Dwayne Lamb
Personal information
Full name Dwayne Francis Lamb
Date of birth (1961-12-20) 20 December 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) North Innaloo
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1980–86, 89, 93–96 Subiaco 190 (67)
1987–1994 West Coast 151 (44)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1985–1992 Western Australia 8 (2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1996.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1992.
Career highlights
  • Subiaco premiership side 1986
  • Simpson Medal 1988
  • West Coast Eagles premiership side 1992
  • West Coast Eagles Team of the Decade 1996
  • West Coast Eagles Team 20 2006
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Dwayne Francis Lamb (born 20 December 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with West Coast in the Victorian Football League (VFL) (Australian Football League (AFL) from 1990) and Subiaco in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). A utility player, he was often used as a ruck rover or in defence.

Playing career

Lamb began his junior playing career for North Innaloo before joining Subiaco. He made his league debut in round 2 of the 1980 WAFL season, becoming a regular league player the following season. At the time Subiaco were the league's chopping block, but Lamb quickly established himself in the team and by 1982 – a season when the Lions were on track for a win less season before beating East Fremantle in their seventeenth match – Lamb's tough but unspectacular style won Subiaco's best and fairest award,[1] an achievement repeated in 1984[2] when under legendary coach Haydn Bunton, Jr., Subiaco finally took steps away from the WAFL cellar.

In 1986, Lamb played in Subiaco's premiership-winning team, kicking two early goals and being part of an on-ball brigade that defeated the Sharks in the Grand Final.[3][4] Consequently, Lamb made his VFL debut in West Coast's inaugural side in 1987, and became the first player to reach 50, 100 and 150 games for the Eagles. In 1991 against Geelong Football Club, Lamb was knocked out in a sling tackle, which resulted in him swallowing his tongue and his airway being blocked. His airway was opened up by a Geelong trainer with an oropharyngeal airway before he was taken off on a stretcher. Lamb played in West Coast's premiership team in 1992. However, in 1993 Lamb's form declined so much that by 1994 he played only five AFL games and returned to the WAFL, where he played his 300th match of senior football and his 150th with Subiaco in consecutive weeks at the end of the home-and-away season.[5]

In 1996 Lamb was named in the Eagles' official "Team of the Decade". He was named in the Western Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2010.[3][6]

References

  1. ^ Spillman, Ken; Diehards – the Story of the Subiaco Football Club 1946–2000; p. 209 ISBN 0-9578185-0-5
  2. ^ Spillman; Diehards 1946–2000, p. 218
  3. ^ a b "2010 Hall of Fame inductees". West Australian Football Commission. 11 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Every League Premiership Player in Page Finals System Era – 1931 – 2009". West Australian Football Commission. p. 8. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ Lague, Steve; "Subiaco Does it for Lamb"; The West Australian, 29 August 1994, p. 89
  6. ^ "WEST AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Playing Record of all Members @ March 2012". West Australian Football Commission. March 2012. p. 2. Retrieved 30 July 2012.