Gerard Healy

Gerard Healy (born 1 March 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer and commentator.[1] Healy attended St Bede's College in Mentone, where he was the senior football captain.

Gerard Healy
Healy in April 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-03-01) 1 March 1961
Original team(s) Edithvale-Aspendale
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1979–1985 Melbourne 130 (189)
1986–1990 Sydney Swans 081 0(87)
Total 211 (276)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
Career highlights

Club

Representative

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

VFL career

Melbourne Demons

Beginning his career with the Melbourne Football Club in 1979, Healy played mostly in a forward pocket role in attack before switching to an on-baller/midfielder role and establishing himself as one of the premier ball winners in the competition. He won Melbourne's best and fairest award in 1984.

Sydney Swans

He left the Demons in 1985, after playing 121 games, moving to the Sydney Swans at the beginning of the 1986 season. He immediately made an impact at the Swans, winning best and fairests in his first three years with the team – 1986, 1987, 1988. Season 1988 was to prove the finest of his career. In addition to the Swans' Best & Fairest award, Healy took home the Brownlow Medal as the VFL's fairest and best player, the VFL Players Association MVP and the Simpson Medal for best on ground in the Victoria vs Western Australia state game played in Perth. He retired from Sydney in 1991 due to a serious wrist injury. He was later recognised as one of Sydney's greats, being named in their Team of the Century. Following his forced retirement Collingwood picked Healy in the 1991 Pre-Season Draft on the chance that his injury would recover but Healy never played another AFL match.

In 2000 Healy was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. On 18 July 2009, he was also inducted into the Sydney Swans Hall of Fame.

Playing statistics

[2]
Legend
 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)
1979 Melbourne 392110192447131555N/A0.50.911.63.415.02.6N/A
1980 Melbourne 397491235217536N/A0.61.317.67.425.05.1N/A
1981 Melbourne 3922271429515745292N/A1.20.613.47.120.54.2N/A
1982 Melbourne 32177552638935299N/A3.72.612.54.216.84.7N/A
1983 Melbourne 31937411987227098N/A1.92.210.43.814.25.2N/A
1984 Melbourne 320192530413343781N/A1.01.315.26.721.94.1N/A
1985 Melbourne 320151830112542684N/A0.80.915.16.321.34.2N/A
1986 Sydney 322262134421255682N/A1.21.015.69.625.33.7N/A
1987 Sydney 320221830218548765371.10.915.19.324.43.31.9
1988 Sydney 320263435121856989251.31.717.610.928.54.51.3
1989 Sydney 3864150642142290.80.518.88.026.82.81.1
1990 Sydney 31171221210031237120.61.119.39.128.43.41.1
Career 211 276 270 3087 1478 4565 840 83 1.3 1.3 14.6 7.0 21.6 4.0 1.4

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1979
1980 1
1981
1982 2
1983 1
1984 2
1985 8
1986 7
1987 9
1988 20
1989 2
1990 1
Total 53
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

Commentating career

After retiring, Healy became an Australian rules football commentator, first with the Seven Network on their AFL coverage.

On radio, he has also been a long-time special comments man on 3AW for their AFL coverage, as well as hosting Sports Today since 1996. He gave a heartfelt farewell message on the show to his co-host David Hookes after his death in 2004. Hookes was later replaced on the show by Dwayne Russell.

His audio commentary also has been sampled for computer games, such as AFL 2007 along with Dennis Cometti.

Healy worked as a special commentator (or game analyst) for the Nine Network for the 2002 & 2003 seasons, before moving to Fox Footy Channel from 2004 until its closure in 2006 as well as hosting ‘’On the Couch’’. He continued his commentary role for AFL matches with Fox Sports from 2007.

Personal life

Gerard Healy is married to Lisa (née Gluyas) and together they have three daughters.[3]

References

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