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.

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. 

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