Andrew Dunkley

Andrew Dunkley (born 29 June 1968) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Sydney in the Australian Football League (AFL). He also represented Victoria in State of Origin in 1998.

Andrew Dunkley
Personal information
Full name Andrew Dunkley
Date of birth (1968-06-29) 29 June 1968
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–2002 Sydney 217 (11)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1998 Victoria ? (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1998.
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Dunkley played most of his career at full-back at a time when champion forwards such as Tony Lockett, Wayne Carey, Tony Modra, Gary Ablett Sr., Jason Dunstall and various others graced the field. He was renowned for his competitiveness as well as his ordinary kicking skills.[1] Dunkley was selected to play for the Swans in the 1996 AFL Grand Final, but took the field in controversial circumstances. On the Wednesday before the Grand Final, Dunkley was reported on video evidence – which was still relatively uncommon practice at the time – for striking Essendon's James Hird in the previous week's preliminary final. On the Thursday, Sydney successfully obtained a Supreme Court injunction to prevent the case from being heard until after the Grand Final, with the judge ruling that requiring Dunkley to face the tribunal only one day after learning of the charge and two days before the Grand Final would deny him natural justice and deny him the time required to prepare a defence. Consequently, Dunkley was free to play.[2] When Dunkley ultimately faced the tribunal, he was suspended for three weeks.[3]

Post-AFL and Personal Life

After finishing his AFL career, Dunkley moved back to Victoria with his family where he played for and coached Leongatha Football Club. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter Lara who plays for the Melbourne Vixens on the Super Netball League, and two sons - Josh who currently plays for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL and Kyle also plays AFL for the Melbourne Football Club.


  1. Lerner, Ronny (22 September 2016). "AFL finals 2016: Western Bulldog Josh Dunkley's secret weapon". The Age.
  2. Russell Coulson; Ron Reed (27 September 1996). "First round goes to Sydney". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. p. 5.
  3. Al Paton (8 May 2014). "SuperFooty takes a look at the biggest cases to hit the tribunal as Jack Viney prepares for his appeal". Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
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