Daniel Talia

Daniel Talia (born 2 October 1991) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted with selection 13 in the 2009 National Draft from the Calder Cannons.[1] In 2012 he won the AFL Rising Star award as the best young player in the league.[2] Talia is the great-grandson of former Footscray player Arthur Stevens, and the grandson of Harvey Stevens who played in Footscray's 1954 VFL Grand Final victory.[3] His younger brother, Michael Talia, played for the Western Bulldogs before being traded to the Sydney Swans after the 2015 season.[3][4]

Daniel Talia
Talia playing for Adelaide in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Daniel Talia
Nickname(s) Tals
Date of birth (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991
Original team(s) Greenvale (EDFL)
Assumption College
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 13, 2009 national draft
Debut Round 15, 2011, Adelaide
vs. Sydney, at AAMI Stadium
Height 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 99 kg (218 lb)
Position(s) Key defender
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 12
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010 Adelaide 186 (6)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Pre-AFL career

Talia played junior football for Greenvale and Assumption College in Kilmore, which boasts a strong football history. He played centre-half forward for the Calder Cannons and in defence for Victoria Metro in the 2009 AFL Under-18 Championships, for which he was selected in the U18 All-Australian team. He missed the second half of the 2009 season due to a hamstring injury.[5][1]

AFL career

After one and a half years on Adelaide's list, Talia made his AFL debut in round 15 of the 2011 season and held his place in the side for the rest of the season, playing nine games in total.[6] He achieved this despite carrying an Achilles injury throughout the season, and was rewarded with the Mark Bickley award for the Crows' best first or second year player.[7]

Talia had a breakout year in 2012. With the departure of Nathan Bock and Phil Davis in the last two seasons, and with Ben Rutten ageing, he regularly played on the opposition's best forward with great success, contributing to the club's unexpected run to the preliminary finals.[6] Talia was nominated for the 2012 AFL Rising Star award for his shut-down effort on St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt in round 12,[8] and at the end of the season was voted the winner of the award.[2] His season came to a heartbreaking end when he broke his arm in Adelaide's Qualifying Final loss to the Sydney Swans.[6] Prior to the 2013 season, Talia extended his contract for three more years, that kept him at Adelaide until the end of 2016.[9]

Talia continued to deliver in 2013, leading the club in spoils and intercept possessions, and conceding only one goal per game despite being opposed to the opposition's leading forward. He finished equal third in the club best and fairest in 2013. In 2014 Talia added another dimension to his game, increasing his attacking output while remaining miserly in defence. He was rewarded with the Malcolm Blight Medal for the club's best and fairest player, and was also named at full-back in the All-Australian team for 2014. He continued to perform reliably in 2015, finishing in the top 10 of the club champion count and becoming the youngest member of Adelaide's leadership group.[6] At the end of 2015, Daniel and his brother Michael, then playing for the Western Bulldogs, were the subject of an AFL investigation into allegations Michael provided Daniel with game-sensitive information ahead of their two clubs meeting in the 2015 Second Elimination Final.[10] The pair were subsequently cleared.[11]

On 24 February 2016, Talia re-signed with the Crows until the end of 2021.[12]

In the opening round of the 2017 season, Talia was penalized for pushing the ball across the goal line from outside of the goal square in a stricter interpretation of the deliberately rushed behind rule than had been applied in previous seasons. Though Crows fans jeered at the decision, coach Don Pyke said that it was the correct interpretation.[13] In the Crows’ round five match against Gold Coast Talia limped from the ground with a hamstring injury barely a minute into the game. The Crows went on to win the game by 67 points regardless.[14] Later in the week, scans showed that there was no serious injury and was able to play the next round.[15] In round 18 Talia effected 16 spoils, the most out of anyone in the league in that round,[16] and the next week he broke his own club record for the most one-percenters in a match, getting 17. After round 19 he had more spoils (154) and had won more one-on-one contests (34) than any player in the league.[17]

Near the end of the season in a match against Sydney, Talia suffered an ankle injury, which resulted in his omission from the Crows’ final match of the home and away season against West Coast.[18] At the end of the year he played in Adelaide’s Grand Final loss to Richmond.[19]


Statistics are correct to end of 2019 season [20]
 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)
2011 Adelaide 12900595111027310.
2012 Adelaide 1223121077918660410.
2013 Adelaide 12223014310324693350.
2014 Adelaide 12220116793260105240.
2015 Adelaide 1222101528123381370.
2016 Adelaide 122410208166374143450.
2017 Adelaide 12240014615430101450.
2018 Adelaide 12180013911925892370.
2019 Adelaide 12220017197268120480.
Career 186 6 3 1292 943 2235 822 343 0.0 0.0 6.9 5.1 12.0 4.4 1.8

Honours and achievements



  1. "Adelaide Crows - 2009 AFL Draft rundown". Herald Sun. 26 November 2009.
  2. Devlin, Rebekah (5 September 2012). "Daniel Talia soars above pack of AFL's young guns to win Rising Star Award". The Advertiser.
  3. Capel, Andrew (15 August 2013). "It's a Dogs' life for the Talia family". The Advertiser.
  4. Navaratnam, Dinny (22 October 2015). "New Swan will be cleared of leaking information: Manager". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. Quayle, Emma (23 November 2009). "Picks of the draft: Daniel Talia". The Age.
  6. "Daniel Talia - AFC.com.au". AFC.com.au. Adelaide Football Club. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  7. Rucci, Michelangelo (10 September 2011). "Sweet but sour victory for Scott". The Advertiser.
  8. Holmesby, Luke (19 June 2012). "Crow on the rise". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  9. "Rising Star Daniel Talia agrees to three-year contract extension with the Adeliade Crows". news.com.au. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  10. "AFL finals: Western Bulldogs investigate Michael Talia and Daniel Talia for leaking 'game sensitive information': reports". ABC.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  11. "Michael Talia cleared of gameplan leak from Western Bulldogs-Adelaide final, Kyle Cheney warned for 'banter'". ABC.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  12. "Talia signs on until 2021". afc.com.au. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  13. Rucci, Michelangelo (27 March 2017). "AFL umpires put four clear themes on agenda in opening round". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  14. "Adelaide Crows nervously await scans on injured Daniel Talia and Riley Knight". The Age. Fairfax Media. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  15. Gaskin, Lee (27 April 2017). "Talia on track for Tigers". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  16. Gill, Katrina (24 July 2017). "By the numbers: Round 18". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  17. "Stats that matter: Round 19". AFC.com.au. Bigpond. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  18. "Eagles face crunch math quiz against Crows". The Age. Fairfax Media Australia. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  19. Bowen, Nick (30 September 2017). "Match report: Terrific Tigers end 37-year wait". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  20. "AFL Tables - Daniel Talia statistics". AFL Tables.
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