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Key Facts

Full name
Damian Monkhorst

Known as
Damian Monkhorst

Nickname
Monkey

Born
21 August 1969 (age 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 232d
Last game: 30y 300d

Height and weight
Height: 202 cm
Weight: 108 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 38, 1
St. Kilda: 9

Recruited from
Collingwood (2000)

Damian Monkhorst

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1988-1999205450.2252%6.477.154.4449
St. KildaAFL20001000.0010%3.505.302.000
V/AFL1988-2000215450.2150%6.337.064.3349
Total1988-2000215450.2150%6.337.064.3349

AFL: 9,926th player to appear, 499th most games played, 2,188th most goals kickedCollingwood: 910th player to appear, 34th most games played, 178th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,464th player to appear, 848th most games played, 1,608th most goals kicked

Damian Monkhorst joined Collingwood from Woori Yallock and right from the outset of his V/AFL career he operated as the club's number one ruckman. Rugged, rough and reliable, he used his sizeable 202cm 108kg frame to good effect both in ruck contests and around the ground. His spell with the Magpies spanned the years 1988 to1999 during which he played 205 games and kicked 45 goals. The undoubted highlight of his career came in the 1990 grand final when his out-pointing of star Essendon ruckman Simon Madden was a significant factor in the Magpies' crushing win.

Monkhorst also made headlines for unsavoury reasons, and indeed he is probably  best remembered today for racially vilifying Essendon's aboriginal wingman Michael Long during the 1995 Anzac Day match. As a direct result of this incident the AFL introduced racial vilification laws which have helped diminish, although not entirely extinguish, the problem. Monkhorst was also instrumental in getting the AFL to introduce a melee rule after he ran through the Essendon huddle prior to the start of a game in 1994.

Towards the end of his time with Collingwood Monkhorst suffered a variety of injury problems which caused him to miss quite a few games and undermined his effectiveness. He crossed to St Kilda in 2000 for what proved to be his last season of AFL football, but it was far from a memorable swansong as he only managed 10 appearances for the year.

After leaving St Kilda Damian Monkhorst played for his original club Woori Yallock for a time. He subsequently served as an assistant coach at Hawthorn.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

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

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.