Mark Yeates (Australian rules footballer)

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Mark Yeates
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-05-10) 10 May 1960 (age 56)
Original team(s) West Gambier
Height / weight 185 cm / 84 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1980–1990 Geelong 154 (57)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Mark Yeates (born 10 May 1960) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1980s.

Yeates is best known for an incident in the 1989 VFL Grand Final when he felled Dermott Brereton after the opening bounce which saw the Hawthorn forward suffer a bruised kidney and internal bleeding.[1]

He left Geelong at the end of the 1990 season and for the next two years was captain/coach of North Hobart and led them to back-to-back Tasmanian Football League (TFL) premierships in 1991 and 1992 before announcing his retirement.

In 2000 Yeates coached Geelong's first all female side at the East Geelong Football Club. The club's women's team was entered into the Victorian Women's Football League division two competition where they were only one game out of the finals on their debut season.

His father John Yeates was captain of Geelong in 1961 and 1962 and played in Geelong's 1963 premiership side. His cousins Neville and Darryl Growden were also very skilful footballers, the latter playing for Port Adelaide throughout the 1980s.[2]

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