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Sydney Stack

Last played for Richmond Tigers in 2022
Games: 35     Born: April 28, 2000     Origin: Federals FC
Playing Height: 179cm     Playing Weight: 75kg     Position: Defender
Drafted: 2019 SSP Recruit
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Sydney Stack Biography

Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Sydney Stack pleads guilty to breaching Western Australia's strict COVID-19 quarantine laws in Perth Magistrates Court. He will be sentenced on March 25.
Saturday, 9 January 2021
Sydney Stack is granted bail and released from jail after spending weeks behind bars for allegedly breaching WA's coronavirus quarantine restrictions. He will appear in court again on January 20.

"We are very relieved and pleased to have Syd released on bail today and grateful that the Supreme Court agreed with our position on the matter," Stack's manager Paul Peos said in a statement.

"It has been a terribly challenging time for Sydney and our focus is on his near and longer term well-being. He has a significant period of physical, mental and spiritual healing and rehabilitation in front of him and we request some privacy as he works through these immediate challenges."

Monday, 21 December 2020
Sydney Stack is placed in isolation at Hakea Prison as a result of his alleged breach of Western Australia's strict quarantine laws.

Footage had emerged showing Stack allegedly involved in a punch-up in Perth over the weekend. Police issued the 20-year-old with a move on notice for disorderly conduct over the incident at 1.10am only to realise he was in breach of the state’s 14-day quarantine requirements. He was charged with failing to comply with a COVID self-quarantine direction and refused bail.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Uncertainty surrounds the futures of Richmond pair Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones at the club after coach Damien Hardwick stopped short of guaranteeing they will be with the Tigers in 2021 following their bans due to their much-publicised off-field indiscretion.

"That will be determined in due course from our point of view. They're very good players. We're disappointed in the actions so we don't want to sit there and make assertions on what it's going to look like moving forward," Hardwick said.

Saturday, 5 September 2020
Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones apologise their late-night escapade in breach of the AFL's strict COVID-19 protocols that cost the Tigers $100,000 in fines.

"I just wanted to take the opportunity to apologise for the mistake I made. I'm very sorry, understand the seriousness of it and can do nothing now but own the consequences," Stack said via Instagram.

"I take full responsibility for what I have done and am extremely remorseful. I realise what I did was selfish and had the potential to jeopardise the continuation of the competition being played in Queensland," Coleman-Jones said.

Friday, 4 September 2020
Richmond duo Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones are under investigation by the AFL and the Tigers after an incident on the Gold Coast.

Stack and Coleman-Jones received Queensland police-issued infringement notices for public nuisance for allegedly being involved in a fight at about 3:30 AM on Friday near a strip club in Surfers Paradise.

The pair are facing potential season-ending bans for breaching the AFL's strict COVID-19 protocols.

Richmond players Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones will be banished from Queensland and suspended for 10 matches after being caught in an incident near a Surfers Paradise strip club in the early hours of the morning.

Their indiscretion also cost the Tigers a fine of $100,000 imposed by the AFL, $75,000 of which the club has asked Stack and Coleman-Jones to pay. However, the AFL Players Association has argued the club cannot penalise the duo beyond the League's 10-game ban, under the terms agreed between the AFL and the players' union.

Stack and Coleman-Jones officially breached the AFL's COVID-19 protocols in taking an Uber, visiting a non-approved Gold Coast venue and becoming involved in an incident that involved Queensland Police. Stack was detained by police and released a short time after.

"We own the mistakes and we take responsibility, it was extremely disappointing and disrespectful to the entire AFL community, to the Queensland government and to our fans and members," Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale said.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Sydney Stack says the disappointment of missing Richmond's premiership in 2019 has been a driving force this pre-season.

"The year turned out pretty quickly. It all happened so fast and the next thing I know I was debuting and then at the end of the year. Unfortunately, I got injured, but it was a great team success and win, and a great club to be a part of," Stack said.

"It was pretty tough for me [to miss the Grand Final], but I couldn't be any happier. I reflected on my life that day and thought back to where I was. [After the game] I was on the field crying with Alex Rance, actually. I was very proud to be a part of the team and help them get there."

Saturday, 17 August 2019
Sydney Stack's season could be over after he suffered a possible syndesmosis injury in the VFL.

"It's an ankle injury but it's too early to diagnose the extent of it, whether it's a syndesmosis I’m not sure," Richmond's VFL coach Craig McRae said post-match.

"But it doesn't look good, he's on crutches so I would have thought he's in doubt for the short term."

Thursday, 1 August 2019
Sydney Stack signs a two-year contract extension to remain at Richmond until the end of 2021.
Friday, 14 June 2019
Opinion in the football world is divided on Richmond young gun Sydney Stack's celebration with Adelaide's Eddie Betts after yet another brilliant goal from the maestro.

Late in the clash between the two teams, with the result beyond doubt, Betts put a miraculous snap through and after celebrating with teammates, grinned at the Tiger and wagged a finger in a good-natured manner before the pair shared a handshake and a brief hug.

"We were going at it the whole game. Sydney Stack's a great young player. He's aggressive and he doesn't give you a chance, and he keeps pushing you, but all game he kept saying 'Brother, you can't get a special goal tonight. No special goals tonight'," Betts said.

"I actually had the ball in that pocket early in that quarter and I tried for a left-foot snap and Sydney smothered it, and he came back up to me and said 'Told you, no special goals for you brother'. I said 'Mate, I'm going to get one. Trust me, I'm going to get one'.

"I ended up getting that one, and he put his head down, looked at me and smiled, came over and I said 'Told you brother'."

Monday, 3 June 2019
Sydney Stack is the 2019 round 11 AFL Rising Star nominee after an impressive start to his career as a Tiger.

Stack is already a cult figure among the Richmond faithful but doesn't quite know what to make of it.

"I try not to think about that stuff. It's all happened so fast. It's weird. I don't look too far ahead because I still don't think it's hit me that I'm actually an AFL player," Stack said.

"It's a busy life but nothing's going to change – my personality's going to stay the same, I'll always stay connected with my family and my culture, and I'll always try to stay grounded."

During the Dreamtime at the 'G clash with Essendon in round 10, Stack led a group of traditionally dressed Aboriginals in an animated dance towards the enemy.

"Culture is everything to me. I'm a Noongar man and I want to be a role model for my people back home," Stack said.

"Aboriginal boys all have a strength – you either dance, you play didgeridoo or you paint or do some art, and my strength is dancing in my culture.

"I was very proud to dance that night, and it's terrific that the AFL and the clubs allowed it to happen."

Saturday, 6 April 2019
Sydney Stack makes his AFL debut for Richmond with 17 disposals (11 kicks and 6 handballs), 8 marks, 3 tackles and a goal in a 49-point loss to GWS.
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Sydney Stack will make his surprise debut this week against GWS.

"He is genuinely tough and he's excited our coaches. With a little bit of refinement, I think he's got a really long career ahead of him, which is exciting," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

"It's a great thing our club has done in giving this kid a chance, because the easy thing to do is to sweep him aside."

Monday, 11 February 2019
Richmond officially adds Sydney Stack to its list after an impressive two-month trial at Punt Road.

Living with coach Damien Hardwick since his arrival in Melbourne in December, Stack has put to bed any question marks over his professionalism that saw him overlooked in the NAB AFL Draft.

"I'd like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to come and train, (a) great bunch of blokes and I couldn't picture myself at any other club," Stack said to his new teammates.

"Thanks for making me feel comfortable over the last couple of months and can't wait to play alongside you and have a good time this year."

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Luke English believes his Perth teammate Sydney Stack will thrive at Punt Road should the Tigers take a chance on the overlooked teenager next month.

"He's obviously a ripping footballer, an All Australian and really handy around the club," English said.

"He's a real hard player. You can back him in to do the one-percenters and shepherd for you, so I think he's just a team player and just real hard at getting the contested footy.

"I think he'll really thrive in an environment like this, it's such a supporting environment so I think it will be really good, and also for me to see another familiar face around the club."

Monday, 26 November 2018
Richmond applies for permission to have Sydney Stack train with the team with a view to adding him under new rookie rules.

If given the green light, Stack will arrive at Tigerland on December 1, and can train with Richmond during the pre-season supplemental selection period until March 15.

He could then join Richmond's list under the new rookie rules.

Stack was regarded as one of the most talented of WA's draft hopefuls but was overlooked in last week's NAB AFL Draft and Rookie Draft.

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