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Key Facts

Full name
Colin Robertson

Known as
Colin Robertson

19 June 1957 (age 65)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 298d
Last game: 29y 86d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Burnie Hawks

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 32

Recruited from
Wynyard (1980)

Colin Robertson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Burnie HawksTFL1987-198942

AFL: 9,145th player to appear, 1,964th most games played, 1,693rd most goals kickedHawthorn: 669th player to appear, 108th most games played, 100th most goals kicked

Best remembered for the Norm Smith Medal he won during Hawthorn's 1983 VFL Grand Final demolition of Essendon Colin Robertson was a dashing player in two states who was equally at home on the ball, on a wing, or in defence. In the 1983 Grand Final his brief was to curb the effectiveness of key Bomber on baller Tim Watson, a task he performed in exemplary fashion, whilst still managing to exert a significant impact offensively.

Robertson joined Hawthorn from Wynyard in 1980 after the Hawks won a six-club chase to procure him. He quickly settled in at Glenferrie becoming, from 1981 onwards, a significant contributor to the hard running style of football which was being developed by coach Allan Jeans, and which would ultimately enable the Hawks to establish one of the most awesome - and enduring - football dynasties of all time.

Such high standards made competition for senior places at Hawthorn probably stiffer than it had been at any other VFL club up to that point, and after the 1984 Grand Final - in which he performed serviceably to contribute two goals to Hawthorn's losing tally of 12.9 - Robertson found it increasingly difficult to perform consistently at the required level. Admittedly, Grand Final day 1985 did see him earn a second premiership medallion in a side including players of the calibre of Peter Knights, Rodney Eade, Michael Byrne, James Morrissey, Greg Dear and Steve Malaxos, but the sad fact was that this was just a reserves flag which, in the context of the Hawthorn senior side's 78-point capitulation to Essendon later the same day, meant very little.

Colin Robertson finished his senior football career by captaining Burnie Hawks during that club's first three seasons in the TFL statewide competition.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's Tasmanian Football Companion


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