Image DOB: 28 July 1970

Debut: Round 3, 1988 against Geelong at MCG
Last MFC Game: Round 22, 1995 against Brisbane Bears at Gabba

From: Dominic College/Glenorchy/Melbourne High School, Selection #42, 1986 National Draft

Number: 16 (1988-1995)

Best First Year Player - 1988
Grand Final team - 1988
Tasmania state player - 1991, 1993

Games: 121 (164 total)
Goals: 146 (166 total)
Career Statistics

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Known as 'Chopper' after winning wood-chopping championships as a teenager, Anthony 'Andy' Lovell played in senior premierships in his first two seasons with Glenorchy before joining Melbourne. Before the draft Lovell had been on the radar of Hawthorn, who invited him to Victoria multiple times then overlooked him with their first three National Draft picks, allowing the Demons to pick him. The tough-on baller's rookie year was a learning experience, only playing in two Reserves games while also playing school football with Melbourne High School, before returning to Tasmania and playing in another Grand Final with Glenorchy.

Lovell made his senior debut in early 1988, goalling with his first kick. In 1988 he continued to play midweek games for Melbourne High, then VFL seniors on the weekend. He appeared in that year's Grand Final side, playing 22 games in total. His 1989 season was destroyed by a leg injury, keeping him out of the side until one game in Round 21. He managed 12 games the next year but didn't play after Round 14, missing Melbourne's run to the finals.

He had another disappointing start to 1991 not playing until Round 5. Despite state selection for Tasmania, Lovell only appeared twice more in the middle of the year, before being recalled for the finals. He was a surprise inclusion for the Elimination Final, and as a foil for the eight goal Allen Jakovich, Lovell kicked a then career-high four goals.

After saving his career with that finals performance, Lovell played 19 games in 1992, finishing second in the Best and Fairest. From then on he was a fixture in Melbourne's side, signing a new contract before 1993 and playing 18 games. He kicked a career-best eight goals against Richmond in round 21 of that season, 24 in 1994 and 20 in 1995. In that year's pre-season, Lovell became the first player to be reported (and subsequently suspended) on video evidence.

At the end of 1995 Lovell was swapped to West Coast in exchange for Craig Turley. He had previously been linked to Hawthorn. Lovell spent three years at the Eagles before retiring. He only missed one game in his first year but struggled after the death of his father in 1997 and made just four appearances in 1998 before retiring. He was appointed an assistant coach at West Coast, before coaching WAFL side East Perth in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 and 2006 he was an assistant at Geelong, and coached Melbourne's VFL affiliate Sandringham from 2008 to 2010. He joined Gold Coast as an assistant in their inaugural 2011 season, staying with them until 2018 when he became Gold Coast regional manager for AFL Queensland. He coached the Indigenous All Star team in a game against West Coast, and the Queensland league representative team in 2019.

Lovell was later inducted to the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame

1988 22230
1989 100
1990 12173
1991 560
1992 19263
1993 18217
1994 24292
1995 20244

Tribunal Record

1995 Ansett Cup Round 1 Striking 2 matches

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