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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Elphinstone

Known as
Robert Elphinstone

22 November 1960 (age 62)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 135d
Last game: 28y 284d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 33

Recruited from
Seaford (1980)

Robert Elphinstone

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1980-1989157510.3221%12.385.294.2817

AFL: 9,138th player to appear, 1,153rd most games played, 1,986th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,230th player to appear, 51st most games played, 129th most goals kicked

After a promising junior career as a golfer, Robert Elphinstone opted to transfer his attention to football during his late teens - much to the eventual delight of everyone associated with the St Kilda Football Club. Known as 'Eel' because of his tall, lithe physique (191cm, 89kg), Elphinstone was a fine defender for the Saints in 157 VFL games between 1980 and 1989, during which he booted 51 goals. He was a Victorian state of origin representative in 1983, but never got to play in a VFL final as the highest the Saints finished during his time with them was 10th.

Author - John Devaney


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