Matthew Jaensch (born 18 September 1989) is a former professional Australian rules football player for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Jaensch was Adelaide's third selection in the 2009 Rookie Draft, taken at pick #46.
|Full name||Matthew Jaensch|
|Date of birth||18 September 1989|
|Place of birth||Hahndorf, South Australia|
No. 46, 2009 Rookie Draft, Adelaide|
No. 97 (RP), 2010 National Draft, Adelaide
Round 6, 2010, Adelaide|
vs. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (12 st 13 lb; 181 lb)|
|Position(s)||Small defender, small forward|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Jaensch commenced his junior career in the Hills Football League with the Hahndorf Football Club, before working his way through the underage ranks at SANFL club Sturt. He impressed Adelaide scouts after a break-out season with Sturt in 2009, in which he played 20 league games and kicked the winning goal in the preliminary final against Glenelg. Jaensch was previously an apprentice electrician and supported Essendon prior to being drafted.
Jaensch made his AFL debut in round 6, 2010, against Port Adelaide. He played eleven games for the season, playing mainly as a small forward. He shifted to defence in 2011 to great effect, playing 13 games before missing the last month of the season with a shoulder injury. He continued to impress in the first half of 2012, with his offensive run and long kicking a highlight, before struggling in the latter half with a groin injury that eventually required surgery. Jaensch was in and out of the side in 2013, playing 11 games at half-back and half-forward, where he was trialled to bolster the struggling forward line.
In 2014, Jaensch had a career-best season, playing all 22 games. Playing as a running defender, he led the club in marks and was second in metres gained. In Round 7, 2015, in a match against St Kilda, Jaensch suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and missed the rest of the season. He was arrested for drink-driving during his rehabilitation from the injury.
Jaensch announced his retirement from AFL football on 26 February 2016">Fjeldstad, Jesper (26 February 2016). "Injured Adelaide Crow Matthew Jaensch retires from AFL". adelaidenow.com.au. The Advertiser. Retrieved 26 February 2016.</ref> Jaensch has returned to his junior football club Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills football league for 2016.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- "Matthew Jaensch Player Profile". Sturtfc.com.au. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "GAME DIARY: Sturt v Glenelg". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "I owe it to Normo: Jaensch". Leader Messenger. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "Matthew Jaensch - AFC.com.au".
- "Fears confirmed for Jaensch". Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- Fjeldstad, Jesper (26 February 2016). "Injured Adelaide Crow Matthew Jaensch retires from AFL". adelaidenow.com.au. The Advertiser. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
- "Matthew Jaensch statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
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