Rory LAIRD

#29   Adelaide

Age: 23yr 6mth Games: 89 Born: Dec 29, 1993
Height: 178cm Weight: 81kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Gone on from where he left off last year. Uncanny knack of finding the footy and distributes it well. Fit and firing.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 GWS Along with Douglas best afield for the Crows, selfless player goes where angels fear to tread. 9
2 Haw Battled hard across half-back and when needed to go he did. Ball use again a highlight of his game. 7
3 Port Played a more defensive role than his usual plus one, still managed to win seven clearances. 7
4 Ess If he continues in this rich vein of form, surely an All-Australian jumper beckons in 2017. 8
5 GCS Rebounded well from defence and found plenty of the footy (33 possessions) 7
6 Rich Average’s over 30 disposals per game for a defender, a jet across halfback. 7
7 NM Stood Turner, as well as other Roos’ smalls. Again got a truckload of the ball, but ordinary defensively. 6
8 Melb One of the few Crows players who can hold his head high, won a game high 37 touches. 7
9 Bris Set the standard for the night with 37 touches with an 83 per cent effective rate. 8
10 Frem Won 27 possessions in the back pocket and shut down the Dockers small forwards. 7
11 Geel Copped knock early but returned but not his best effort. Wasn’t allowed to control the game from behind the ball. 5
12 StK Best small defender in the game at the moment, not only stopping small forwards but winning plenty of footy as well. 8
13 Bye.

2016 Season

1 NM Won his own footy and repelled from the back half all night in a strong effort. 7
2 Port Close to winning the Showdown Medal; inspirational especially in the first half. 8
3 Rich In everything in defence in the first half. Ended with 25 touches to be an influential performer. 7
4 Syd Best small defender in the AFL at the minute, still needs to improve his disposal. 7
5 Haw Prolific ball getter in early part then output tapered to an extent. 5
6 Frem Left the game with a bruised toe after keeping Ballantyne goalless. 7
7 Toe.
8 Toe.
9 Toe.
10 Toe.
11 StK First game back from a toe injury and didn’t miss a beat with 30 possessions. 7
12 WCE Played well off half-back. Another high possession game from him. 7
14 NM Showed great courage to mark the footy with Ben Brown steaming through. 6
15 Melb Intercepted the ball brilliantly in the back half and was among the best. 8
16 Carl Huge again rebounding across half back. All-Australian half back surely. 8
17 Hip.
18 Geel Huge first term (nine touches) then Cats clamped on him a little. Still tried hard. 6
19 Ess One of the AFL’s best defenders. Wins his own footy while stopping his opponent. 8
20 Bris Biggest possession winner on the ground despite being tagged in defence. 8
21 Frem The team’s main ball winner. Worked hard from defence. 7
22 Port Played more up the ground after the injury to Smith, had four inside-50s. 7
23 WCE Worked hard but gave away a 50m penalty in the third term resulting in a goal. 6
EF NM Mopped up as he does across half-back. Used ball superbly all night. 7
SF Syd Battled hard down back. At least used footy well when he got it. 7

2015 Season

1 NM Drifted forward in the third term for an important goal against the tide. 7
2 Coll Uncompromising small defender who worked tirelessly. 7
3 Melb Hardly sighted despite conditions suiting his game. 4
4 WB Tried hard but seemed under pressure in disposal. Limped off third term. 5
5 Port Adelaide’s best small defender, tough as nails. 7
6 GCS Leading possession winner and got plenty of hard ball. 7
7 StK Goes in where angels fear to tread. Small in stature, never shirks the contest. 8
8 GWS Ran with Smith and unable to quell his impact. Copped a heavy knock. 5
9 Frem Continues his rich vein of form, disposal efficiency needs some work though. 8
10 Carl Surprise packet of the day. In everything at half back and pressure was good. 8
12 Haw Five tackles, four inside-50s and a goal, continuing his rich vein of form. 7
13 Bris Amassed 18 touches until half time and responsible for holding Bewick. 7
15 WCE A four-quarter performer. Strong in contests. 7
16 Port Huge chance to win the small defender position in All-Australian team. 7
17 GCS Should force his way into the All-Australian side as the small defender. 8
18 Syd Workmanlike job but was in the minority. 5
19 Rich Continued his impressive form and curbed Newman in the process. 7
20 Ess Positioning behind the ball was first class and mopped up everything. 8
21 Bris Continues to intercept opposition forward entries. 8
22 WCE Another great display peeling off his opponent in defence. 7
23 Geel Racked up stats in the back half and used ball exceptionally well. 7
EF WB Ding-dong duel with Dahlhaus and had a good game. 7
SF Haw Did a fine job on Rioli and was one of his side’s best. 7

2014 Season

1 PM Solid outing in midfield. Just did what was required. -
2 PM Had it 22 times to play a solid role in defence. -
3 Syd Needs to eradicate turnovers from his game to excel in defence. 5
4 StK Didn’t play a prominent part. 3
5 GWS Pushed forward on many occasions for a handy goal. 6
6 WB Good contributor who flew under the radar a touch. 6
7 Melb Played well across half back. 6
9 Coll Not at his best but still showed poise in defence. 4
10 Carl Huge game from the youngster. Worked super hard to push back deep. 7
11 GCS Pushed forward for a goal early in the match. 5
12 Frem Minimal impact on the game. 3
13 NM Had the inevitable task of running with Harvey. 4
14 Ess Great effort on Zaharakis. Kept him quiet for most of the night. 6
15 Quad.
16 GWS Sub came on in first quarter for injured Rutten, and wasn’t a big factor. 3
17 Haw Just doing enough to maintain his place in the side. 5
18 Coll Huge first quarter (11 disp) and while faded still play a part. 6
19 WCE Restricted Hurn to eight possessions in the second half. 5
20 Senior emergency.
21 SANFL Clean and prolific. Had a blinder with 42 possessions and 13 marks. -
22 NM Sub on at last change then concussed in head clash and carried off. 0
23 Concussion.
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2013 Season

1 SANFL Starred for West with 27 touches, four rebounds. -
2 SANFL Huge game with 31 disposals and four rebounds. -
3 SANFL Big outing for West with 27 touches and a goal. -
4 WB Upgraded from the rookie list and thrown straight in, looks a player. 5
5 Carl Subbed on early after Walker injury and battled manfully. Laid six tackles. 6
6 Thigh.
7 GWS Was pitted against Adams and wasn’t a big factor. 4
8 StK Had tagging role on last week’s star Steven and did it well. 7
9 NM Did a few nice things around the footy. Looks a player of the future. 5
10 Frem Played his best game so far and unafraid to put his body on the line. 8
11 Syd Didn’t do anything of note. 3
12 Rich Ran with King at times and OK defensively but little offensive run. 3
14 GCS Snuck under the guard of opposition and got plenty of the footy. 7
15 WCE Hard as nails defender winning plaudits every game he plays. 5
16 Coll Lined up on Elliott and kept him out of the game as well as picking up touches. 6
17 Geel Going great guns then injured just before half time. Returned to play a part. 6
18 Frem Enjoyed a good battle with Neale and although slightly shaded stuck to his guns. 6
19 Port Tried hard in defence but caused some costly turnovers in defence. 5
20 NM Matched on Bastinac for most of the game and won his share. 6
21 WB Battled away in defence on variety of opponents. Copped heavy knock late. 5
22 Melb Continues to shine as a back pocket specialist and shows no fear in a contest. 7
23 WCE Tunbridge got away from him early but he stuck to his task. 4
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2012 Season

3 SANFL Impressed on his league debut for Centrals. -
4 SANFL Did well in patches and kicked a great long goal. -
6 SANFL Played a key role for West Adelaide. Good again. -
8 SANFL Consistent effort with 20 possessions for Westies. -
13 SANFL Worked hard for his 15 touches for Westies. -
14 SANFL Ok without starring for Wests. 15 possessions. -
15 SANFL Continues to find the ball well for Westies. -
17 SANFL Clean, composed effort in midfield. -
18 SANFL Used the ball well but was a touch down on output. -
20 SANFL Serviceable effort in Westies big win over the Dogs. -
21 SANFL Solid outing for West with 17 touches. -
23 SANFL Good game with 22 possessions for Westies. -
QF SANFL Plenty of the ball – 30 disposals, for Westies. -
SF SANFL Played his part with 19 touches in Wests win. -
PF SANFL 20 possessions for Westies in a side that was overrun. -
GF SANFL Solid display for the Bloodhounds. 16 possessions and played his role. -