Adrian Barich
Location: Perth
Country: Australia

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As a Speaker

Making a smooth transition from footballer to sports journalist, Adrian has been a television sports reporter and presenter since 1995 and has written an expert football column for the West Australian newspaper since 1993.

Adrian continues his sports reporting and presenting role at Channel 7 Perth and will be the Network's boundary commentator for Perth's AFL games.

During the 1998 football season he joined Basil Zemplias on the local football show, Seven's Footy Club.

Brief History

  • Adrian Barich's career as a footballer began when he was just 7 years old, however it wasn't Australian Rules, rather Rugby Union.
  • Living in Canberra he played Union until 16 years of age, representing the ACT in national carnivals before converting to Aussie Rules in 1979, because it looked more fun!
  • The following year Adrian played in his first senior Australian Rules premiership with the Manuka Football Club in the ACT Football League.
  • When he left Canberra in late 1983, Adrian had played 70 senior games including 10 finals and was just 20 years of age.
  • Moving to Perth to study at UWA he was approached by all WAFL clubs as a potential recruit.
  • Adrian signed with the Perth Football Club to play with a couple of boy-hood heroes Peter Bosustow and Robert Wiley.
  • He ended his career at Perth in 1994 after 167 games, including 5 finals, one best and fairest award, club captaincy in 1993/94 and a life membership.
  • Adrian was also an inaugural member of the West Coast Eagles Football Club and played in their historic first game in 1987. Adrian played 47 games for the club between 1987-1992, including one final.
  • In representative football Adrian has donned the black and gold three times, once as captain of the WA state team.
  • He also represented NSW twice in State of Origin Football, against Queensland and Victoria.

·       A football career which has spanned over a 14 year period, Adrian has played 289 games, is a member of WA's prestigious 200 club and was voted Footballer of the Year by the WA Media Guild in 1994.

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