Peter Bell  is a former Australian rules footballer for the Fremantle Football Club and the North Melbourne Football Club. Bell began his career as one of the first players to be signed by Fremantle when they entered the AFL in 1995. Despite kicking two goals with his first two kicks in AFL football, Bell failed to make an impression on Dockers’ coach Gerard Neesham, who regarded him as too slow a runner to be a successful AFL player. Bell was selected for only two games in 1995. Hen went on to play for the North Melbourne Kangaroos for next 4 years, then returning to Fremantle to finish out his football career. 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.

Bell played most of his career as a rover (or follower) as an acclaimed ball-winner and had more than 30 possessions in a game on 39 occasions in his career. Smaller in stature, Bell often made up for this as a courageous, energetic and skilled footballer. His football and athletic ability were often under rated. He combined consistency and great leadership to be a genuine champion of the game.

Playing Career

1995 Fremante, 1996 – 2000 North Melbourne, 2001 – 2008 Fremantle

Games

286

Goals

250

Playing Honours

  • 2× AFL Premiership 1996, 1999
  • 2× All-Australian team 1999, 2003
  • Syd Barker Medal: 2000
  • 3× Doig Medal 2001, 2003-2004
  • Fremantle Captain: 2002–06
  • Fremantle 25 since ‘95 Team
  • Geoff Christian Medal: 2003
  • Ross Glendinning Medal: 2006
  • South Fremantle best and fairest 1994
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 1996
  • Fremantle Life Member: 2007
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame

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