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Glen Jakovich
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DOB
24/3/73
Height
193cm
Weight
102 kg
Junior club
Arrived
Pre-draft selection in the 1990 national draft
Number
48 (1991)
27 (1992-2004)
Debut
Round 12 1991 v Brisbane (71st Eagles player)
Games
276
Goals
60
Honours
Premiership medals (1992, 1994)
Club Champion (1993 (tied), 1994, 1995 and 2000)
All-Australian (1994, 1995)
Rookie of the Year (1991)
Australian Football Hall of Fame induction (2008)
West Coast Hall of Fame induction (2011)
Team 20 selection (2006)
B&F Top 10
7 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002)
Best Finish
1st (1993, 1994, 1995, 2000)
Last app.
Round 8 2004 vs Sydney
Departed
Retired during the 2004 season
Other clubs
South Fremantle (WAFL) 1989-2004

Perhaps the greatest centre-half-back of the modern era, Glen Jakovich was the games record holder at West Coast until being overtaken by Dean Cox, and a regular feature in discussions about the club’s best-ever player.

West Coast careerEdit

The powerfully-built defender of Croatian heritage was picked up as a zone selection in the 1990 national draft (along with Mitchell White) and made his debut halfway through the 1991 season, just a few months after his 18th birthday. Used at either end of the ground and in the ruck during his rookie season, Jakovich held his place for the rest of the year and played in the ill-fated grand final at Waverley alongside fellow 18-year-old and future long-term partner in defence Ashley McIntosh.

Premiership success and triple Club ChampionEdit

In 1992 Jakovich, still in his teens, settled into the back half and the number 27 guernsey, playing 24 games for the year and finishing third in the club champion award. He was an integral part of the rebound from defence that saw the side win its historic first premiership.

The following year, while West Coast was unable to repeat its premiership-winning form, Jakovich continued to grow as a player. The hulking centre-half-back tied with midfielder Don Pyke for the best and fairest, the first of four times he would pick up the award in his career.

Jako won a second Club Champion award the following year, as well as a second premiership medal and a maiden appearance in the All-Australian side. He made it a three-peat of Club Champion awards in 1995 and was again named at centre-half-back in the All-Australian team. During this time he had an engaging rivalry with North Melbourne champion Wayne Carey, with the personal battles between the Roos’ spearhead and the Eagles’ defensive rock often worth the price of admission alone. Jakovich was able to claim the personal honours more often than not, typified by his best-on-ground effort against Carey early in the 1995 season.

Knee injuryEdit

Tragically Jakovich wrecked his knee midway through 1996, and was never quite the same player after that. He returned about a month in to the 1997 season and took some time to regain his form.

It was probably 1999 by the time Jakovich was back to something approaching his best. In Mick Malthouse’s last season in charge, Jako finished top 10 in the best and fairest for the first time since his three wins in a row, just a handful of votes below winner Guy McKenna. He won a fourth award the following year, bringing up his 200th club appearance in an away loss to Sydney mid-year.

Veteran leaderEdit

When Guy McKenna retired at the end of 2000 Jakovich made no secret of his desire to take on the captaincy. The club instead opted for a pairing of fellow veteran Dean Kemp and talented youngster Ben Cousins, but the professional Jakovich didn’t let it prevent him from performing a leading role on the field. He also proved extremely durable, missing just two games between 2001 and 2003 and passed McKenna’s games record late in the 2003 season.

Early in 2004 Jakovich, now aged 31, somewhat surprisingly pulled the pin, announcing his decision shortly before his final game against Sydney. Ever the showman, Jako kicked 3 goals in the win over the Swans and bowed out to a huge ovation.

Post-AFL careerEdit

Jakovich went into the media after his footy career ended, providing special comments on Fox Footy and 6PR radio. He has also acted as an assistant coach at his original club, South Fremantle. His on-field performance was recognised when he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2008, and was an inaugural inductee into the West Coast Hall of Fame.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G
1991 16 8 8 178 69 94 272 12 SF 9 29
1992 24 7 8 277 99 128 405 36 0
1993 22 3 4 297 104 96 393 20 0
1994 25 2 4 359 130 137 496 18 0
1995 24 1 1 298 107 153 451 25 0
1996 12 1 5 161 44 72 233 11 0
1997 16 3 2 187 66 92 279 19 0
1998 21 1 4 222 79 117 339 20 29 0
1999 23 4 0 307 85 129 436 15 48 0
2000 22 4 7 333 102 93 426 25 37 0
2001 22 4 2 216 87 107 323 31 27 0
2002 22 3 1 251 81 99 350 26 32 0
2003 21 14 15 191 93 92 283 24 16 0
2004 6 5 7 46 25 22 68 7 3 0
Tot 276 60 68 3323 1171 1431 4754 289 192
Avg 0.2 12.0 4.2 5.2 17.2 1.0 1.4

LinksEdit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Jakovich

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/G/Glen_Jakovich.html

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/5034

http://waflfootyfacts.net/player/stats.php?PlayerID=3193