Alec Epis

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Alec Epis
Personal information
Full name Alessandro Angelo Epis
Nickname(s) Kookaburra
Date of birth (1937-08-27) 27 August 1937 (age 80)
Original team(s) Mines Rovers (GNFL)
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1958–1968 Essendon 180 (2)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 4
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1968.
Career highlights
  • Essendon premiership player 1962, 1965
  • Italian Team of the Century
Sources: AFL Tables,

Alessandro Angelo Epis (born 27 August 1937) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1950s and 1960s.

Early life and career[edit]

Epis was born and raised in the West Australian goldfields town of Boulder. He had a sister, Ena.[1] Both his father, Virgilio, and mother, Giusefina (née Borlini), hailed from the Province of Bergamo in northern Italy.[1]

Epis made his name as a promising player in the Goldfields National Football League (GNFL) with the Mines Rovers club, winning the Fletcher Medal in 1955. He sought a clearance to Essendon but was refused. Epis played on the half-back flank and on the wing. When he arrived at Essendon he worked as a butcher.[1] He was a part of two premiership teams with the Bombers.

After Playing[edit]

In 1972, Epis set up his own cleaning service. It was taken over by James Aforozis, but Epis has continued as a consultant to the business. He also owns the 'Epis' and 'Epis and Williams' wineries and vineyards.[2]


  1. ^ a b c De Bolfo, Tony. "Alessandro "Alec" Epis" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Winepros - Winery Profile". Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. 

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