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Key Facts

Full name
Steven Stretch

Known as
Steven Stretch

5 January 1964 (age 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 83d
Last game: 31y 213d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
West Torrens; Melbourne; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 18
Fitzroy: 22

Recruited from
West Torrens (1986); Melbourne (1994)

Family links
Billy Stretch (Son)

Steven Stretch

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West TorrensSANFL1982-198560400.67

AFL: 9,667th player to appear, 761st most games played, 1,407th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,079th player to appear, 47th most games played, 106th most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,125th player to appear, 413th most games played, 416th most goals kicked

Steven Stretch was a long-striding, long-kicking wingman who made his league debut with West Torrens in 1982, having joined the club from Henley High. In 1986, after 60 games for the Eagles, he crossed to Melbourne, where he displayed consistently eye-catching form, and was a major factor in the club's rise to prominence after more than two decades in the doldrums. 

Stretch won the Demons' best and fairest award in 1987, and played in their losing Grand Final team against Hawthorn a year later. After 164 V/AFL games for the club, he crossed to Fitzroy in 1994, where he continued to produce consistently fine football in 25 games over his final two league seasons.

Author - John Devaney


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