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Key Facts

Full name
Gareth Eliot Tremayne Andrews

Known as
Gareth Andrews

Born
21 December 1946 (age 75)

Occupation
Company director, Entrepreneur

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 119d
Last game: 28y 273d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 6
Richmond: 6, 5

Recruited from
Geelong (1974)

Gareth Andrews

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1965-1970, 1972-19741361270.9351%13.182.346.0828
RichmondV/AFL1974-19753110.0368%10.202.074.530
V/AFL1965-1970, 1972-19751671280.7754%12.642.295.8028
Total1965-1970, 1972-19751671280.7754%12.642.295.8028

AFL: 7,660th player to appear, 1,005th most games played, 803rd most goals kickedGeelong: 680th player to appear, 95th most games played, 63rd most goals kickedRichmond: 763rd player to appear, 418th most games played, 823rd most goals kicked

Gareth Andrews made his senior VFL debut in the opening round of the 1965 season as a replacement for injured full forward Doug Wade. He did well in the position, kicking a total of 35 goals for the season. As time went on he demonstrated great versatility, playing with success as a ruck-rover as well as in key forward and back positions. Particularly noted for his aerial ability, his kicking style was almost preposterously clumsy but surprisingly effective. Midway through the 1974 season, after 136 VFL games and 127 goals for the Cats, he transferred to Richmond where he added a final 31 League appearances, and one goal, over the course of his two final seasons in the game. The Tigers deployed him mainly as a defender, and he was in a back pocket and one of the best players on view in the 1974 grand final defeat of North Melbourne.

After retiring as a player Gareth Andrews was an administrator at Richmond and then worked as a football commentator on both TV and radio. He also had a long stint as vice president of the Geelong Football Club.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; Cats' Tales by Col Hutchinson

Footnotes

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