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Key Facts

Full name
Matthew Kluzek

Known as
Matthew Kluzek

3 April 1973 (age 49)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 91d
Last game: 23y 129d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 88 kg

Senior clubs
Woodville West Torrens; Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Adelaide: 31

Recruited from
Woodville West Torrens (1994)

Family links
Chris Kluzek (Brother)

Matthew Kluzek

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Woodville West TorrensSANFL1993-20011431741.22

AFL: 10,535th player to appear, 6,041st most games played, 4,242nd most goals kickedAdelaide: 61st player to appear, 150th most games played, 123rd most goals kicked

Matthew Kluzek was a talented crumbing forward who was a shining light at the Woodville West Torrens for almost a decade. He was also on the Adelaide Crows list between 1994 and 1996, playing 24 AFL games and kicking 15 goals. In round seventeen 1994 he earned an AFL Rising Star award after kicking five goals against West Coast. However, he failed to  build on his early promise and after managing just 4 appearances in 1996 he was de-listed.

Kluzek's SANFL career with the Eagles comprised 143 games and saw him kick 174 goals between 1993 and 2001. He was a member of the club's 1993 grand final-winning team against Norwood and topped its goal kicking ladder in 1997 with 32 goals. His brother Chris also played for the Eagles.

After retiring as a player Matthew Kluzek coached Scotch Old Collegians in the South Australian Amateur Football League from 2002 to 2004.

Author - John Devaney


Wikipedia article; The Complete Book of SANFL Records 2004 edition by Dion Hayman


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