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Dustin Fletcher
Personal information
Birth 7 May 1975 (1975-05-07) (age 34)
Recruited from Essendon Grammar, Western Jets
Height and weight 199 cm / 93kg
Playing career¹
Debut Round 2, 3 April 1993, Essendon vs. Carlton, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Team(s) Essendon (1993-)

312 games, 66 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2009 season
Career highlights

Dustin Fletcher (born 7 May 1975) is an Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club. He is renowned as one of the finest defenders in the AFL, and has played at full-back for his team for many years. He is the son of former Bombers player Ken Fletcher.

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Playing career

Fletcher was a member of the "Baby Bombers" (Essendon's 1993 premiership team) in his first AFL season. He is the only member of that side still playing AFL football. He also played in Essendon's 2000 premiership win and received the club's "Best and Fairest" award (the Crichton Medal). He was selected as an all-Australian player in both 2000 and 2007.

Fletcher was the goalkeeper for Australia in the International Rules series in 2005 and 2006 (as co-captain).

In Round 13 of 2008, Dustin and his father Ken claimed the record of most VFL/AFL games played by a father-son combination, with 552 games between them. Fletcher's played his 300th game in Round 5, 2009. He will play his 18th season in 2010.[1]

Playing style

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, Fletcher kicked a 75 metre torpedo punt goal from ten metres behind the centre square. According to The Sunday Age, it was the fifth longest kick in the history of the VFL/AFL.[2]

Personal life

Fletcher is married to Suzie Fletcher and they have two sons - Mason and Max.

References

  1. ^ Realfooty.com, 28 August, 2009
  2. ^ Sunday Age, sport section, back page, 22 April 2007.

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Preceded by
Mark Mercuri
Essendon Best and Fairest winner
2000
Succeeded by
Jason Johnson
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