Adrian Barich’s career as a footballer began at the young age seven years old when he played Rugby Union. The Canberra resident competed in Union until he was 16 years of age, representing the Australian Capital Territory in national carnivals before switching to Aussie Rules in 1979: the sport looked more fun!
The next year Adrian played in his first senior Australian Rules premiership with the ACT Football League’s Manuka Football Club. When he left Canberra in 1983, he had an impressive resume for a 20-year-old: 70 senior games including 10 finals.
Adrian moved to Perth to begin his studies at University of Western Australia. In the meantime, W.A. Football League recruited him. Adrian signed with the Perth Football Club and played with Peter Bosustow and Robert Wiley, two of his childhood idols.
He ended his career at Perth in 1994 after 160 games, boasting a sterling list of accomplishments. He had five finals, one fairest and best award, was club captain during the 1993-1994 season and gained lifetime membership.
Adrian was also an inaugural member of the West Coast Eagles Football Club. He competed in their historic first game in 1987. Adrian played 47 games for the Eagles between 1987-1992, including one final.
Adrian has donned the Western Australia state team’s black-and-gold three times, once as captain. He has also represented New South Wales twice in State of Original football, playing against Victoria and Queensland.
In his 14-year career, Adrian played in nearly 300 games, was voted Footballer of the Year by the W.A. Media Guild in 1994 and is a member of Western Australia’s prestigious 200 Club. When his playing days were done, Adrian transitioned into a new career as a sports journalist. Adrian has been a Channel Seven presenter and television reporter since 1995. Also, for several years he was a columnist for The West Australian. In addition, Adrian co-hosts Radio 6PR’s daily program, ‘Sports Central’.
Adrian is an energetic and entertaining keynote speaker and master of ceremonies for corporate, sporting and school events.
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