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Key Facts

Full name
Colin Hounsell

Known as
Colin Hounsell

4 September 1955 (age 67)

Place of birth
Collingullie, NSW (2650)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 304d
Last game: 29y 264d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; Woodville

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 22, 37, 27, 6, 23

Recruited from
Woodville (1981)

State of origin

Colin Hounsell

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1975-1979, 1981-1985122980.8043%9.833.951.5918

AFL: 8,770th player to appear, 1,844th most games played, 1,082nd most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 1,035th player to appear, 102nd most games played, 70th most goals kicked

Skilful, hard working, and boasting plenty of pace, Colin Hounsell enjoyed a fine league career, chiefly playing as a rover, which lasted 11 seasons. That career commenced in 1975 with South Melbourne and when he retired in 1985 he had played a total of 122 VFL games and kicked 98 goals for the Swans, as well spending the 1979-80 season with Nightcliff in the Darwin competition, and playing 13 games and booting 12 goals for Woodville in 1980-81. Hounsell signed a two year contract with the Woodpeckers but left after playing just one game in 1981 because his fiance missed Melbourne. Woodville threatened legal action, but in the end Hounsell was allowed to resume his VFL career with the Swans. Equally effective as an on-baller or across centre, he was not quite in the very highest echelon as a player, but was a reliable and highly effective performer nonetheless.

Author - John Devaney


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