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Key Facts

Full name
Shane Robertson

Known as
Shane Robertson

Born
27 December 1963 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 173d
Last game: 27y 135d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 38

Shane Robertson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1983-199180230.2963%9.555.082.443
Total1983-199180230.2963%9.555.082.443

AFL: 9,446th player to appear, 3,021st most games played, 3,446th most goals kickedCarlton: 910th player to appear, 226th most games played, 287th most goals kicked

Despite being pacy, strong overhead, and a penetrating left foot kick Shane Robertson was never an automatic selection for Carlton over the course of his nine season, 80 game, 23 goal career with the club, earning the nickname ‘Yo-yo’ as a consequence. However, he did get to experience the thrill of playing in a winning grand final, which when all is said and done is the primary goal of almost every footballer. Originally from North Melbourne Old Boys, he commenced with the Blues under 19s in 1981, played reserves the following year, and made his senior league debut in 1983.

In addition to his obvious skills, Robertson was adaptable, equally at home on a wing, as a defender or in a tagging role. In the 1987 grand final clash with Hawthorn he was opposed on a wing by Hawks great Robert DiPierdomenico, and, after being out-pointed early, fought back strongly after half time to make a meaningful contribution to the Blues’ eventual 33 point win. The triumph afforded a measure of consolation for Robertson, who had suffered the ultimate disappointment in the previous season’s grand final which had seen the Hawks storm to victory by seven goals. Having earlier also twice tasted defeat in reserves grand finals, the celebratory champagne in ‘87 must have tasted all the sweeter.

Injuries slowed Robertson down later in his career, with a shoulder problem that required a full reconstruction proving especially discomfiting. However, when selected he could always be relied on to run himself ragged. He played his last game for Carlton in round eight 1991 before embarking on a highly successful coaching career in the country.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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