Peter Sumich

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Peter Sumich
Personal information
Full name Peter Lori Sumich
Nickname(s) "Suma"
Date of birth (1968-01-11) 11 January 1968 (age 46)
Original team Cockburn JFC
Draft pre-draft selection, 1988 (West Coast)
Height/Weight 190 cm / 96 kg
Position(s) Full forward
Club information
Current club Fremantle (assistant coach)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1986–98
1989–97
South Fremantle
West Coast
112 (178)
150 (514)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1988–93 Western Australia 5 (11)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2000–01 South Fremantle 39 (23–16–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1997 season.
Career highlights
  • Western Australia Under-19 team 1985
  • South Fremantle leading goalkicker 1988, 1998
  • West Coast leading goalkicker 1989-1994, 1997
  • West Coast Rookie of the Year 1989
  • West Coast premiership player 1992, 1994
  • South Fremantle premiership player 1997
  • West Coast life member 1997
  • South Fremantle co-captain 1998
  • West Coast Team of the Decade (1996)
  • West Coast Team 20 (2006)

Peter Lori Sumich (born 11 January 1968) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented West Coast in the Australian Football League (AFL) and South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) during the 1980s and 1990s.

Sumich made his debut for South Fremantle in 1986, having also played cricket for the Australian national under-19 team. After leading the club's goalkicking in 1988, Sumich was selected with a pre-draft selection by the West Coast Eagles prior to the 1988 National Draft. He made his debut for West Coast the following season, and established himself as the teams' premier full-forward, leading the goalkicking for six consecutive seasons between 1989 and 1994. Sumich played in West Coast's 1992 and 1994 premiership sides, before retiring from AFL football at the end of the 1997 season. In 1998, he was co-captain of South Fremantle, and led the club's goalkicking in what was his final year of playing football. During this time, Sumich also represented Western Australia in five State of Origin and interstate matches.

After his retirement from playing, Sumich coached South Fremantle between 2000 and 2001, before signing as an assistant coach at West Coast, where he served in that role from 2002 to 2011, before joining Fremantle as an assistant coach. In total, he kicked 514 goals, a club record, from 150 games for West Coast, leading the club's goalkicking on a record seven occasions. After kicking 111 goals during the 1991 season, Sumich became the first Eagles player, and the first left-footer, to kick more than 100 goals in a season.

Playing career[edit]

Originally playing for the Cockburn Junior Football Club, Sumich represented the Western Australia Under-18 team which won the 1985 Teal Cup. He made his debut for South Fremantle in 1986.[1] As well as playing football, Sumich was also a noted under-age cricketer, playing three Tests and three One Day Internationals for the Australia Under-19 cricket team in 1987 as a left-arm orthodox spinner.[2] Sumich also attended the Western Australian Institute of Sport.[3]

Sumich was selected by the West Coast Eagles with a pre-draft selection before the 1988 National Draft. He made his debut for the club in round one of the 1989 VFL season against Essendon, recording 10 disposals. After kicking one goal in the first three games, Sumich was dropped back to South Fremantle, but returned in round seven, and played each of the remaining games for West Coast. He finished with 45 goals for the season to be the club's leading goalkicker, which included four hauls of more than five goals. Against Footscray in round 12 he kicked eight goals, setting a record for the most goals kicked in a match by a West Coast player.[4]

In 1991, Sumich kicked 111 goals to finish second in the Coleman Medal to Tony Lockett, establishing records as the only West Coast Eagles player to kick more than 100 goals in a season and becoming the first left-footer to kick more than 100 goals. His total of 89 behinds for the season is also a VFL/AFL record.[5] Against Footscray in round 13 he kicked 13.3, surpassing his previous record for most goals in a game (later topped by Scott Cummings in 2000 with 14.1).[6] He also kicked five goals in West Coast's Grand Final loss to Hawthorn. Sumich was a member of West Coast's 1992 and 1994 premiership victories over Geelong, kicking six goals in the 1992 Grand Final and two goals in the 1994 Grand Final. In Round 18 of the 1996 AFL season, Sumich kicked six goals in a stirring six-point victory over Essendon, but was reported by umpire Greg Scroop for allegedly striking Damien Hardwick. Despite the flimsy evidence, he was suspended for two matches.[7]

Sumich finished his career in 1997 as West Coast's all-time leading goalkicker, kicking 514 goals from 150 games at an average of 3.43 goals per game. He also holds the record for the most goals kicked at the WACA Ground – 101 goals from 29 games.[8]

Sumich had been playing on-and-off for South Fremantle since he was recruited by West Coast, mainly when recovering from injury or when out of form, but returned to the club full-time in 1998, serving as co-captain with Peter Worsfold. He played 17 games for the club in 1998, kicking 25 goals to finish as the club's leading goalkicker, and retired at the end of the season.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

Sumich served as coach of South Fremantle in 2000 and 2001, taking his club to a grand final in 2001, which the club lost to East Perth. He accepted a role as an assistant coach at the West Coast Eagles when his premiership teammate John Worsfold was appointed senior coach in 2002. Sumich served in this position for ten years until 2011, which included the club's 2006 premiership victory. The Fremantle Football Club announced in October 2011 that Sumich would be joining the club as an assistant coach under Ross Lyon.[10] His change in clubs was described as a "defection" and a "shock move".[11][12][13]

Playing statistics[edit]

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1989 West Coast 4 19 45 28 200 27 227 93 7 2.4 1.5 10.5 1.4 11.9 4.9 0.4
1990 West Coast 4 23 90 61 205 32 237 139 12 3.9 2.7 8.9 1.4 10.3 6.0 0.5
1991 West Coast 4 25 111 89 297 34 331 171 19 4.4 3.6 11.9 1.4 13.2 6.8 0.8
1992 West Coast 4 19 82 46 162 13 175 87 12 4.3 2.4 8.5 0.7 9.2 4.6 0.6
1993 West Coast 4 21 76 57 174 23 197 100 9 3.6 2.7 8.3 1.1 9.4 4.8 0.4
1994 West Coast 4 18 49 42 115 7 122 61 12 2.7 2.3 6.4 0.4 6.8 3.4 0.7
1995 West Coast 4 5 7 3 15 2 17 5 7 1.4 0.6 3.0 0.4 3.4 1.0 1.4
1996 West Coast 4 7 21 11 45 5 50 25 7 3.0 1.6 6.4 0.7 7.1 3.6 1.0
1997 West Coast 4 13 33 17 64 13 77 31 7 2.5 1.3 4.9 1.0 5.9 2.4 0.5
Career 150 514 354 1277 156 1433 712 92 3.4 2.4 8.5 1.0 9.6 4.7 0.6
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Every League Premiership Player in Page Finals System Era - 1931 - 2009". West Australian Football League. p. 14. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Peter Sumich". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Other matches played by Peter Sumich – CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  4. ^ West Coast v Footscray, 16 June 1989 at the WACA Ground – AFLTables. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  5. ^ Best Shot for Goal - Left or Right? – Making the Nut. Written by Cliff Bingham. Published 11 April 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  6. ^ West Coast v Footscray, 14 June 1991 at the WACA Ground – AFLTables. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  7. ^ Browne, Ashley (7 August 1996). "Tribunal suspends Sumich for two". The Age. 
  8. ^ Most goals kicked at the WACA – AFLTables. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  9. ^ Peter Sumich (South Fremantle) – WAFLOnline. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  10. ^ Dockers poach Sumich from Eagles – smh.com.au. Written by Justin Chadwick. Published 5 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  11. ^ Fleming, Roy and Simon White (2011). Sumich says Freo was always his home – WAToday. Published 5 October 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  12. ^ Hagdorn, Kim (2011). Sumich's shock move to Fremantle – Sports New First. Published 5 October 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  13. ^ Quartermaine, Braden (2011). West Coast Eagles assistant Peter Sumich defects to Fremantle Dockers – PerthNow. Published 6 October 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2012.

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