Jason Norrish

Jason Norrish (born 26 January 1972) is an Australian rules footballer. Norrish plays as a defensive midfielder and began his football career at the Claremont Tigers.[1]

Jason Norrish
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-01-26) 26 January 1972
Original team(s) Claremont (WAFL)[1]
Debut Round 14, 3 July 1993, Melbourne
vs. St Kilda, at Waverley Park
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–1994 Melbourne 020 0(2)
1995–2002 Fremantle 128 (23)
Total 148 (25)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early career

Norrish grew up in Bunbury where he attended Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School. He represented WA in the State Schoolboys national championships before moving to Perth to attend Hale School.[2] In 1990 he made his debut for Claremont and the following year played in the Tiger's premiership side. At the 1991 national draft he was taken by Melbourne with the 5th selection,[3] with three other Claremont teammates selected before him. Norrish stayed at Claremont for the 1992 season, before moving to Melbourne in 1993.

Melbourne Demons

Norrish made his debut towards the end of the 1993 season and played in five of their last nine games. The following year he missed the first seven games, before playing in most of the remaining games, including all three finals.

Fremantle Dockers

With the introduction of the Fremantle Dockers to the AFL, coached by Norrish's Claremont premiership coach Gerard Neesham, he was targeted as a priority signing. He returned as an uncontracted player and Melbourne were able to select Don Cockatoo-Collins as compensation. Hampered by injury in his first three seasons at the new club, including a groin injury in 1997,[1] he played all 22 games in 1998 and won named the club champion[3] by one vote from Adrian Fletcher. He claimed it was an award that recognised that he was 'just doing his job properly'. His reputation and standing amongst the team was recognised in 1999 when he was named as a vice-captain, a position he held through to the 2001 season. In 2001 he became the third player to play 100 games for Fremantle.

Following his retirement from AFL in 2002, he returned to Claremont and played for a further season before work commitments resulted in his retirement from all league football. In total he played 66 games for Claremont, 20 for Melbourne,[1] 128 for Fremantle[1] and one state game for Western Australia. He was inducted into the WA Two Hundred Club in 2003.[4]


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2011). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (9th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 639. ISBN 978-1-921496-12-7.
  2. A Tiger. A Demon. A Docker . . .
  3. The 10 greatest players in Fremantle Dockers history Archived 11 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  4. WA Football 200 Club Archived 12 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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