Glen Jakovich

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Glen Jakovich
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-03-24) 24 March 1973 (age 41)
Original team South Fremantle Football Club (WAFL)
Debut Round 12, 9 June 1991, West Coast
v. Brisbane Bears, at Carrara Stadium
Height/Weight 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) / 100kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–2004 West Coast Eagles 276 (60)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2004 season.
Career highlights

Glen 'Jako' Jakovich (born 24 March 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer for the West Coast Eagles.

Glen was recruited from South Fremantle in Western Australia, where he became a regular senior player at centre half-forward at sixteen[1] and played his fiftieth match at eighteen.[2] He debuted for the Eagles in 1991 and played for the club in the centre half-back position and the number 27 guernsey. He was selected in that position in the All Australian team of 1994 and 1995.

Glen was notable for his duels with rival Centre Half Forward, North Melbourne Football Club's Wayne Carey. Carey was considered to be one of the best of all time, and the contests between these two were highly anticipated events on the football calendar.

After undergoing a knee reconstruction in 1996 he was unable to recapture his superlative form of the previous three years. Although still able to win his club's best and fairest award in 2000, he was not the imposing player of the past. At his peak he was rated by many as one of the very best players in the competition.

His brother Allen Jakovich was a full-forward for the Melbourne Football Club. During their career, the two brothers lined up against each other on more than one occasion. Another brother, Gary, had played with South Fremantle during the early 1980s.[1] Glen was taller than his brother at 193 cm, but at 100 kg, both brothers were similarly solid in build.

In 2003, Jakovich was selected as the Australia international rules football team's goalkeeper for the 2003 International Rules Series in Australia. Although the series was tied at 1 test win apiece, Australia won the series with a 101-94 aggregate score.

Glen Jakovich retired from football in 2004.

Jakovich was an expert commentator on Fox Sports and 882 6PR, but now broadcasts from Western Australia for 1116 SEN Melbourne.

In 2008 he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

Jakovich is married to Emily and they have three children. He is a second generation Australian of Croatian heritage.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stocks, Gary; ‘Jakovich Pedigree Breeds a Bulldog’; The West Australian, 17 April 1989, p. 141
  2. ^ Lague, Steve; ‘King’s Move Proves a Winner for Royals’; The West Australian, 27 May 1991, p. 80
Preceded by
Dean Kemp
Guy McKenna
West Coast Eagles Best and Fairest winner
Succeeded by
Drew Banfield
Ben Cousins