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Key Facts

Full name
Gregory Dear

Known as
Greg Dear

17 April 1963 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 24d
Last game: 33y 80d

Height and weight
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 99 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 14
Richmond: 14

Recruited from
Traralgon (1985); Hawthorn (1994)

Family links
Paul Dear (Brother)Harry Dear (Nephew)

Greg Dear

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
HawthornV/AFL1985-1990, 1992-1993137180.1374%6.775.193.0828
V/AFL1985-1990, 1992-1996190270.1469%6.294.702.7629
Total1985-1990, 1992-1996190270.1469%6.294.702.7629

AFL: 9,616th player to appear, 737th most games played, 3,137th most goals kickedHawthorn: 703rd player to appear, 82nd most games played, 257th most goals kickedRichmond: 968th player to appear, 302nd most games played, 424th most goals kicked

Hawthorn ruckman Greg Dear was a joint winner in 1985 of the Gardiner Medal, the award bestowed by the VFL on the best and fairest player in its reserve grade. He made his senior debut the same year, and went on to give the Hawks fine service in 137 V/AFL games from 1985 to 1990 and in 1992-3. 

Dear missed the entire 1991 season, one which culminated in a Hawthorn premiership triumph, after seriously injuring a knee. However, he had the consolation of being a member of the Hawks' 1986, 1988 and 1989 flag-winning teams. Immensely mobile for such a tall (198cm) player Dear continued to produce consistently telling football after transferring to Richmond in 1994 and he was a key contributor the following year to the Tigers' first finals campaign in more than a decade. The Richmond phase of his career saw him make 53 appearances in three seasons. Dear also played state of origin football for Victoria.

Author - John Devaney


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


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