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Height/Weight  1.80 m / 82 kg
Name  Paul Couch
Children  Tom Couch
Years  Team
1985–1997  Geelong
Weight  82 kg
Years  Club
Height  1.8 m

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Date of birth  (1964-07-19) 19 July 1964 (age 51)
Debut  Round 5, 1985, Geelong v. North Melbourne, at Kardinia Park
Role  Australian Rules Footballer

Original team  Warrnambool Football Club

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Paul Couch (19 July 1964 – 5 March 2016) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Geelong in the Australian Football League.


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Football career

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Prior to playing with Geelong, Couch initially tried out with Fitzroy but was rejected for being too slow.

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Couch played 259 games and kicked 203 goals for the Cats from 1985 to 1997 and won the coveted Brownlow Medal in 1989. He was recruited from the Warrnambool Football Club and, though never blessed with pace and very "one-sided" on his trusty left boot, had the ability to make position and place his team to advantage throughout twelve (often knee injury–ridden) years.

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As a traditional "centreman", Couch was the pivot for the leading teams of 1989–1995 although Geelong failed to win a premiership during that time. Although lacking outright pace, he had a strong work ethic, along with a good football brain and disposal skills. This made Couch a highly-respected centreman during his career.

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Couch represented Victoria five times, was named All-Australian two times (1991, 1995) and won three club best and fairest awards (1986, 1989, 1995), as well as being named in Geelong's Team of the Century.

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Couch was known for his broad toothy smile. He formed a strong partnership in the midfield with good friend Mark Bairstow. Together, they both serviced tenured forwards Gary Ablett and Billy Brownless with pinpoint passes.


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Couch's son Tom Couch played three games for the Melbourne Football Club before being delisted in 2013. He is currently signed to Collingwood's VFL. Couch's nephew, Nick Couch, plays for the North Ballarat Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). His father, Bill Couch, played in the Hampden Football League for the Warrnambool Football Club, winning the club's best and fairest twice and playing in four premierships. Couch's two brothers, Bill and Peter, also played for Warrnambool.


Couch died on 5 March 2016, from a reported heart attack in Apollo Bay, Victoria, while cycling with friends.

Honours and achievements

  • Team
  • McClelland Trophy (Geelong): 1992
  • Individual
  • Brownlow Medal: 1989
  • Carji Greeves Medal: 1986, 1989, 1995
  • All-Australian: 1991, 1995
  • Geelong F.C. Team of the Century - Interchange
  • References

    Paul Couch Wikipedia