Chris Lewis (footballer)
|Full name||Christopher Lockley Lewis|
|Date of birth||17 March 1969|
|Original team(s)||Claremont (WAFL)|
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|1987–2000||West Coast Eagles||215 (259)|
|2007||Swan Districts (WAFL)||16 (6–10–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2000.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
An indigenous Australian, Lewis is one of the sons of Irwin Lewis, a notable scholar, sportsman, public servant, and indigenous Australian artist. Like his father and older brothers Clayton and Cameron, he attended Christ Church Grammar School, one of the elite independent schools in Western Australia, for his secondary education, and later played Australian rules football for the Claremont Football Club in the West Australian Football League.
At the time Lewis attended Christ Church, the school apparently did not allow Year 10 students to play in the First XVIII football team (which was reserved for Year 11 and 12 boys, for safety reasons). However, Lewis' ability meant that an exception was made in his case. He was also a very good cricketer whilst at Christ Church.
In 2006 Lewis was named as half forward flanker in the Eagles' 20th anniversary team.
As a player, Lewis was considered a highly skilled player - his passing skills were amongst the best in the AFL. The main criticism of Lewis was his frequent suspensions. However, fans felt that he was given particularly unfair treatment from both umpires and the tribunal. Lewis played much of his early football career prior to the AFL taking action against racial abuse, and thus racial taunts from opposition players were a frequent source of provocation.
Lewis has been known for many unusual suspensions, including biting Todd Viney's finger in 1991, poking Stephen MacPherson's eye in 1992 and then pushing Peter Worsfold head first into the fence in 1993, just back from suspension. Another time he repeatedly kept on touching Glenn Freeborn on his back while Freeborn was whacking it away.
- Chris Lewis's statistics from AFL Tables