Rory Sloane

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Rory Sloane
Personal information
Full name Rory Sloane
Nickname(s) Sloaney
Date of birth (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Upwey-Tecoma (YVMDFL)
Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 44, 2008 National Draft, Adelaide
Debut Round 20, 2009, Adelaide
vs. Hawthorn, at MCG
Height / weight 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) / 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009– Adelaide 141 (86)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights

Rory Sloane (born 17 March 1990) 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 44 in the 2008 National Draft.[1]

Pre-AFL career[edit]

Originally from Victoria, Sloane was first part of TAC Cup side Eastern Ranges U/18s side when he was only 16. He went on to captain Eastern Ranges in 2008 and excelled at in-close play and demonstrated an ability to play at either end of the ground.[citation needed]

AFL career[edit]

Sloane strained a medial ligament in his knee prior to the start of the 2009 season but upon returning quickly forced his way into the North Adelaide seniors in the SANFL and showed strong form, prompting Adelaide coach Neil Craig to comment, "He'll be an exciting player for us in the future…our supporters will like Rory Sloane."[2] Sloane made his AFL debut in Round 20 against Hawthorn. He did not record a kick but had seven tackles.[citation needed]

Sloane played his second game in Round 1, 2010, but sustained a serious ankle injury during the clash against Fremantle which saw him out of the side for several weeks. He returned to play 14 matches for the season, averaging more than 15 disposals as a midfielder.[citation needed] He also signed a new contract with the Crows during the year.[3]

For the second consecutive year, Sloane was injured in the first game of 2011, against Hawthorn, and was sidelined for several weeks with a fractured jaw and broken thumb.[4] After returning, Sloane played out the remainder of the season, averaging 20 disposals and 5 tackles per game, including a 36-possession game against eventual premiers Geelong in round 21. He continued his emergence as a star midfielder in 2012, averaging 22 possessions and earning three Brownlow votes for best-on-ground in crucial wins over Sydney and Fremantle.[5] Midway through the year, he revealed he had signed a three-year deal with the Crows, saying, "The way Brenton [Sanderson] and the rest of the coaching staff have gone about creating this really enjoyable environment for us to be involved in - I think that's a big reason why everyone wants to stay around."[6] Sloane lifted his game yet again in 2013, averaging 23.5 possessions, winning the Malcolm Blight Medal for the best and fairest Crows player, and polling 15 votes in the Brownlow Medal.[5]

Due to the season-ending Achilles injury sustained by captain Nathan van Berlo during pre-season training in 2014, Sloane and Patrick Dangerfield were named as acting co-captains of the Adelaide Football Club for the 2014 season.[7] Sloane continued to thrive in 2014, finishing second in the Malcolm Blight Medal behind Daniel Talia. He played his 100th AFL game in round 23 against St Kilda.[5]

In June 2015, Sloane signed a three-year contract extension with Adelaide, keeping him at the club until 2018.[8] Sloane twice injured his cheekbone during the season, missing a total of five games, but despite that remained one of the club's elite players, finishing sixth in Adelaide's best and fairest.[5]

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Sloane won the Malcolm Blight Medal as the club's best and fairest for the season.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of round 11, 2016[10]
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)
2009 Adelaide 31 1 0 0 0 6 6 1 7 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 6.0 1.0 7.0
2010 Adelaide 31 14 7 8 88 124 212 44 49 0.5 0.6 6.3 8.9 15.1 3.1 3.5
2011 Adelaide 9 18 11 11 181 184 365 73 91 0.6 0.6 10.1 10.2 20.3 4.1 5.1
2012 Adelaide 9 24 19 6 301 222 523 113 101 0.8 0.3 12.5 9.3 21.8 4.7 4.2
2013 Adelaide 9 21 12 12 257 237 494 113 83 0.6 0.6 12.2 11.3 23.5 5.4 4.0
2014 Adelaide 9 22 13 9 269 252 521 105 147 0.6 0.4 12.2 11.5 23.7 4.8 6.7
2015 Adelaide 9 18 11 3 192 208 400 78 100 0.6 0.2 10.7 11.6 22.2 4.3 5.6
2016 Adelaide 9 11 8 3 113 152 265 47 76 0.7 0.3 10.3 13.8 24.1 4.3 6.9
Career 129 81 52 1401 1385 2786 574 654 0.6 0.4 10.9 10.7 21.6 4.5 5.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, John (29 November 2008). "AFL national draft as it happened at Telstra Dome in Melbourne". foxsports.com.au. Fox Sports. 
  2. ^ Gill, Katrina (24 July 2009). "There's something about Rory". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Young Crows Rory Sloane and Jared Petrenko sign on". Herald Sun. 21 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (28 March 2011). "Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane played with broken jaw". The Advertiser. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Rory Sloane - AFC.com.au". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club. 
  6. ^ "Sloane sticks with Crows". au.news.yahoo.com. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Bednall, Jai (24 January 2014). "Patrick Dangerfield and Rory Sloane will co-captain the Adelaide Crows". The Advertiser. 
  8. ^ "Sloane signs new deal". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Gaskin, Lee (23 September 2016). "Sloane joins Adelaide greats with second club champion award". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "AFL Tables - Rory Sloane statistics". AFL Tables. 

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