Chris Naish

Chris Naish (born 27 September 1971) is a former Australian rules football player who played in the Australian Football League (AFL), for Richmond Football Club from 1990 to 1997 and Port Adelaide from 1998 to 1999.

Chris Naish
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-09-27) 27 September 1971
Original team(s) Wangaratta (OMFL)
Draft No. 5, 1988 national draft
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1990–1997 Richmond 143 (212)
1998–1999 Port Adelaide 018 0(16)
Total 161 (228)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1999.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Richmond career (1990–1997)

Originally from Wangaratta, Naish was part of a talented batch of juniors, earning All-Australian selection along with Wayne Carey, Robert Harvey and Jose Romero.

Naish was considered an inventive and clever forward while playing for Richmond and he earned a spot in the Victorian state of origin side. He did not miss a senior game at Richmond for three years to the end of 1996, but had a mediocre last season playing only 12 games.

Port Adelaide career (1998–1999)

Following the 1997 AFL season, Naish was traded to Port Adelaide, who regarded him as a great pick up.

He had a steady season for Port in 1998 where he played his 150th game in Round 7, 1998, but in 1999 he had persistent hamstring problems and only played a handful of games before Port delisted him.

Post-footballing career

Naish studied sports business at university and worked with the Australian National Basketball League before becoming Chief Operating Officer with AFL SportsReady, an AFL sponsored organisation working to help young adults find their way into training and employment.[1]

Personal life

Chris' son Patrick was drafted by Richmond under the father-son rule at the 2017 AFL Draft.[2][3]


  • Hogan P: The Tigers Of Old, Richmond FC, Melbourne 1996
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