Ryan Crowley

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Ryan Crowley
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Personal information
Full name Ryan Crowley
Date of birth (1984-03-05) 5 March 1984 (age 33)
Original team(s) Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft

No. 55, 2002 national draft

No. 39, 2005 rookie draft, Fremantle
Height / weight 188cm / 88kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2015 Fremantle 188 (117)
2016 Essendon 008 0(2)
Total 196 (119)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2006–2008 Australia 4
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ryan Crowley (born 5 March 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club and Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played as a midfielder and specialised in a tagging role.

AFL career[edit]

Crowley was first drafted by Fremantle in 2002 with selection 55 at the national draft. At the end of 2004, having only played WAFL football for Subiaco, he was delisted. However the club gave Crowley a second chance and re-selected him with their 3rd pick in the rookie draft.[1] Good form with Subiaco in 2005 led to his elevation to the senior list when both Robert Haddrill and his replacement Michael Warren were placed on the long term injury list.

His debut was notable in that he became only the third Fremantle player to kick three goals on debut (along with Leigh Wardell-Johnson and Paul Medhurst), and these goals helped Fremantle to an upset nine-point victory over Geelong at Skilled Stadium.[2] His continued good form in the second half of the 2005 season including 4 goals against Carlton at the MCG saw Ryan elevated to the senior list for the 2006 season. Early in the 2006 season, Ryan got a heavy blow to the face during a shepherd from Byron Pickett, and received a broken cheekbone.[3] Crowley continued to improve throughout the 2007 season, having gathered 319 disposals in 19 games and earning a regular spot in the Fremantle midfield as a winger/onballer who can kick goals.

Conversion to a tagger[edit]

In 2008, however, he developed into a defensive midfielder or tagger and notoriously played on opposition stars such as Gary Ablett, Jr. and Daniel Kerr.[4] He finished the year well, coming equal fifth in Fremantle's fairest and best award, the Doig Medal.[5]

In 2009 Crowley injured his foot in the Round 6 Western Derby [6] and was ruled out for between three months[7] and the entire season.[8] He didn't return to the Fremantle side until the first round of 2010. He played the first 16 games of the season, before injuring his knee against Melbourne, missing the next six games. He returned for Fremantle's two finals, after proving his fitness in a dominant display in the WAFL for Subiaco, kicking seven goals.[9]

He continued to nullify the opponent's best midfielder each week and won the Doig Medal in 2012 as Fremantle's best and fairest player.[10] In 2013 he was suggested as being worthy of selection in the All-Australian team,[11] but was overlooked.

Suspension for taking banned substance[edit]

In March 2015, it was revealed that Crowley had tested positive to a banned substance after Fremantle's Round 17, 2014 match against Greater Western Sydney. Crowley had accepted a provisional suspension in September 2014.[12] The banned substance has not been named, but is thought to be from a painkiller that was not prescribed by the club doctor. In June 2015, the AFL Tribunal suspended Crowley for twelve months; the suspension was backdated to the start of his provisional suspension, and he became eligible to play again on 25 September 2015.[13] He was subsequently delisted in October.[14]

Essendon[edit]

In January 2016, he signed with Essendon as one of their top-up players due to the supplements controversy.[15]

Statistics[edit]

[16]
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)
2005 Fremantle 15 12 10 4 98 45 143 53 19 0.8 0.3 8.2 3.8 11.9 4.4 1.6
2006 Fremantle 15 19 20 8 179 104 283 103 29 1.0 0.4 9.4 5.5 14.9 5.4 1.5
2007 Fremantle 15 19 13 11 189 130 319 85 44 0.7 0.6 10.0 6.8 16.8 4.5 2.3
2008 Fremantle 15 22 11 10 216 135 351 106 77 0.5 0.4 9.8 6.1 16.0 4.8 3.5
2009 Fremantle 15 6 4 3 47 23 70 23 16 0.7 0.5 7.8 3.8 11.7 3.8 2.7
2010 Fremantle 15 18 15 8 106 133 239 49 75 0.8 0.4 5.9 7.4 13.3 2.7 4.2
2011 Fremantle 15 19 13 10 129 115 244 60 57 0.7 0.5 6.8 6.0 12.8 3.2 3.0
2012 Fremantle 15 24 12 16 208 147 355 78 88 0.5 0.7 8.7 6.1 14.8 3.2 3.7
2013 Fremantle 15 25 9 10 192 178 370 80 74 0.4 0.4 7.7 7.1 14.8 3.2 3.0
2014 Fremantle 15 24 9 5 198 151 349 74 66 0.4 0.2 8.2 6.3 14.5 3.1 2.8
2015 Fremantle 15 0
2016 Essendon 15 8 2 3 74 67 141 36 14 0.3 0.4 9.3 8.4 17.6 4.5 1.8
Career 196 118 88 1636 1228 2864 747 559 0.6 0.4 8.3 6.3 14.6 3.8 2.9

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