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Key Facts

Full name
Gary Brice

Known as
Gary Brice

Born
7 October 1948 (age 74)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 179d
Last game: 30y 315d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Port Melbourne; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 7

Gary Brice

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port MelbourneVFA1967-1969, 1980-1982104
South MelbourneV/AFL1970-19791711010.5939%13.022.923.1120
Total1967-19822751010.37

AFL: 8,214th player to appear, 947th most games played, 1,041st most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 970th player to appear, 48th most games played, 65th most goals kicked

Strongly built, robust and extremely skilful, Gary Brice was in some ways the archetypal VFL footballer of his era. He actually began his senior career with Port Melbourne in the VFA in 1967, but the 1970 season saw him at South Melbourne where he went on to play 171 games and kick 101 goals in 10 seasons. Most of those games were played as a wingman, but he was also a fine half forward or half back flanker. 

In 1980 he returned to the Borough as captain-coach and in his first three seasons in charge had the satisfaction of steering the side to Grand Final wins over Coburg by 11 points, and Preston by 113 and 7 points. Brice retired after the 1982 Grand Final having played 104 VFA games. He was non-playing coach of the Borough in 1983 and again in 1985, and later coached Camberwell in 1990, the club's last season in the VFA. 

In August 2003 he was selected as coach of Port Melbourne's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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