Alastair Lynch

Alastair Lynch Retired Australian Rules Football Player

Throughout his career he played for three teams and played over 300 games.

Born in Burnie, Tasmania on 19 June 1968, he was regarded as one of the best players in Fitzroy. He left Fitzroy and started playing for The Bears.

Alastair Lynch had a strong spirit and he pulled through despite his illness. He kept up his amazing performance despite a career threatening syndrome.

Alastair Lynch

In the later years of his career he left the Bears and started playing for the Brisbane Lions. By this time he was recovering from his illness and he went on to become a feared player on the field. His skills and strength made him a valuable addition to Brisbane Lions which he led to three premiership victories.

For his performance and contribution to the game of Australian Rules football, Alastair Lynch was given many awards. He was also the leading goal kicker for four consecutive years.

Much to the disappointment of his team and footie fans, Alastair Lynch announced his retirement in 2004. Lynch faced many challenges throughout his career, but he overcame each one.

He is currently a commentator for a Football channel and also a panelist on a few other TV shows.

Playing Career

Alastair Lynch started playing for the Hobart Football Club in Tasmania and he made quite a name for himself. He was part of the 1986 VFL Draft and was picked by Fitzroy.

Alastair Lynch started playing with Fitzroy in 1988 and signed a 5-year contract with the team. He proved himself to be a great addition to the team, quickly becoming one of the favourites.

Fitzroy

Alastair Lynch signed a five-year contract with Fitzroy on 5 February 1988. He started playing with the team as a fullback and a centre half back. The league found him to be the strongest in these positions and this is where he remained for quite a while.

At the position he was playing, Lynch became known for his superb tackling. Many opponent teams considered him to be tough to go up against.

While Alastair Lynch had established himself as a key player in the full back and centre half back positions, he was a versatile player.

In 1993, Alastair Lynch was moved to the full-forward position as an experiment. Although the position was relatively new for him, he managed to own the field. Alastair Lynch kicked 68 goals and led the club’s goal kicking.

Alastair Lynch proved that he was not only a key player in the full back position, but he was an all-rounder. After his contract expired with Fitzroy, Alastair Lynch moved on to play for The Bears and signed a contract with them.

The Bears

Fitzroy was not financially secure at the time and Alastair Lynch decided to switch after his contract expired. He signed a contract with The Bears in 1994. Although Alastair Lynch had six years of experience under his belt, the contract The Bears signed with him was criticized. Outsiders considered the contract a risk because Alastair Lynch was signed on to play for The Bears for ten years.

However, he proved that he was no risk as he quickly became a promising player for The Bears. The same year, in 1994, Alastair Lynch suffered a few injuries, namely a broken collarbone and knee.

Due to these injuries he wasn’t able to display his full potential. Next year in 1995, Alastair Lynch was diagnosed of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because of which he had to remain at the bench for the season. His injuries and his illness took a serious toll on his career.

He wasn’t able to perform to his fullest for quite a few years.

The financial position of The Bears continued to worsen. This, combined with their poster boy Alastair Lynch taken down by a chronic illness, had drastic effects on the club. The club finally gave into the decision of merging with another club.

Brisbane Lions

After the 1996 season, Fitzroy and The Bears decided to merge together to form a single club. This was due to the fact that both clubs were undergoing serious financial crisis. Together the clubs formed the Brisbane Lions. Unsurprisingly, Alastair Lynch was a part of their senior team and was moved up to a forward position.

However, he relapsed because of his illness and wasn’t able to play to his full potential for another two seasons. The following year in 1997 he was made co-captain of the Brisbane Lions.

Throughout the 1998 season, Alastair Lynch continued suffering from relapses. Finally he made a recovery and came back to the field in 1999 with substantial improvement in his performance. Under the guidance of Coach Leigh Matthews, Alastair Lynch once again became a feared opponent on the field.

In seasons 2001 to 2003 the Brisbane Lions bagged immense success and won the premierships three years in a row.

The 2004 AFL season wasn’t very bright for Alastair Lynch and the Brisbane Lions. Early in the game, he injured his quad and the game was lost. After the Brisbane Lions lost the game, He announced his retirement.

To this day he is remembered as one of the greats of Australian Rules football. Despite multiple injuries and a career-threatening illness, Lynch lived up to his name.

Career after Football

After his retirement, Alastair Lynch became a commentator. He is a commentator for Fox Footy. In addition, he is a panellist on the show After the Bounce. Lynch is also the head of the company Healthy Business.

Alastair is also a published writer. He co-wrote a book by the name of “Taking Nothing for Granted”. The book was released in 2005 and was co-written by Peter Blucher.

Awards And Achievements

In consideration of his contribution towards the game of Aussie Rules, Lynch has been honoured with a number of awards.

• He was a part of the Tasmanian Team of the Century.
• Alastair won the Mitchell Medal in 1993.
• In 1993, he was Fitzroy’s leading goalkicker.
• Lynch was part of the All Australian team in 1993.
• He was also the leading goalkicker for The Bears in 1996.
• Lynch co-captained the Brisbane Lions for three years, 1997 to 2000.
• Alastair was the leading goal-kicker for the Brisbane Lions for three years in a row, 2000 to 2003.

Despite the illness which kept him from performing to his full potential, Alastair is known as one of the best Aussie Rules players.

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