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Key Facts

Full name
Douglas Koop

Known as
Doug Koop

22 July 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 13d
Last game: 28y 51d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne; Woodville; North Melbourne; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 47
North Melbourne: 47
Melbourne: 39

Recruited from
Sydney (1982); Woodville (1985); North Melbourne (1987)

Doug Koop

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1979-198115151.0047%7.673.670.870
North MelbourneV/AFL1985-1986540.8040%4.403.800.600
V/AFL1979-1981, 1985-198844240.5552%7.663.341.430

AFL: 9,111th player to appear, 4,579th most games played, 3,340th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 1,075th player to appear, 695th most games played, 381st most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 765th player to appear, 782nd most games played, 516th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,092nd player to appear, 533rd most games played, 588th most goals kicked

Doug Koop was an honest performer at five different clubs, although it would be reasonable to infer that he was seldom a first choice senior player. Capable of playing in various positions, he commenced with South Melbourne in 1979 and went on to play 15 VFL games and kick 15 goals with the club over three seasons. A somewhat more productive three season stint followed at SANFL club Woodville, where he played 60 games and registered 55 goals, before moving on to North Melbourne, where he managed just five games and four goals in 1985-6. His next port of call was Melbourne where he at least had the satisfaction of playing finals football in both 1987 and 1988, but overall played just 24 games and booted five goals over two seasons.

The 1989 season was little short of a disaster as injuries restricted Koop to reserves football and, perhaps not surprisingly, he was ultimately de-listed. He finished his playing career with 44 games and 42 goals for Springvale in the VFA, where he also acted as assistant coach, eventually retiring in 1994. 

Author - John Devaney


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