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Key Facts

Full name
Peter Thorne

Known as
Peter Thorne

24 January 1960 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 74d
Last game: 24y 193d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 40, 8

Peter Thorne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneV/AFL1978-1979, 198426351.3538%10.003.962.961
Total1978-1979, 198426351.3538%10.003.962.961

AFL: 8,981st player to appear, 5,885th most games played, 2,668th most goals kickedMelbourne: 978th player to appear, 513th most games played, 208th most goals kicked

After progressing through the ranks at Melbourne Peter Thorne made his senior league debut in 1978. After two seasons with the Demons, during which he failed to establish himself as a first choice senior player, he crossed to VFA first division side Prahran, where he played 27 games and scored 52 goals in 1980-1. He then crossed the country to join East Perth, adding 34 games and 74 goals over two seasons. A single season return to Melbourne followed during which he took his final tally of games played with the club to 26 and the number of goals kicked to 35. Seven of his goals came in a match against Footscray.

The last phase of Thorne’s career was in many respects the most noteworthy. Between 1985 and 1990 he played 109 games and registered 176 goals for Claremont, highlighted by participation in winning grand finals in 1987 and 1989. After the first of these games, against Subiaco, he won the Simpson Medal for best afield. He won another Simpson Medal the following year when he helped Western Australia defeat the VFA at Subiaco Oval, one of four interstate appearances he made for the sandgropers in his career.

Thorne later spent the 1997 and 1998 seasons as coach of the Subiaco Football Club.

Author - John Devaney


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