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Key Facts

Full name
Peter Matera

Known as
Peter Matera

3 April 1969 (age 54)

Place of birth
Wagin, WA (6315)

Indigenous Australian

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 363d
Last game: 33y 157d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
South Fremantle; West Coast

Jumper numbers
West Coast: 37, 30

Recruited from
South Fremantle (1990)

State of origin

Hall of fame
Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2006); Western Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2006)

Family links
Wally Matera (Brother)Phillip Matera (Brother)Brandon Matera (Nephew)

Peter Matera

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South FremantleWAFL1987-198960881.47
West CoastAFL1990-20022532170.8659%13.994.863.58126

AFL: 10,096th player to appear, 257th most games played, 355th most goals kickedWest Coast: 58th player to appear, 10th most games played, 10th most goals kicked

With pace, determination and precise use of the ball Peter Matera has been one of the most eye-catching performers in the modern game since making his debut for South Fremantle in 1987. After a somewhat inconsistent debut season he began to blossom in 1988 when he was the only non-VFL player to be selected the Western Australian state of origin team which played Victoria.

In 1989 Matera joined West Coast, and it would be hard to contend with the observation that he has since become one of the half a dozen greatest players in the short history of a great club. In a sport which, during the 1990s, was becoming increasingly the province of athletic speedsters Matera was admirably fitted to succeed; however, the fact that he combined these attributes with a wide range of the more traditional football skills - kicking, tackling, marking and so forth - transformed him from a merely good player into a champion.

Like all champions, in whatever sport, Peter Matera was often at his best in important games, most notable of which was the 1992 AFL Grand Final, in which he won the Norm Smith Medal after booting five goals in an exhilarating exhibition of attacking wing play. Later in his career he held down a half back flank with equal efficacy.

Matera was much more than just a big game player, however. His consistency is evidenced by his selection in no fewer than five AFL All Australian teams, the first three as a wingman, and the last two on a half back flank. In some ways, his name - along with those of certain of his more illustrious team mates, such as Hart, Heady, Mainwaring, McIntosh and Worsfold - will always be synonymous with the first genuinely auspicious era in the history of the West Coast Eagles Football Club.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion


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