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30 December 1967 (age 55)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 186d
Last game: 32y 239d
Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 91 kg
North Melbourne: 51, 41, 24
Brad Sholl (Brother)Lachlan Sholl (Nephew)Brett Sholl (Cousin)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|North Melbourne||V/AFL||1987, 1989-2000||235||165||0.70||60%||9.78||4.37||3.29||29|
AFL: 9,868th player to appear, 351st most games played, 559th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 783rd player to appear, 20th most games played, 32nd most goals kicked
The older brother of Brad Sholl, and like him a Horsham product, Craig Sholl played under nineteens football with Essendon before transferring to North Melbourne. Used as a wingman early in his League career he later adapted successfully to both attacking and defensive roles. A strong overhead mark, and fine kick, he played six games for Victoria as a backman. A joint club best and fairest winner in 1991, he was a key member of the Kangas' 1996 and 1999 premiership-winning teams.
Somewhat ironically, Sholl actually preferred cricket as a youngster and had no major aspirations to play in the VFL. Whilst at Horsham he had never got beyond the reserves and "I always wanted to play league footy but I never thought I was good enough.” His feat in playing 235 AFL games and kicking 165 goals between 1987 and 2000 can be regarded as emphatically giving the lie to such pessimism.
Author - John Devaney