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Key Facts

Full name
Craig William Callaghan

Known as
Craig Callaghan

9 March 1976 (age 47)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 72d
Last game: 26y 147d

Height and weight
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 78 kg

Senior clubs
Swan Districts; Fremantle; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Fremantle: 42, 9
St. Kilda: 11

Recruited from
Swan Districts (1995); Fremantle (2001); St. Kilda (2005)

Craig Callaghan

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Swan DistrictsWAFL1993-1994, 2005-200679610.77
St. KildaAFL2001-200229250.8624%10.312.933.931
WAFL1993-1994, 2005-200679610.77
Total1993-2002, 2005-20062031550.76

Craig Callaghan commenced his league career with Swan Districts in 1993 aged seventeen, and finished it with the same club thirteen years later. He played a total of 79 games for Swans, and was a dual winner of the club's fairest and best award, the Swan Medal. 

In 1995 he was a member of Fremantle's inaugural AFL squad, playing a total of 95 games and kicking 69 goals in half a dozen seasons at the club. Hard working, courageous and skilful,he typically picked up numerous possessions during a game, but often seemed to do so almost surreptitiously. At the end of the 2000 season he was somewhat surprisingly released by the Dockers and ended up at St Kilda, where he played 29 games and booted 25 goals over the 2001 and 2002 seasons. 

A serious knee injury effectively derailed his AFL career, and in 2005, after two knee reconstructions, he resumed in the WAFL with Swans. Midway through the 2006 season a recurrence of his knee problems precipitated his retirement as a player. In addition to his club games Craig Callaghan made two state of origin appearances for Western Australia.

Author - John Devaney


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