Alan Didak

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Alan Didak
Alan Didak.jpg
Didak playing for Collingwood in 2006
Personal information
Full name Alan Didak
Date of birth (1983-02-15) 15 February 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Whyalla, South Australia
Original team Port Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft #3, 2000 National Draft, Collingwood
Height/Weight 184cm / 85kg
Position(s) Forward / Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2013 Collingwood 218 (274)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2004 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Alan Didak (born 15 February 1983) is a professional Australian rules footballer of Slovenian and Croatian descent[1] who played for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Whyalla, South Australia, Didak made his South Australian National Football League (SANFL) senior debut for Port Adelaide Football Club aged 17 years. He was the captain of the Under 18 Australian International rules football in the junior International Rules Series against Ireland.

AFL career[edit]

Didak was drafted by the Collingwood Football Club with the 3rd pick in the 2000 AFL Draft, and in 2001 he made his AFL debut against the Kangaroos at the Telstra Dome in Round 7; gathering 10 possessions and kicking one goal. He played five games in total in 2001.

In 2002, Didak earned an AFL Rising Star nomination.[2]

In 2005, Didak's season was disrupted by injuries and problems. He had knee surgery during the pre-season, setting him up for his first game on ANZAC Day against Essendon. His injury had an effect upon his performances. Having niggles since the mid-year break he was suspended in Round 14 for two matches and returning from that he injured an ankle. The next week he returned he lasted only 20 minutes, when he suddenly fainted on the ground with an irregular heart beat.[3]

In 2006 Didak was awarded the Copeland Trophy as the best and fairest Collingwood player for 2006.[4]

Didak was delisted at the end of the 2013 season after 13 seasons.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In late June 2007, it was revealed that Didak had met with Christopher Hudson, the self-confessed shooter in the 2007 Melbourne CBD shootings days before the shootings took place. According to police, Didak left the Spearmint Rhino with Hudson, where Hudson then allegedly fired random shots before travelling to the Hells Angels' East County Chapter headquarters in Campbellfield. Police believe that Didak was later dropped off near Southbank after the shooting incidents about 6.00am.[6]

On 3 August 2008, Didak was a passenger in a car being driven by intoxicated teammate Heath Shaw which collided with another parked car. Both men initially denied that Didak was in any way involved. However, witness accounts to the incident identified him and, on 4 August 2008, both men were fined and suspended for the remainder of the season over the deception.[7]

On 6 September 2012, Alan became a first time dad to daughter Indiana Willow Didak with his long term partner Jacinta Jellett.

Statistics[edit]

[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Didak won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after Finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2001 Collingwood 4 5 3 0 19 9 28 10 2 0.6 0.0 3.8 1.8 5.6 2.0 0.4
2002 Collingwood 4 19 24 10 147 46 193 51 24 1.3 0.5 7.7 2.4 10.2 2.7 1.3
2003 Collingwood 4 25 36 22 177 77 254 83 33 1.4 0.9 7.1 3.1 10.2 3.3 1.3
2004 Collingwood 4 18 21 26 186 42 228 76 22 1.2 1.4 10.3 2.3 12.7 4.2 1.2
2005 Collingwood 4 12 21 9 105 30 135 42 17 1.8 0.8 8.8 2.5 11.3 3.5 1.4
2006 Collingwood 4 23 41 23 280 116 396 136 46 1.8 1.0 12.2 5.0 17.2 5.9 2.0
2007 Collingwood 4 18 25 6 191 77 268 68 46 1.4 0.3 10.6 4.3 14.9 3.8 2.6
2008 Collingwood 4 18 24 15 325 77 402 102 38 1.3 0.8 18.1 4.3 22.3 5.7 2.1
2009 Collingwood 4 20 20 12 358 152 510 101 37 1.0 0.6 17.9 7.6 25.5 5.1 1.9
2010 Collingwood 4 24 41 21 350 240 590 101 65 1.7 0.9 14.6 10.0 24.6 4.2 2.7
2011 Collingwood 4 20 9 9 238 117 355 63 43 0.5 0.5 11.9 5.9 17.8 3.2 2.2
2012 Collingwood 4 11 6 7 130 51 181 39 11 0.5 0.6 11.8 4.6 16.5 3.5 1.0
2013 Collingwood 4 5 3 4 48 37 85 18 4 0.6 0.8 9.6 7.4 17.0 3.6 0.8
Career 218 274 164 2554 1071 3625 890 388 1.3 0.8 11.7 4.9 16.6 4.1 1.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saltau, Chloe (18 September 2003). "Didak gives Pie fans plenty". The Age. 
  2. ^ Francis Leach, 23 July 2002. "Didak: black, white and a Rising Star" AFL.com.au, Retrieved on 2 August 2009
  3. ^ 9 August 2005. "Didak set to miss rest of AFL season"
  4. ^ Kate Uebergang, 9 November 2006. "Alan Didak charge dropped". Herald Sun, Retrieved on 2 August 2009
  5. ^ Collingwood makes six list changes
  6. ^ Magpie star regrets night out with accused CBD killer – National – theage.com.au
  7. ^ "Collingwood suspends trio over drink-driving lies". Kevin Taylor. 6 August 2008. 
  8. ^ Alan Didak's player profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
James Clement
Copeland Trophy winner
2006
Succeeded by
Travis Cloke