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Key Facts

Full name
Dale Lewis

Known as
Dale Lewis

4 May 1969 (age 53)

Place of birth
Swan Hill, VIC (3585)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 71d
Last game: 32y 128d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 43, 3

Recruited from
North Ballarat (1990)

State of origin

Dale Lewis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 10,141st player to appear, 815th most games played, 452nd most goals kickedSydney: 1,198th player to appear, 42nd most games played, 30th most goals kicked

Dale Lewis was a capable all round football who sometimes produced bursts of rare brilliance but was equally prone to bouts of apparent disinterest. Sydney drafted him from North Ballarat and he made the first of an eventual 182 AFL appearances in 1990. Able to play in most positions on the field he was in some ways a coach's godsend. Early in his career the Swans were perennial strugglers but Lewis could say with some justification that he was one of the key catalysts behind the club's gradual improvement, which culminated in a grand final meeting with North Melbourne in 1996. The Swans unfortunately lost on that occasion but Dale Lewis performed well, racking up 19 possessions and taking 8 marks. Irrespective of the result, the dire days of the early 1990s had been consigned to history.

After retiring as a player Lewis undertook a wide range of media work and spent the 2005 season coaching Norwood to sixth place in the SANFL.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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