Peter Francis Bell


Full name: Peter Francis Bell

Date of birth: 1 March 1976

Place of birth: South Korea

Height: 1.75 m

Weight: 81 Kg

Original team(s): South Fremantle football Club

 

Born in South Korea on 1 March 1976, Peter Bell was one of the first players selected for the Dockers' inaugural squad. He kicked goals off his first two kicks in AFL footy, but failed to make an impression on coach Gerard Neesham and was delisted at the end of the '95 season.

But Bell worked hard to improve his leg speed, and was picked up in the 1996 Pre-season draft, by North Melbourne, where he achieved regular selection and acclaim for his courageous, energetic and skilled performances under coach Denis Pagan. Bell was a premiership player with the Kangaroos in 1996 and 1999, and was named an All-Australian on the bench in 1999. He scored four goals and had 31 possessions in the 1999 Grand Final to be one of the Roos best on the day. In 2000 he won the North Melbourne best and fairest award, the Syd Barker Medal.

But Bell's desire to return to WA prompted the Dockers to trade frantically in an effort to again secure his services. The fearless leader was named Fremantle captain in 2002 and there he stayed until '06, when Bell announced his decision to step down. In his second stint at the port club, Bell has won three Doig Medals and was pivotal in the Dockers’ finals campaigns of '03 and '06. The tireless workhorse planned to base himself in Geraldton this season and train part-time with the club to enable his pursuit of business interests, but Bell has since moved back to Perth and trains with his teammates full-time.

 

Honours

2x AFL Premiership 1996, 1999

2x All-Australian team 1999, 2003

3x Fremantle Best & Fairest 2001, 2003-2004

North Melbourne Best & Fairest: 2000

Fremantle Captain: 2002–06

Geoff Christian Medal: 2003

Western Derby MVP: 2006

AFL Rising Star nominee: 1996

Australian Football Hall of Fame

 

Representative

Graham Moss Medal: 1998

Years Team Apps Goals
1995 Fremantle 2 2
1996-2000 North Melbourne 123 120
2001-2008 Fremantle 161 128
Total   286 250