Shane Tuck

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Shane Tuck
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Shane Tuck
Personal information
Full name Shane Tuck
Date of birth (1981-12-24) 24 December 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Victoria
Original team(s) Drouin (GFL)
Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 24, 2000 rookie draft
No. 73, 2003 national draft
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004–2013 Richmond 173 (74)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Shane Tuck (born 24 December 1981) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Tuck originally played for Gippsland Football League club Drouin before moving to the Dandenong Stingrays in the elite junior TAC Cup. Taken at pick 24 at the 2000 Rookie Draft by Hawthorn, the club of his father, VFL/AFL games record holder Michael Tuck, Tuck spent three seasons at Hawthorn without playing league football before he was cut from the Hawthorn list at the end of the 2002 AFL season.

Tuck played for SANFL club West Adelaide in 2003 before being drafted at number 73 at the AFL Draft by Richmond. Tuck debuted in 2004 but did not impress in his opportunities and at the end of the season his AFL future was in question, with the last place on the senior list up for grabs between himself and Tim Fleming. It was due only to the fact Tuck was the son of Michael Tuck, who himself had been a relatively late-bloomer that he was considered 'worth the punt' and retained.

In 2005, Tuck had a stellar season and played all 22 games Richmond were involved in. In Round 9 against Brisbane, he signalled his amazing transformation by producing a match-winning 31 disposal performance. He became one of the AFL's premier midfielders and won Richmond's best clubman award, as well as finishing third in the Best and Fairest.

Tuck played 104 consecutive games between the opening round of 2005 and round 16 2009 AFL season and finished his AFL career with 173 games.

He currently plays for the Goodwood Saints Football Club in the South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL).

Tuck debuted in boxing on the 11th November, 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, being knocked out in the 4th round from an uppercut to the chin by Lucas Miller. Tuck was also stretchered from the ring.

Family[edit]

Shane is the son of Hawthorn legend and VFL/AFL games record holder Michael Tuck and older brother of former Hawthorn footballer Travis Tuck. He is the nephew of Geelong great Gary Ablett Sr and former VFL footballers Geoff and Kevin Ablett. His cousins are Gold Coast player Gary Ablett Jr and former Geelong and Gold Coast player Nathan Ablett.

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