Allen Jakovich

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Allen Jakovich
Personal information
Full name Allen Jakovich
Date of birth (1968-03-21) 21 March 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Western Australia
Original team Woodville (SANFL)
Draft #6, 1990 National Draft, Melbourne
#9, 1995 National Draft, Footscray
Height/Weight 187cm / 98kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1991–1994
1996
Total
Melbourne
Footscray
47 (201)
07 00(7)
54 (208)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1996 season.
Career highlights

Allen Jakovich (born 21 March 1968) is an Australian rules football player. Jakovich was a prolific full forward and is notable for kicking 208 goals in his 54 Australian Football League matches, an average of 3.85 per game, for Melbourne and Footscray. He and his younger brother, Glen Jakovich, both began their AFL careers in the 1990 AFL Draft.

Jakovich grew up in Western Australia and has also played football with clubs in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Victoria.

Early career[edit]

Allen Jakovich began his senior career with South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League. He then spent two years in the Northern Territory Football League, including the 1988/89 season in which he kicked 104 goals for Southern Districts. He also played in Port Headland and Kalgoorlie.[1]

Jakovich later moved to South Australia and played in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). In one season, he kicked 101 goals for Woodville. It was this performance that drew the attention of Melbourne Football Club talent scouts.[1] He is of Croatian descent.

VFL/AFL career[edit]

He debuted in the seniors in round 1 against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco but was quickly dropped for the following week. Jakovich played in the Melbourne reserves and dominated the reserves competition in the first half of the 1991 season.

In the second half, though, he burst out convincingly and big hauls came on an almost weekly basis for the rest of the season making a big impression in the league with his confident playing style. A high point was a near single handed defeat of North Melbourne where he kicked 11 goals (including a miraculous scissor kick out of mid-air from twenty metres out, a certain goal of the year candidate), 8 behinds and one out on the full. This effort also earned Jakovich the distinction of being the fastest player to score his first fifty goals, taking only nine games to do so.[2] He finished with 71 goals for his debut season; becoming one of a handful of players in VFL/AFL history to kick 50 goals in both the senior competition and now defunct 'reserves' league within the same season. He kicked his 100th career goal in his 21st game, equalling the record held by John Coleman.[2]

Over the next three years at Melbourne he balanced some mercurial performances with fitness problems and indifferent form. He was let go at the end of the 1994 season, due to persistent hamstring injuries. He spent the next year out of the game before being drafted by the Footscray Football Club for an ill-fated comeback that lasted barely half a season. In his AFL career, he kicked 208 goals and 173 behinds.

He kissed his brother Glen during a match between Melbourne and the West Coast Eagles at the MCG.[3][4]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct as of Round 22, 1996 (31 August 1996)[5]
Season Team No. Games Goals Behinds Kicks Marks Handballs Disposals
1991 Melbourne 13 14 71 57 177 92 10 187
1992 Melbourne 13 11 40 37 115 66 9 124
1993 Melbourne 13 9 39 34 93 57 18 111
1994 Melbourne 13 13 51 31 123 82 17 140
1996 Western Bulldogs 13 7 7 14 29 16 4 33
Totals 54 208 173 537 313 58 595

Post football career[edit]

He has largely been out of the public eye since the late 1990s, except for a one-off appearance on The Footy Show.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 317. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ a b Goalkicking Milestones
  3. ^ Notorious Capper on Mainy tribute guest list
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFt-QaYxV7g
  5. ^ AFL Tables, AFL (31 August 2009). "Player Stats – Allen Jakovich". 
  6. ^ Footy Show kicks 250

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Darren Bennett
Melbourne Football Club Leading Goalkicker
1991–1993
Succeeded by
Garry Lyon