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Key Facts

Full name
Geoffrey Tunbridge

Known as
Geoff Tunbridge

Born
7 April 1932

Died
23 March 2015 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 15d
Last game: 30y 147d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 23

Geoff Tunbridge

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1957-19621171291.1074%11.561.7824
Total1957-19621171291.1074%11.561.7824

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,781st player to appear, 1,936th most games played, 790th most goals kickedMelbourne: 768th player to appear, 131st most games played, 63rd most goals kicked

Recruited by Melbourne from Ballarat when he was already 25 years of age, Geoff Tunbridge played his entire six-season, 117-game, 129-goal VFL career as an amateur. (He had, in fact, commenced his senior football in the VAFA with University Blues, playing in that side's 1952 A Grade premiership side.) Not that there was anything remotely amateurish about his play: explosively energetic and quick, he was one of the most damaging half forward flankers in the game.

In his debut season, Tunbridge contributed a couple of goals to the Demons' 17.14 (116) to 7.13 (55) Grand Final demolition of Essendon, while in 1958 he was one of the few Melbourne players justified in holding his head high after the shock Grand Final loss to Collingwood. Tunbridge went on to play in further Demon premiership sides in 1959 and 1960. He also represented the VFL.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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