Heath Shephard

Heath Shephard (born 7 September 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood and the Brisbane Bears in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).

Heath Shephard
Personal information
Full name Heath Shephard
Date of birth (1969-09-07) 7 September 1969
Original team(s) Robinvale
Draft No. 109 (F/S), 1988 national draft
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1989–1990 Collingwood 11 (16)
1992 Brisbane Bears 4 (1)
Total 15 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Shephard was drafted by Collingwood under the "Father-Son" rule, as his Graeme had played at the club in the early 1970s.[1]

Although he grew up in Tasmania, he was playing at Victorian club Robinvale when Collingwood secured his services.

He had a memorable VFL debut, against the Brisbane Bears at Victoria Park in the third round of the 1989 season.[2] His 18 disposals included five goals and five behinds.[2] He kicked another two goals the following week but his form then dropped off and he finished the season with nine games to his name.[2]

In 1990, Collingwood ended up breaking their premiership drought and Shephard, having played only twice that year due to a loss of form and a broken arm[3], returned to Tasmania.

He spent the 1991 season with the Burnie Hawks in the TFL Statewide League and returned to the AFL the following year, joining Brisbane. Perhaps influenced by Shephard's debut performance, which had come against them, the Bears used the 65th selection of the national draft to pick him up.

His stint in Brisbane was unsuccessful and he managed just four senior games.[2] He continued playing football in Victoria and topped the goal-kicking for West Preston Lakeside on three occasions.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. AFL Tables: Heath Shephard
  3. McFarlane, Glenn. "One Hit Wonders: Heath Shephard". forever.collingwoodfc.com.au. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
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