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Key Facts

Full name
Andrew Dunkley

Known as
Andrew Dunkley

Born
29 June 1968 (age 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 288d
Last game: 34y 63d

Height and weight
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 100 kg

Senior clubs
North Launceston; Sydney

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 40, 6

Recruited from
North Launceston (1992)

Family links
Josh Dunkley (Son)Kyle Dunkley (Son)

Andrew Dunkley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North LauncestonTFL1989-1991
SydneyAFL1992-2002217110.0543%5.355.313.8126
Total1989-2002217110.05

AFL: 10,316th player to appear, 484th most games played, 4,790th most goals kickedSydney: 1,215th player to appear, 28th most games played, 459th most goals kicked

Originally from South Gippsland, Andrew Dunkley played under 19s and reserves football at St KIlda, the club he supported growing up, but he was not considered good enough to make it at senior level (perhaps in part because of his awkward kicking style for which he became renowned in later years). From 1989 it 1991, Dunkley played with North Launceston where his defensive skills came under the notice of Sydney and he was taken at pick 56 by the Swans in the 1991 national draft.

Initially reluctant to move to the harbour city, Dunkley eventually made his AFL debut at 23 years of age in round four of the 1992 season and immediately established himself as a key member of the Swans' back six, with his innate ability to arrive at just the right moment to spoil a mark a feature of his game.

Dunkley was part of Sydney's 1996 Grand Final team but very nearly did not play. He had been charged with striking Essendon's James Hird in the previous week's Preliminary Final and was to face the tribunal, but the Swans took out an injunction so that the hearing was delayed. Dunkley played in the premiership-decider, but had limited effect as the Sydney went down to North Melbourne by 43 points. He continued to give fine service to the Swans until the end of 2002, with 217 games to his credit.

Dunkley's three children have all made a mark in sports, daughter Lara a netball star with the Melbourne Vixens, while sons Josh and Kyle and making their way in the AFL. Josh has already won a premiership with the Western Bulldogs, while Kyle made his debut with Melbourne in 2019.

Author - Andrew Gigacz

Sources

Encyclopedia of Australian Footballers, Wikipedia

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.