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Post by Lee Harradine Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:12 pm

After the club didn't acknowledge the passing of Andrew Gribble when it happened, it is even more disappointing that Andrew isn't even mentioned in the Annual Report death acknowledgements.

Andrew was a very good player for us and a great bloke as well.

Here's some more on him:

Local football loses a great

ANDREW Gribble is being remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of Geelong West and its former merger partner St Peter’s following his death on the weekend.

Gribble, who won best-and-fairest awards with three different GFL clubs, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 53 on Saturday.

A junior with GFL club St Peter’s, he won their last ever best-and-fairest in 1988 as a 21-year-old before the merger with Geelong West and was drafted by Geelong with pick no.104 later that year.

Gribble played reserves with the Cats in 1989 and featured in their narrow grand final loss to Fitzroy.

He then headed to the SANFL in 1990 and a stint with West Adelaide, helping the Bloods to a grand final appearance in 1991.

Gribble returned to the GFL in 1993 with South Barwon, winning the Swans best-and-fairest as they fell just over one per short of a maiden finals appearance.

He arrived at West Oval in 1994, duly winning the Roosters best-and-fairest.

Gribble played a crucial role in what was Geelong West-St Peter’s most successful GFL era, as they made the finals each year between 1995-97, won the minor premiership in 1996, and played off in their only grand final (a 9-point loss to North Shore) that year.

“He is one of the greatest players at our club,” former teammate and Geelong West Giants co-chair Gareth Drennan said.

“He had a huge impact on people throughout Geelong. They are an amazing family.”

VFL club Werribee, where son Tom has played for several years, also paid tribute.

“In his quiet and unassuming manner, Andrew was a wonderful contributor to our club, whether we played at Werribee, Williamstown or Wangaratta,” Tigers CEO Mark Penaluna said.

“We have been so fortunate to have Andrew and his family at our matches, attending club events and of course as financial members.

Gribble is survived by wife Sharon and children Tom, Noah and Molly.

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