Joshua Schache (born 21 August 1997) is a professional Australian rules footballer with the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Brisbane Lions from 2016 to 2017.
Schache in August 2018
|Full name||Joshua Schache|
|Date of birth||21 August 1997|
|Original team(s)||Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 2, 2015 national draft|
|Height||199 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
|Current club||Western Bulldogs|
|2016–2017||Brisbane Lions||27 (25)|
|2018–||Western Bulldogs||27 (41)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Schache started playing Auskick when he was in grade five. He attended high school at Assumption College Kilmore and later Goulburn Valley Grammar School and travelled from Seymour to Shepparton everyday during his VCE studies. His late father, Laurence, also played with Brisbane in the early 1990s.
Josh spent his early youth as a handy ruckman/forward for the Seymour Lions, a club based in the Seymour District Junior Football League. He played with the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup until he was selected to join the Brisbane Lions with the second pick in the 2015 AFL draft.
He won the Larke Medal for his performance in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships in 2015, where he also he kicked a record 24 goals.
In the first two years of his career at the Brisbane Lions, Schache played 27 games and kicked 25 goals. During 2017 there was speculation that he would request a trade to a Victorian club, but at the end of the season his manager shut down speculation, insisting that he would not be requesting a trade. Despite this, Brisbane later announced they would be exploring trade options for Schache in the forthcoming trade period. In the final minutes of the trade period, Schache was traded to the Western Bulldogs for pick 25 and 40 despite being contracted until 2019 at the Brisbane Lions. Schache overcame niggling injuries during the first half of 2018. After strong performances in the VFL he was elevated to the senior side where he finished the season with 17 goals in 13 games.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Vaughan, Roger; Browne, Ashley (24 November 2015). "Like father, like son for new Lion Josh Schache". www.afl.com.au. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "AFL draft: Jacob Weitering selected first by Carlton; Josh Schache heading to Brisbane Lions". ABC News.
- Quayle, Emma (22 November 2015). "AFL draft 2015: Josh Schache follows his late father's footsteps". The Age. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Davis, Greg (21 November 2015). "AFL draft 2015: Brisbane Lions-bound Josh Schache follows his dad". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Ryan, Peter (11 September 2017). "Lion's manager shuts down trade speculation". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
- "Josh Schache". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
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