Keith Leach

Keith Leach

A dominant and highly-regarded tap ruckman with Wilston-Grange who might have enjoyed an even more distinguished career but for a serious knee injury in 1964. Made his senior debut in ’57, when he was runner-up in the Grogan Medal, and won the medal in 1961-62 in addition to numerous Grange B&F awards and The Courier-Mail Player of the Year Award in 1960. Playing with Western Suburbs in Sydney in 1966-67 after moving south for business reasons, he won a premiership, the club B&F and finished third in the Phelan Medal in ’66.

Returned ‘home’ to play in Grange’s 1969 premiership side to finish his career. A permanent member of the Queensland side from 1957-64, he also played in the only NSW side of his era that beat Queensland. Was a long-term sponsor of the QAFL via Leach Motors. Continued this support when his Orchid Beach Resort funded a week long camp on Fraser Island for the first Brisbane Bears playing group. Coached in junior primary school competitions in his spare time and served as a president and committeeman at Wilston Grange.

Was honoured in 2003 when named on the interchange bench for the Queensland Team of the Century.

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