemic, and was quarantined. On the night before the match, the test for Swine Flu came back negative; however, he did not play in the match, which Adelaide won comfortably. He returned to play the next match, although he was dropped from the side a few weeks later against Fremantle. He played 18 games in 2009 in total.

In 2010, Douglas was given more responsibility in the midfield by head coach; Neil Craig. He relished the opportunity, winning the 2010 Malcolm Blight Medal (club best and fairest award) and the Coaches' Award in a standout year in which he averaged 21 disposals per game.[1] He played all 22 matches in 2010 and also signed a new two-year contract with the club.

Douglas struggled with inconsistent form in 2011 following an injury-interrupted pre-season. His 2012 season started in the same vein missing six weeks with a hamstring injury early on, but he recaptured his best form in the second half of the year, playing in the midfield and at half-forward. He played his 100th AFL match in round 12 against St Kilda.[2]

In 2013 Douglas had one of his best years at the club, finishing runner-up in the Malcolm Blight Medal and being named in the preliminary All-Australian squad. He ranked third in the competition for inside 50s, eighth for goal assists, and was second at the club for disposals, marks and tackles. He followed up with another consistent season in 2014, averaging 22 disposals and starring in his 150th match against Collingwood in round 18.[2]

On 16 June 2015, Douglas signed a new three-year deal with Adelaide, joining teammate Rory Sloane in committing to the club until the end of 2018, and declaring himself as "a Crow for life".[3]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of Round 4, 2015.[4]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 Adelaide 26 3 1 1 15 18 33 6 7 0.33 0.33 5.00 6.00 11.00 2.00 2.33
2007 Adelaide 26 13 4 2 72 68 140 28 36 0.31 0.15 5.54 5.23 10.77 2.15 2.77
2008 Adelaide 26 22 22 14 146 127 273 78 72 1.00 0.64 6.64 5.77 12.41 3.55 3.27
2009 Adelaide 26 18 11 12 133 140 273 74 64 0.61 0.67 7.39 7.78 15.17 4.11 3.56
2010 Adelaide 26 22 17 20 275 195 470 107 76 0.77 0.91 12.50 8.86 21.36 4.86 3.45
2011 Adelaide 26 17 10 9 221 91 312 63 56 0.59 0.53 13.00 5.35 18.35 3.71 3.29
2012 Adelaide 26 19 11 16 236 96 332 74 52 0.58 0.84 12.42 5.05 17.47 3.89 2.74
2013 Adelaide 26 22 20 17 326 175 501 116 86 0.91 0.77 14.82 7.95 22.77 5.27 3.91
2014 Adelaide 26 19 11 8 266 147 413 52 91 0.58 0.42 14.00 7.74 21.74 2.74 4.79
2015 Adelaide 26 4 1 0 65 31 96 13 23 0.25 0.00 16.25 7.75 24.00 3.25 5.75
Career 159 108 99 1755 1088 2843 611 563 0.68 0.62 11.04 6.84 17.88 3.84 3.54
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (4 September 2010). "Richard Douglas wins Malcolm Blight Medal as Adelaide best and fairest". The Advertiser. 
  2. ^ a b "Richard Douglas - AFC.com.au". 
  3. ^ "New deal for Douglas". Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Richard Douglas statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Bernie Vince
Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
2010
Succeeded by
Scott Thompson