Lethal lines up for game 300 at SUANFC

Image courtesy of SUANFC Media


This weekend, Leigh McWhirter will join an exclusive club when he runs out for his 300th game for Sydney University.

The club legend has been a mainstay at Sydney Uni for 16 years and this weekend, the Students will celebrate the man better known as ‘Lethal’.

In 2001, McWhirter made the decision to move to Sydney from Rosebud in Victoria, and has not looked back since.

The illustrious goal kicker has built a strong reputation across the AFL Sydney competition, and certainly has an achievement list to boot.

McWhirter has won three premierships during his time at the club and contributed to one of the most successful periods in the Students’ history.

Between 2002-2008, McWhirter and the sides he played in missed only one Grand Final in the AFL Sydney competition.

He won Premierships in 2003 and 2005, and was runner-up in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He also led the club to a Premiership in 2013 as Assistant Coach, as he began to get more involved from a coaching perspective.

McWhirter has also achieved many individual accolades during his time at the club.

In 2008 he was awarded the Sanders Medal for the AFL Sydney Division One Best and Fairest. For three years in a row from 2007-2009, McWhirter was also Sydney University’s leading goal-kicker in the Division One competition.

Within the club, McWhirter has been recognised for the work he has done to promote a positive, winning culture.

He was awarded the SUANFC Best in Finals in 2004, became a Life Member of the club in 2010, and was a member of the club committee from 2005-2009.

SUANFC Club Secretary, Michael Murray, believes that Lethal has built a great legacy at the club and has truly become a father figure down at Sydney Uni Oval No. 1.

“Playing in Premierships and winning awards at both club and league level, undertaking coaching and committee roles, and leading the charge on the social circuit – everyone at SUANFC has come to love the man known as Lethal,” Murray said.

“Despite his love of a bit of gamesmanship and a chat with the umpires, we think most of AFL Sydney has developed a bit of a soft spot for him after all this time too!”

If you want to get down to support Lethal in his 300th game, he will run out for Sydney University against the Western Magic on Saturday, 12 August 2017 at 10am on Sydney Uni No.1 Oval.