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Ryan
Crowley

Height
188 cm
DOB
05-03-1984
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
24
Career
188
Goals
2014
9
Career
116
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1355
Avg
56
RyanCrowley

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Gisborne (VIC)
Recruited from: Calder Cannons (VIC)
Draft information: National Draft 2002 - pick 55, Rookie Draft 2004 - pick 39
Debut: Round 10, 2005 v Geelong
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 5

 

Outlook: Among the elite taggers in the competition, there are no secrets surrounding what Crowley’s role will be in 2015. He’ll be tasked with stopping the best midfielders the AFL has to offer.

What the coach says (Mark Stone): Ryan is looking to once again be the AFL’s best tagger and shut down the opposition’s best player each week. In addition to that, he’s looking to improve his stoppage work to become a bit more of an offensive threat.

Season by Season

Season by Season

It was another uncompromising season from one of the best
taggers in the competition. Crowley has not missed a game
in the Ross Lyon era at Fremantle.

Crowley again got the tough jobs on the star midfielders and he again performed his role brilliantly. Has evolved into the premier tagger in the competition under Ross Lyon.

If there was ever a prime example that the Doig Medal rewards those who do their role for the team and do it consistently, then Ryan Crowley’s 2012 season is exhibit A.

He enjoyed a tremendous season playing as a tagger. The list of star midfielders Crowley shut down on a weekly basis in 2012 was a who’s-who of Brownlow Medallists, All-Australians and club champions.

He is now a club champion in his own right after winning the Doig Medal.

The arrival of senior coach Ross Lyon and an improved fitness base following a grinding pre-season can be credited for reviving Crowley’s career at Freo, which, on Doig Medal night, he admitted was close to being over at the end of the 2011 season.

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Ryan Crowley had an up and down year in 2011. He played 19 games but he found himself omitted from the team on a couple of occasions throughout the season. At his best, he is an elite stopper in the competition, as some of his scalps in the past can atone to. What Crowley needs to do in 2012 is reassert himself as Freo’s premier midfield-minder. He has a fan in new Freo coach Ross Lyon, who has already indicated that Crowley’s tagging abilities will be an important part of next year’s structure.

Crowley played 18 games in 2010 after appearing in only six the year before due to injury. He continued in his customary role as a run-with player, shutting down some of the AFL's best midfielders and attacking defenders. While applying a forward tag in 2010, Crowley also proved to be a dangerous goal-sneak, with a five-goal haul in round 14 against Port Adelaide the highlight.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 24
    • Kicks 8.2
    • Handballs 6.3
    • Disposals 14.5
    • Marks 3.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 56.5

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Port Adelaide Rd 8
Handballs 13 Hawthorn Rd 21
Disposals 24 Brisbane Lions Rd 14
Marks 6 West Coast Eagles Rd 7
Hit-outs 4 St Kilda Rd 18
Tackles 7 Adelaide Crows Rd 12
Goals 2 Collingwood Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 84 Brisbane Lions Rd 14

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood W 46 - 116 8 8 16 2 0 0 1 3 2 0 67
2 Gold Coast Suns W 87 - 39 6 4 10 0 0 2 4 4 1 0 38
3 Hawthorn L 137 - 79 13 4 17 4 0 0 2 0 1 2 61
4 Essendon W 113 - 60 7 6 13 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 64
5 Sydney Swans L 92 - 75 4 5 9 4 1 1 1 4 0 0 49
6 North Melbourne L 61 - 74 7 8 15 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 42
7 West Coast Eagles W 54 - 73 9 2 11 6 0 0 0 5 1 0 75
8 Port Adelaide L 94 - 76 16 5 21 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 74
9 Geelong Cats W 96 - 64 10 8 18 3 0 1 1 3 0 0 65
11 Western Bulldogs W 51 - 89 12 5 17 3 1 0 2 0 1 0 56
12 Adelaide Crows W 90 - 50 10 6 16 5 0 0 1 7 0 1 83
13 Richmond W 85 - 105 10 5 15 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 68
14 Brisbane Lions W 105 - 22 11 13 24 4 0 2 0 1 1 1 84
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 81 9 4 13 5 0 1 2 3 0 0 57
16 Melbourne W 34 - 97 6 10 16 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 48
17 GWS Giants W 136 - 60 4 5 9 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 29
18 St Kilda L 118 - 60 9 5 14 3 4 0 3 4 0 0 57
19 Carlton W 83 - 78 6 5 11 1 0 1 6 3 1 1 33
20 Geelong Cats L 81 - 79 4 6 10 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 39
21 Hawthorn W 110 - 91 7 13 20 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 57
22 Brisbane Lions W 48 - 106 6 8 14 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 48
23 Port Adelaide W 105 - 97 11 4 15 4 0 0 2 5 0 0 67
FW1 Sydney Swans L 93 - 69 9 5 14 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 53
SF Port Adelaide L 83 - 105 4 7 11 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 41
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 8 198 151 349 74 8 11 35 66 9 5 1355

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 188
    • Kicks 8.2
    • Handballs 6.2
    • Disposals 14.3
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 61.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 Port Adelaide Rd 17, 2008
Handballs 16 Port Adelaide Rd 22, 2006
Disposals 35 Port Adelaide Rd 22, 2006
Marks 12 St Kilda Rd 13, 2008
Hit-outs 4 St Kilda Rd 18, 2014
Tackles 11 St Kilda Rd 4, 2010
Goals 5 Port Adelaide Rd 14, 2010
AFL Fantasy 138 Port Adelaide Rd 22, 2006

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Fremantle 198 151 349 74 8 11 35 66 9 5 1355
2013 Fremantle 192 178 370 80 9 20 31 74 9 10 1468
2012 Fremantle 208 147 355 78 1 24 37 88 12 16 1506
2011 Fremantle 129 115 244 60 7 16 17 57 13 10 1085
2010 Fremantle 106 133 239 49 6 14 17 75 15 8 1098
2009 Fremantle 47 23 70 23 3 5 8 16 4 3 331
2008 Fremantle 216 134 350 105 8 32 28 77 11 10 1571
2007 Fremantle 189 130 319 85 4 14 21 44 13 11 1302
2006 Fremantle 179 104 283 103 1 14 16 29 20 8 1265
2005 Fremantle 98 45 143 53 0 8 10 19 10 4 661

Legend

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B
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 22, 2007 v Port Adelaide

100 games: Round 4, 2011 v North Melbourne 

150 games: Round 12, 2013 v Brisbane

Awards

Club Awards

Doig Medal
2012

Players' Award
2013

Fremantle Dockers Life Member
Inducted in 2013

Q&A

Your nickname: The Grinch or Ralph

One word to describe you: Determined

Favourite player to watch growing up: Gavin Brown and Dermott Bereton

Who has had the most influence on your career: Dad and Ross Lyon

Toughest individual opponent: Gary Ablett Jnr

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Tom Vandeleur or Craig Moller

Thriftiest player at your club: David Mundy

The next big thing at your club: Jacob Ballard

The smartest thing you have been told: Don’t give up

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Copenhagen, Denmark

Do you have any strange phobias: Spiders

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Suits and Game of Thrones

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Batman

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Professional Cyclist

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Baked beans

Your last meal would be: Big bowl of pasta

Your favourite holiday destination: Las Vegas

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Clive Owen

What are your three essential items: Bike, phone and wallet

Most useless thing you have bought: Surfboard

Best subject at school: Maths

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: Soccer World Cup Final