Austin Robertson Jr.
Personal information
Full name Austin Christopher Robertson
Nickname(s) Ocker
Date of birth (1943-04-29) 29 April 1943 (age 78)
Place of birth North Perth, Western Australia
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1962–65, 1967–74 Subiaco 251 (1211)
1966 South Melbourne 018 00(60)
Total 269 (1271)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1963–71 Western Australia 10 (44)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1966.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1971.
Career highlights
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee 2015
  • Subiaco premiership player 1973
  • WAFL leading goalkicker 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968–72
  • Subiaco leading goalkicker 1962–65, 1967–74
  • Subiaco best and fairest 1965, 1968
  • South Melbourne leading goalkicker 1966
  • Subiaco Team of the Century (full-forward)
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Austin Christopher Robertson (born 29 April 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and Subiaco in the Western Australian National Football League (WANFL). He is the son of former South Melbourne player Austin Robertson senior.

Robertson was a full forward and by the time he retired in 1974 he had amassed a WANFL record goal tally of 1211 goals, topped the WANFL goalkicking a record eight times (previous best of six by George Doig and Bernie Naylor)[1] and kicked over 100 goals in a season six times.[2][3][4][5]

He was a premiership player with Subiaco in 1973, the only Grand Final of his career.

While playing for Subiaco he averaged 4.82 goals a game, being held goalless in a match only five times, two of which were in his final season when he was affected by injury[6] and in 1968, kicked 162 goals. He spent a season with his father's club South Melbourne in 1966, kicking 60 goals in 18 games, which won the club's goalkicking for the year.[3]

After his football career ended, Robertson was employed by businessman Kerry Packer and was one of the central figures in the establishment of World Series Cricket in 1977. Robertson subsequently managed many of Australia's leading cricketers over a period of 30 years, including Shane Warne.[7]

He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.[8]

References

  1. ^ de Mori, Gino; 'Robertson Triumphs'; The West Australian, 6 September 1971, p. 51
  2. ^ Townsend, John; 'Subi ace has 67 goals lost in space'; Pre Game; The West Australian; 11 April 2008
  3. ^ a b "WA's goalkicking frenzy". Football Budget. West Australian Football Commission. 30 May 2009. p. 10. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Bernie Naylor Medalists". West Australian Football Commission. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Austin Robertson (Subiaco)". WAFL Online. Western Australian Football Commission. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  6. ^ See Christian, Geoff; 'Subiaco Select Rhodes for Tomorrow'; The West Australian, 19 April 1974, p. 56
  7. ^ Pepper, Daile (30 January 2009). "Sporting stars to honour Austin Robertson Jr".
  8. ^ Hagdorn, Kim (4 June 2015). "AFL Hall of Fame 2015: Austin Robertson inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame".