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Key Facts

Full name
Christopher Lewis

Known as
Chris Lewis

Born
17 March 1969 (age 53)

Ethnicity
Indigenous Australian

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 12d
Last game: 31y 23d

Height and weight
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Claremont; West Coast; Australia

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 28

Chris Lewis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
ClaremontWAFL1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000-200153250.47
West CoastV/AFL1987-1998, 20002152591.2061%12.214.023.3436
AustraliaIR1987310.33
Total1986-1998, 2000-20012712851.05

AFL: 9,791st player to appear, 498th most games played, 257th most goals kickedWest Coast: 12th player to appear, 22nd most games played, 7th most goals kicked

After just three senior games for Claremont in 1986 17-and-a-half year old Chris Lewis was included in West Coast's inaugural VFL squad. He made his Eagles debut in 1987 en route to a total of 215 appearances over the next 14 seasons. He also booted 259 goals. A supremely gifted footballer, his achilles heel, especially early on, was a suspect temperament. On one notorious occasion in 1991 he was suspended after being found guilty of biting an opponent. It was also possible for opposition teams to impair his concentration, and hence his effectiveness, by baiting him.

Later in his career, however, Lewis overcame these problems to some extent. Voted the Eagles' best and fairest player in 1990, he was still producing excellent football in his final few seasons. He was a member of premiership teams in 1992 and 1994, and played five state of origin matches for Western Australia. In 2001 he returned to Claremont taking his final tally of games with that club to 53. One of the matches was the 1996 WAFL grand final in which the Tigers accounted for East Perth by a couple of points.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion

Footnotes

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