Michael Kol

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Michael Kol
Personal information
Full name Michael Kol
Date of birth (1962-01-01) 1 January 1962 (age 52)
Original team Lara[1]
Height/Weight 183 cm / 74 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1983–1989 Geelong 63 (42)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1989 season.

Michael Kol (born 1 January 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1980s.

Recruited locally, Kol was played at Geelong Football League club Lara and the Geelong Under-19s before making it into the VFL seniors. He kicked 22 goals from 18 games in his debut season in 1983, to finish second behind Terry Bright in the club goal-kicking tables.[2] His twin brother, Nigel Kol, was also at Geelong in 1983 but they would appear together just once, against Sydney at Kardinia Park in round eight.[2]

Kol was one of the faster players of his generation and regularly competed in the "Grand Final Sprint". He finished second, to Geoff Ablett, in the 1985 sprint.[3]

From 1984 to 1986 he played less than half of Geelong's games but then had a strong season in 1987, when he made 16 appearances and averaged 20 disposals a game.[2] He polled seven votes in the 1987 Brownlow Medal count, with all his votes coming in four consecutive rounds.[2]

He didn't feature at all in the 1988 VFL season and was used just three times the following year, despite playing well enough in the reserves to win the 1989 Gardiner Medal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d AFL Tables: Michael Kol
  3. ^ Geelong Advertiser,"Where are they now: Michael Kol", 17 July 2009, Bradley Green.