Rodney Olsson

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Rodney Olsson
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-04-23) 23 April 1942 (age 75)
Original team(s) Old Scotch
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1962–1969 Hawthorn 116 (64)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1976–1979 Geelong 91 (45–46–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1969.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Rodney Olsson (born 23 April 1942) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach who played with Hawthorn in the VFL during the 1960s.

Olsson was a ruck-rover for Hawthorn but when he started his career he played as a half forward as well as on the half back flanks. He was a member of the Hawthorn side which lost the 1963 Grand Final to Geelong, the club he would later coach.

He spent the early 1970s in Tasmania as playing coach of Sandy Bay. In what would be the club's strongest era he steered them to the 1971 and 1972 TFL premierships and to another Grand Final in 1973, which they lost despite winning 20 consecutive games that year. As a player, he also had success and was a William Leitch Medalist in both 1971 and 1973.

In 1976 Olsson returned to the VFL and he coached Geelong for four seasons, twice making the finals.


  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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