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Liam Jurrah

Image DOB: 22 September 1988

Debut: Round 12, 2009 against Essendon at Docklands
Last Game: Round 8, 2012 against Sydney at SCG

From: Yuendumu Magpies/Collingwood VFL/Nightcliffe, Selection 1, 2008 Pre-Season Draft

Number: 48 2009, 24 2010-2012

Honours:
Rising Star nominee - Round 15, 2009 against Port Adelaide
Best First Year player - 2009
Goal of the Year nominee - Round 20, 2010
Mark of the Year winner - 2010
Leading Goalkicker - 2011

Games: 36
Goals: 81
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
1512041.66

An elder of the Warlpiri people, excitement machine Jurrah first came to the attention of the Victorian football public during a brief spell with Collingwood's VFL side during 2008.

After a handful of games he returned to Yuendemu, where he won best on ground honours in the Central Australian League Grand Final before joining Nightcliff in the NTFL.

Despite not nominating for the National Draft, Jurrah was given special dispensation to put his name forward for the pre-season draft, and the move was a fruitful one for the Demons, who selected him with the first pick. Overcoming the hurdle of not having English as a first language he impressed in VFL games and was selected to debut in the Demons sole Friday night game of the year where he kicked a remarkable debut goal after flying for a mark, failing to drag it down then rolling over to kick it off the ground in the goal square.

Jurrah kicked three first quarter goals en-route to four for the match against Port Adelaide in Round 15, 2009 to earn himself a Rising Star nomination and continued to be an exciting presence up front for the Demons through the rest of the year. His season ended on a high with a third 4 goal performance of the year, this time against minor premiers St Kilda in Round 2, 2009. Against direct opponent and potential All-Australian Sam Gilbert his highlights included a goal over his shoulder from 30 metres out and a trademark one-handed mark.

Jurrah injured his shoulder in a 2010 pre-season match against Adelaide in Elizabeth. He required surgery and didn't play senior football until making his return with two goals in the round 15 win over Essendon. His return coincided with the Demons best stretch of form for the season and he managed 21 goals in the last eight games of the year. In the Round 21 loss to Port Adelaide, Jurrah pulled down the Mark of the Year leaping over Jack Watts at Football Park. Despite losing the weekly fan vote to Brendan Goddard, Jurrah won the overall award.

Despite having a season mostly free of serious injury, and winning the Demons goalkicking with 40, the 2011 season was seen as something of a disappointment for the flashy forward. He was still a reliable contributor, and only failed to kick a goal twice in 18 starts, but wasn't flying for big marks and was criticised for a lack of attention to the defensive side of his game.

After Melbourne's near record loss to Geelong in Round 19 he was dropped, only re-emerging two weeks later before his season ended with a broken wrist suffered in a marking contest during the Round 23 win over Gold Coast.

He was forced to undergo further wrist surgery in December 2011 and while on a leave of absence during his recovery was arrested in connection with a machete attack on a man in the Northern Territory. He returned to Victoria and was fined $5000 by the club for drinking while recovering from injury.

With his legal troubles still unresolved Jurrah returned to the senior side for the Round 8 loss to Sydney, but injured his leg and faced another lengthy break on the sidelines. He returned to the Casey Demons side for one game at the end of the year before taking personal leave to be with his family in Adelaide.

Jurrah then announced that he would be staying in Adelaide until his trial and was not in a position to commit to AFL football until that point. He trained with Port Adelaide but they did not select him in the Pre-Season or Rookie Draft. He announced his intention to play for their SANFL team, but his pre-season was marked by a drink driving incident and he was later sentenced to three months jail for an attack on a woman in an Alice Springs street.

After his release he played for the Tiwi Bombers in the Northern Territory league in late 2013, but was in trouble again late that year when arrested for driving offences after a police chase. In April 2014 he was again arrested on assault charges.

In 2015 he played a game for Kilcunda Bass Panthers alongside former teammates Austin Wonaeamirri and Aaron Davey.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
2009 9200
2010 8212
2011 18402
2012 100


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Media
"Jurrah has wrist surgery" - melbournefc.com.au 16/12/2011
"Former AFL star Liam Jurrah jailed over Alice Springs assault" - abc.net.au 13/06/2013
"Liam Jurrah arrested after high speed police chase in Alice Springs" - abc.net.au 16/01/2014
"Former AFL player Liam Jurrah remanded" - The Age 29/04/2014
"Liam Jurrah and Friend on th Prowl with Kildunda Bass Panthers" - The Age 13/06/2015

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Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Sunday 27 December 2015 08:59:29 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 36)

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