Reece Conca

Date of Birth: 12/08/1992
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Guernsey: 30
Debut: 24/03/2011, Round 1, Carlton
Last Game: 30/07/2016, Round 19, Greater Western Sydney

Seasons: 2011-18
Total Games: 104
Total Goals: 23

Reece Conca grew up in victoria Park , Perth and played Soccer till he was 13 when he started playing AFL football at the local Victoria Park club. He quickly picked up footy and by the time he was 16 he had twice represented Western Australia at National level and he had made his debut for Perth Football club Colts team in the Western Australian Football League. Reece attended Trinity College and Captained the school’s senior football team but stopped playing school football and concentrated on the Colts competition and representative football . His outstanding form in the Colts led to him being selected in the Perth senior team at 17 years of age. Reece represented Western Australia in the U/18 National Championships , was appointed vice captain and was a prominent player in the championships. During his final junior year Reece had suffered a broken left fibula but was able to play the season out. Reece was drafted by Richmond with pick 6 in the 2010 AFL National Draft .

Reece entered the 2011 pre-season with complications from his broken fibula the year before and with high expectations around his ability . Reece made his senior debut with Richmond in Round 1, 2011 against Carlton . Reece played impressively in his first year missing only a handful of games and receiving in Round 9 a Rising Star nomination and winning the club’s Best First Year player award. Reece’s 2012 season start was interrupted by a 4 match ( reduced to 3 with guilty plea ) suspension in the first pre-season game , the rules at the time allowing him to serve the suspension in the balance of pre-season games . Reece played 18 games in 2012 which was finished in Round 20 when he fractured the third metatarsal in his right foot against the Bulldogs. In 2013 Reece was a regular senior player but suffered a stress reaction in the previously injured right foot in Round 4 against Collingwood keeping him out of the senior team until Round 12. Reece played the rest of the season in the senior team including his first final, an Elimination Final loss to Carlton. Unfortunately for Reece he tore his hamstring which required surgery and at the same time he had a small bone removed from his right knee “ os trignomium “ which few people are born with. At the end of 2013 , West Coast tried to “ woo “ Reece back to Western Australia but he signed a three year contract with Richmond. David King, Fox Footy Commentator labelled Reece a ‘ must keep ‘ player and likened him to Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel and predicted
he would soon be only behind Trent Cotchin in the Tigers midfield. Reece played 19 games in 2014 including an Elimination Final . Reece was also suspended for two games after a Round 19 incident with Devon Smith from GWS which had the AFL commenting that the incident should have been dealt with more severely . Reece returned to the senior team after the suspension and played strong football in the remaining home and away games and the Elimination Final loss to Port Adelaide. Due to a minor but persistent knee injury Reece was restricted to 3 games in 2015 including a third consecutive Elimination Final loss this time to North Melbourne. Reece was again restricted by a severe hamstring Injury in 2016 missing the first 11 games and playing 6 games for the season. Reece played the first 6 games of 2017 injuring his ankle in Round 6 and through a series of complications he was prevented from re-joining the senior team which went on to win the 2017 Premiership. Reece was able to play
the first 13 games of 2018 with the senior team . In Round 15 Richmond’s next game because of the mid-season “ bye “ Reece
suffered a serious dislocation of his left ankle . Reece , who contrary to early thoughts that he may have a season ending injury , recovered without surgery and returned to the senior team in Round 22, played in the Tigers 2018 finals campaign which finished with a Preliminary Final loss to Collingwood.

Reece decided at the end of the 2018 season to accept an attractive offer from Fremantle and joined them as an unrestricted free agent . Reece had played 104 games with Richmond in an injury interrupted career.

Perth, Joined Richmond with Richmond's first round selection overall pick 6 in 2010 National Draft.