Darren Jarman

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Darren Jarman
Personal information
Full name Darren Jarman
Date of birth (1967-01-28) 28 January 1967 (age 47)
Original team North Adelaide
Draft Concessional selection, 1989
Brisbane Bears
Height/Weight 186 cm / 96 kg
Position(s) Midfielder/Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985 – 1990
1991 – 1995
1996 – 2001
North Adelaide
144 (256)
109 (122)
121 (264)
230 (386)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
South Australia South Australia 12
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2001 season.
Career highlights


  • North Adelaide premiership player 1987
  • North Adelaide best and fairest 1990
  • North Adelaide leading goalkicker 1990
  • North Adelaide Team of the Century 2001
  • SANFL Hall of Fame (inducted) 2006


Darren Jarman (born 28 January 1967) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League. An elite midfielder-come-forward, Jarman amassed a total of 386 games of senior football at SANFL, AFL and Representative level. He was widely recognised as one of the most skillful players of his era. Jarman's elder brother Andrew was also an elite footballer.

SANFL career (1985–1990)[edit]

Jarman played 144 games and kicked 236 goals for North Adelaide in the SANFL between 1985 and 1990. He was selected on the interchange in the club's Team of the Century at a gala dinner held on 7 October 2000.[1]

Hawthorn (1991–1995)[edit]

Jarman was initially drafted by Melbourne with pick 55 in the inaugural 1986 VFL Draft.,[2] but chose to remain in Adelaide with the Roosters. Once the Demons' three-year rights to Jarman lapsed, Brisbane claimed him with a concessional pre-draft selection in the 1989 VFL Draft.[3] Once again Jarman chose to stay in his home state.

In 1990 the turmoil that led to the creation of the Adelaide Crows and thereby automatically relegated the SANFL to secondary importance within South Australia caused Jarman to reassess his career. Following some friction with the Crows' football manager Neil Kerley, Jarman chose to head east, signing for Hawthorn after the club traded pick 10 in the 1990 AFL Draft to the Bears for his contractual rights.[4]

In Round 1, 1991 Jarman made his debut in an 86-point loss to Adelaide.[5] Despite this early setback, the highly skilled midfielder made an immediate impact in his debut year, averaging 18 disposals and booting 41 goals[6] before his infamous performance in the Hawks' winning side on Grand Final day, when he was restricted to just 5 touches on the big stage.[7]

Jarman bounced back in 1992, winning his first All-Australian selection (at centreman) and stamping himself as one of the game's elite players. Following his excellent 1995 season where he won his second All-Australian selection, Hawthorn's Best and Fairest Award and finished runner-up to Sydney's Paul Kelly by 3 votes in the Brownlow Medal count,[8] Jarman sought a return home to Adelaide to play with his brother Andrew at the Crows.

Homecoming (1996–2001)[edit]

In the 1995/6 offseason, Jarman was traded to the Adelaide Crows in a complex three-way deal that involved Paul Salmon moving from Essendon to Hawthorn, promising defender Sean Wellman moving from Adelaide to Essendon and a handful of peripheral draft picks and players exchanged between the three clubs.[9]

As with his move to Glenferrie Oval five years earlier, Jarman had an immediate impact at his new club, winning his third All-Australian selection following a 400 disposal/46 goal season despite playing just 19 games.[10] In the following years as he passed the age of 30, Jarman increasingly spent more time up forward, capturing the imagination of fans everywhere with remarkable performances in the Crows' back-to-back Grand Final wins, booting six goals against St. Kilda in 1997 (five of which were in the last quarter)[11] and five goals in the 1998 triumph over North Melbourne.[12] Jarman's influence as a goalsneak in the twilight of his career was highlighted by his capture of the Crows' leading goalkicker award in 1998, 1999 and 2001.[13]

In 2000 Jarman was named in the forward pocket in Adelaide's Team of the Decade 1991–2000.

Retirement and Recognition[edit]

An emotional Jarman retired after the 2001 Elimination Final loss to Carlton, closing the book on his playing career with a further 2 goals.[14]

After being inducted into the SANFL Hall of Fame in 2006,[15] on 19 July 2007 Jarman's outstanding 17-season career of top-flight football was recognised with induction into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[16]

Jarman was awarded Life Membership of the Adelaide Football Club in March 2008.[17]

Coaching career[edit]

From 2002–2004 Jarman re-joined the Adelaide Football Club as an assistant coach to Gary Ayres.[18]

In 2006 he was appointed assistant coach to brother Andrew Jarman at North Adelaide, ending in 2007.[19]

In 2008 he is taking over as coach of SA Amateur League side, CBC Old Collegians Football Club.


  1. ^ 'NAFC Team of the Century', Official Website of the North Adelaide Football Club.
  2. ^ M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, AFL Publishing, Melbourne, 2006, p. 406. ISBN 978-0-9758362-7-9
  3. ^ M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, p. 411.
  4. ^ M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, p. 372.
  5. ^ 'Adelaide vs. Hawthorn, Round 1, 1991', AFL Tables.
  6. ^ '1991 Hawthorn player statistics', AFL Tables.
  7. ^ 'Hawthorn vs. West Coast, 1991 Grand Final', AFL Tables.
  8. ^ '1995 Brownlow Medal', AFL Tables.
  9. ^ M. Lovett (ed.), AFL Record Guide To Season 2007, pp. 344, 361, 373.
  10. ^ '1996 Adelaide player statistics', AFL Tables.
  11. ^ 'St. Kilda vs. Adelaide, 1997 Grand Final', AFL Tables.
  12. ^ 'North Melbourne vs. Adelaide, 1998 Grand Final', AFL Tables.
  13. ^ AFC 2005: The Adelaide Football Club 2005 Year Book, p. 58.
  14. ^ 'Carlton vs. Adelaide, 2001 Elimination Final', AFL Tables.
  15. ^ 'Hall of Fame', SANFL Website.
  16. ^ B. Matthews, 'AFL Hall of Fame swells', 20 July 2007, heraldsun.com.au
  17. ^ 'Life Members of the Adelaide Football Club', Official Website of the Adelaide Football Club.
  18. ^ 'Six life members inducted', Official Website of the Essendon Football Club.
  19. ^ '2008 Coaches & Support Staff', Official Website of the North Adelaide Football Club.

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