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Key Facts

Full name
Craig Robert Starcevich

Known as
Craig Starcevich

16 May 1967 (age 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 316d
Last game: 28y 19d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 96 kg

Senior clubs
East Perth; Collingwood; Brisbane

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 27
Brisbane: 9

Recruited from
East Perth (1987); Collingwood (1994)

Family links
Brandon Starcevich (Nephew)

Craig Starcevich

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
East PerthWAFL1985-198637411.11

AFL: 9,776th player to appear, 1,404th most games played, 490th most goals kickedCollingwood: 893rd player to appear, 137th most games played, 42nd most goals kickedBrisbane: 125th player to appear, 189th most games played, 127th most goals kicked

After playing 37 WAFL games and kicking 41 goals for East Perth in 1985-6, as well as winning the club's 1986 fairest and best award, Craig Starcevich made the move east to the VFL, where he joined Collingwood. After a stuttering start to his career in the big time he came good and was an important con tributor to the Magpies' drought-breaking 1990 premiership win. Strong overhead and mobile, he was equally effective in key positions at both ends of the ground. His Collingwood stint ran from 1987 to 1993 and saw him play 124 V/AFL games and kick 162 goals. Crossing to Brisbane in 1994 he added a final 20 games and 16 goals for the Bears before retiring at the end of the 1995 season.

Craig Starcevich has remained involved in football, including most recently as coach of the Brisbane AFL Women's team. 

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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