Dale Lewis (footballer)

Dale Lewis (born 4 May 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Sydney in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Dale Lewis
Personal information
Full name Dale Lewis
Date of birth (1969-05-04) 4 May 1969
Place of birth Swan Hill, Victoria
Original team(s) North Ballarat
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1990–2001 Sydney 182 (186)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2001.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life and career

A Hawthorn supporter, Lewis moved with his family from Swan Hill to Ballarat when he was eight years old, and except for his time at the Swans, he was an itinerant footballer.[1]

Lewis played junior football with North Ballarat and made his senior debut with the Roosters in 1988 before spending two summer seasons playing with Darwin club St Mary's, alongside future Essendon champion Michael Long.[1]

In 1989, Lewis played alongside brother Wes in Torquay’s premiership side and returned to North Ballarat for the 1990 season.

By this time almost every AFL club was aware of his prodigious talents and lined up to secure his services in the mid-season draft. On his 21st birthday Lewis received a call from childhood hero Peter Knights, who inquired whether Lewis was able to play for him at Tasmanian club Devonport. He also received a call from Brisbane Bears recruiter Shane O'Sullivan who said the Bears wanted to take Lewis as the number one selection at the pre-season draft.[1]

Just before the 1990 mid-season draft, Lewis kicked seven goals for North Ballarat in an inter-league game and caught the eye of scouts. He trained with six clubs in the next few weeks before the Swans made him their first pick.[2]

While Lewis was keen to play AFL, he wanted to play for a Victorian club. Shortly before getting drafted, he met footballer manager John Reid in Melbourne, who told Lewis that if the Bears did not list him, the Swans would and if he didn’t like it he could stand out of League football for two years. As it turned out, Brisbane named South Australian Laurence Schache and the Swans, true to their word, took Lewis at number two.[1]

Lewis made his AFL debut against Footscray at the Western Oval in Round 15 of the 1990 AFL season. He played up on the wing against Leon Cameron, who would also enjoy a long and successful AFL career. Lewis scored a goal with his first kick, courtesy of a handpass from teammate David Murphy.[1]

Over his career, Lewis would be used in a range of positions. He even played one game at full-back on Melbourne’s Allen Jakovich.[1]

At the time of his arrival, Sydney was a team falling apart in the post-Edelsten era. While Lewis showed flashes of individual brilliance and established himself as a regular senior player, it was usually in a losing team. In 1993, he missed out on the victory against Melbourne that broke a 26-game losing streak due to injury.[2]

At the end of 1993, Lewis returned to Melbourne, where his parents ran two hotels, and asked to be traded. But a deal with North Melbourne fell through just before the trading deadline.[2]

After football

After retiring as a footballer, Lewis began a career in broadcasting. He was a commentator on Australia's Seven Network and appeared on the sports program The Fat. Lewis was also a member of the Talking League team on Australian radio station 2UE.

Lewis had a stint as coach of Norwood in 2005. He has worked in Adelaide as part of the Triple M radio breakfast show and as an AFL commentator.[1]

Personal life

Lewis is married to Angie and has two children, Evie and Owen.


  1. Main, Jim (27 June 2012). "Swan Songs – with Dale Lewis". Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. Hinds, Richard (18 July 1997). "Dale Lewis gets serious". The Sydney Morning Herald.
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