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Key Facts

Full name
Spiro Kourkoumelis

Known as
Spiro Kourkoumelis

Born
31 July 1963 (age 60)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 359d
Last game: 26y 313d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Carlton; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 49, 28
St. Kilda: 28

Recruited from
Carlton (1987)

Spiro Kourkoumelis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CarltonV/AFL1981-198662560.9065%11.166.892.3217
St. KildaV/AFL1987-199035150.4343%10.148.572.494
V/AFL1981-199097710.7357%10.797.492.3821
Total1981-199097710.7357%10.797.492.3821

AFL: 9,286th player to appear, 2,517th most games played, 1,526th most goals kickedCarlton: 897th player to appear, 284th most games played, 154th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,333rd player to appear, 411th most games played, 362nd most goals kicked

Spiro Kourkoumelis was an abundantly talented midfielder who was singularly unfortunate in that he arrived at Carlton at a time when the club was blessed with a large umber of players of the same type, all boasting considerably more experience. Moreover, it has to said that if there was one noticeable deficiency in Kourkoumelis’ game it was that he lacked pace, something that the likes of Barry, Armstrong, Wayne Johnston, David Glascott, Jim Buckley and others had in abundance.

For much of his six season stint with Carlton therefore Kourkoumelis was in and out of the senior side, averaging just over 11 games a year. His best season was probably 1983 when he ran fifth in the Blues’ best and fairest count and played in their night premiership-winning side. He also won a reserves best and fairest award in 1982 and played in the 1986 reserves grand final-winning team.

After 67 VFL games and 56 goals for Carlton Kourkoumelis moved to St Kilda where he proved a reasonably handy acquisition, adding a final 35 games and 15 goals to his respective career tallies between 1987 and 1990. He rounded off his senior playing career with VFA side Coburg.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; https://www.blueseum.org/Spiro+Kourkoumelis

Footnotes

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