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Adem Yze

Image DOB: September 21 1977

Debut: Round 13, 1995 against Richmond at MCG
Last Game: Round 22, 2008 against Richmond at MCG

From: Shepparton United/Murray U18, Selection #16 1994 National Draft

Number: 44 1995, 13 1996-2008

Honours:
Best and Fairest - 2001
Best First Year Player - 1995
Rising Star Nomination - Round 11, 1996
Grand Final team - 2000
Victorian State Representative - 2000
All Australian - 2002
Life Member - 2004
International Rules Representative - 2000, 2002
Mark of the Year nominee - Round 16, 2005, Round 21, 2006

Games: 271
Goals: 234
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
120115044.28

Statistical categories led:
Most Rebound 50's : 645
Most Inside 50's : 863
Most Inside 50's in a game - 14, Round 3, 2000
Most games in jumper 13
Most goals in jumper 13

As a junior Yze had played an Under 16's game in baggy board shorts, and responding to heckles from the crowd for his bizarre attire kicked 20 goals but Melbourne's interest in him was sealed when he kicked six goals for the Murray Bushrangers in an Under 18's final.

The Demons used pick 16 in the 2004 National Draft on 'Ooze', and he made his debut midway through the following year as a late replacement for the injured Clay Sampson.

Recieving a Rising Star Nomination for his 19-disposal, 5-goal performance against Fitzroy in Round 11, 1996, Yze continually swapped between the halfback line and the midfield, sometimes going up the ground as a small forward. In Round 8, 1997, Yze began his amazing streak of 226-consecutive games, while his form continued to improve, thanks to a permanent move to the midfield, which showed off his kicking ability, regarded by some as arguably the best in the competition.

Yze was one of the performers of 2000, pivotal in helping the Demons reach the Grand Final and he earned a two year contract extension which he celebrated by winning the Best and Fairest Award in 2001. Despite this it wasn't until 2002 that Yze's game and form hit their peak, finishing equal 3rd in the Brownlow medal along with fellow Demon Travis Johnstone, and making the All-Australian team as a midfielder. That year he led the league in kicks, 418, while only dishing off 72 handballs.

At the end of 2002 Yze represented Australia in the International Rules Series and was nearly lured to Carlton as an uncontracted player. The Blues offered $1.2 million for his services over three years, above the $1 million over three that the Demons offered but despite the increased financial terms on offer Yze re-signed with the Demons.

In round 17, 2003 Yze played his 150th consecutive game. He had played through rolled ankles and osteitis pubis, but his streak nearly ended when his wife was due to give birth on the same day as the round 1 clash with Hawthorn. She had the baby on the Wednesday before the game and the streak continued.

Through 2003 and 2004, he cotinued this great form, but a shift to the forward line in 2005 proved to be in his best interests, as he kicked 41-goals for the year, his best load being 5 against Richmond in Round 10 & Collingwood in Round 12.

For the second time in his career Yze came close to leaving the Demons at the end of 2005. Contract negotiations broke down after a poor second half of the season. He finished 10th in the Best and Fairest despite playing every game. Eventually Yze signed for three seasons.

The twilight of Yze's career began in 2006, highlighted with one of the Marks Of The Year in Round 21 over Geelong's Josh Hunt in the Melbourne goal-square

However, playing football for a near record 11-years straight finally caught up with Adem, as injury to his body and groin resulted in poor form, which ended in Yze being dropped for Round 2, 2007, ending his run of 226-consecutive games, less than one season away from fellow Demon Jim Stynes record of 242. Yze tried his hardest to beat injury, including a career high 38-disposals against Fremantle in Round 4, but by Round 12 his body had succumbed to his groin injury, which turned out to be a hernia, resulting in an operation and a finished season.

Yze did manage to return to football Round 1, 2008, but by then Neale Daniher had left the Melbourne Football Club as coach, replaced by Dean Bailey, who instigated a youth-policy, resulting in Yze taking second-fiddle to the younger crop of players coming through, & despite playing gallantly, including a 3-goal haul in Round 10 (just his second game of 2008), at the end of the season Yze was de-listed, along with fellow Demon Jeff White, his #13 being retired for one season as a show of respect.

Yze finished his career with the 3rd most games played for the club - just one game behind Robert Flower & 35 behind David Neitz - and the 19th most goals. He expressed interest in continuing his football career elsewhere by nominating himself for the 2009 National Draft, but conceded he had "stuff all" chance of being drafted. This came to be and he returned to the VFL, from where his football career started, playing for the Box Hill Hawks.

He then joined the Shepparton Swans for the 2010 side, playing alongside former teammate Russell Robertson. He served as a part time development coach and runner for Hawthorn in 2012 and 2013. In 2015 he was promoted to the club's backline coach.

Yze's brother Damien was a supplementary list player for the Demons in the late 90's.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1995 930
1996 1990
1997 1990
1998 2570
1999 22100
2000 253714
2001 22248
2002 241917
2003 22175
2004 231914
2005 23417
2006 24305
2007 840
2008 651
Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 17, 1997 Wrestling 1 week pay, 1 match payment
Round 9, 1998 Wrestling $1000 fine
Round 10, 1999 Charging Not Guilty
Round 21, 2000 Melee $3500 fine
Round 18, 2001 Charging Not Guilty
2002 Wizard Cup Match 2 Striking 1 match
Round 4, 2003 Unduly Rough Play Not Guilty
Round 14, 2004 Charging Withdrawn
Round 5, 2006 Wrestling $900 fine
Round 16, 2006 Abusive language $900 fine
2007 NAB Cup Round 1 Attempted trip Reprimand


Lists
100 Plus Consecutive Games
First draft picks
Life members

Media
AFANA News 2001
"The Demon who Oozes class" - The Age 14/09/2002
"Yze likely to reject Blues' $1.2m offer" - The Age 24/10/2002
"150 in a row? Yze does it" - The Age 24/07/2003

Links
Australian Rules Football profile
2001 player profile
2003 player profile
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Sunday 13 December 2015 08:25:35 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 55)

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