Paul Couch

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Paul Couch
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-07-19)19 July 1964
Place of birth Warrnambool, Victoria
Date of death 5 March 2016(2016-03-05) (aged 51)
Place of death Apollo Bay, Victoria
Original team(s) Warrnambool
Debut Round 5, 1985, Geelong
vs. North Melbourne, at Kardinia Park
Height / weight 180 cm / 82 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985–1997 Geelong 259 (203)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1989–1995 Victoria 5 (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1997.
Career highlights

Paul Couch (19 July 1964 – 5 March 2016) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Geelong in the Australian Football League.

Football career[edit]

Prior to playing with Geelong, Couch initially tried out with Fitzroy but was rejected for being too slow.

Couch played 259 games and kicked 203 goals for the Cats from 1985 to 1997 and won the coveted Brownlow Medal in 1989. He was recruited from the Warrnambool Football Club and, though never blessed with pace and very "one-sided" on his trusty left boot,[1] had the ability to make position and place his team to advantage throughout twelve (often knee injury–ridden) years.

As a traditional "centreman", Couch was the pivot for the leading teams of 1989–1995 although Geelong failed to win a premiership during that time. Although lacking outright pace, he had a strong work ethic, along with a good football brain and disposal skills. This made Couch a highly-respected centreman during his career.

Couch represented Victoria five times, was named All-Australian two times (1991, 1995) and won three club best and fairest awards (1986, 1989, 1995), as well as being named in Geelong's Team of the Century.

Couch was known for his broad toothy smile. He formed a strong partnership in the midfield with good friend Mark Bairstow. Together, they both serviced tenured forwards Gary Ablett and Billy Brownless with pinpoint passes.

Family[edit]

Couch's son Tom Couch played three games for the Melbourne Football Club before being delisted in 2013. He is currently signed to Collingwood's VFL.[2] Couch's nephew, Nick Couch, plays for the North Ballarat Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). His father, Bill Couch, played in the Hampden Football League for the Warrnambool Football Club, winning the club's best and fairest twice and playing in four premierships. Couch's two brothers, Bill and Peter, also played for Warrnambool.[3]

Death[edit]

Couch died on 5 March 2016, from a reported heart attack in Apollo Bay, Victoria, while cycling with friends.[4]

Playing statistics[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1985
1986 8
1987 6
1988 10
1989 22
1990 3
1991 11
1992 6
1993 2
1994 9
1995 16
1996 6
1997
Total 99
Key:
Green / Bold = Won
[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the season only
Led the league after finals only
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)
1985 Geelong 7 17 15 23 202 107 309 60 N/A 0.9 1.4 11.9 6.3 18.2 3.5 N/A
1986 Geelong 7 18 12 10 247 143 390 80 N/A 0.7 0.6 13.7 7.9 21.7 4.4 N/A
1987 Geelong 7 19 14 14 292 118 410 78 32 0.7 0.7 15.4 6.2 21.6 4.1 1.7
1988 Geelong 7 17 15 13 262 174 436 67 27 0.9 0.8 15.4 10.2 25.6 3.9 1.6
1989 Geelong 7 26 23 19 415 285 700 82 56 0.9 0.7 16.0 11.0 26.9 3.2 2.2
1990 Geelong 7 20 13 16 286 222 508 63 35 0.7 0.8 14.3 11.1 25.4 3.2 1.8
1991 Geelong 7 24 21 17 374 262 636 73 44 0.9 0.7 15.6 10.9 26.5 3.0 1.8
1992 Geelong 7 23 26 14 293 201 494 82 43 1.1 0.6 12.7 8.7 21.5 3.6 1.9
1993 Geelong 7 20 14 10 260 179 439 38 32 0.7 0.5 13.0 9.0 22.0 1.9 1.6
1994 Geelong 7 24 29 23 327 229 556 64 53 1.2 1.0 13.6 9.5 23.2 2.7 2.2
1995 Geelong 7 25 13 12 401 221 622 57 48 0.5 0.5 16.0 8.8 24.9 2.3 1.9
1996 Geelong 7 21 5 10 330 134 464 72 35 0.2 0.5 15.7 6.4 22.1 3.4 1.7
1997 Geelong 7 5 3 0 49 29 78 8 6 0.6 0.0 9.8 5.8 15.6 1.6 1.2
Career 259 203 181 3738 2304 6042 824 411 0.8 0.7 14.4 8.9 23.3 3.2 1.8

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