David Bourke

David Bourke (born 9 January 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer who played 85 games for the Richmond Football Club, kicking 18 goals and one game player, kicking 1 goal for the Kangaroos. He is the son of Richmond champion Francis Bourke and grandson of 1940s Richmond player Frank Bourke, the only three generation family at the club in VFL/AFL history. David was Selected by Richmond in the 1994 AFL Draft via the Father-son rule. His career suffered from an inability to bulk up to a heavier weight, and he was frustratingly inconsistent. David inherited his father's fanatical desire to win the ball; however, his body was not built to take the punishment that this approach entailed. After 85 games in seven seasons (many of which started on the bench), David Bourke was traded to the Kangaroos for the 2002 season, but only managed one game in blue and white.

David Bourke
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-01-09) 9 January 1976
Original team(s) Central/Xavier College
Debut Round 2, 1995, Richmond
vs. St Kilda, at Waverley Park
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–2001 Richmond 85 (18)
2002–2003 Kangaroos 01 0(1)
Total 86 (19)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

In 2008 the Tigers centenary year David was nominated for "Mark of the Century" in which he took a massive hanger, against Essendon at the MCG in the 1996 season.


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