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Key Facts

Full name
Jack O'Keefe

Known as
Jack O'Keefe

29 September 1915

8 March 2000 (aged 84)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 233d
Last game: 31y 251d

Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Hawthorn; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 29
Hawthorn: 8
South Melbourne: 34

Recruited from
Melbourne (1943); Hawthorn (1947)

Jack O'Keefe

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1947362.0033%0
V/AFL1939-1945, 194782560.6859%3
Total1939-1945, 194782560.6859%3

AFL: 4,711th player to appear, 2,942nd most games played, 1,872nd most goals kickedMelbourne: 574th player to appear, 361st most games played, 253rd most goals kickedHawthorn: 315th player to appear, 342nd most games played, 219th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 668th player to appear, 1,156th most games played, 581st most goals kicked

After playing 32 games with Northcote in 1936-7, which included the winning grand final of 1936 against Prahran, and during which time he also represented the VFA, Jack O’Keefe crossed to Melbourne, where he made his senior VFL debut in round five 1939. At the end of that season he was named as a reserve for the grand final, in which the Demons accounted for Collingwood by 53 points. He went on to play as a follower in the winning flag deciders of 1940 against Richmond and 1941 against Essendon. In the 1940 affair he made a crucial contribution to the win by keeping Tigers champion Jack Dyer well under wraps.

In 1943, after 46 VFL games and 27 goals for Melbourne, O’Keefe crossed to Hawthorn, where he added 33 appearances and 23 goals in three seasons. He rounded off the VFL phase of his career with three games and six goals for South Melbourne in 1947. In 1950 he made a fleeting comeback with Northcote, taking his final tally of games played with the club to 42 and the number of goals kicked to 55.

Author - John Devaney


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