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Key Facts

Full name
Neville Bruns

Known as
Neville Bruns

Born
3 October 1958 (age 63)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 222d
Last game: 33y 359d

Height and weight
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Australia

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 19

Neville Bruns

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1978-19922231740.7853%16.733.413.3533
AustraliaIR1990200.00
Total1978-19922251740.77

AFL: 8,999th player to appear, 437th most games played, 499th most goals kickedGeelong: 787th player to appear, 29th most games played, 42nd most goals kicked

Neville Bruns gave Geelong 223 games of wonderful service between 1978 and 1992, including the 1989 and 1992 Grand Finals, and kicked 174 goals. He had great pace, and used it to great advantage as a rover, wingman and half-back throughout his career. He polled 33 Brownlow across his 14-year career, with a highest season tally of nine in 1989.

Though he deserves to be remembered for his great playing career, he is probably best known as the player that Leigh Matthews infamously king hit in 1985, an act that resulted in the police becoming involved and Matthews being temporarily deregistered as a player.

Author - Andrew Gigacz

Sources

Encyclopedia of Australian Footballers - Holmesby and Main

Footnotes

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