Games Played 116
Career 1991 - 1999
Date of Birth 30/04/1970
AFC Debut Number: 30 AFC Debut Game: Round 9 v North Melbourne, 1991
AFC Career Guernsey Number: 27
After only one year in the SANFL with Glenelg, Matthew Liptak was snapped up by Adelaide where he juggled medical studies and football commitments at the highest level. After making his AFL debut midway through 1991, Liptak soon became a regular in the line-up as a small forward/rover.
Hamstring and thumb injuries held him back in 1995, but once he graduated with a medical degree he quickly recorded his 100th Club game and won the Club Champion in 1996 – even while working 70 hours a week as a doctor. Recurring injuries soured the finish to his career, and he missed both premierships. He retired, aged 29, and shared his farewell game with team-mate Rod Jameson and coach Malcolm Blight in the last minor round of the 1999 season. He is a member of the AFC Team of the Decade 1991-2000.