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Key Facts

Full name
James Tape

Known as
Jamie Tape

Born
5 April 1974

Place of birth
Coobowie, SA (5583)

Died
4 January 2003 (aged 28)

Place of death
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 355d
Last game: 25y 139d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Woodville West Torrens; Richmond; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 5
Collingwood: 13

Recruited from
Woodville West Torrens (1994); Richmond (1998)

State of origin
SA

Jamie Tape

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Woodville West TorrensSANFL1992-1993, 2000-20019430.03
RichmondAFL1994-19977540.0552%8.374.643.455
CollingwoodAFL1998-19991610.066%7.134.193.750
SANFL1992-1993, 2000-20019430.03
AFL1994-19999150.0544%8.154.563.515
Total1992-200118580.04

AFL: 10,463rd player to appear, 2,653rd most games played, 6,353rd most goals kickedRichmond: 974th player to appear, 222nd most games played, 589th most goals kickedCollingwood: 985th player to appear, 625th most games played, 858th most goals kicked

Jamie Tape was a talented half back flanker whose highly promising playing career was ultimately derailed by injury. From the small town of Coobowie on the Yorke Peninsula, he was recruited by Woodville-West Torrens and would go on to play 94 SANFL games for the club in 1992-3 and 2000-1. Among his appearances was the Eagles’ 1993 grand final victory over Norwood when he was listed high among his team’s best players.

During the interim period between his two SANFL stints Tape played in the AFL with Richmond (75 games, 1994-7) and Collingwood (1998-9). At his peak during his first three seasons with the Tigers he then ran foul of the injury issues alluded to and struggled to have an impact. Axed by the Magpies, he returned to South Australia for two final seasons with the Eagles. Two years after his retirement as a player he suffered a suspected brain aneurysm and died, aged just 28.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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