Dustin Andrew Fletcher (born 7 May 1975) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is widely acknowledged as one of the finest defenders in the league's history. [1 ]
AFL career [ edit ]
Fletcher was recruited by the
Essendon Football Club in the 1992 National Draft. He played his first senior game for the Bombers against Carlton in his senior year of high school at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
He was a key member of the
1993 premiership team in his first AFL season, a team which is often referred to as the " Baby Bombers".
Fletcher also played in the
2000 premiership team, a year in which he also won the W.S. Crichton Medal as Essendon's best and fairest and was selected in the All-Australian team.
With his father,
Ken, Fletcher currently hold the record for the most VFL/AFL career games played by a father and son, with 664 games between them.
He also holds the record of being the most watched VFL/AFL footballer of all time, with a cumulative attendance of 19,298,044 spectators at matches in which he has played from
1993 to present. [2 ]
Fletcher holds the outright Essendon games record, having overtaken the previous record of 378 games held by
Simon Madden in Round 1, 2014.
Playing in his 384th career game in Round 7, 2014, he moved into third on the all-time AFL games list, overtaking
He became the second oldest player to play VFL/AFL at 39 years and 333 days, behind
Vic Cumberland, in Round 1, 2015.
Fletcher played his 400th game in Round 9, 2015 against
Richmond becoming only the third player in VFL/AFL history to reach the milestone, joining Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett. [3 ]
Kicking style [ edit ]
Fletcher's execution of the
torpedo punt was often used as a set-play clearing strategy by coach Kevin Sheedy. In a game in 2007, he kicked a torpedo punt goal from more than 70 metres. According to [4 ] The Sunday Age, it was the fifth longest kick in the history of the VFL/AFL.
International rules series [ edit ]
Fletcher served as the
Australia international rules football team's goalkeeper for four series: the 2005 series, the 2006 series the 2010 series and the 2014 International Rules Series. Along with Barry Hall, Fletcher was one of Australia's co-captains for the 2006 series.
Statistics [ edit ]
Statistics are correct to the end of Round 12, 2015. [5 ]
Honours and achievements [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]