John Platten

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John Platten
Personal information
Full name John Patrick Platten
Date of birth (1963-03-17) 17 March 1963 (age 54)
Original team(s) Central District (SANFL)
Draft No. 19, 1981 interstate draft
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1986–1998 Hawthorn 258 (228)
1981–1985, 1998 Central District 113 (262)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1982–1997 South Australia 17
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Career highlights

Club

Representative

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

John Patrick Platten (born 17 March 1963) is a former Brownlow and Magarey medal winning Australian rules footballer, who played for Hawthorn and Central Districts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Platten's career in the game began in his native South Australia, where he won a Magarey Medal with Central Districts (Bulldogs), then continued with the Hawthorn Hawks team of the late 1980s and early 1990s; where he won four premiership flags; as well as a Brownlow Medal.

Platten remains a popular and respected figure at both clubs, where he enjoys hall of fame status. He is also an inductee in both the AFL and SANFL halls of fame.

Career[edit]

Platten was born in South Australia. He began (and ended) his career with Central Districts in the SANFL competition. A junior with Centrals, he commenced in the junior ranks in 1979 and made his league debut in 1981. Platten immediately made an impact with Centrals, becoming a full State Representative in 1982 and continued to be a regular in the State Team throughout his career. Platten's greatest achievement at Centrals was his 1984 Magarey Medal win along with two best and fairest awards (1984, 1985).

Platten was recruited to Carlton but after a protracted legal case eventually joined Hawthorn for the 1986 season. Keeping the number 44 on the back of his guernsey, he went on to play for the Hawks from 1986 to 1997, playing 258 games and kicking 228 goals. Nicknamed "The Rat" with his diminutive frame and unruly tangle of curly hair, he cut a distinctive if unlikely looking footballer, yet despite this he enjoyed a career which saw him firmly established as one of the best players of the 1980s and early '90s. He was a gutsy rover who won a Brownlow Medal in 1987, tying with Tony Lockett. He played in four VFL/AFL premierships with Hawthorn, in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991, and a State of Origin Carnival Championship for South Australia in 1988

In 1998, Platten retired from the Hawthorn Football Club and made a dramatic return to Central District along with Gilbert McAdam, another of the Bulldogs' all-time greats. Platten kicked the match winning goal of his comeback match against Glenelg at Elizabeth Oval, however injury plagued his long-awaited comeback and he retired from football altogether after sustaining a knee injury mid-season. His return to Elizabeth Oval was not the success it was hoped for, but was a joyous event for long-time Centrals fans regardless. Platten has been a notable attendee at Centrals recent premiership successes, an achievement he was never to enjoy with his boyhood club.

Platten now coaches country football in South Australia. He played 113 games for Central District in the SANFL and was the club's best and fairest in 1984 and 1985, and its leading goalkicker in 1981 and 1985. He won All-Australian selection five times: in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988, when the team was selected based on interstate carnival performances; and in 1992, when the team was selected based on AFL premiership performances. He also runs his own business called The Safety Hub; specializing in the supply of safety equipment.

Playing statistics[edit]

[1]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1986 Hawthorn 44 25 31 36 332 175 507 61 N/A 1.2 1.4 13.3 7.0 20.3 2.4 N/A
1987 Hawthorn 44 26 33 30 411 222 633 64 49 1.3 1.2 15.8 8.5 24.3 2.5 1.9
1988 Hawthorn 44 22 21 18 383 141 524 56 39 1.0 0.8 17.4 6.4 23.8 2.5 1.8
1989 Hawthorn 44 22 16 22 406 134 540 80 42 0.7 1.0 18.5 6.1 24.5 3.6 1.9
1990 Hawthorn 44 19 19 13 249 76 325 48 20 1.0 0.7 13.1 4.0 17.1 2.5 1.1
1991 Hawthorn 44 23 25 24 390 161 551 56 65 1.1 1.0 17.0 7.0 24.0 2.4 2.8
1992 Hawthorn 44 22 20 16 371 137 508 51 38 0.9 0.7 16.9 6.2 23.1 2.3 1.7
1993 Hawthorn 44 18 15 15 267 95 362 45 43 0.8 0.8 14.8 5.3 20.1 2.5 2.4
1994 Hawthorn 44 23 16 8 333 151 484 67 58 0.7 0.3 14.5 6.6 21.0 2.9 2.5
1995 Hawthorn 44 19 9 9 246 99 345 41 44 0.5 0.5 12.9 5.2 18.2 2.2 2.3
1996 Hawthorn 44 21 9 12 254 117 371 56 54 0.4 0.6 12.1 5.6 17.7 2.7 2.6
1997 Hawthorn 44 18 14 10 208 111 319 56 34 0.8 0.6 11.6 6.2 17.7 3.1 1.9
Career 258 228 213 3850 1619 5469 681 486 0.9 0.8 14.9 6.3 21.2 2.6 2.1

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1986 14
1987 20
1988 12
1989 20
1990 11
1991 13
1992 11
1993 3
1994 14
1995 5
1996 15
1997 5
Total 143
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

Team

Individual

Other Achievements

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