Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Jack Laurie Collins

Known as
Jack Collins

13 February 1910

1 March 1972 (aged 62)

Place of death
Geelong, VIC (3220)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 80d
Last game: 28y 216d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 10, 4, 25

Family links
Hope Collins (Brother)

Jack Collins

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongV/AFL1929-1934, 19381121121.0063%18.557.2442
Total1929-1934, 19381121121.0063%18.557.2442

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,516th player to appear, 2,100th most games played, 958th most goals kickedGeelong: 347th player to appear, 146th most games played, 69th most goals kicked

Despite the comparative brevity of his VFL career - 112 games from 1929 to 1934 and in 1938 - Geelong’s Jack Collins was adjudged by contemporary observers to be one of the very best centre half forwards of all time. The reasons were plain: he was strong, purposeful and elusive, marked superbly, had excellent pace and was a thumping kick with either foot. 

When Geelong downed Richmond in the 1931 Grand Final, Collins — deployed in his usual centre half forward role — was one of the victorious Cats’ best. Unfortunately, the fact that he did not play in 1937 deprived him of the opportunity to participate in another premiership side. Enticed back into the fray for one last season in 1938 he rapidly proved he had lost none of his extraordinary ability, and was selected to represent Victoria for the ninth time in his career. Jack Collins was perhaps a touch unfortunate not to obtain selection in Geelong’s official ‘Team of the Century’.

Author - John Devaney


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