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Patrick Dangerfield

 

Patrick Dangerfield

Patrick Dangerfield (born 5 April 1990) is an Australian rules football player for the Adelaide Football Club. Dangerfield was Adelaide’s first selection in the 2007 National Draft after the club drafted him at pick 10 overall[1] (somewhat controversially[2] over Port Adelaide footballer Brad Ebert).[3] This was despite the fact that he was still studying in his home state, Victoria, and could not train with the club consistently, whereas Ebert was performing for West Coast. He fought for and won the right to play for the Geelong Falcons in 2007, which he did while he finished his study at school.[3][4]

He played two games for the Crows late in the 2008 season and showing promising signs. In these games he wore guernsey 19, before it was retired the following year in order to assist the launch of the clubs so far successful "19th Man" campaign.[5]

In 2009 he has become a regular in the Crows' midfield and forward line. He wears guernsey number 32 Mark Ricciuto's old number,[6] his style of play has been likened by fans and commentators to that of the former Crows captain. He received the NAB Rising Star nomination for round 3 in season 2009 for the performance he made against Fremantle over at Subiaco Oval.[7] Dangerfield has also won the grand final day sprint in both 2011 and 2012, being one of 4 players to win the sprint two years running.

Dangerfield graduated of the AIS-AFL Academy and toured South Africa in early 2007. In October 2007, he won the 100m and 400m titles at the Victorian Secondary Schools Athletics.[8] Whilst at school he was also a school captain at Oberon High School.[4] In 2012, he re-signed with AFC for three years.[9] Reaction to this was positive, especially in South Australia, with Mark Ricciuto stating that Dangerfield "could be the greatest crow ever."[10]

References

External links

  • Patrick Dangerfield's profile on the official website of the Adelaide Football Club
  • Patrick Dangerfield's statistics from AFL Tables

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