He is the ball-magnet defender who worked his way off the rookie list to a starring role in Adelaide’s back-line, and this week Rory Laird is on The Crows Show talking about his dominant game.
“There’s a bit of structure behind it but he’s [Don Pyke] given me a fair bit of reign this year which is really good,” Laird said.
“It’s changed up a little bit in the last few weeks, my role, and what I’m doing in my positioning, but for most of the year I’ve had free rein and it’s really good for me and lets me play the game the way I see it.”
Last year Laird earned his first All-Australian nod and he has not looked back since. From 13 games this season he has 30+ disposals 11 times and 40+ twice.
“Reading the play is one of
“Being able to look at the game from half-back so I can see what unfolds.
“You practise it as much as you can at training but it’s more of natural instincts and what you see in the game.”
With the Crows playing on Thursday we ask whether the AFL has got it right with Thursday night footy – and what the fans think.
Alana Smith and Mark Bickley also look at how AFL scouts take years to decide if a young player is right for the AFL, and how one mark changed the life of former Crow, Mark Stevens.
Meantime, we explore Adelaide’s work with Kickstart For Kids and children at risk.
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Source: Adelaide Crows website