Chris Lamb

Image DOB: March 11 1981

Debut: Round 1, 1999 against Richmond at MCG
Last Game: Round 12, 2003 against Adelaide at Football Park

From: Wodonga Raiders/Murray Bushrangers, Selection 13, 1998 National Draft

Number: 29 (1999-2003)

Most Improved Player - 2002

Games: 21
Goals: 1
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

An Australian under 16 and under 18 national basketball representative, Lamb decided to instead concentrate solely on football and was named an AIS/AFL Academy squad member in both 1997 and 1998, a TAC Cup Team of the Year Player in 1998 and an All-Australian Under 18 the same year.

At the time of the draft Recruiting manager Craig Cameron said he rated "Lamb in the top five players in the draft" and was thrilled to get him at selection 13, but after having spent much of his first two seasons sitting on the bench. In 2000 he didn't appear in a senior match, and despite being a highly rated junior defender he played as a key position forward for Melbourne's VFL affiliate Sandringham.

Breaking back into the side in the first game of 2001, Lamb played just three games for the season. He did not play senior football again until Round 12, 2002 when he was thrown into a key defensive role in after Alistair Nicholson hurt his knee. Lamb performed admirably and won the "Most Improved Player" award. In one late season match he attempted a spoil and fell headfirst on the ground. There were fears that he had broken his neck, but in the end he suffered nothing more than a minor concussion.

He played both finals games that season, but 2003 saw him on the outs again, and he played just three games. In his first appearance of the season he conceded one goal at the hands of Matthew Lloyd in the round 2 match before being benched for the final three quarters.

Both Lamb and Daniher denied a rift, but the coach said that he had been disappointed in the way Lloyd had led Lamb up the field. He said, "Lamby did very well for us last year but it was time to broaden his game. He got turned around a little bit by Lloyd, who took him up the ground, away from the area where he had become comfortable. "So I told him that he had to lose some weight, improve his endurance and mobility, and learn to play further afield."

His last match saw him beaten comfortably in the first quarter by Ian Perrie. He was benched and did not play again that season despite the Demons sporting one of the least experienced backlines in the competition.

Lamb remained on the list in 2004 but did not play a senior match and was delisted at the end of the season. After a year out of the game he rejoined Sandringham and played in a VFL Premiership in 2006. He retired after the 2008 season, having played 137 games for the Zebras.

Lamb's brother Andrew was also on St. Kilda's list, drafted with selection 35 in the 1995 draft, but did not play a senior match.

1999 200
2001 300
2002 1310
2003 300

First draft picks

Also shown as being #42 in the 1999 pre-season.

Player profile - melbfc.com.au - 2001
Herald Sun - 19/08/2002
Age - 21/05/2003
Age - 12/10/2004

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Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Saturday 09 May 2020 11:49:21 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 25)

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