DOB: 15 March 1964
Died: 30 June 2011
From: Kerry/Listowel Emmets (Ireland)
Number: 27 1985-1995
John Phillip "Sean" Wight was born in Scotland but spent much of his life in Ireland before coming to Australia as part of the "Irish Experiment". He had a taste of success, representing Kerry in the 1982 All-Ireland final before being spotted by talent scouts at a clinic organised to find potential VFL players. Keen on international travel Wight had answered a newspaper advertisment to attend the trial after being alerted to it by his aunt but impressed scouts with his high marking in the All-Ireland game and at the training camp.
Accepting the offer of a scholarship to Australia alongside Paul Earley, Wight travelled to Australia and after seeing his first game of Australian Rules in the 1982 Grand Final, a year later he was playing in an Under 19's Grand Final.
He missed the 1984 season with a knee injury - after initially hurting a knee during 1983. When Wight returned he struggled to establish a permanent spot in the senior side throughout 1985 - when he played his first senior match in the Foster's Cup - and 1986, but persistence paid off and he was one of the Demons' best in 1987.
The second Irish player to appear for the Demons (after Paul Earley), Wight gained a reputation as a dour defender and carried a trademark moustache for most of his career. In '87, Wight played in the Night Premiership and made a name for himself by keeping Jason Dunstall to one goal in a game. The next year he appeared in every game for the season and played in the disasterous Grand Final loss.
His start to 1989 was slowed by a hamstring injuring suffered in the Night Grand Final, and he didn't play a match until Round 6 but was ever-present from there on until the Demons were knocked out in the Semi Final.
1990 saw Wight play just two games before injuring his knee in a Reserves match, and his next three years were also interrupted by injury. He also had a controversial moment before the Round 18, 1991 Reserves match against St Kilda when he was sent home by the club after refusing to remove his Blade Boots which clashed with the Adidas sponsorship of the club.
In 2011 Wight was diagnosed with lung cancer despite never having been a smoker. He passed away just a few months later.
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"Bad luck of the Irish" - The Age 01/06/1983
"Irish Demon gets his chance" - The Age 17/05/1985
The Age - 04/05/1989
"Wight out for season with knee operation" - Canberra Times 10/05/1990
"Ridley to quit Melbourne board" - The Age 03/06/1997
"Demon great Sean Wight in cancer fight" - The Age 11/03/2011
"Former Demon Sean Wight dies after cancer battle" - The Age 30/06/2011