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Ian Downsborough
Downsborough
DOB
19/1/1972
Height
192cm
Weight
94 kg
Junior club
West Perth/Burracoppin JFC
Arrived
Pick 54 in the 1994 national draft
Number
40 (1995), 22 (1996)
Debut
Round 13 1995 vs Geelong
(95th Eagles player)
Games
20
Goals
5
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
n/a
Last app.
Departed
Signed by Port Adelaide as an uncontracted player at the end of the 1996 season
Other clubs
West Perth (WAFL) 1994-1996, 2000
Port Adelaide (AFL) 1997
Adelaide (AFL) 1998-1999

Hailing from Burracoppin in the Wheatbelt, Ian Downsborough was an undersized ruckman who played 20 games for West Coast in two years before moving to Port Adelaide as part of the scheme to get Michael Gardiner to the club.

West Coast careerEdit

Downsborough was drafted from West Perth at the relatively ripe old age of 22.In his first year on West Coast’s list, he managed just one senior game, a mid-season thrashing by the Cats at Kardinia Park. However, he had a successful season in the WAFL, playing in a premiership with the Falcons.

Downsborough played 19 games in 1996, including the qualifying win over Carlton before being dropped for the semi-final. His best performance was a 16-possession, 18-hitout effort against the Kangaroos.

At the end of the season, the popular Downsborough was signed by the incoming Port Adelaide as a free agent. The deal was partly orchestrated by West Coast, who traded Shane Bond and Brayden Lyle to Port on the cheap in order to ensure that Downsborough was signed up and that they got access to the #1 pick, and Michael Gardiner, as a result. A second-round compo pick was used to pick up Josh Wooden.

Port Adelaide and Adelaide careerEdit

Downsborough managed just 7 games in Port’s inaugural season and was traded to Adelaide at the end of the season. He played a further 12 games in the tri-colours in 1998 and 1999 before being delisted at the end of the season.

Post-AFL careerEdit

Downsborough returned to farming in Burracoppin, and coached the Burracoppin Cats in the Eastern District Football League for several years.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T WAFL Gm G
1995 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 WP 21 40
1996 19 5 0 127 47 58 185 24 0
Tot 20 5 0 129 47 58 187 25
Avg 0.3 6.5 2.3 2.9 9.4 1.3

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/I/Ian_Downsborough.html

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

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/612