ROAD TRAGEDY: Footy champion dies on coastal road

Former Geelong Cats player and Polwarth Nationals candidate Paul Couch died after suffering a heart attack while cycling along the Great Ocean Road with friends on Saturday.

Former Geelong Cats player and Polwarth Nationals candidate Paul Couch died after suffering a heart attack while cycling
along the Great Ocean Road with friends on Saturday.

THE FOOTBALL community has paid tribute to AFL legend Paul Couch who died after he suffered a heart attack while cycling near Apollo Bay at the weekend.

A Victoria Police statement said emergency services attended the Great Ocean Road at Marengo after Couch had come off his bike about 8.40am on Saturday.

The statement said the 51-year-old who died was cycling with friends when he came off his bike and he died at the scene.

There was no other vehicle or bike involved in the incident and police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Couch grew up in south-west Victoria and was a former student at Timboon P-12 College.

He ran for the Nationals in Polwarth at the 1999 State Election which was former Polwarth MP Terry Mulder’s first election.

Couch lost to Mr Mulder and received 16.55 per cent of the vote.

The star footballer played 259 matches and kicked 203 goals for Geelong from 1985 until his retirement in 1997.

He claimed the Brownlow in 1989, the same year the Cats lost the grand final to Hawthorn.

Couch’s playing record also boasted club best-and-fairest awards and selection in the Cats’ team of the century.

Geelong players wore black arm bands to pay tribute to Couch during their NAB Challenge match against Essendon on Saturday.

Couch is survived by his wife Geraldine and their four children, Tom, Jessie, Molly and Joe.

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