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Adelaide Football Club - Crows History Locker

Robert Shirley

Games Played 151

Career 2000 - 2009

Debut 2000

Guernsey Number 12

Date of Birth 09/06/1980

Biography

Robert Shirley overcame some major career roadblocks to build a reputation as one of the AFL’s best taggers during his 151-game career. Whyalla’s Shirley was first drafted by the Crows from Woodville-West Torrens at pick No. 67 in the 1999 National Draft but was delisted after playing 21 AFL games in his first three seasons.

Despite that, he stayed with the Club as a rookie and made the most of a mid-season promotion in 2004. It was not until 2005, however, that Shirley became the Club’s main tagger and he missed just one game as the Crows returned to finals. His game continued to develop offensively alongside his tagging roles. Shirley, who won the Coaches Award in 2005 and 2007, had to fight for his spot in 2009 and after playing 11 games, including the semi-final loss to Collingwood, was delisted.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
2000122 - -961531
20011217 -293641572632
2002124 - -8122067
2003121322601021622243
200412154470831532534
200512241041292323615579
20061224461562273837185
20071220541632003636481
20081221231281743025584
2009121111511081592547
Totals-151282686712082075352493

Awards

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2010