Stephen Jurica

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Stephen Jurica
Personal information
Full name Stephen Jurica
Date of birth (1976-06-26) 26 June 1976 (age 40)
Original team(s) South Fremantle
Draft 26th, 1993 AFL Draft
Height / weight 194 cm / 104 kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–1997 Richmond 18 (25)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Stephen Jurica (born 26 June 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL) during the 1990s.

A South Fremantle recruit, Jurica was just 17 when he was signed by Richmond.[1] He came into the Richmond team halfway through the 1995 AFL season to replace injured key forward Matthew Richardson and performed creditably. In the now famous draw against Essendon, Jurica kicked five goals and later in the season kicked four goals in a win over Collingwood to win a 1995 AFL Rising Star nomination. He ended the season playing in a qualifying final and finished with 21 goals for the year.[2]

Despite some impressive performances in his debut season, Jurica was delisted after adding just five further games in 1996 and 1997. He starred in Richmond's 1997 reserves premiership, kicking five goals in the grand final.[3]

Jurica, who now works as a barrister, won the North Ballarat Football Club's "Best and Fairest" award in 2003.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ "Stephen Jurica". AFL Tables. 
  3. ^ Glenn Connley (28 September 1997). "By Gieschen, he's good". Sunday Herald Sun Sports Liftout. p. 11.