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Key Facts

Full name
Michael Turner

Known as
Mick Turner

6 December 1954 (age 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 142d
Last game: 33y 265d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 9

Family links
Leo Turner (Father)

Mick Turner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1974-1984, 1986-19882452851.1648%13.853.034.0654
Total1974-1984, 1986-19882452851.1648%13.853.034.0654

AFL: 8,654th player to appear, 308th most games played, 215th most goals kickedGeelong: 756th player to appear, 25th most games played, 18th most goals kicked

The son of former Geelong champion Leo Turner, Mick Turner was a pacy and skilful wingman or half forward who gave the Cats great service in 245 VFL games between 1974 and 1988, kicking 285 goals. A strong tackler, and extremely elusive, Turner was regarded as one of the quickest VFL players of his era. He represented Victoria on 11 occasions, earning All Australian selection in 1979.

Captain of Geelong in 1984 and 1986, Turner topped the club's goal-kicking list in 1982 with 40 goals. His trademark, long distance goals on the run were possibly the most eye-catching feature of his play, and there were few more popular players at Kardinia Park.

In 1989, Michael Turner was appointed captain-coach of VFA club Werribee, but although the side scored some impressive wins, overall it was inconsistent and finished well down the list.

In 2001, Turner was chosen on the opposite wing to his father in Geelong's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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