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Key Facts

Full name
Peter Giles

Known as
Peter Giles

10 June 1958 (age 65)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 357d
Last game: 29y 38d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 45, 4

Family links
Glenn Giles (Brother)

Peter Giles

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AFL: 9,087th player to appear, 1,809th most games played, 2,850th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,004th player to appear, 117th most games played, 224th most goals kicked

Peter Giles commenced his senior career with Sandringham in the VFA, playing mostly as a forward, and kicking 54 goals in 17 games for the club between 1976 and 1978. In one match against Caulfield he booted 14 majors. After transferring to Melbourne in 1979, however, he was transformed into a powerful, tenacious defender who might have enjoyed a higher reputation had he not succumbed to so many injuries. Moreover, when stern disciplinarian Ron Barassi was coach Giles' carefree attitude generated a certain amount of friction. 

Between 1979 and 1987 Giles played 124 VFL games and kicked 32 goals for the Demons. He finished his senior football career back in the VFA with Prahran where his older brother Glenn and younger brother Scott were already players. Peter Giles hung up his boots at the end of the 1988 season.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby and Jim Main;


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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