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Chris Lewis
Lewis
DOB
17/3/1969
Height
184cm
Weight
80kg
Junior club
Arrived
Foundation signing in 1986
Number
Debut
Round 1 1987 vs Richmond
(12th Eagles player)
Games
215
Goals
259
Honours
Premiership medals (1992, 1994)
Club Champion (1990)
Team 20 selection (2006)
WCE Hall of Fame induction (2011)
Indigenous Team of the Century (2005)
B&F Top 10
5 (1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994)
Best Finish
1st (1990)
Last app.
Round 5 2000 vs Geelong
Departed
Retired during the 2000 season
Other clubs
Claremont (WAFL) 1986-2001

In addition to being one of the driving forces behind the Eagles' success of the 1990s, Chris Lewis was one of the trailblazers for today's indigenous stars.

West Coast careerEdit

Lewis first came to prominence during WA’s 1985 Teal Cup win as a member of the so-called “Magnificent Seven” along with future Eagles teammates Worsfold, McKenna, Sumich, Waterman, Peos and Watters.

Equal parts tenacious and silky-skilled, Lewis went on to become a member of the inaugural West Coast side that defeated Richmond in 1987. In the last game of that season he kicked a career-high 7 goals against St Kilda.

Lewis’ personal best season was probably 1990, when he picked up 9 Brownlow votes and the Club Champion medal, but he tasted the ultimate team success in 1992 and 1994 as a member of the victorious grand final sides.

Lewis played 215 games, a remarkable achievement given the amount of times he was suspended during his career. He was something of a target for opposition players and often got rubbed out after retaliating, particularly in his earlier years. His transgressions included some unusual incidents, such as being suspended for biting the finger of Melbourne’s Todd Viney in 1991.

His 259 goals has him currently sitting sixth on the Eagles’ all-time list .

After missing the entire 1999 season with a foot injury, Lewis attempted to play on in 2000 but managed just three games before announcing his retirement.

Post-AFL careerEdit

Lewis coached Swan Districts in 2007 before moving to Port Hedland. He remains involved in football by umpiring the reserves grade in the North Pilbara Football League.

Following his retirement Lewis has been honoured for his contribution to football by selection in the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century in 2005 and the West Coast Hall of Fame in 2011.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G
1987 19 29 20 227 91 68 295 40 Clar 0
1988 12 15 15 108 28 25 133 15 1 2
1989 16 18 13 247 80 83 330 35 0
1990 22 24 17 346 68 118 464 59 1 1
1991 21 31 19 277 61 99 376 54 0
1992 23 17 26 269 64 93 362 53 2 0
1993 15 22 12 183 51 46 229 44 0
1994 25 39 37 306 97 82 388 41 0
1995 21 20 17 234 55 87 321 55 0
1996 8 6 4 52 25 27 79 10 16 17
1997 15 23 13 236 61 81 317 28 0
1998 15 14 12 129 35 43 172 18 14 9 0
1999 0 0
2000 3 1 0 11 2 13 24 7 4 5 2
Tot 215 259 205 2625 718 865 3490 459 18
Avg 1.2 12.2 3.3 4.0 16.2 2.1 1.0

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/C/Chris_Lewis.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Lewis_(Australian_rules_footballer)

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/103

http://www.waflfootyfacts.net/playerstats.php?PlayerID=3759

Steve Butler, The West Australian 6 June 2014, "Lewis calls for indigenous reality check": https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24179797/lewis-calls-for-indigenous-reality-check/

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