Rory LAIRD

#29   Adelaide

Age: 25yr 11mth Games: 102 Born: Dec 29, 2020
Height: 177cm 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.  
14 Haw Fumbled at times, not his usual slick self but not the Crows worst by any stretch of the imagination. 6
15 Carl Nine rebounds says how well he reads the game for a defender. 6
16 WB Continues to rack up over thirty disposals a game as a back pocket dynamo. 7
17 Melb Got a lot of the ball, but found out defensively by Melksham in first half. Much better after main break and had nine rebounds. 6
18 Geel Mopped up like a suburban housewife all night. Read the play well, won the ball and was a thorn in Cats side all night. 7
19 Coll Started on Elliott before playing more as a plus one to reignite the Crows resurgence. 6
20 Port Not bad when your back pocket wins nearly 30 touches a week and has the ability to hit the scoreboard when following his man. 7
21 Ess Just does the business and gave his usual high quality display. 6
22 Syd Equal leading possession winner on the ground with Matt Crouch, some of his disposals were rushed under pressure though. 7
23 WCE One of the key ball winners and a consistent performer all day. 7
QF GWS GWS put time into him and he was unusually quiet. Maybe this is a tactic other clubs could adopt? 5
PF Geel Oompa loompa down back was a willing worker who poured a crap load into the choco river. 9
GF Rich One of the Crows’ better players. Used it well and was strong in first half when game hot. 27 touches. 7

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.