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Key Facts

Full name
Robert Whatman

Known as
Robert Whatman

29 January 1951 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 84d
Last game: 23y 200d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Port Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 19

Recruited from
Geelong (1975)

Robert Whatman

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port AdelaideSANFL1975-1978621111.79

AFL: 8,457th player to appear, 5,160th most games played, 3,985th most goals kickedGeelong: 737th player to appear, 427th most games played, 329th most goals kicked

Robert Whatman commenced his senior playing career with ACTAFL side Manuka, whom he helped to a premiership in 1971. He also played representative football for the ACT. In 1972 he was recruited by Geelong, where he played 34 VFL games and scored 17 goals over three seasons, without ever really establishing himself as a first choice senior player. Strong overhead and a genuine goal threat, he alternated between the roles of follower and tall forward. The last phase of his playing career took place at Port Adelaide where his 62 appearances between 1975 and 1978 included the losing 1976 grand final against Sturt. He registered the impressive career tally of 111 goals.

Author - John Devaney


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