Drew Banfield

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Drew Banfield
Drew Banfield.jpg
Banfield at the 2006 AFL Grand Final Parade
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-02-27) 27 February 1974 (age 44)
Original team(s) Subiaco (WAFL)
Debut Round 16, 18 July 1993, West Coast Eagles
vs. Essendon, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–2006 West Coast Eagles 265 (76)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Drew Banfield (born 27 February 1974) is a former AFL football player.

Selected as the number 1 pick in the 1992 AFL Draft, Banfield was recruited to the West Coast Eagles, where he became one of their best clubmen and hardest-working defenders and utility players.

He won the Eagles' Club Champion Award in 1996, as well as playing in the Eagles' 1994 premiership side. He was not the flashiest of players, but his hard-working attributes and constant presence in the team for over a decade qualifies him as a more than worthy number one draft pick. In 2006 the West Coast Eagles were celebrating their 20th anniversary, and a best team from the club's history was chosen. Consideration was based on playing 100 games for the West Coast Eagles, career longevity, finishes in the Club Champion Award, impact and other individual accolades. Drew Banfield was named on the interchange bench in this side and will go down as one of the Eagles' greats.

In 2006, Banfield was struggling for selection and fought his way into the side in Round 9, but remained on the fringes of selection throughout the season. He missed out on the semi-final against the Bulldogs but was recalled for the preliminary final against Adelaide, and retained for the Grand Final against Sydney due to his experience. It was his second AFL premiership, twelve years after his first, and made him the only player to appear in both West Coast's 1994 and 2006 premiership teams. On Friday 6 October 2006, Banfield announced his retirement from AFL football at the West Coast Eagles Club Champion awards, having played 265 games.

Drew is married to Amber Lee-Steere and has four children, three sons, Bailey, Charlie and Harper and a daughter Willow. Drew went to Scotch College, in Perth and still plays games against the Scotch 1st XI, as part of a Scotch tradition which occurs each year.

Statistics[edit]

[1]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1993 West Coast 31 7 2 2 57 19 76 14 9 0.3 0.3 8.1 2.7 10.9 2.0 1.3
1994 West Coast 6 24 7 4 192 116 308 39 46 0.3 0.2 8.0 4.8 12.8 1.6 1.9
1995 West Coast 6 23 6 7 180 179 359 53 48 0.3 0.3 7.8 7.8 15.6 2.3 2.1
1996 West Coast 6 24 9 3 240 220 460 72 48 0.4 0.1 10.0 9.2 19.2 3.0 2.0
1997 West Coast 6 21 14 8 229 176 405 70 53 0.7 0.4 10.9 8.4 19.3 3.3 2.5
1998 West Coast 6 22 11 4 217 148 365 60 51 0.5 0.2 9.9 6.7 16.6 2.7 2.3
1999 West Coast 6 24 6 8 259 173 432 59 18 0.3 0.3 10.8 7.2 18.0 2.5 0.8
2000 West Coast 6 17 6 3 162 138 300 44 40 0.4 0.2 9.5 8.1 17.6 2.6 2.4
2001 West Coast 6 9 4 1 76 69 145 24 23 0.4 0.1 8.4 7.7 16.1 2.7 2.6
2002 West Coast 6 22 1 2 168 123 291 55 56 0.0 0.1 7.6 5.6 13.2 2.5 2.5
2003 West Coast 6 22 3 4 145 142 287 54 38 0.1 0.2 6.6 6.5 13.0 2.5 1.7
2004 West Coast 6 11 2 0 110 56 166 42 21 0.2 0.0 10.0 5.1 15.1 3.8 1.9
2005 West Coast 6 25 3 2 197 145 342 90 46 0.1 0.1 7.9 5.8 13.7 3.6 1.8
2006 West Coast 6 14 2 0 106 88 194 53 27 0.1 0.0 7.6 6.3 13.9 3.8 1.9
Career 265 76 48 2338 1792 4130 729 524 0.3 0.2 8.8 6.8 15.6 2.8 2.0

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