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Key Facts

Full name
Geoffrey Austen

Known as
Geoff Austen

Born
13 October 1953 (age 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 262d
Last game: 27y 222d

Height and weight
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Fitzroy; Collingwood; Preston

Jumper numbers
Fitzroy: 25
Collingwood: 17

Recruited from
Fitzroy (1979)

Family links
Cec Austen (Father)Col Austen (Uncle)Bob Austen (Uncle)

Geoff Austen

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FitzroyV/AFL1972-197885350.4127%6.511.853.463
CollingwoodV/AFL1979, 19811330.2354%2.541.691.001
PrestonVFA1981-198227160.59
V/AFL1972-1979, 198198380.3931%5.981.833.134
VFA1981-198227160.59
Total1972-1979, 1981-1982125540.43

AFL: 8,485th player to appear, 2,435th most games played, 2,482nd most goals kickedFitzroy: 900th player to appear, 139th most games played, 147th most goals kickedCollingwood: 786th player to appear, 662nd most games played, 665th most goals kicked

Geoff Austen was a dynamic, highly mobile ruckman who gave solid service to two VFL clubs before enjoying an Indian summer to his career in the VFA. The son of former Hawthorn player Ces Austen he joined Fitzroy from Macleod-Rosanna and played 85 games and kicked 35 goals for the club between 1972 and 1978. He joined Collingwood in 1979 and, whewn selected, which was not all that often, operated as a support ruckman to that year's eventual Brownlow Medallist, Peter Moore.

After 13 VFL games and three goals in three seasons with the Magpies Austen crossed to Preston in the VFA where he rounded off his career in style, winning the 1982 Liston Trophy and helping the side to the following year's first division flag when he also won the Norm Goss Memorial Medal as best afield in the grand final. His stint with the Bullants comprised 27 games in which he scored 16 goals.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article, Crème de la Crème

Footnotes

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