Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Travis Payze

Known as
Travis Payze

2 July 1946

1 September 2006 (aged 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 70d
Last game: 28y 60d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Dandenong

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 31, 20

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1975)

Travis Payze

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1966-1974127730.5759%15.782.065.1235

AFL: 7,883rd player to appear, 1,716th most games played, 1,471st most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,128th player to appear, 88th most games played, 87th most goals kicked

St Kilda's Travis 'Bongo' Payze made his VFL debut in 1966 as a full forward, but he struggled to make the grade, mainly because of his wayward kicking for goal. Only after he was converted to a ruck-rover in 1970 did he begin to hit his straps, and indeed for several years he was one of the finest on-ballers in the competition. Renowned for the ease with which he garnered possessions, Payze played for the victorious VFL team at the 1972 Perth carnival, and was rewarded for a series of excellent performances with All Australian selection.

In 1975, after 127 games and 73 goals for St Kilda, Payze joined Dandenong as captain-coach, leading his new side to consecutive losing 1st Division Grand Finals. He later undertook a variety of administrative roles back at St Kilda, including president.

Author - John Devaney


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