|Full name||Andrew James Krakouer|
|Date of birth||4 February 1983|
|Original team||South Fremantle (WAFL)|
|Draft||#41, 2000 National Draft, Richmond|
|Height/Weight||176cm / 78 kg|
|Representative team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Andrew James Krakouer (born 4 February 1983) is a former Australian rules footballer. He played for Richmond and for Collingwood in the AFL as well as for South Fremantle and for Swan Districts in the WAFL.
Krakouer was delisted by the Tigers on 22 October 2007.
Prison and WAFL football
He returned to Western Australia and played in the WAFL for Swan Districts.
He was found guilty in June 2008 of assault with intent to cause bodily harm, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years' jail. He was sentenced to four years' jail with a minimum non-parole period of 16 months. The sentence was later reduced from 48 to 32 months' jail time.
Krakouer played for the Wooroloo Prison team, which participated in the Mercantile Football Association. Krakouer was released from prison on parole in August 2009, and signed on to play the 2010 football season for Swan Districts in the WAFL. He performed very well for the Swans, winning the 2010 Sandover Medal as the fairest and best player in the WAFL. He won the Simpson Medal as the best on ground in the Swans' one-point win against Claremont in the WAFL Grand Final, after amassing 42 disposals and kicking four goals, including the game-winning goal in the 33rd minute of the final quarter. A special analysis of the game showed that Krakouer would have polled 290 Champion Data ranking points (Supercoach points) in the game, more than any player has polled in an AFL game since the statistical technique was implemented in 2004.
On 7 October 2010, Collingwood signed Krakouer. The newly established Gold Coast Suns agreed to pre-list him as one of its ten uncontracted players, and then immediately trade him (along with John Ceglar, and a draft pick from each of the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds) to Collingwood in exchange for its first round selection in the 2010 AFL Draft (pick number 25 overall). Krakouer was unable to join his new teammates on the club's pre-season training camp in Arizona, as his prior conviction meant he was denied entry to the United States.
Krakouer kicked 35 goals in 23 games in his first season with Collingwood, including three goals in the 2011 Grand Final loss to Geelong. He won the 2011 AFL Mark of the Year, receiving the Alex Jesaulenko Medal and a $10,000 cash prize from Hungry Jack's, for his mark in Round 9.
In Early 2012 Krakouer changed his guernsey number to the number three after John McCarthy was delisted. His father, Jim wore this number for most of his career. However, during his rehabilitation from his knee injury he decided to revert to the number 7 he wore successfully in 2011.
Krakouer was delisted at the end of the 2013 season.
In November 2013 Krakouer signed on to play for West Perth for the next 2 years. However, before the beginning of the 2014 season, Krakouer walked away from the contract with West Perth in favour of an employment opportunity in the mining industry.
- "Richmond player on assault charge". Fox Sports. 24 December 2006.
- "Krakouer punted". Fox Sports. 22 October 2007.
- "Krakouer guilty of serious assault". The Age. 18 June 2008.
- "Andrew Krakouer jailed for 16 months". The Australian. 30 July 2008.
- Deceglie, Anthony (13 June 2009). "Andrew Krakouer back in action for prison team". Perth Now.
- Ross, Lewis (13 September 2010). "Krakouer takes home the Sandover". The West Australian.
- "Krakouer seals flag for Swans". The West Australian. 19 September 2010.
- Ralph, Jon (24 September 2010). "Andrew Krakouer's SuperCoach WAFL grand final record". Herald Sun.
- Witham, Jennifer (7 October 2010). "Pies give Krakouer second chance". AFL.com.au. BigPond.
- Michell, Tim (13 November 2010). "Krakouer denied entry into US". Herald Sun.
- McFarlane, Glenn (25 February 2012). "Collingwood forward Andrew Krakouer suffers season-ending knee injury". Herald Sun.
- Niall, Jake (7 September 2012). "Freedom, family and finals football again: Andy Krakouer has much to celebrate". Brisbane Times.
- Rielly, Stephen (10 September 2013). "Collingwood makes six list changes". collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond.
- Townsend, John (16 November 2013). "Falcons crow over Krakouer deal". The West Australian.
- Malcolm, Alex (11 February 2014). "Mining job lures former Magpie Andrew Krakouer away from high-level footy". AFL.com.au. BigPond.
- Andrew Krakouer's profile on the official website of the Collingwood Football Club
- Andrew Krakouer's statistics from AFL Tables
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