Darryl Wakelin

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Darryl Wakelin
Darryl Wakelin Port Power.JPG
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-08-11) 11 August 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Whyalla, South Australia
Original team(s) Port Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 11, 1993 Pre-Season Draft, Adelaide
Debut 2 April 1995, St Kilda
vs. West Coast Eagles, at the WACA
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–1994 Adelaide 0 0(0)
1995–2000 St Kilda 115 0(8)
2001–2007 Port Adelaide 146 0(4)
Total 261 (12)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Darryl Wakelin (born 11 August 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda and Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League as a defender.

AFL career[edit]

Adelaide[edit]

Wakelin was selected by Adelaide with the 11th pick in the 1993 Pre-Season draft. After 2 seasons on their list he didn't play a senior game and was delisted at the end of 1994.[1]

St Kilda[edit]

In 1994 he played in a premiership with the Magpies league team, winning the Jack Oatey Medal for best afield in the absence of his twin brother, Shane, who had already left for St Kilda. Wakelin was the first player from the "key defensive" positions of centre half-back or full-back to win the award. In 1995, Darryl left the club to join his brother at St Kilda. He played his first game in Round 1 of the 1995 season. His career started superbly with the Saints, averaging 10 disposals in his first season.

Wakelin played in St Kilda’s 1996 AFL Ansett Australia Cup winning side – the club's first AFL Cup win.[2]

Wakelin played in 17 of 22 matches in the 1997 AFL Premiership Season home and away rounds in which St Kilda Football Club qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club’s 2nd Minor Premiership and 1st McClelland Trophy.[3]

By the end of the 2000 season, the Saints were looking for younger players and Wakelin was traded to Port Adelaide for the fourth selection in the 2000 National Draft (which was then on-traded to Carlton as part of a deal for Aaron Hamill). In total, he played 115 games for St Kilda, kicking just 8 goals.

Port Adelaide[edit]

In 2001 he joined the Port Adelaide without his twin brother, Shane, who moved to Collingwood. In 2004 he won a premiership with Port Adelaide after his brother had lost in the two previous Grand Finals. During 2005 the Wakelin Brothers became the most capped pair of twin brothers overtaking Steven Febey and Matthew Febey. In Round 12 of 2006, he picked up a career high 22 disposals against West Coast. In round 5, 2007, Darryl played his 250th game. On 29 August 2007 he announced his retirement from AFL at the season end, which in fact concluded for him as part of the 2007 Port Grand Final team.

Personal life[edit]

Wakelin's identical twin Shane Wakelin played alongside him at St Kilda. Wakelin was born on 11 August 1974. Shane was born on 12 August as he was born a number of minutes after midnight and Darryl was a born a number of minutes before midnight. He was born in Whyalla, South Australia but moved to Kimba, South Australia at just six months old. His father was a wheat sheep farmer. He was 13 when he moved to Port Lincoln, South Australia. At 16 he was identified by Port Adelaide along with his twin brother and they made the move down to Adelaide.

Throughout his AFL Career, Daryl was known as one of the best fullbacks in the competition along with his brother Shane.

Playing statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1995 St Kilda 15 21 0 1 146 66 212 61 30 0.0 0.0 7.0 3.1 10.1 2.9 1.4
1996 St Kilda 15 15 2 0 58 33 91 31 17 0.1 0.0 3.9 2.2 6.1 2.1 1.1
1997 St Kilda 15 20 4 2 71 56 127 38 24 0.2 0.1 3.6 2.8 6.4 1.9 1.2
1998 St Kilda 15 22 1 2 121 80 201 73 28 0.0 0.1 5.5 3.6 9.1 3.3 1.3
1999 St Kilda 15 19 1 2 116 60 176 83 13 0.1 0.1 6.1 3.2 9.3 4.4 0.7
2000 St Kilda 15 18 0 3 103 63 166 78 16 0.0 0.2 5.7 3.5 9.2 4.3 0.9
2001 Port Adelaide 2 23 1 1 94 75 169 64 32 0.0 0.0 4.1 3.3 7.3 2.8 1.4
2002 Port Adelaide 2 21 2 0 96 86 182 89 31 0.1 0.0 4.6 4.1 8.7 4.2 1.5
2003 Port Adelaide 2 20 0 1 129 57 186 101 25 0.0 0.1 6.5 2.9 9.3 5.1 1.3
2004 Port Adelaide 2 23 1 0 122 92 214 104 27 0.0 0.0 5.3 4.0 9.3 4.5 1.2
2005 Port Adelaide 2 24 0 0 149 106 255 134 27 0.0 0.0 6.2 4.4 10.6 5.6 1.1
2006 Port Adelaide 2 20 0 1 164 90 254 130 11 0.0 0.1 8.2 4.5 12.7 6.5 0.6
2007 Port Adelaide 2 15 0 0 112 59 171 80 21 0.0 0.0 7.5 3.9 11.4 5.3 1.4
Career 261 12 13 1481 923 2404 1066 302 0.0 0.0 5.7 3.5 9.2 4.1 1.2

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