Andrew Gaff

Andrew Gaff (born 16 June 1992) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He plays as a winger or outside midfielder.

Andrew Gaff
Gaff playing for West Coast in July 2019
Personal information
Full name Andrew Gaff
Date of birth (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992
Original team(s) Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 4, 2010 national draft
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 3
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011 West Coast 197 (70)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Gaff was recruited from the Oakleigh Chargers with the fourth pick in the 2010 National Draft. He made his debut in round one of the 2011 season, and later in the year was nominated for the AFL Rising Star Award. Gaff has been a regular in the West Coast line-up since his debut, and in 2015 played in the club's grand final loss to Hawthorn. He won the John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest player that year, and was also named in the 2015 All-Australian team. Gaff placed equal fourth in the 2016 Brownlow Medal. He was named in the 2018 All-Australian team.

Early life

Gaff attended Kew East Primary School until 2004[1] and Carey Baptist Grammar School in his high school years. He starred in the Carey First XVIII football team as a hard-running midfielder who proved to be a prolific goalkicker.

Originally from the Kew Comets, Gaff played in the TAC Cup with the Oakleigh Chargers. before being selected with the fourth pick overall in the 2010 National Draft by the West Coast Eagles. Recognised as one of the best prospects in his draft year, Gaff was renowned for his endurance, work ethic, kicking and ability to accumulate possessions.[2]

Growing up, Gaff supported the Melbourne Football Club, and attended the 2000 AFL Grand Final as a spectator in which they lost to Essendon by 60 points.[3]

AFL career

Gaff played his first game for the Eagles in the pool round of the 2011 NAB Cup, playing against Hawthorn and gathering six possessions, before being rested in the second game against Fremantle.

He became the third player in the Eagles' history to wear the No. 3 jumper for the Eagles after Chris Mainwaring and Chris Judd. The jumper was retired for three years following Mainwaring's death in October 2007 and Judd's departure from the club prior to the 2008 season.

Gaff made his AFL debut in the opening round match against North Melbourne, replacing Chris Masten as the Eagles' first substitute player.[4]

Gaff was rewarded for his form by being nominated for the 2011 AFL Rising Star award in round 19, 2011.[5]

As of the end of round 18, 2015, Gaff was having a career best year. He is ranked equal fifth in the AFL Coaches Association voting,[6] and averages 29.9 touches a game, including a remarkable run of five straight games where he collected more than 30 disposals.[7]

In 2015, he was awarded the John Worsfold Medal as the club's best-and-fairest player.[8] His outstanding form was recognised league-wide as he was named on the wing in the 2015 All-Australian team.[9]

Gaff had another consistent year in 2016, despite being knocked unconscious in round 9 by Port Adelaide's Tom Jonas, causing him to miss a week and dip in form, albeit slightly. He rebounded strongly in the last month of the year as the Eagles found some stunning form. He had a career best 38 disposals in a clinical win over Hawthorn at Subiaco in round 22, and then set a new career-best tally with 41 disposals the next week against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, as the Eagles entered the finals as the form team of the competition. He was rewarded with a place in the 40 person All-Australian squad, but was left out of the final 22-man team.

In 2018, Gaff was referred to the AFL Tribunal after an off-the-ball strike on Fremantle player Andrew Brayshaw which left him with a broken jaw.[10] He was subsequently suspended for eight AFL matches and missed out on playing in West Coast's premiership.[11] In October, Gaff, a restricted free agent, announced he would turn down a contract with the North Melbourne Football Club to stay at West Coast.[12][13]

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season [14]
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2011
West Coast3177717213030275190.40.410.17.617.84.41.14
2012
West Coast324913374217591114340.40.515.69.024.64.81.44
2013
West Coast3225926617143776400.20.412.17.819.93.51.82
2014
West Coast322102344190534120540.40.115.68.624.35.52.46
2015
West Coast325118415323738111620.40.316.612.929.54.42.517
2016
West Coast3227637228565781270.30.316.912.929.93.71.221
2017
West Coast32466414299713127490.20.217.212.529.75.32.09
2018
West Coast319124339244583100560.60.217.812.830.75.33.016
2019
West Coast32231437265702141520.10.019.912.031.96.42.413
Career 197 70 56 3133 2124 5257 945 393 0.4 0.3 15.9 10.8 26.7 4.8 2.0 92
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References

  1. 2010 AFL National Draft: who your club picked - The Age. Published 19 November 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  2. Quayle, Emma (16 November 2010). "Picks of the draft: Andrew Gaff". Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. Malcolm, Alex (29 September 2015). "Gaff hopes to create new Grand Final memories after 2000 'flogging'". Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. Eagles' victory soured - The Age. Written by Tim Clarke. Published 28 March 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. Holmesby, Luke (2 August 2011). "Gift of the Gaff". AFL BigPond Network. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  6. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-08-03/aflca-votes-round-18
  7. http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/A/Andrew_Gaff.html
  8. Malcolm, Alex (10 October 2015). "Gaff caps stellar season with best and fairest". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  9. Bilton, Dean (22 September 2015). "AFL Finals: 2015 All Australian team features 11 new faces, Western Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy named captain". abc.net.au/news. Australian Broadcasting Authority. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  10. "AFL Match Review for Round 20: Andrew Gaff referred to tribunal, plenty of fines". Fox Sports Australia. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  11. Beveridge, Riley (7 August 2018). "Tribunal hands down Gaff verdict". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  12. Bowen, Nick (7 October 2018). "UPDATE: Gaff rejects Roos, stays with Eagles". afl.com.au. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  13. Stocks, Gary (7 October 2018). "Gaff recommits to Eagles". westcoasteagles.com.au. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  14. "Andrew Gaff of the West Coast Eagles Career AFL Stats". footywire.com. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
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