David Schwarz (footballer)

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David Schwarz
Personal information
Full name David Schwarz
Date of birth (1972-07-24) 24 July 1972 (age 44)
Original team(s) Sunbury
Height 195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–2002 Melbourne 173 (244)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1999 Victoria (Australia) Victoria 1 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1999 season.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

David Schwarz (born 24 July 1972) is a former Australian rules footballer, who retired in 2002, after playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), for 12 seasons.

Football career[edit]

Recruited from Sunbury, Schwarz made his AFL debut in 1991. As a player for the Melbourne Football Club, he was known as "the Ox" for his beast-like build. He played centre half-forward or full-forward and in 1994 kicked nine goals straight against Sydney[1] and with some breathtaking finals performances (including "that" blind turn against Carlton). Strong marking, agile and athletic, until he suffered numerous knee injuries, playing only two games in 1995 and missing the entire 1996 season.

Schwarz resumed playing in 1997 at a weight of 103 kilograms (227 lb), which was 3 kilograms (6.6 lb) above the weight he subsequently carried in 2000. He capped his effort by winning the club’s best and fairest in 1999 and passing the 100 game mark – something that was unthinkable a few years earlier when knee injuries left his career in tatters. In typical style he celebrated with 20 of his closest mates and his mother, who had brought him up single handed since the age of eight. His father had been murdered.[2]

Late in his playing career, he appeared as a panelist on the AFL Footy Show in a memorable show where Sam Newman threw a pie in his face. A visibly angry Schwarz pushed Newman down to the ground.

He retired in the middle of 2002 having played 173 matches and kicking 244 goals.

Playing Statistics[edit]

[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league after season and finals
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1991 Melbourne 44 6 7 3 39 16 55 16 1 1.2 0.5 6.5 2.7 9.2 2.7 0.2
1992 Melbourne 5 22 20 7 239 115 354 112 40 0.9 0.3 10.9 5.2 16.1 5.1 1.8
1993 Melbourne 5 9 5 7 72 42 114 49 10 0.6 0.8 8.0 4.7 12.7 5.4 1.1
1994 Melbourne 5 25 60 23 280 126 406 173 34 2.4 0.9 11.2 5.0 16.2 6.9 1.4
1995 Melbourne 5 2 3 1 5 5 10 4 0 1.5 0.5 2.5 2.5 5.0 2.0 0.0
1996 Melbourne 5 0
1997 Melbourne 5 10 18 15 57 18 75 37 4 1.8 1.5 5.7 1.8 7.5 3.7 0.4
1998 Melbourne 5 18 29 21 123 63 186 56 22 1.6 1.2 6.8 3.5 10.3 3.1 1.2
1999 Melbourne 5 22 38 27 206 133 339 107 18 1.7 1.2 9.4 6.0 15.4 4.9 0.8
2000 Melbourne 5 25 31 35 246 138 384 117 43 1.2 1.4 9.8 5.5 15.4 4.7 1.7
2001 Melbourne 5 21 21 16 231 123 354 105 53 1.0 0.8 11.0 5.9 16.9 5.0 2.5
2002 Melbourne 5 13 11 7 91 43 134 31 23 0.8 0.5 7.0 3.3 10.3 2.4 1.8
Career 173 243 162 1589 822 2411 807 248 1.4 0.9 9.2 4.8 13.9 4.7 1.4

Media career[edit]

SEN[edit]

In 2005, in his job on radio station SEN 1116, he admitted that during his football career he had a gambling problem and whittled away most of his income. He currently hosts Breakfast with Frank and Ox, 6–9am weekdays with Francis Leach.

Channel Seven[edit]

From 2007 onwards Schwarz has been a part of the Channel Seven AFL Commentary team along with Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Tim Watson, Leigh Matthews, Tom Harley and Matthew Richardson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sydney defeated by Melbourne Round 24, Sunday, 4th September 1994". FootyWire. 4 September 1994. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Niall, Jake (25 May 2007). "David Schwarz's biggest battle". Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "David Schwarz". AFL Tables. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 

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