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Mark Jamar

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Mark "Russian"[1] Jamar (born 9 August 1983) is a professional Australian rules footballer currently playing with the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life

Jamar was born and raised in the country South Australian town of Port Pirie. He played his early football at the Lions Football Club of the Spencer Gulf Football League, before moving to North Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League.

Jamar was a standout performer at the 2001 AFL National Under 18 Championships being selected in the All Australian team. However, he was overlooked in that year's Draft. He was, however, selected at pick six of the Rookie Draft by Melbourne.

AFL career

He was elevated to the senior list, and debuted in 2003. Jamar wears the number 40 and is a 100 kg+ ruckman who sometimes fills in up forward.

He kicked five goals straight in a game against Carlton in 2009 and also beat young West Coast ruckman Nicholas Naitanui so convincingly that the youngster was forced into light training duties during the next few weeks.

2003 Mark Jamar was drafted at pick number six to the Melbourne Demons in the 2001 Rookie Draft. He debuted in the opening round of the 2003 season against Hawthorn, which the Demons won 106–100. He had a quiet debut with only four disposals, a mark and a hit-out on the stats sheet. However he improved in his next match, a 27-point win over the Port Adelaide Power in which he registered six disposals, 10 hit-outs and his first AFL goal. He went on to play another seven games that season, all of which Melbourne lost. They finished 14th and did not play in the finals. Jamar ranked fourth among rising stars in total hit-outs in 2003 and third among rising stars in hit-outs per game in 2003.

2004 Jamar only played three games this season, including an elimination final that the Demons lost in a five-point match against Essendon. He averaged five disposals and seven hit-outs. The Demons finished fifth.

2005 In 2005, Jamar played eight games of which the Demons won five. He averaged only three disposals and eight hit-outs and kicked one goal in the ruck. Melbourne finished seventh and played in the elimination final against the Geelong Cats, which they lost 116–61.

2006 In his best season to date, Jamar missed only one game in the whole premiership season. He consolidated himself as a reliable ruckman for the Demons. He averaged 10 hit-outs and four disposals and kicked 10 goals and two behinds for the season. Melbourne finished the season seventh and played St Kilda in the elimination final, which the Demons won 90–72. Jamar contributed in the ruck with seven hit-outs and four disposals. He did not play against Fremantle the following week when the Demons were defeated by 28 points and were eliminated from the finals.

2007 Jamar missed the middle part of the season, but played the first and last five games of the season. He only played in two winning matches and averaged 6 disposals and 10 hit-outs as well as kicking four goals for the season. The Demons finished 14th.

2008 In his sixth season, Jamar played 14 games and averaged eight disposals and 19 hit-outs and kicked four goals. Though Melbourne finished last and did not qualify for finals, Jamar had made himself known in the AFL, performing reliably in the ruck. He ranked ninth in hit-outs per game for 2008.

2009 A stress fracture in his foot resulted in Jamar missing much of the 2009 season. In the games he did play he played in the primary ruck position, averaging 23 hit-outs and 11 disposals. Once again the Demons finished bottom of the ladder, but Jamar's efforts as Melbourne's main big man did not go unnoticed. He was ranked seventh in hit-outs per game for the year.

2010 Jamar went from strength to strength as Melbourne's number one ruck in 2010, playing an instrumental part in the Demons' rise up the ladder, averaging 29 hit-outs, 12 disposals and three contested marks per game, with four goals over the first seven rounds. He was ranked second in the AFL for hit-outs per game, was named as the second ruckman for the 2010 All-Australian squad[2] and finished third in Melbourne's Best and Fairest, behind Brad Green and James Frawley.[3]

Personal life

Jamar sometimes goes by the nickname "Russian".[1]

References

External links

  • Mark Jamar's profile on the official website of the Melbourne Football Club
  • Mark Jamar's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Demonwiki profile
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