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Simon EASTAUGH

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 27
Career: 1996 to 1997
NFC Games: 43
NFC Goals: 6
Debut: v Central District (Football Park) 30th March 1996
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Football Park) 5th October 1997

Premierships: 1997
Advertiser Team of the Year: 1997
South Australian Games: 1
VFL/AFL Clubs: Essendon, Fremantle
 

Originally from Shepparton in Victoria, Simon Eastaugh was selected by Richmond at pick number 61 in the 1989 draft. Only 16 years old at the time, he didn't move to Melbourne until 1992, and in the meantime he played for Shepparton seniors on Saturdays and Richmond Under 19's on the Sunday.
 
Plagued with soft tissue injuries, he was unable to play a League game for the Tigers in the four seasons he was on their senior list, and after being delisted moved to Norwood in 1996. His last season for Richmond Reserves had been his best, and late in 1995 had played at centre half forward against the future Norwood coach, Peter Rhode.
 
Eastaugh quickly developed into one of the SANFL's best big men. Predominantly a tap ruckman, he was a good mark with great agility. He was an important member of the Redlegs' 1997 Premiership side. He had been concussed in the Second Semi-Final against Port Adelaide but recovered for a best on ground performance against Central Districts in the Preliminary final. His good form continued and he was high in Norwood's best players in its comfortable Grand Final win over Port Adelaide a week later.
 
In 1997 he also represented the State in a game against the ACT in Canberra and was named in the 1997 Advertiser Team of the Year.
 
Eastaugh was then picked up by Essendon in the 1997 draft and played 17 AFL games in three seasons, as well as captaining the Reserves to the 1999 premiership.
 
After another delisting at the end of the 2000 season, Eastaugh was drafted by Fremantle, where he added another 12 games before retiring from AFL football in 2002. He had also played for East Fremantle and South Fremantle in the WAFL.
 
After retiring as a player, Eastaugh turned to coaching. He coached Perth in the 2006 and 2007 WAFL seasons, was assistant coach of the WAFL State side in 2007, and has been ruck coach at Fremantle and ruck and development coach at the West Coast Eagles.

R Cialini Sept 2014


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