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Key Facts

Full name
Jack O'Halloran

Known as
Jack O'Halloran

9 July 1929

31 December 2010 (aged 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 343d
Last game: 28y 277d

Height and weight
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; North Melbourne; Footscray; Yarraville; Springvale

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 13
North Melbourne: 5
Footscray: 4

Recruited from
Essendon (1952); North Melbourne (1957); Footscray (1958); Yarraville (1958); Springvale (1959)

Jack O'Halloran

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1952-195675560.7535%20

AFL: 6,021st player to appear, 2,338th most games played, 1,496th most goals kickedEssendon: 628th player to appear, 710th most games played, 638th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 436th player to appear, 184th most games played, 117th most goals kickedFootscray: 436th player to appear, 529th most games played, 345th most goals kicked

Essendon recruited Jack O'Halloran from Essendon YCW in 1947 and after a three-season grounding in the seconds he made his league debut in 1950. However, the Dons already had a trio of accomplished rovers in Bill Hutchison, Ron McEwin and Greg Tate, and he struggled to secure a regular spot in the seniors. He did, however, win a seconds best and fairest award, play in a seconds premiership team, and finish runner-up on a countback in the 1950 Gardiner Medal (he was later awarded a retrospective Medal by the VFL).

In 1952, after just 10 VFL games, O'Halloran crossed to North Melbourne where he quickly showed what a useful player he was. Tough, fearless and combative, he played 75 VFL games in five seasons with the 'Roos, kicking 56 goals. He won the club's best and fairest award in 1953. In 1957 he transferred to Footscray where he finished his VFL career with 17 games in a season and a half. Late in the 1958 season he moved to Yarraville where he played just one game before spending the rest of the season with Springvale. The following season saw him back with Yarraville, where he finished his career.

Author - John Devaney


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