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Drew Banfield
Banfield
DOB
27/2/1974
Height
184cm
Weight
89 kg
Junior club
Subiaco/Quairading JFC
Arrived
Pick 1 in the 1992 national draft
Number
31 (1993)
6 (1994 – 2006)
Debut
Round 16 1993 vs Essendon – 84th Eagles player
Games
265
Goals
76
Honours
Premiership medals (1994, 2006)
Club Champion (1996)
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Best Clubman (2002)
Team 20 selection (2006)
B&F Top 10
6 (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001)
Best Finish
1st (1996)
Last app.
Departed
Retired at the end of the 2006 season
Other clubs
Subiaco (WAFL) 1992-2006
University (WAAFL) 2011

The unassuming Drew Banfield was a popular and successful player, being the only Eagle whose career spanned the premierships of the 1990s and the 2000s.

West Coast careerEdit

A highly-rated junior, Banfield was selected by the reigning premiers in 1992 after they somehow hoodwinked Sydney into trading the top pick in the draft for Scott Watters and Tony Begovich.

Banfield managed just 7 games in 1993, all coming in the second half of the regular season, but it was enough to win the club’s Rookie of the Year award.

The following season he played 24 games, starting on the bench in the grand final and collecting the first of his premiership medals as West Coast easily accounted for Geelong.

A tenacious midfielder early in his career, Banfield was seen as the logical successor to an ageing Dwayne Lamb. It was in 1996 after Lamb had retired that he had his best season, playing every game, averaging almost 20 touches and being crowned the Club Champion at the end of the season. Banfield almost repeated that effort in 1999, as he, Ben Cousins and Michael Braun finished a single vote behind best and fairest Guy McKenna.

After displaying remarkable resilience with injury during the first half of his career, a knee injury curtailed his 2001 after just 9 games.

Never the quickest guy in the team, as age began to slow Banfield further he moved from the midfield into the backline, where he performed impressively as a shut-down small defender. Having found himself as the sole survivor from the 1992/94 premiership teams in 2005, he played every match that season, notching up his 250th game in the preliminary final and blanketing dangerous Swans forward Nick Davis in the grand final, his second in 11 years.

Turning 32 years old during the 2006 preseason, Banfield struggled for selection and spent some rare time at Subiaco in the early part of the season before breaking into the seniors in round 9. After a qualifying final loss to Sydney, he was dropped for the semi-final but returned a week later to replace an injured David Wirrpanda. After some no doubt sleepless nights he narrowly retained his spot for the grand final, allowing him to renew his battle with Davis. The Swans goalsneak finished with 3 goals but Banfield had the last laugh, winning a second premiership medal to go with his first from 12 years before.

Banfield bowed out on a high after the 2006 season, finishing with the then-third-most games in Eagles history and a number of other accolades to go with his two premiership wins.

Post-AFL careerEdit

As well as a short stint doing special comments on Fox Footy, Banfield won another premiership medal in 2011 as a member of the University A-Reserves amateur side.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D
1993 7 2 2 57 14 19 76 9 Subi 16 3
1994 24 7 4 192 39 116 308 46 0
1995 23 6 7 180 53 179 359 48 0
1996 24 9 3 240 72 220 460 48 0
1997 21 14 8 229 70 176 405 53 0
1998 22 11 4 217 60 148 365 51 71 0
1999 24 6 8 259 59 173 432 18 92 0
2000 17 6 3 162 44 138 300 40 54 0
2001 9 4 1 76 24 69 145 23 24 0
2002 22 1 2 168 55 123 291 56 49 1 0
2003 22 3 4 145 54 142 287 38 23 0
2004 11 2 0 110 42 56 166 21 11 3 0
2005 25 3 2 197 90 145 342 46 33 0
2006 14 2 0 106 53 88 194 27 7 3 0 0 36 15 29 65
Tot 276 75 48 2338 729 1792 4130 524 364
Avg 0.3 8.8 2.8 6.8 15.6 2.0 2.2

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/D/Drew_Banfield.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Banfield

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/31

http://www.waflfootyfacts.net/playerstats.php?PlayerID=285