Ex-AFL Footballer, Dustin Fletcher is widely considered one of the finest defenders in the history of the league. Recruited in 1992 by the Essendon Football Club, he played his first senior game against Carlton in his senior year of high school. A key member of the 1993 Premiership Team, Fletcher also played in the 2000 Premiership and won the W.S. Crichton Medal as Essendon’s best and fairest. He would later go on to win the Crichton a second time. He was quickly selected for the All-Australian Team.
Dustin Fletcher and his father, Ken Fletcher, have the honour of holding the record for the most AFL/VFL career games played by father and son with over 600 games between them. Fletcher also holds the record for the most watched VFL/AFL player of all time and played his 400th game in 2015, becoming the third player in VFL/AFL history to reach this milestone.
This veteran defender was one of the best on the field for positioning on his direct opponent and despite his age was seen as an important member of the defensive group.
Fletcher played a record 23 games at AFL level but was never one keen to take the limelight. Instead, he was well known for pulling players aside to talk to the one-on-one, and was especially keen to quietly educate younger players.
This AFL hero was truly an asset to the game and inspiration to AFL lovers and players everywhere. His legendary torpedo punt kick will not soon be forgotten, with Fletcher kicking the fifth longest kick in the history of AFL at a distance of over 70 metres. Regarded as Australia’s best keeper in International Rules, Fletcher served on the Australian International Rules Football Team in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2014, serving as co-captain in 2006.
One of the game’s most impressive defenders, and renowned for a lethal right boot, this ex-footballer is truly remembered as one of the greats of the league.