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From the draft to the cup: Alex Rance

In a special series leading up to the 2017 AFL national draft, richmondfc.com.au examines the Tigers’ construction of their drought-breaking premiership team this year via the competition’s main talent acquisition pathway throughout the past decade. Today, we focus on Alex Rance’s recruitment.

2:03pm  Nov 17, 2017

2017 marks of the year: No. 8

A strong intercept mark taken by outstanding key defender Alex Rance, in Richmond’s decisive qualifying final win against Geelong at the MCG, has been voted the Tigers’ eighth best of 2017 by Yellow and Black barrackers.

11:40am  Oct 31, 2017

Robust defence a Tiger non-negotiable

Outstanding key backman Alex Rance has outlined the crucial role that a strong, collective defensive mindset played in Richmond capturing the 2017 premiership.

12:17pm  Oct 28, 2017

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Draft highlights: Rance 2007

12:00pm  Nov 14, 2017

2017 MOTY: 8

6:00am  Oct 31, 2017

Rance's Grand Final emotions

6:00am  Oct 29, 2017

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Alex
Rance

Height
194 cm
DOB
09-10-1989
Weight
96 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2017
25
Career
175
Goals
2017
1
Career
9
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1626
Avg
65
AlexRance

Player Bio

Selected in the All-Australian team for the third consecutive season, Rance is undoubtedly the best key defender in the game and one of the AFL’s most valuable players.

The West Australian finished runner-up in the 2016 Jack Dyer Medal, trailing Dustin Martin by just one vote.

Has the ability to lock down on opponents, rebound offensively and take intercept marks, using all traits when needed. 

Playing honours: best and fairest 2015; 2nd best and fairest 2016; All-Australian 2014, 2015, 2016.
Brownlow Medal: 2016 votes 7; career votes 23.
Draft history: 2007 NAB AFL Draft priority selection (Richmond) No. 18 overall.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 25
    • Kicks 9.2
    • Handballs 6.8
    • Disposals 16.0
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 65.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Essendon Rd 10
Handballs 13 Fremantle Rd 22
Disposals 21 Sydney Swans Rd 13
Marks 8 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 11
Tackles 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19
Goals 1 Fremantle Rd 22
AFL Fantasy 97 Essendon Rd 10

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Carlton W 89 - 132 7 2 9 4 0 0 3 3 0 0 40
2 Collingwood W 99 - 80 9 8 17 7 0 3 3 1 0 0 62
3 West Coast Eagles W 76 - 65 12 8 20 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 73
4 Brisbane Lions W 67 - 119 6 4 10 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 40
5 Melbourne W 88 - 75 6 5 11 4 0 2 2 2 0 0 44
6 Adelaide Crows L 140 - 64 9 10 19 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 61
7 Western Bulldogs L 80 - 75 12 4 16 8 0 2 0 3 0 0 82
8 Fremantle L 70 - 72 9 11 20 7 0 2 1 1 0 0 73
9 GWS Giants L 78 - 75 12 7 19 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 74
10 Essendon W 81 - 66 14 5 19 6 0 3 0 6 0 0 97
11 North Melbourne W 66 - 101 7 7 14 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 60
13 Sydney Swans L 71 - 80 12 9 21 5 0 3 2 0 0 0 66
14 Carlton W 84 - 58 8 9 17 3 0 6 0 4 0 0 73
15 Port Adelaide W 63 - 76 10 9 19 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 83
16 St Kilda L 138 - 71 5 6 11 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 48
17 Brisbane Lions W 112 - 81 5 8 13 3 0 2 3 1 0 0 37
18 GWS Giants W 64 - 45 12 5 17 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 63
19 Gold Coast Suns W 65 - 98 11 6 17 8 0 1 1 6 0 0 91
20 Hawthorn W 93 - 64 9 7 16 4 0 2 2 3 0 0 61
21 Geelong Cats L 80 - 66 6 9 15 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 60
22 Fremantle W 51 - 155 7 13 20 5 0 2 0 2 1 0 78
23 St Kilda W 122 - 81 8 9 17 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 66
W1 Geelong Cats W 40 - 91 13 3 16 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 66
PF GWS Giants W 103 - 67 11 5 16 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 66
GF Adelaide Crows W 60 - 108 9 2 11 6 0 4 1 3 0 0 62
TOTAL W: 18 - L: 7 229 171 400 130 1 45 27 59 1 0 1626

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 175
    • Kicks 9.0
    • Handballs 7.8
    • Disposals 16.7
    • Marks 5.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 68.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Collingwood Rd 2, 2012
Handballs 18 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2014
Disposals 34 Collingwood Rd 2, 2012
Marks 17 Collingwood Rd 2, 2012
Hit-outs 3 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2009
Tackles 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 3, 2015
Goals 3 Fremantle Rd 5, 2010
AFL Fantasy 146 Fremantle Rd 17, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Richmond 229 171 400 130 1 45 27 59 1 0 1626
2016 Richmond 212 161 373 155 1 25 31 43 0 0 1528
2015 Richmond 203 196 399 135 6 29 27 68 0 0 1632
2014 Richmond 154 158 312 104 0 30 19 49 0 0 1259
2013 Richmond 226 156 382 153 2 40 25 50 1 0 1622
2012 Richmond 236 159 395 136 0 38 31 48 0 0 1571
2011 Richmond 190 155 345 113 2 29 26 48 0 0 1364
2010 Richmond 55 66 121 36 2 13 11 23 6 3 518
2009 Richmond 69 135 204 47 7 17 15 43 1 2 777

Legend

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Q&A

As well as playing great footy, I’d like to be remembered for: My interpretive dance

Most memorable victory (AFL or non-AFL): Dreamtime 2011

Most admired player at another club: Darren Glass

Favourite ground to play on: MCG

Best part about training: The grapes

Weights or running: Weights

What would you prefer – mark of the year or goal of the year: Mark

Which skill do you need to most work on: Decision making

Complete this line…with two minutes to go in the 2012 Grand Final:  Buddy gets the red bib

Who will be Mike Sheahan’s No. 1 ranked player by the end of 2012: Josh Kennedy - Sydney

You are running 30 minutes late to an early morning beach recovery session. What’s your excuse: I would crash my car

Favourite meal the night before a game: Pasta at Chris Newman’s

What music helps you get ‘in the zone’ before a game: Anything Disney

One thing you would change about the world: No currency, just trade

PlayStation or Xbox? And what’s your favourite game: Neither, prefer a good conversation with my cat Charles

Who would win My Kitchen Rules at your club? And what’s their signature dish: Lauren Newman – brilliant lasagna

Your favourite line from a movie: “Hey, you no want breakfast?” – Happy Gilmore

What’s your favourite dance move: I’m good at all of them

What is your favourite holiday destination in Australia: Byron Bay

Where would you recommend visiting within your state: Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia