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Key Facts

Full name
Che Cockatoo-Collins

Known as
Che Cockatoo-Collins

Born
5 March 1975 (age 47)

Place of birth
Brisbane, QLD (4000)

Ethnicity
Indigenous Australian

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 21d
Last game: 28y 199d

Height and weight
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Port Adelaide Magpies; Essendon; Port Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 9
Port Adelaide: 12

Recruited from
Cairns City (1993); Port Adelaide (1994); Essendon (1999)

State of origin
QLD

Family links
David Cockatoo-Collins (Brother)Don Cockatoo-Collins (Brother)

Che Cockatoo-Collins

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port Adelaide MagpiesSANFL1993, 1999-200525
EssendonAFL1994-1998851091.2855%9.094.513.595
Port AdelaideAFL1999-2003751061.4171%8.493.994.525
SANFL1993, 1999-200525
AFL1994-20031602151.3463%8.814.264.0310
Total1993-20051852151.16

AFL: 10,466th player to appear, 1,098th most games played, 360th most goals kickedEssendon: 979th player to appear, 206th most games played, 70th most goals kickedPort Adelaide: 44th player to appear, 67th most games played, 17th most goals kicked

Recruited from City Cobras in Cairns by Port Adelaide, Ché Cockatoo-Collins played 25 SANFL games before being drafted by Essendon. A mercurial player, capable of dazzling heights of virtuosity inter-mixed with bouts of extraordinarily questionable decision making, Cockatoo-Collins played 85 games and kicked 109 goals for the Bombers between 1994 and 1998, and was a member of the club’s 1994 night series premiership team.

In 1999 Cockatoo-Collins returned home to Port Adelaide, which was now competing in the AFL, and the quality roller coaster continued. He endured two injury affected seasons to begin with, although the side always looked better for his presence, before enjoying arguably his best ever AFL season in 2001 with 41 goals and seventh place in the voting for the club’s best and fairest award. In 2002, however, he was often less than convincing, and was dropped from the side towards the end of the year, although his performance when recalled for the semi final win over his old club, Essendon, was encouraging. Nevertheless, in hindsight it is possible to see that the writing was on the wall, and twelve months later he was delisted, a perhaps unfortunate scapegoat for his club’s continued under-achievement in finals.

The AFL phase of Che Cockatoo-Collins' career involved 85 games and 109 goals with the Bombers and 75 games and 106 goals for the Power.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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