Broadford – Victoria
An impressive and tough on-baller, Richard Douglas was selected with pick 16 in the 2005 NAB AFL Draft. Despite making appearances at senior level in his young days at the club, Douglas’ career was marred by injury and consequently saw him spend time on the sidelines. However that was soon to change, as Richie was to emerge as one of Adelaide’s most influential and damaging players in years to come.
2010 was the breakout year for Richie as he won not only the Club Champion award (best and fairest) but also the Chelsea Phillis Coaches’ Award. Whilst being renown for his class and finesse, Douglas has also emerged as one of Adelaide’s key leaders. As a result of his professional and caring presence at the club, Douglas was awarded the Phil Walsh Best Team Man in 2013 and consequently became a senior leader ahead of the 2014 season. Furthermore Douglas’ great work and influence at the club was recognised through his honourable Life Membership in 2015.
2017 saw Douglas play the entirety of the year, which included 22 home and away games as well as 3 finals. Douglas kicked 15 goals for the season as well as collected an average of 21.6 disposals and 3.8 tackles. Despite making the AFL Grand Final and playing an impressive and commendable game, Douglas was unable to win his first premiership with the Adelaide Crows.
Richie will look towards 2018 and hope to improve his and his teammates’ development ahead of another premiership attempt.