ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 08: Rory Sloane of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 12 match between the Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants at the Adelaide Oval on June 08, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Matt Turner/AFL Photos)
After being elevated to co-captain in the pre-season, Rory Sloane was one of seven Adelaide players to play all 22 games in 2019.
The courageous midfielder led the Crows for contested possessions (288), hard ball gets (95), clearances (131) and tackles (129), ranking Top 15 in the League for all four categories across the home and away season.
Sloane was also number one at Adelaide for player pressure acts (542), placing him equal fifth in the AFL.
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) May 12, 2019
At a glance:
Disposals per game: 24.6
Clearances per game: 6
Tackles per game: 5.9
Round Eight v Port Adelaide
The consistent Sloane recorded triple-figure player ranking points in 14 of his 22 games, meaning there were plenty of options to choose from.
He was influential in wins over Sydney and Richmond, and notched big numbers in losses to Hawthorn and West Coast.
But it’s always tough to look past an impressive Showdown performance.
With Port Adelaide charging home in the final quarter of the Round Eight clash with five unanswered goals, Adelaide needed its leaders to stand up.
A spirited Sloane took two critical marks in the last term to help inspire the Crows to victory, to go with 10 disposals, five inside 50s, two tackles and 198 metres gained in 33 minutes of football.
He finished the game with 26 disposals, nine inside 50s, a game-high 13 tackles and one goal and was awarded six AFL Coaches’ votes by Don Pyke and Ken Hinkley for his efforts.