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Key Facts

Full name
Spiro Malakellis

Known as
Spiro Malakellis

Born
23 April 1968 (age 55)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 20d
Last game: 25y 85d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Port Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 49, 12

Recruited from
Geelong (1995)

Family links
Tony Malakellis (Brother)

Spiro Malakellis

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1989-199367180.2760%8.435.631.881
Port AdelaideSANFL1995-19971790.53
Total1989-1993, 1995-199784270.32

AFL: 10,037th player to appear, 3,503rd most games played, 3,931st most goals kickedGeelong: 882nd player to appear, 265th most games played, 318th most goals kicked

A series of eye catching performances during Geelong’s 1989 VFL finals campaign brought Spiro Malekellis to public attention, but in subsequent seasons he failed to build on that initial promise. He certainly boasted skill, and plenty of pace, but his impact on games tended to be sporadic.

After playing 67 games and kicking 18 goals for the Cats from 1989 to 1993 he next surfaced at Port Adelaide in 1995 where, on the positive side, he at least achieved every footballer’s main aspiration - playing in a premiership team. However, his time at Alberton also saw him frequently sidelined by injury, so that in three seasons he managed just 17 appearances and nine goals.

At his best, however, he could still be a damaging player, as was the case when, in 1995, he helped the Magpies to the aforementioned premiership triumph, courtesy of 13.16 to 6.10 grand final trouncing of Central District.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article

Footnotes

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