Today's Birthday, June 19: Former AFL player Alastair Lynch (1968 - )
Brisbane Lions legend Alastair Lynch has narrowly fallen short of being crowned Tasmania's greatest player of the AFL era.
In an online AFL Tasmania poll of 6400 respondents in May, St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt (52 per cent) edged out Lynch (48) in their semi-final bracket.
Riewoldt was eventually declared the state's best player of modern times, beating out Richmond forward Matthew Richardson in the final.
Lynch's career was a dizzying rollercoaster, from the Lions' three straight premierships to his career-threatening bout of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Burnie-born Lynch eventually pulled through the affliction, which left him bedridden and sidelined for the entire 1995 season.
The 306-gamer retired in controversial fashion after lashing out at his opponent Darryl Wakelin in the grand final loss to Port Adelaide.
Despite announcing his immediate retirement after the match, the AFL slapped him with a 10-match ban and hefty fine.
It was an ignominious departure for the Lions icon, who was named an All-Australian in 1993 and inducted into the club's hall of fame in 2012.
Recruited by the Fitzroy Lions in 1986, Lynch developed into an athletic key defender and won mark of the year in 1989.
He left the club in 1993, signing an unprecedented 10-year deal with the Brisbane Bears.
It wasn't long before many of his old Fitzroy teammates joined him in the Sunshine State, with the two sides merging at the end of the 1996 season.
Lynch was appointed co-captain with Michael Voss of the newly-named Brisbane Lions, serving in the role for four seasons.
The Lions veteran found himself in hot water in 1998 after realising his CFS medication, DHEA, was a banned substance.
He self-reported to the AFL and was charged, but served no suspension.
Under new coach Leigh Matthews, Lynch made the permanent transition to full forward and was a pillar in the Lions' flag three-peat from 2001 to 2003.
His association with the AFL has continued in retirement as a commentator for Fox Footy.