- Dean Kemp
Dean Kemp Personal information Birth 17 February 1969, Kalgoorlie Recruited from Subiaco (WAFL) Height and weight 182cm / 81kg Playing career¹ Debut Round 1, 1990, West Coast v.
Collingwood, at Subiaco
West Coast (1990–2001)
243 games, 117 goals
¹ Statistics to end of 2001 season Career highlights
- All Australian 1992
- Premiership Player 1992, 1994
- Club Champion 1992
- Norm Smith Medallist 1994
- Co-Club Captain 2001
- AFL Hall of Fame Inductee 2007
- Not to be confused with Denan Kemp.
Recruited from Subiaco in the Western Australian Football League, Kemp made his AFL debut in Round 1 of the 1990 AFL season in a 46-point win at Subiaco Oval against eventual premiers Collingwood. He played 23 games (including all four finals) and won West Coast's Rookie of the Year Award.
In 1992 he played in West Coast's Premiership team and earned All-Australian selection as well as West Coast's best and fairest award. In 1994 he played in the side's second premiership team and won the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground.
He was selected in the 1996 Team of the Decade for the Eagles. In 2001 he was made co-captain with Ben Cousins, but retired later that season. Kemp suffered numerous concussions during his career, including one resulting from a savage hit from Mark Ricciuto, and his career was ultimately shortened somewhat by the effects of these numerous concussions.
Kemp was an outstanding midfielder who surprisingly never polled well in the Brownlow Medal count, polling only 53 career votes, with a season best of 13 in 2000. A reason put forward for this is that Kemp was not a flashy ball carrier type player. Rather, on gaining possession of the ball, would quickly and effectively dispose of it to a teammate.
He was also particularly good playing in the wet, rarely fumbling the greasy ball. He enjoyed a successful career after he was drafted at number 117 in the 1989 draft. The lateness of his selection in the draft is frequently highlighted to argue that late draft picks can still prove themselves to be star players.
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- Career statistics at AFL Tables
Awards Preceded by
West Coast Eagles Best and Fairest winner
Don Pyke, Glen Jakovich
Norm Smith Medallist
West Coast Eagles 1992 1994 AFL Premiers Coach: Malthouse Captains of the West Coast Eagles Ben Hart (Adelaide) • Paul Roos (Fitzroy) (captain) • Gavin Wanganeen (Essendon)
Ken Hinkley (Geelong) • Barry Stoneham (Geelong) • Milham Hanna (Carlton)
Club Champion Award • West Coast Eagles Best and Fairest Winners1987: Malaxos • 1988: Worsfold • 1989: McKenna • 1990: Lewis • 1991: Turley • 1992: Kemp • 1993: Jakovich/Pyke • 1994: Jakovich • 1995: Jakovich • 1996: Banfield • 1997: Matera • 1998: McIntosh • 1999: McKenna • 2000: Jakovich • 2001: Cousins • 2002: Cousins • 2003: Cousins • 2004: Judd • 2005: Cousins • 2006: Judd • 2007: Glass • 2008: Cox • 2009: Glass • 2010: LeCras • 2011: Glass
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