Drew Banfield

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Drew Banfield
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Banfield with West Coast in September 2006
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-02-27) 27 February 1974 (age 45)
Original team(s) Subiaco (WAFL)
Debut Round 16, 1993, West Coast
vs.  Essendon, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1993–2006 West Coast 265 (76)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Drew Banfield (born 27 February 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL).

West Coast Eagles Australian rules football club

The West Coast Eagles Football Club, nicknamed The Eagles, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Australian Football League Australian rules football competition

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent and only fully professional men's competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. Originally known as the Victorian Football League (VFL), it was founded in 1896 as a breakaway competition from the Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing the following year. The VFL, aiming to become a national competition, began expanding beyond Victoria to other Australian states in the 1980s, and changed its name to the AFL in 1990.

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Selected as the number 1 pick in the 1992 AFL Draft, Banfield was recruited to West Coast, where he became one of their best clubmen and hardest-working defenders and utility players.

He won the Eagles' Club Champion Award in 1996, as well as playing in the Eagles' 1994 premiership side.

The John Worsfold Medal is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player(s) adjudged the best and fairest at the West Coast Eagles throughout the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL) season.

1994 AFL Grand Final grand final of the 1994 Australian Football League season

The 1994 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Geelong Football Club and West Coast Eagles, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 1 October 1994. It was the 98th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1994 AFL season. The match, attended by 93,860 spectators, was won by West Coast by a margin of 80 points.

In 2006, Banfield was struggling for selection and fought his way into the side in round 9, but remained on the fringes of selection throughout the season. He missed out on the semi-final against the Bulldogs but was recalled for the preliminary final against Adelaide, and retained for the Grand Final against Sydney due to his experience. It was his second AFL premiership, twelve years after his first, and made him the only player to appear in both West Coast's 1994 and 2006 premiership teams. On Friday 6 October 2006, Banfield announced his retirement from AFL football at the West Coast Eagles Club Champion awards, having played 265 games.

Western Bulldogs Australian rules football club

The Western Bulldogs is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition. Founded in 1877 in Footscray, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne, the club won nine premierships in the Victorian Football Association (VFA) before gaining entry to the Victorian Football League in 1925. The club has won two VFL/AFL premierships, in 1954 and 2016, and was runner up in 1961.

Adelaide Football Club Australian rules football club

The Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed the Crows, is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club has both a men's team, which played its first match in 1991, and a women's team, which began in 2017 in the inaugural season of the AFLW. The club is based in Adelaide, South Australia, playing its home matches at Adelaide Oval. The club has its training and administration base at Football Park in West Lakes, where it previously played home matches between 1991 and 2013. The club song is "The Pride of South Australia", to the tune of the US Marines' Hymn.

2006 AFL Grand Final grand final of the 2006 Australian Football League season

The 2006 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 30 September 2006. It was the 110th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2006 AFL season. The match, attended by 97,431 spectators, was won by West Coast by a margin of one point, marking that club's third premiership victory. As of 2019, this is the most recent Grand Final in which neither team was from Victoria.

Drew is married to Amber Lee-Steere and has four children, three sons, Bailey, Charlie and Harper and a daughter Willow.[ citation needed ]

Statistics

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Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
SeasonTeamNo.Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
TotalsAverages (per game)
1993 West Coast 317225719761490.30.38.12.710.92.01.3
1994 West Coast 6247419211630839460.30.28.04.812.81.61.9
1995 West Coast 6236718017935953480.30.37.87.815.62.32.1
1996 West Coast 6249324022046072480.40.110.09.219.23.02.0
1997 West Coast 62114822917640570530.70.410.98.419.33.32.5
1998 West Coast 62211421714836560510.50.29.96.716.62.72.3
1999 West Coast 6246825917343259180.30.310.87.218.02.50.8
2000 West Coast 6176316213830044400.40.29.58.117.62.62.4
2001 West Coast 6941766914524230.40.18.47.716.12.72.6
2002 West Coast 6221216812329155560.00.17.65.613.22.52.5
2003 West Coast 6223414514228754380.10.26.66.513.02.51.7
2004 West Coast 611201105616642210.20.010.05.115.13.81.9
2005 West Coast 6253219714534290460.10.17.95.813.73.61.8
2006 West Coast 614201068819453270.10.07.66.313.93.81.9
Career26576482338179241307295240.30.28.86.815.62.82.0

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