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Jordan Gallucci (born 4 May 1998) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted by Adelaide with their first selection and fifteenth overall in the 2016 national draft.[1] He made his debut in the eighty point win against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in round nine of the 2017 season.[2]

Jordan Gallucci
Jordan Gallucci 2019.2.jpg
Gallucci in June 2019
Personal information
Full name Jordan Gallucci
Date of birth (1998-05-04) 4 May 1998 (age 21)
Original team(s) Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 15, 2016 national draft
Debut Round 9, 2017, Adelaide
vs. Brisbane Lions, at the Gabba
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 7
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017– Adelaide 17 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018 season.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early lifeEdit

Gallucci grew up in the hills to the east of Melbourne.[3] He attended Yarra Valley Grammar School where he also starred at volleyball as well as football. In 2016 he captained the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup where he impressed as a midfielder-forward, kicking five goals and getting 21 disposals against the Western Jets late in the season. He was also a co-captain of Vic Metro in the 2016 AFL Under 18 Championships, where he ranked second out of all mid-forwards for metres gained.[4]

Gallucci was part of the 2016 Draft Combine, where he broke the record in the standing vertical jump test, reaching 89 cm. This broke the previous record of 88 cm and was 13 cm above any others at the combine that year. He also won the repeat sprint test and was in the top ten of both the running vertical jump test and the beep test.[4] In the leadup to the 2016 AFL draft, Gallucci attracted interest from the Adelaide Football Club.[3]

AFL careerEdit

Gallucci was drafted by the Adelaide Football Club with their first pick in the 2016 AFL National Draft, the fifteenth selection overall.[4] His good friend Myles Poholke was also drafted by the Crows with their second draft pick.[5] When he joined the team, Gallucci was given the number 7 jumper, which had previously been worn by dual premiership player Nigel Smart and club captain Nathan van Berlo.[6]

Gallucci got his first opportunity to play for Adelaide in the 2017 JLT Community Series. After being left out of the Crows’ side for the opening match, he played against Geelong, where he had nine possessions, including five in the last quarter, in a thrilling six-point win.[7] Once the AFL season started he was playing for the Crows’ reserves team in the SANFL. In the first match of the season against Sturt, he performed a full-body smother to help save the match, leading to a two-point victory for the Crows.[8] In an SANFL game against South Adelaide he injured his shin and was unable to play in the second half,[9] which caused him to miss the next game, but he was able to return for the SANFL Showdown against Port Adelaide’s reserves team.[10] He returned from injury well and finished with 24 disposals and five clearances against the Magpies.[11]

Gallucci made his AFL debut in an eighty-point win against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in round nine.[2] He finished with 11 possessions and a goal for the match,[12] which wasn’t enough to retain his position in the side as he was omitted from the team the next week.[13] He was selected as a non-playing emergency against Fremantle, then returned to the SANFL side.[14]

Gallucci was among Adelaide’s best in the second SANFL Showdown of the season, with 24 possessions and seven tackles to his name in a 58-point loss, the side’s worst loss since joining the SANFL.[15] As his form continued to improve, he started to be selected more regularly as an emergency for AFL matches,[16] but his season came to a premature end when he was put on the long-term injury list after breaking his jaw in a SANFL match against Woodville-West Torrens and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[17]

Player profileEdit

As a junior, Gallucci was an outstanding athlete. He played as a midfielder capable of carrying the ball with pace, but also has the versatility to play across half-forward. He was a good mark with his powerful leap and had a strong work ethic. He showed leadership skills as well, being a co-captain of Vic Metro in the 2016 AFL Under 18 Championships and also captaining the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup.[4] He was described by four-time Hawthorn premiership player Gary Buckenara as a “polished player who has good pace and is very athletic”,[18] and his Eastern Ranges coach, former Essendon premiership player Darren Bewick, compared him favourably to 2017 Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen.[19]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[20]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2017 Adelaide 7 1 1 0 7 4 11 2 3 1.0 0.0 7.0 4.0 11.0 2.0 3.0
Career 1 1 0 7 4 11 2 3 1.0 0.0 7.0 4.0 11.0 2.0 3.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prime, Toby (27 November 2016). "Jordan Gallucci recruited to Adelaide with pick No. 15 in AFL National Draft". Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Earle, Richard (20 May 2017). "Hugh Greenwood makes sparkling AFL debut as Crows smash woeful Lions at the Gabba". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Fjeldstad, Jesper (26 November 2016). "New Adelaide Crow Jordan Gallucci could be the next Rory Sloane". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Pick 15: Jordan Gallucci". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  5. ^ Gaskin, Lee (28 November 2016). "New Crows hope to deliver one-two midfield punch". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  6. ^ Fjeldstad, Jesper (30 November 2016). "Adelaide Crows' first round draft pick Jordan Gallucci to wear the No.7 jumper". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  7. ^ Gaskin, Lee (5 March 2017). "Nine-touch Jordan Gallucci impresses Crows coach". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  8. ^ Phillips, Max (11 April 2017). "SANFL Preview: Crows v Panthers". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Injury Update: Round Five". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  10. ^ Phillips, Max (27 April 2017). "SANFL: Gallucci good to go". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  11. ^ Phillips, Max (29 April 2017). "All systems go for Gallucci". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  12. ^ Rugari, Vince (20 May 2017). "Match report: Crows soar back to top form". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  13. ^ "AFL Team: Experienced pair picked". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  14. ^ Phillips, Max (1 June 2017). "SANFL: Menzel to make return". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  15. ^ Phillips, Max (8 July 2017). "Port punish SANFL Crows". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  16. ^ Phillips, Max (20 July 2017). "SANFL: Seven into squad". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  17. ^ Capel, Andrew (22 August 2017). "Adelaide's top draft pick Jordan Gallucci to miss rest of season with broken jaw". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  18. ^ Capel, Andrew (28 November 2016). "Crows' top draft pick Jordan Gallucci not feeling the pressure". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  19. ^ Capel, Andrew (3 March 2017). "'High-end talent' — including speedster Jordan Gallucci — set to shine for Crows". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  20. ^ Jordan Gallucci's player profile at AFL Tables

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