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22 January 1975 (age 48)
Place of birth
Ulverstone, TAS (7315)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 64d
Last game: 33y 89d
Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 103 kg
Melbourne: 38, 9
State of origin
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AFL: 10,384th player to appear, 76th most games played, 31st most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,144th player to appear, 1st most games played, 1st most goals kicked
Dave Neitz came from humble beginnings at Parkmore to break all kinds of records with Melbourne, including those for the most senior games (306) and the most goals (631). He earned a Coleman Medal plus AFL All Australian selection in 2002 having also achieved the latter honour seven years earlier whilst playing mainly at centre half back.
A strong mark and fine kick, he was also extraordinarily adept at ground level for such a big (191 cm, 103 kg) man, and after making his AFL debut in 1993 aged 18 he was never dropped, although he did miss a fair number of games through injury. Neitz was captain of the Dees from 2000 until his retirement in 2008, and he won the club's 2002 best and fairest award.
Neitz was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
Author - John Devaney, with updates by Andrew Gigacz