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Key Facts

Full name
Mark Bayes

Known as
Mark Bayes

15 March 1967 (age 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 22d
Last game: 31y 168d

Height and weight
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 30

Recruited from
Noble Park (1985)

Family links
Gavin Bayes (Brother)

Mark Bayes

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 9,592nd player to appear, 293rd most games played, 508th most goals kickedSydney: 1,139th player to appear, 13th most games played, 34th most goals kicked

Recruited from Noble Park, Mark Bayes was a superbly consistent player for Sydney in 246 V/AFL games between 1985 and 1998. He booted 174 goals. The significance of his all-round contribution to the team during that period was recognised with his selection on the interchange bench in the Swans' official 'Team of the Century'. Although perhaps best noted as a defender, he was capable of fine football at either end of the ground. He possessed excellent skills, and was renowned for his penetrative and accurate left foot kicks. He was Sydney's best and fairest player in 1989, and represented Victoria on five occasions. Later in his career he suffered a series of niggling injuries, but these did not prevent him taking his place in a back pocket in the Swans' losing 1996 Grand Final team against North Melbourne. Comparatively injury free during his last league season, he continued playing consistently telling football to the end.

Author - John Devaney


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