21 February 1972 (age 50)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 103d
Last game: 28y 166d
Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 92 kg
West Coast (1997)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
AFL: 10,625th player to appear, 3,621st most games played, 524th most goals kickedWest Coast: 93rd player to appear, 238th most games played, 156th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,447th player to appear, 253rd most games played, 23rd most goals kicked
For an all too brief time Jason Heatley was one of the premier forwards in the game. Although he was not powerfully built, his exceptional pace on the lead made him extremely difficult to contain. He commenced with Subiaco in 1993, when he topped both his club’s and the league’s goal kicking list with a tally of 111 majors. He went on to head Subi’s list in each of the next three seasons, as well as the league’s once more in 1995, when he accrued a career record 123 goals.
Between 1994 and 1996 Heatley had been on West Coast’s list but he struggled to break into the team, and managed just three games and eight goals during that time. The 1997 season found him at St Kilda, where he caught fire, and became an integral part of a legitimate bid for premiership honours. That bid was ultimately ruined on grand final day by Adelaide but Jason Heatley’s total of 73 goals was best for the Saints and third best in the AFL for the year. Thereafter, his form waned somewhat, but he still managed to top his club’s goal kicking list a second time in 1998, and ultimately proved he was an eminently capable top flight footballer. He ended up playing 60 AFL games and kicking 163 goals for the Saints in four seasons.
After spending the 2001 season with his original club North Heidelberg Heatley played for Tassie Devils in the VFL in 2002-3. He later coached several clubs in suburban Melbourne.
Author - John Devaney