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Alastair Graeme Lynch



Alastair Graeme Lynch

b. 19 June 1968

Member 2010

Born in Burnie and raised in Wynyard, Alastair Lynch left the North West Coast to further his career at the Hobart Football Club. It was there he caught the eye of mainland talent scouts, and was named as number 60 draft pick by Fitzroy in 1986, playing his first senior match in 1988.

Starting in defence at Fitzroy, Alastair's coach, and fellow Tasmanian, Robert Shaw moved him to full forward in 1993. In that position he won the club's Best and Fairest, and kicked 68 goals for the season.

Alastair's career was seriously interrupted in 1995 when he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He defied the odds to return to football, becoming an inspiration to thousands of Australians with CFS. Not only did he return to playing football at the elite level, Alastair also raised the bar as an AFL player. As a powerhouse key forward, he played for six years with Fitzroy and then for 11 years with the Brisbane Lions.

During his career, Alastair won All Australian selection, cocaptained the Lions, kicked over 600 goals and became the first Tasmanian to play over 300 games. He stands equal fifth in the all time list of goal kickers, and was selected in both the Fitzroy and Tasmanian Teams of the Century.

Alastair was inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame as a member in 2005, elevated to legend status in 2006 and then elected as an icon in 2010. He will be remembered as one of the AFL's all time greats. In a career spanning 17 years, he played 306 games, kicked 663 goals and was a three time Premiership player for Brisbane in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Alastair's AFL achievements, and his role as an inspiration to countless young players and people with CFS across the country, make him a worthy addition to the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.