Dean Terlich

Dean Terlich (born 13 December 1989) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was recruited by the club with draft pick 68 in the 2012 national draft. He made his debut in round 2, 2013, against Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in the match where Melbourne were defeated by 148 points.[1]

Dean Terlich
Terlich at training in November 2015
Personal information
Full name Dean Terlich
Date of birth (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989
Original team(s) Norwood (SANFL)
Draft No. 61, 2008 rookie draft
No. 68, 2012 national draft
Debut Round 2, 2013, Melbourne
vs. Essendon, at MCG
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008 Sydney 00 (0)
2013–2016 Melbourne 35 (2)
Total 35 (2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Terlich was previously recruited by the Sydney Swans in the 2008 rookie draft from the Murray Bushrangers. Terlich was recruited from the Osborne Cats (country NSW Hume League club) prior to playing with the representative team the Murray Bushrangers.[2] He was delisted at the end of the 2008 season without playing an AFL game.[3]

Terlich moved to Adelaide and played for Norwood in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), where he won the Jack Oatey Medal as the best on ground in Norwood's 12.7 (79) to 3.12 (30) win over West Adelaide in the 2012 SANFL Grand Final.[4]

Terlich enjoyed a successful debut year at the Melbourne Football Club where he averaged nearly 20 possessions a game. He capped off his first year by finishing third in the Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal behind Colin Garland and winner Nathan Jones.

He was delisted at the conclusion of the 2016 season.[5] In 2018 Dean has signed as playing/coach of the Tanunda Magpies in the Barossa light and Gawler association.


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2013 Melbourne 462002244151395103700.
2014 Melbourne 4615211398322256430.
2015 Melbourne460
2016 Melbourne460
Career 35 2 3 383 234 617 159 113 0.1 0.1 10.9 6.7 17.6 4.5 3.2


  1. McNicol, Adam (6 April 2013). "From dire to disastrous for the Dees". Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  3. Cowley, Michael (24 October 2008). "Brennan forced to pack bags again". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. Turner, Matt (27 November 2012). "Legs' latest mature-age success". The Messenger.
  5. Burgan, Matt (27 September 2016). "Melbourne makes first list changes". Bigpond. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. "Dean Terlich". AFL Tables. Retrieved 10 June 2014.

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