Barry Stoneham

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Barry Stoneham
Geelong - AFL 1986-2000
Personal information
Full name Barry Stoneham
Nickname(s) Bazza
Date of birth (1968-02-09) 9 February 1968 (age 47)
Place of birth Geelong,Victoria
Original team(s) St Joseph's (GFL)
Height/Weight 194 cm / 98 kg
Position(s) Centre half back/Centre half forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1986–2000 Geelong 241 (223)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 7 (24)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2000 season.
Career highlights

Barry Stoneham (born 9 February 1968) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club between 1986 and 2000. The Geelong Champion was given the nickname “Bazza” in his 1990 Stimorol football card. Stoneham wore 53 in his debut game against Footscray in round 6, 1986 at Kardinia Park, which resulted in a breakthrough victory to Geelong after five losses to open the season. Stoneham moved to his customary number 26 jumper the following week against Melbourne at Waverley Park and stayed with that number for the remainder of his senior career. In his first season, Stoneham joined the ranks of the Geelong “rangas”, which included the legendary Robert “Scratcher” Neal and Neville Bruns.

Recruited from local football nursery St Joseph’s (GFL), Stoneham had a very good career, playing 241 matches from 1986-2000 and captaining the club in 1996 (co-captain with Gary Ablett) and 1997-1998. He played at centre-half forward, in the ruck and sometimes at centre-half back. He was arguably at the peak of his powers from 1989 to 1992 as a mobile centre-half forward and relief ruckman, playing several State games in this period, winning the Geelong best and fairest in 1990 and All-Australian selection in 1992. He played in 2 Grand Finals including the infamous 1989 Grand Final against Hawthorn with a crowd of 100,000 fans. Off the field, Stoneham made forays into the food industry, in 1993 operating the short-lived Kebazza’s on Shannon Avenue, Geelong West, a stall that served kebabs and Middle Eastern cuisine, and going into business with Billy Brownless in 1994 with Geelong CBD cafe/restaurant Players on Malop.

Stoneham developed into one of the top flight centre half forwards in the game. He was a strong overhead mark and reliable kick on both sides of his body, He knew how to play his position and was considered by many as the hardest on the field. In 1989 Stoneham represented Victoria in Perth against W.A and played at the M.C.G against S.A. Stoneham is currently in the top 10 centre half forwards of all time.

[1] Stoneham suffered a shocking injury in August 1994, breaking his leg after landing awkwardly from a marking contest in a game against Fitzroy at Princes Park. The injury and complications kept Stoneham out of action for the whole of the 1995 season. He made his comeback in round 1, 1996 and gradually improved his form. Stoneham was never the same after his leg injury, although his performances were of a sound standard and his leadership on the ground was well respected. He called it a day after Geelong’s narrow loss to Hawthorn at the Docklands in the 2000 Elimination Final, the first finals match played at the Docklands.

VFL/AFL: 9693rd player to appear, 250th most games played, 310th most goals kicked Geelong: 860th player to appear, 20th most games played, 29th most goals kicked

Barry in a fight with a Hawthorn Player during the infamous 1989 grand final

Barry's Statistics 1986-2000

Early life[edit]

As a junior, Stoneham played for St Joseph's Football Club (GFL) from under 9's to seniors. Stoneham also played for St Joseph's College Geelong football team and was recruited to Geelong Football Club in 1985 at the age of 18. Stoneham grew up in Geelong and played for Geelong senior side for all of his career. Stoneham represented Victoria on several occasions as a junior and represented Geelong in the under 18 "School Boys Team", This team was considered as a junior AFL team.

After Retirement[edit]

Stoneham played in many E.J Whitten Legends matches and he also played in the Chris Mainwaring Legends match as the captain in 2012. The whole idea of the Chris Mainwaring Legends match is to have a match between the 1992 Geelong and West Coast Sides as a Grand Final rematch.

Billy Brownless and Barry Stoneham created a Geelong Cats Exclusive Club called the Brownless-Stoneham Club. The club is a social Dinner or Lunch and is for Geelong Cats Members Only.

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  • Carji Greeves Medal 1990
  • All-Australian team 1992
  • Victorian representative 7 times
  • Geelong captain 1995-1998
  • Played in 2 Grand Finals for Geelong Football Club
  • Geelong Football Club Best and Fairest- 1990
  • Geelong Football Club Hall Of Fame

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Ablett, Sr
Geelong Football Club captain
1995 – 1998
Succeeded by
Leigh Colbert
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Couch
Carji Greeves Medal
Succeeded by
Gary Hocking