Full Name: PETER WELSH
Date of Birth: 24/01/1954
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 90 kg ( 14-2 )
Debut: 24/05/1980, Round 9, Melbourne
Last Game: 09/06/1984, Round 11, Geelong
Total Games: 46
Total Goals: 45
Honours: Premiership 1980.
Total Games: 35
Total Goals: 22
RICHMOND RESERVES COACH 1986-87
Peter “Woosha” Welsh was a rugged, but talented utility. He originally played with Hawthorn between 1972 and 1979 and was a member of their 1975 Grand Final side. He was recruited by Richmond from Hawthorn the year after they let Barry Rowlings go. He came to Richmond as a back-pocket player however, he played in several different positions including wing and half-forward. He was involved in one of the most fairytale success stories in football history. He was selected on the interchange bench for the Richmond Reserves in their last game of the 1980 season. When he got his chance, he grabbed it and did so well that four weeks later he was a very good performer in the 1980 Seniors’ Premiership side. His success in the 1980 Final series was overshadowed by Kevin Bartlett’s 21 goals; however, his contribution was very valuable. He was also a member of the 1982 Grand Final side.
Peter was a tough competitor and a fine team man. He read the play well and was aggressive towards the ball. His highest individual goal tally with Richmond was 5 against Footscray in Round 8 of 1981. After retiring as a player, he coached the Richmond Reserves in 1986 and 1987. He later worked as an around-the-grounds man, covering the football for Melbourne Radio Station 3AK. He now runs his own sporting apparel business and lives in Wheelers Hill. Peter’s father, William, played eight games for Collingwood in 1950.
Yinnar Thirds 1964-65 ; Morwell High School 1966-69 ; Yinnar Seniors 1970-71 ( Honours - Premiership 1970-71 ) ; Hawthorn Reserves 1972-79, Games 90, Goals 55 ( Honours - Premiership 1972 ) ; Hawthorn Seniors 1973-78, Games 79, Goals 9.